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Tyne and Wear – Famous for its accent, coal and brown ale
Tyne and Wear is a county in the north-east of England, not far from the border with Scotland and has a coastal area that faces the North Sea.
Gateshead is one of the five metropolitan boroughs in Tyne and Wear, with South Tyneside, North Tyneside, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and the City of Sunderland making up the other four.
A settlement has been present in Gateshead since Roman times, although the area was mainly forest with some agricultural land in the early period of its history.
Much the same story applies to Newcastle upon Tyne (usually referred to as just Newcastle), which began as an important centre for the wool trade before becoming a major supplier of coal. The phrase “taking coals to Newcastle”, which is believed to have begun in the 16th century, is often used to describe the action of selling something to someone who already has an abundance of the product in question.
The Newcastle dialect is known as Geordie (the people are referred to as Geordies). It has been said that the Geordie dialect has origins in the language used by the Anglo-Saxons, a forerunner of Modern English.
Reasons to visit Tyne and Wear
There are many good reasons to visit Tyne and Wear (the people are generally very friendly) and some places of interest include the Gateshead International Stadium (which offers great athletic meetings), Hadrian’s Wall (a defensive fortification in Roman Britain), The Tyne Bridge (the world’s longest single span bridge at the time of construction), Tynemouth Castle & Priory and Hylton Castle (to name just a few).
Entertainment and Dining in Tyne and Wear
Apart from the usual offering of theatres and cinemas, Tyne and Wear has some excellent clubs and pubs, and you can be sure of getting some great beer. Restaurants include the Brasserie Caprice in Whitley Bay, the Paprika in Sunderland and Solomons in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Accommodation in Tyne and Wear
There is a good selection of Guest Houses, B&Bs and self-catering apartments, and hotels like The Metropolitan in Whitely Bay, the Beamish Park Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Premier Inn in North Shields.