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Newcastle and Durham are two very worthy British destinations, found in north east England. Also in here is one of WWII's sea forts in the Thames estuary, 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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