Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Boldon Business Park, Witney W Jct. A19/A184, Boldon, EN, GB, NE35 9PE
- Phone: (44) 191 5191999
- Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Bede (AD673-735) was one of Europe's greatest scholars and the first person to record the history of the English nation. He lived and worked as a monk at Jarrow, just over the river from Newcastle. But don't think that Bede's World will be as dry as old books. It's a rich and varied exploration of the golden age of Northumbria which will keep you occupied for many hours. You can visit the 1300 year old St Paul's church and monastic site, Gyrwe, a working Anglo Saxon farm with its timber buildings and rare animal breeds, Jarrow Hall, a late Georgian house, and a museum that reveals the world in which Bede lived.
Run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a wildlife charity that has centres throughout Britain, Washington Waterfowl Park is both a fun day out for all the family, and an opportunity to learn about conservation. As well as the formal ponds in which captive birds including some endangered species, can be seen at close quarters, there are over thirty acres of ponds, streams, grassland, and mature deciduous woodland, where wild birds, mammals and insects thrive in abundance. Hides are provided next to some ponds to enable quiet viewing of wild birds. There is a visitor centre with exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and a cafe.
The Old Hall is famous for its links to George Washington. The 17th-century manor house incorporates part of the 12th-century building which was the US president's ancestral home, although George Washington himself never lived there. The house and recreated Jacobean garden attract visitors throughout the summer season, but the annual Independence Day celebrations on 4th July are particularly popular. President Jimmy Carter once planted a cherry tree here, and although the guide book claims it is still there, the one you can see is actually a substitute for the original, which died soon after planting. The Old Hall and garden may be booked for weddings and other functions. Wheelchair access to the ground floor of the house, and partial access to the gardens.
At the Ropery, there are many interesting things to look forward to. The building is well-known as it was built in the 18th Century, when it was used for making machine-made ropes. With a glorious history, the venue has the 'Function Room' which is well-equipped for conferences and exhibitions. Then there is the 'Gastro Restaurant' where the DJ spins great music coupled with nice ambiance and food. Italian cuisine is at its best at the 'Italian Restaurant'. Also, for drinks and bar grub, there is the 'Riverside Bar' apt for the location by the River Wear.
Splash down at Wet 'n' Wild and you are guaranteed a fun time in the many slides and water flumes. This giant water park complex on the outskirts of the city is highly recommended for all the family. For those seeking thrills try the "Kamikaze" where you can experience a 20 meter vertical drop, or the 'Tsunami' which propels you along at breakneck speed. Or if you are after more sedate pleasures, there are many spas and quieter areas where you can drift along on calmer waters. With a restaurant on site, Wet'n'Wild makes a great day out, and one payment lets you use all the facilities all day.
This visitor attraction charts the history of a fort abandoned by the Romans over a millennium and a half ago. Segedunum features a reconstruction of a Roman Bath House, an interactive museum (with lots of audio and visual stimulation to keep adults and children interested), and on-going excavations of the fort and surrounding area. There is also an exhibition that traces the history of the area from the Roman occupation to the present day. Visitors can ascend the NASA-like viewing tower for a spectacular view of the site and wider Tyneside. Other visitor facilities include: cafe, gift-shop, auditorium and conference facilities. Hours vary on particular dates. Check website for more.
This library is a comprehensive knowledge bank with a large range of books available for visitors. Washington Town Centre Library has a lot of information about the daily functioning of the town. Community events are also held here. Do visit when you are in the town.
The continuing excavations at Arbeia have revealed the remains of an important Roman fort and supply base near the eastern extremity of Hadrian's Wall. The Romans had a fort on the site from the first to the fourth century AD. Archaeologists have also found the remains of an Iron Age settlement that was there before the Romans and of two people who died violently during the Dark Ages. The life-size replica of the West gate was built on the site of the original gate and is an ideal introduction to what a fort's wall and defences were like. Plans are being made to rebuild the entire fort in something close to its original condition.
Antony Gormley's Angel of the North is already beginning to rival the Tyne Bridge as an iconic representation of north-east England. Constructed of weathering steel, the same material that was used for centuries to build ships on the nearby river Tyne, it both pays tribute to the long industrial heritage of the region and symbolizes the ability of local people to rise to the challenges of a post-industrial future. 20 metres high, and with a wingspan of 54 metres, it stands on a low hill next to the main southern road approach to Newcastle, and only a mile away from the east coast main railway line, where it is seen by over 30 million people every year.
This small, but friendly and highly efficient, Gateshead Central Library Tourist Information Center provides up-to-the minute accommodation information and bookings, details of events and attractions, travel information, theater bookings, National Express coach bookings and much more. A select range of leaflets and brochures, covering activities and places of interest to suit a wide variety of tastes, is available free of charge. Situated in Gateshead's Central Library, this information center offers holiday information, rail travel information, local and national information and so on. Check website for more details.
Tynemouth Metro Station is one of the oldest railway stations that became a part of the Tyne and Wear metro network. Though a regular and a modern station, the grand architecture reminds you of the Victorian era. The weekly flea market that has stalls selling antiques and local merchandise is held here; it also hosts the monthly farmers' market. While you are in Tynemouth, do visit the Tynemouth Metro Station, that is more than just a metro station.
The pedestrian and cycle crossing links Newcastle Quayside with the major redevelopment projects such as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Gateshead Music Centre on Gateshead Quays. It is the first tilting bridge in the world, and is designed to resemble a blinking eyelid when it is raised to permit ships to pass beneath. The bridge forms part of a one mile circular riverside walk taking in the Swing Bridge to the west. There are specific timings when the tilt of the bridge is visible. Check website for more details.