A metropolitan county in the North East of England, Tyne and Wear contains the five metropolitan boroughs of North Tyneside, South Tyneside, and the cities of Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne. The county is bordered by Durham, Northumberland and the North Sea. It was formed in 1974, and the county is named for its two main rivers, the River Tyne and the River Wear. With a population of 1,200,000, Tyne and Wear’s cities, South Shields, Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead, are known for their industrial heritage.
From vibrant cultural cities to sandy beaches and Victorian seaside resorts, Tyne and Wear has an abundance of family-friendly attractions and things to do and see. Walk in the footsteps of Romans at the Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields, a UNESCO World Heritage site and also one of the biggest reconstructions of a Roman fort. Uncover the romantic history at the immortalised Bessie Surtees’ 16th-century house, visit four floors of exhibitions and galleries at the Sunderland Museum and Gardens, experience the history of Newcastle Castle and meander along Hadrian’s Wall, which cuts through Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria.
Easily accessible by road via the M1 and A1(M), you will pass the famous contemporary sculpture, Angel of the North as you arrive. The Tyne and Wear Metro, which is Britain’s first urban light rail transport system, opened on 11 August 1980. With over 60 stations, the light rail system links key destinations, including Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside, and South Tyneside and Sunderland with Gateshead.
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