Home to just over one million residents, Tyne and Wear, a county in northeast England, was named after its rivers, Tyne and Wear. The entire county, which is 208 square kilometres in size, is made up of five boroughs: the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, and South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Gateshead.
The county offers plenty of fantastic day trip options, with its beaches and cities along the quayside that are brimming with culture. Gateshead and Newcastle have several museums and galleries that showcase the heritage of Tyne and Wear. The county's various quays have been redeveloped, and there are plenty of footbridges to cross. In the city of Sunderland are new shopping malls. After an exhaustive shopping spree, stroll over to one of the city's Victorian parks so you can take a breather. The sandy beaches will keep children occupied and amused. For the more daring and active, there are surfing beaches, bicycle paths within the parks and wetlands.
Curiously, Tyne and Wear lost its administrative powers over the boroughs, and since 1986 had been operating only as a ceremonial and geographic county as each of the boroughs is now an autonomous region.
The Biscuit Factory – Don't be fooled. This place does not produce biscuits but is rather the biggest commercial design, art and craft gallery in the UK. The building used to be a Victorian warehouse and two floors are occupied by the gallery, where four major exhibitions by about 250 artists are held annually. It does have a restaurant called the Factory Kitchen that offers soups as well as some very tasty treats.
Washington Old Hall – Located in Sunderland, Washington Old Hall is a manor house, and the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. It's now a museum and event centre. The Arts Centre Washington is just 1.28 miles away.
Closest Airport: Newcastle International Airport – 5.8 Miles
Closest City Centre: Newcastle City Centre – 0.0 Miles.
Closest Must-See location outside: Gateshead Millennium Bridge - 2.7 Miles