Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, more commonly known as just Newcastle, is one of England’s core cities. While in the past Newcastle was associated with industry and coal, the rejuvenated Newcastle of today is very different. Newcastle has a thriving cultural scene as it is home to some of the nation’s top museums and galleries and it also has some of the best nightlife in the UK.
Newcastle is served by Newcastle International Airport (NCL) which is situated 7 miles north of Newcastle. There are more than 50 flights a week from London to Newcastle and on average a return flight will cost around £80. It takes just over an hour to fly to Newcastle from London.
What to Do in Newcastle
There are a number of interesting landmarks and monuments to visit while on holiday in Newcastle. Synonymous with Newcastle and a must-visit for anyone in Newcastle, is the Angel of the North. Situated in Gateshead, the 208 tonne angel stands an impressive 65ft high. Another important sight in Newcastle is Hadrian’s Wall. Originally built to separate the Roman Empire in England from the natives, Hadrian had an 80 mile wall built. Today, the wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and open to the public, allowing visitors to follow it and explore its numerous edifices.
If you love shopping, the chances are that you already know that Newcastle has some of the best shopping opportunities in Europe. From high street favourites through designer brands and boutiques, there is something for everyone. Northumberland Street is the first port of call for shoppers in Newcastle. This street is often referred to as the Oxford Street of the North and is home to the famous Eldon Square shopping mall. If you head slightly out of town to Gateshead, you will find MetroCenter. In addition to hundreds of shops and eateries, the massive shopping centre has a comprehensive leisure complex which includes an Odeon cinema, an arcade and more.
As mentioned in the introduction, Newcastle is renowned as a cultural centre and has a wealth of museums and galleries. One of the most popular museums in Newcastle is the Discovery Museum. This museum has free admission and plenty of interactive and interesting exhibits to keep the whole family entertained. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is a world-class art institution with regularly updated exhibitions, a cinema and a rooftop restaurant.
As a major UK holiday destination, Newcastle has an excellent range of accommodation to suit every taste and budget.
For those who are travelling on a budget or those who just want basic accommodation, there are some welcoming bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in Newcastle. The most economical options tend to be clustered on Osborne Road. If you are looking for something even cheaper there are a number of hostels in Newcastle too.