The Tyne & Wear County


The Lord Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s personal representative for the five boroughs of Tyne & Wear. The boroughs are:



  Heritage @ St Mary's and The Sage, Gateshead 

In the past ten years Gateshead undergone an amazing transformation . Gateshead is at the centre of the North East’s regeneration and is home to many cultural, artistic and commercial developments. The Angel of the North Gateshead, The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, BALTIC the Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Quays all symbolise the new image of the borough and the wider region.

Gateshead is a large borough, with a population of 200,000. The borough already attracts multi-national companies such as Hilton and De La Rue and with the new International Business Centre launched in October 2004 and the Baltic Business Centre forecast to open spring 2005; Gateshead looks set to become a major centre for growth and investment in the UK.

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Newcastle upon Tyne


View of Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, at night

  Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Home of the famous Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Brown Ale and Grey Street – voted the best street in Britain by Radio 4 listeners.

Loved by the people who visit and adored by those who live in it, Newcastle is a city with a friendly up-beat atmosphere that is second to none and recognised the world over as a thriving metropolitan nucleus.

There is always something going on in Newcastle, whether it is at the magnificent Theatre Royal, City Hall or at the many fine bars clubs and restaurants that the city has to offer. To find out more about visiting the area please click here.

The city is home to two top universities - Newcastle University and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, bringing together a mix of 280,000 people who call Newcastle home. The city is home to, and attracts, people from all over the world who add to the diverse culture of one of Europe’s top cities.

North Tyneside


  St Mary's Lighthouse, North Shields

North Tyneside has a rich culture steeped in the manufacturing industry. The infamous Swan Hunter shipyard is located on the banks of the River Tyne at Wallsend. Swan Hunter is internationally renowned as a world-class shipbuilder and during a 130-year existence, has built over 1,600 ships including more than 400 Naval vessels.

North Tyneside is home to 200,000 residents and boats a wealth of social and cultural activity. From the renowned Whitley Bay entertainment scene, incorporating top bars, clubs and restaurants that cater for all ages and tastes, to the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth or the Royal Quays Outlet Shopping, its evident that North Tyneside has a lot to offer both residents and tourists alike.

South Tyneside


The Weebles, South Shields

Lying on the North East coastline, South Tyneside boasts some of the most beautiful towns and villages in the country, attracting thousands of people to the area all year round to visit key cultural, historical and fashionable places such as Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields Museum (where a permanent Catherine Cookson exhibition is displayed), Souter Lighthouse and Marsdon Rock. One of the most magnificent rock formations in Britain, Marsden Rock is renowned for it's sea bird colonies. South Tyneside has the smallest population out of the five boroughs of Tyne & Wear, with a population of 180,000.

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  Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

With a population of 300,000, Sunderland is the largest borough of Tyne & Wear. Sunderland is the UK's fastest growing automotive city, employing nearly 12,000 people in the industry. Nissan’s UK manufacturing plant is located on the outskirts of the city, with many subsidiary businesses located close by supplying components such as MI King (steel) and Dunlop (tyres). The inward investment that Nissan has brought into the region is forecast at being £2billion.

Sunderland is an up and coming city with much to offer residents and tourists alike. Seaburn plays host to the annual International Air Show, which takes place in the summer months and attracts people from all over the country. The air show is part of a summer tradition in the city. Seaburn’s beaches are amongst the best beaches anywhere in the country, and with the Seaburn Centre located close by featuring the Royal Shakespeare Company, opera productions, model railway exhibitions and horticultural shows, it’s a prime example why people visit Sunderland time and time again.

Map showing the five districts of Tyne and Wear and their population sizes

 Tyne and Wear district map and population size.