Nestled between Yorkshire and Scotland is the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, popularly called Newcastle. It sits along the north coast of England. Today, it has become one of the most interesting cities to go to in Britain. The city is famous for a lot of things, one of which is its ale. Newcastle boasts of its most loved brew, the Newcastle Brown ale. The people living in the city are known as Geordies and one of the famous Geordies around the globe is Sting. Several years back, Newcastle was an industrial town and known for its shipping industry. However, it suffered from an urban blot up until the 20th century. Today, it has undergone a great reform. It has become a busy cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer tourists and locals alike. There's the Metro Centre which is the world's largest shopping complex indoors. The city center is overflowing with cafÃƒÂ©s, premier boutiques, specialty shops, and numerous dining destinations. Aside from the modern features Newcastle has to offer, there's also the historical sites tourists will want to visit. They feature a medieval castle, a 14th century cathedral, a regal tower, and their famous resort, Tynemouth.
A spectacular sculpture known as the largest in the whole of Britain can be found here in Newcastle. It is called the Angel of the North. Along Durham Road at Gateshead, the Angel of the North measures 65 feet high. The span of the angel's wings measure 177 feet. In fact, the enormous angel can be seen from many locations around the city of Newcastle. It was created by sculptor Anthony Gormley to mark the beginning of the Gateshead Art Program back in the year 1998. Another famous attraction in the city is the home of the richest and most beautiful girl in town at one time. It is the Bessie Surtees House found on the Quayside of Newcastle. The house has a plaque outside that tells of the legendary girl. The girl had so many suitors but she loved only one man. The problem was that her family did not approve of it because the man she loved was poor. Despite their objections, she crawled out of the window to marry the man in Scotland. Later, the poor man became a lord. Aside from the legend, the Bessie Surtees House features a fascinating period architecture. Blackfriars is another attraction found at the heart of the city. It is located at the North East Civic Trust. This 13th century establishment first served as a friary of Newcastle. After three centuries, the monastery became a home for the needy. The Blackfriars is now an attraction full of craft stores and exhibits featuring the city's history. Not only do you get to explore the history of Newcastle, but you also get to explore the picturesque views surrounding it. Another attraction in Newcastle is its Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas. Located along the St. Nicolas Square, you're sure to stop once you see it. Its spire stands high at 193 feet and features 15th century architecture. It has been lavishly ornamented by the merchants of Newcastle.
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