Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) was founded in 1892, by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James’ Park, since, the ground has a capacity of 52,387. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years of the competition’s history, and never dropped below the English football’s second tier, since joining the Football League in 1893.
They have won four League Championship titles and six FA Cups, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the eighth highest total of major honours won by an English club.
They have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the two clubs have engaged in the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club’s traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their traditional crest takes elements of the city coat of arms which features two seahorses.
This is the exterior of the historic Friar House which will be home to our brand new hotel in Newcastle…
Check out that chandelier… what a glamourous welcome!
Imagine relaxing in here? A home from home still… but with a touch more luxury!
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The High Level Bridge…
The High Level Bridge is a road and railway bridge spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead it was designed by the famous bridge builder Robert Stephenson.
It was built between 1847 and 1849, and is the first major example of a wrought iron tied arch or bow-string girder bridge, spanning of 1,337 feet across the valley, including 512 feet across water.
is a Grade I listed monument built in 1838 in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was erected to Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and stands at the top of Grey Street.
A spiral staircase leads to a viewing platform at the top of the monument, which is occasionally opened to the public.
Old photographs show that the monument was originally on a traffic island but these days the area around the monument is now pedestrianised and is home to many shops.
Our favourite FACT is that in 2007 the Monument hosted the first major Newcastle Flash mob event when over 500 people gathered around the landmark joined in a conga line.
And the final Grey’s Monument FACT is…. The Maxïmo Park song By the Monument refers to Grey’s Monument.
We are loving finding out all these FACTs and taking in the views… it won’t be long now before our very own hotel in Newcastle City Centre is up and running…
The Tyne Bridge is a defining symbol of Tyneside – a through arch bridge over the River Tyne which links Newcastle and Gateshead. When it was built in 1928 it was the world’s longest single span bridge. It is currently the tenth tallest structure in the city.
Previously a flour mill on the banks of the town – this imposing building is now a new centre for culture and the arts…
Baltic 39 opened to the public last Friday and now houses a public gallery 32 artists’ studios and a new home for fine art students. The building will bring together opportunities for training, creativity and exhibitions, offering a unique centre of artistic excellence, development and experimentation.
This exciting venture is a collaboration between funders Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England and new operating partners, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.
You can find out what’s on here: http://www.balticmill.com
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead.
It is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across.
It stands on a hill overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.