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UNITED KINGDOM - England


Location - Western Europe; Capital - London; Population - England: 50.5 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - ENGLAND

Newcastle and Durham are two very worthy British destinations, found in north east England. And Leigh-on-Sea is a seaside resort town an hour's train ride east of London - April 2013.

 

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eng2723A beautiful night view of Durham Cathedral set high above the River Wear - Durham

 

eng2727And slightly earlier in the day the Cathedral from the opposite angle, with Durham Castle on the left - Durham

 

eng2601Durham Cathedral dominates the old quarter of the city - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2610The Cathedral dates back to the 11th century, though much of it has been rebuilt over the years - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2629It's known as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the UK and Europe - Durham

 

eng2632Inside the Cathedral is the impressive 'The Pieta' sculpture depicting Mary standing over the body of Jesus - Durham

 

eng2654Climb the twisting 325+ steps to the top of the tower for a bird's eye view of Durham Castle and the River Wear (left) - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2658Also take a wander round the Cathedral cloisters - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2661aSunshine and shadow in the cloisters - Durham

 

eng2620You can see the Cathedral from pretty much anywhere in Durham

 

eng2664Framwellgate Bridge provides a link for pedestrians to the old town - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2665An illuminated Durham Castle with Framwellgate Bridge below - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2697The Cathedral and Castle sit on opposite sides of Palace Green, with the Palace Green Library (part of Durham University) on the left in this picture - Durham

 

eng2669Are these bishopric emblems mounted on the University wall? Memory like a sieve.. Durham

 

eng2668The entrance to the 11th century Durham Castle - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2698aThe Keep forms part of the grounds of Durham Castle - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2673The castle was originally occupied by the Bishop of Durham on behalf of the King but is now used as living quarters for Durham University students - Durham

 

eng2674Even the Keep is used as student accommodation. Better quality digs than I was used to for sure - Durham

 

eng2678Within the castle is the 13th century Great Hall, now used as a college dining hall - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2679Missericords (or mercy seats) appear on seat bases in Tunstall Chapel and depict various quirky/humorous scenes - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2684Winding down from the Castle and Cathedral is the Saddler Street shopping area - Durham

 

eng2688Saddler Street leads to the central Market Place which is home to an indoor market, Town Hall and St Nicholas' Church - Durham

 

eng2694Head in the opposite direction and the bustle comes to a halt on South Bailey - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2692There's several alleyways and 'hidden' paths that provide shortcuts through the city centre - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2699Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are both World Heritage sites - Durham

 

eng2700The castle walls stretch down from the keep - Durham

 

eng2702A walk along the river beneath the cathedral is a must on a sunny day - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2703It's a very picturesque area - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2711Durham Cathedral and the River Wear - Durham

 

eng2712The trail between Framwellgate Bridge and Prebend's Bridge - Durham

 

eng2709Birdlife on the river - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2717There's more great views from Prebend's Bridge - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2718It's that cathedral and river again - Durham

 

eng2726Elvet Bridge with the cathedral (left) and castle (right) in the background - Durham

 

eng2743You can get this shot from Wharton Park above the train station, or from the train itself - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2724One last shot of the Cathedral at night, from Prebend's Bridge - Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2750A busy Sunday market greets arrivals to Tynemouth train station

 

eng2779The Tynemouth coast line rolls up and down

 

eng2755Tynemouth is a short metro ride from Newcastle to the north east coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2756 Tynemouth Castle and Priory stands on a beach headland - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2757The area is known for its surfing and surfing events - Tynemouth

 

eng2758Tynemouth Castle and Priory - Tynemouth

 

eng2762At the base of the castle is the pier and lighthouse - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2777And next to the pier is another small bay - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2765Walking the length of the pier affords views of the local coast - Tynemouth

 

eng2768The calm, protected bay waters with the priory on the right - Tynemouth

 

eng2784The huge Collingwood Monument overlooks the North Sea - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2789 Collingwood was Lord Nelson's second-in-command during the Napoleonic wars - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2793The coast continues southwards to North Shields followed by South Shields and on to Sunderland - Tynemouth

 

eng2795A speedboat passes by North Shields beach - Tynemouth

 

eng2798Looking inland from the Colloingwood Monument to the castle and priory - Tynemouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2799A surprising (but deserved) mural at Tynemouth train station, by actors from Shatila, a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2800The famous Angel of the North, built by Antony Gormley and measuring 54m across, welcomes visitors to Newcastle and Gateshead

 

eng2809Thanks to the bloke in the Italian wool jumper for this photo - Newcastle and Gateshead

 

eng2814Grey's Monument is at the heart of the city - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2815From Grey's Monument admire the classical buildings along Grey Street - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2822Slow going: Walking between Westgate Road and Neville Street - Newcastle

 

eng2823Bars and restaurants at The Gate are pretty chilled during the day but the whole area is mad busy on a Saturday night - Newcastle

 

eng2827A welcoming message on the way to Ouseburn - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2828The Queen says hi - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2834Ouseburn is home to an artist quarter and to The Biscuit Factory which is an art gallery, shop and cafe rolled into one - Newcastle

 

eng2810A statue of legendary Newcastle United striker Jackie Milburn stands outside St James's Park - Newcastle

 

eng2850The BALTIC (Centre for Contemporary Art) peeks through the Millenium Bridge - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2840The BALTIC has rotating art exhibitions and galleries - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2842There's a viewing platform near the top of the BALTIC - Newcastle

 

eng2846It's the perfect location to check out the Millenium Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the glass covered Sage Gateshead, not forgetting the River Tyne - Newcastle

 

eng2844Quayside buildings next to the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2851The Millenium Bridge links Newcastle to the city of Gateshead on the opposite side of the river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2857It was opened to the public in 2001 and is popularly known as the Blinking Eye Bridge. It looks fantastic at night, gradually changing colour - Newcastle

 

eng2862Take in The Sage Gateshead and Tyne Bridge while crossing the river - Newcastle

 

eng2869The Sage Gateshead is a sparkling-new live music venue on the Gateshead side of the Tyne - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2875A lively market takes place every Sunday on Quayside - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2876The Tyne Bridge is the most famous of Newcastle's bridges, seen here from the Swing Bridge - Newcastle

 

eng2884Bessie Surtee's House is a 16th/17th century merchant building converted to a museum - Newcastle

 

eng2886The junction of Side and Sandhill - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2894The terrace/beer garden of a bar restaurant in Side near Quayside - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2893Grainger Street is another fancy looking shopping thoroughfare in the centre of Newcastle

 

eng2899The Castle Keep is the attraction that gave the city its name. I guess it was a 'new' castle once upon a time! Newcastle

 

eng2907On the right, the Black Gate formed part of the castle complex. To the left is St Nicholas Cathedral - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2904The Castle Keep has good views of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2910Outside the Laing Art Gallery is the Blue Carpet, a clever interpretation of a street furniture carpet. If not very blue.. - Newcastle

 

eng2919You may stumble across this square on the way to the Great North Museum: Hancock - Newcastle

 

eng2911The city has a small Chinatown with the usual food shops and restaurants - Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2529The brash neon signs of Southend's seafront

 

eng2530Amusement arcades, fast food and pubs are typical of a British seaside resort - Southend

 

eng2585Southend's claim to fame is its pier, the world's longest pleasure pier at 1.34 miles long (2.16km)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2590For those with tired feet a train rides back and forth along the pier - Southend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2597The pedestrian walkway on the right with the train tracks on the left - Southend

 

eng2581The pier provides a chance to look back at Southend's beachfront

 

eng2600The 19th century Kursaal houses a bowling alley and amusements - Southend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2603Southend has a long stretch of pebble beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2605Bright colours on Southend beach

 

eng2606The beach is very popular on a sunny day - Southend

 

eng2575Minced-beef pie with mashed potato and liquor sauce (made from parsley) is a traditional East London meal - Southend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2613Continue walking along the beachfront and fishing boats mark the beginning of Thorpe Bay

 

eng6318At the end of the Southend trainline is Shoeburyness. Several kms off the coast is Red Sand Fort, one of the fascinatingMaunsell Forts, armed sea forts built during WWII to protect against German air raids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6321Red Sand Fort is comprised of 7 fortified towers originally connected by walkways. Project Redsand hopes to preserve the fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2544An upmarket alternative to Southend, and just a few kms away, is Leigh-on-Sea

 

eng2624A rain cloud hangs over beached boats at low tide - Leigh-on-Sea

 

eng2565There's plenty of seafood shops and cockle sheds on the short walk from the train station to the old town - Leigh-on-Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2539The sun fights for the spotlight on a gloomy day at Leigh-on-Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2620aA stretch of beach just outside Leigh-on-Sea at Chalkwell

 

eng2546Leigh-on-Sea is an easy day trip from London

 

eng2561Pubs, restaurants (naturally with fish & chips on the menu), galleries and shops line the seafront of Leigh-on-Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.enjoyengland.com - England tourist board

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official website

www.britainexpress.com

www.yorkshire.com - guide to Yorkshire

www.visitsouthwest.co.uk - guide to south west England

www.visitsoutheastengland.com - guide to south east England

www.visitenglandsnorthwest.com - guide to north west England

www.visitnortheastengland.com - guide to north east England

www.eetb.org.uk - guide to east England

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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