A metropolitan county in the far northeast of England, Tyne and Wear is named for the rivers that run through its two main cities, Newcastle and Sunderland.
Coal mining and ship-building were ways of life in this region for centuries, but in recent decades Newcastle and Sunderland have found new identities for high-tech manufacturing, research and culture.
OK, the North Sea waters might be on the chilly side, but you can’t ignore the many glorious sandy beaches all along the coast.
And with heavy industry drying up, they are cleaner than ever.
Some are fringed by links golf courses , but all are superb for brooding walks in winter and seaside activities in summer.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Tyne and Wear:
Like many industrial cities in the north of England Newcastle had to find its feet once more following the sudden decline of heavy industry.
The city had been a hub for coal mining, manufacturing and shipping, but has repositioned itself as both a centre for scientific research and a carefree place for nights out.
Standing proud since 1928 is the arch of the Tyne Bridge, one of those universally-recognised landmarks and an enduring symbol for Tyneside.
There’s no shortage of museums, art galleries, theatres and live music venues, as well as a sleeping giant of a football team, Newcastle United at the cathedral-like St James’ Park.
And right in the centre is the medieval Castle keep where the city began, first built by William the Conqueror’s son.