New to Newcastle

I've not been to Newcastle for a holiday before. I've been for external examiner duties and up until now it's primary claim to fame as far as I'm concerned is that there once I found two "extra tall" shops next to each other on the road up from the station. I hope they're still there. 

Anyhoo, we came up to Newcastle for the weekend and it is a lovely place. We found a hotel close to the Millennium Bridge and, although the weather hasn't been the best, we've had a bit of a chance to make the most of the splendid architecture around here. 

As we walked around the riverside I found myself thinking about what's happening in the Fruit Market in Hull. We have a similar waterfront setting and even a fancy bridge or two of our own. I'd love to see the same kind of thing happen where I come from.