There are great places to visit in Newcastle, such as the Tyne Bridge and the famous football ground for Newcastle United Football Club, St James Park. There are also a number of historic attractions, museums and art galleries.
The city of Newcastle Upon Tyne was founded at the lowest place the Tyne could be easily crossed. In 1080 the Normans built a wooden fort to safeguard the crossing. They also erected a wooden bridge. (The 'new castle' was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century). Soon a little town grew up in the shadow of the new castle and was named after it. In the 16th century exports of coal boomed and it overtook wool as the town's main export. It is estimated that in 1500 about 15,000 tons of coal were exported from Newcastle each year. In the late 17th century coal exports continued to boom so did the shipbuilding industry in Newcastle. Rope making also flourished. In the years 1825-1840 the centre of Newcastle was rebuilt. This was mostly the work of three men, John Dobson, an architect, Richard Grainger, a builder and John Clayton the town clerk. All three have streets named after them. However, after 1945, as manufacturing industry contracted new service industries grew. More and more people were employed in public administration, retail and education.
Today Newcastle is one of England’s liveliest cities with a world renowned nightlife. The city centre is almost centred around the magnificent St James Park Football Stadium which is home to Newcastle United. Most daytime visitors to Newcastle flock to Eldon Square Shopping Centre where hundreds of retail outlets can be found. From there many tend to go to The Gate for a bite to eat. In the evening live music can be watched at O2 Academy Newcastle and some truly Northern plays can be seen at Theatre Royal and Tyne Theatre & Opera House. Those looking to do some learning are best advised to go The Discovery Museum or the Life Science Centre.
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