Newcastle upon Tyne is the largest city in England's north-east. It became famous as a coal port and in the 19th century became an important steel, shipbuilding and engineering centre. All of those industries plunged into decline after WWII, which left the city struggling to survive. Despite that it retains some 19th century grandeur and an impressive six bridges across the Tyne.
Geordies, as the locals are known, are fiercely proud of their city and independence and are right behind the money being poured into a substantial facelift.
The city has two universities Newcastle and Northumbria. It also has a strong sporting tradition, being home to Premiership football team Newcastle United.
Just 20 minutes from Newcastle is Seaham Hall, the leading luxury and spa destination resort in northern England.
It is a place for indulgence, with five types of rooms, each with individual style. Fine dining is accompanied by appropriate wines. As Seaham Hall was built in 1791, wines are kept in original vaulted cellars which have been storing wine for over two centuries.
The Serenity Spa and Seaham Hall Hotel are lined by an underground walkway. The Spa is oriental in design and inspired by Feng Shui. It offers more than 45 treatments.
Seaham Hall rooms start at around $525 a double a night. The Penthouse is around $1250 a night. Breakfast is included.
Prices are correct at July 26, 2007.
Newcastle in County Durham.
For further information
Seaham Hall Hotel & the Serenity Spa
Lord Byron's Walk
County Durham SR7 7AG
Ph: 44 (0) 191 516 1400
Ph: 1300 303 777
Ph: 1300 858 589