Toon and Tyne: Newcastle united … on a city walking tour

From the grandeur of Grey Street and Central station to the bridges over the Tyne, this walk takes in Newcastle’s fine Victorian architecture and industrial heritage

Just as the King Edward Bridge over the Tyne is about the most dramatic rail approach in the land, so the crossings visible down the gorge provide an equally impressive finale for the visiting walker. But first, there is the small matter of the city itself.

Don’t leave Newcastle Central station without taking in the iron majesty of the place. If you sense that you have arrived in one of the great industrial cathedrals of the 19th century, there is a reason. It was designed by John Dobson, the most renowned church architect of his day (in the north of England). Here, his nave-and-aisles format unfolds in a mighty eastwards curve to follow the course of the pre-existing railway lines. It is just as it was in August 1850, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert formally opened it, though they were 13 years too early to catch the palatial neoclassical frontage of the portico.

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