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Grey Street is a must see for visitors to Newcastle, a picturesque and photogenic street it has been described as one of the finest streets in England.
The centre piece of Richard Grainger and John Dobson’s ambitious plans for a new town centre in the 1830s.
In 1862, Prime Minister, William Gladstone described it as “our best modern street”.
In 1948, the poet John Betjeman declared: “As for the curve of Grey Street, I shall never forget seeing it to perfection, traffic-less on a misty Sunday morning. Not even old Regent Street London can compare with that descending subtle curve.”
The street curves down from Grey’s Monument towards the valley of the River Tyne and was voted England’s finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC Radio 4 listeners.
In the Google Street View awards of 2010, Grey Street came 3rd in the British picturesque category.
Grey Street’s most famous address is probably the Theatre Royal which was completed in 1838.
Grey Street provided the backdrop to Transformers: The Last Knight, showcasing it’s photogenic appeal and claim as one of the best looking streets in Britain.
It also played host to some of the world’s finest cars as part of the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show.