Visiting Newcastle

A northern English city famed for its chilly weather but warm hospitality, Newcastle is a buzzing, modern city with lively nightlife and a great shopping scene. The city's good conference facilities mean it receives plenty of business visitors each year and its wealth of bars and nightclubs make it popular with the hen and stag night crowd too. Together with nearby Gateshead, Newcastle is increasingly gaining a reputation as a centre for the arts and there are several good museums and galleries to be found here. A large student population ensures the city has a youthful vibe and good transport links connect Newcastle with the rest of the UK.

As the name suggests, the city is built around a castle, just one of the sights that make Newcastle an interesting place to visit.

Transport Links

When it comes to arrival by public transport, Newcastle has all bases covered. There are good road and rail connections to towns and cities across the UK and the city's international airport and ferry terminal link the city with international destinations. The city's main railway station is centrally located and provides direct services to London King's Cross, Manchester, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, among others.

By road, the A1(M) links Newcastle with London and the South of England as well as Scotlland and major routes across the UK. The A69, meanwhile, links Newcastle with Carlisle, the Lake District and the South and West of England via the M6 motorway.

International and domestic flights arrive at Newcastle Aiport, which is just eight miles from the city centre and easily accessed via the Metro. Services run every few minutes, with a journey time of around 20 minutes.

Seven miles to the east of Newcastle, The International Ferry Terminal at North Shields provides northern England's principal sea link with Northern Europe. The ferry terminal is served by regular bus links to Newcastle Central Station and there is also a Metro station within 15 minutes' walk.

Things to See and Do

From fun and games for the kids to galleries, museums and theatres for the grownups, there's plenty to keep visitors to Newcastle happy.

The castle itself, at the heart of Newcastle, is well worth a visit and offers some fantastic views over the city. It's open daily and is popular with visitors of all ages. What's more, entrance is less than 2 for adults and less than 1 for children and concessions. Try climbing the steep 135-step stairwell to the top of the castle keep if you have the energy! Open-top bus rides and guided walking tours are good ways to see the city while learning about Newcastle's past and present and activities such as bowling, swimming and the cinema are good rainy day options for all ages. Nearby Gateshead is famous for its art and cultural scene and the Metro centre is awash with amusements, activities and shopping opportunities

Eating and Drinking

As one would expect for a major UK city, Newcastle has plenty of eating and drinking options to suit all tastes and budgets. There's riotous partying in the Big Market area of the city centre, with chain pubs and bars lining the street and lots of nightclubs. The University Student Union is a prime place to catch bands touring the UK, as well as big name DJs and more left field clubbing nights. There are also plenty of traditional pubs and inns in Newcastle, many of which also serve food. The city's dining scene is increasingly sophisticated, with the opportunity to sample food from across the world in the many international restaurants. The city centre is chock-full with coffee shops and cafes, sandwich bars, burger restaurants and plenty of other budget-friendly options and many bars offer good happy hour deals on food and drinks.

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