It's not. It's a gorgeous city with lots to see and do, and some of the grandest buildings in the country.
Over the past couple of decades or so, it has been massively regenerated and restored, none more so than the Quayside, down by the river. They have even installed a fake sandy beach, complete with deckchairs! And all over town, there are statues and points of interest.
And bridges - Newcastle has many, all different, and each attractive in its' own right.
This statue was just there, in the street, almost as if it had just strode out of the subway behind him.
St. James' Park football stadium lies in the heart of the city. This is the statue of Sir Bobby Robson outside the main entrance
The Chinese Gate - which appears to be in the heart of the Irish Quarter!
One of the most iconic Art Deco buildings in the country, this is the marvellous former Co-Op Building
The renowned Tyne Bridge, currently sporting Olympic rings, as St. James' Park is to be used for Olympic football matches. The building behind is the Sage, which lies across the River Tyne, in the twin town of Gateshead. The Sage is an amazing music and theatre venue, known throughout the world.
The complete (almost) collection of bridges over the Tyne
The curved Millenium Bridge, known locally as the 'Winking Eye', which links the Quayside, Newcastle to the Sage, Gateshead
The Art Deco former Baltic Mills, now a vibrant art gallery and venue, showing the curve of the Millenium Bridge