Sitting on the River Tyne, Newcastle's past has been built on heavy industry including shipbuilding and it was also once at the heart of a very important coal mining area. Hire a car in Newcastle Upon Tyne to explore the area, and visit famous sites such as the Angel of the North. At its peak, Newcastle's wealth led to a great deal of magnificent architecture which is perhaps best exemplified by Grey Street in the centre of the city. It's said to have more listed and protected buildings than anywhere else in the UK except for London and Bath. The seven bridges that span the Tyne have also become iconic symbols of the city.