Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North

Farewell to Edinburgh, 3 hours on a bus later and welcome back to dear old England!

Our next stop was Newcastle and only for 1 night so we had to cram……….Not really!

Newcastle is nice enough but its not bursting at the seams with tourist attractions. It seems York is the tourists’ hot choice for Northern England.

We however did explore Newcastle and found an interesting (and free) gallery, the Laing Gallery which celebrates Northern culture, history and art. I particularly liked this painting here….

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
The Bard by John Martin

It relates to the tale of King Edward’s slaughter of the Welsh bards after his conquest of Wales.

Fairly morbid but thats my taste I guess and I like the painting itself with the mountains and the castle!

If you want to visit the Laing Gallery, its free but is closed on Mondays.

 

 

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
Newcastle

Once we had done our own conquest of the Newcastle city centre, we worked up a sizeable appetite so naturally Mexican is our first choice!

Las Iguanas is a Mexican chain in the UK so its kinda pricey and kinda average at the same time. Super busy even on a Wednesday night and actually a great atmosphere.

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
Gotta get them sweet potato fries

The next day, I’m ashamed to say that we actually missed seeing the Angel of the North. We did however take a short trip to Durham in search of another famed Harry Potter filming location!

The Durham Cathedral played host to many famous scenes with these outside corridors and the mini green courtyard….

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
Maria channeling her inner witch….
Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
The Harry Potter courtyard

The town of Durham is also really pretty and worth a trip in itself. We indulged in some ales on the river after our Harry Potter experience at the Swan & Three Cygnets.

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North
Ales on the river is always a good idea!

Tip #1: The train from Newcastle to Durham is about £7 return trip and only takes 12 minutes one way. Buy your return ticket from one of the machines at the central station.

Tip #2: Newcastle is well-known for its party scene. Whilst I confess to not partaking, the Wednesday night we witnessed was just getting warmed up at around 11.30pm!

Watch Me Newcastle: Angel of the North

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