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Coordinates: 54°58.440′N 1°36.792′W / 54.974°N 1.6132°W / 54.974; -1.6132

City of Newcastle upon Tyne
—  Borough & City  —
The Tyne Bridge

Coat of Arms of the City Council
Nickname(s): The Toon
Motto: "Fortiter Defendit Triumphans" "Triumphing by brave defence"
Newcastle upon Tyne shown within England
Coordinates: 54°58′N 1°36′W / 54.967°N 1.6°W / 54.967; -1.6
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North East England
Ceremonial county Tyne and Wear
Admin HQ Newcastle City Centre
Founded 2nd century
Town charter Henry II
County Corporate 1400
 - Type Metropolitan borough, City
 - Governing body Newcastle City Council
 - Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Cookson
 - MPs:
 - Borough & City 43.6 sq mi (113 km2)
Population (2008 est.)
 - Borough & City 273,600 (Ranked 37th)
 Metro 800,000 (Tyneside)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
Postcode NE
Area code(s) 0191
(2006 Estimates)
ISO 3166-2 GB-NET
ONS code 00CJ
OS grid reference NZ249645
Demonym Geordie, Novocastrian

Newcastle upon Tyne (locally pronounced /njuːˈkæsəl/ ( listen)) (often shortened to Newcastle) is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, the city developed in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius,[1][2] though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade and it later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the river, was amongst the world's largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. These industries have since experienced severe decline and closure, and the city today is largely a business and cultural centre, with a particular reputation for nightlife.

Like most cities, Newcastle has a diverse cross section, from areas of poverty[3][4] to areas of affluence.[4] Among its main icons are Newcastle Brown Ale, a leading brand of beer, Newcastle United F.C., a Football League Championship team, and the Tyne Bridge. It has hosted the world's most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, since it began in 1981.[5]

The city is the twentieth most populous in England; the larger Tyneside conurbation, of which Newcastle forms part, is the sixth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom.[6] Newcastle is a member of the English Core Cities Group[7] and with Gateshead the Eurocities network of European cities.[8]

The regional nickname for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie.




The first settlement in what is now Newcastle was Pons Aelius, a Roman fort and bridge across the River Tyne and given the family name of the Roman Emperor Hadrian who founded it in the 2nd century AD. The population of Pons Aelius at this period was estimated at 2,000. Hadrian's Wall is still visible in parts of Newcastle, particularly along the West Road. The course of the "Roman Wall" can also be traced eastwards to the Segedunum Roman fort in Wallsend - the wall's end and to the supply fort Arbeia in South Shields. The extent of Hadrian's Wall was 73 miles (117 km), spanning the width of Britain; the wall incorporated Agricola's Ditch[9] and was constructed primarily to prevent unwanted immigration and incursion of Pictish tribes from the north, not as a fighting line for a major invasion.[10]

Anglo-Saxon and Norman

Newcastle Castle Keep is the oldest structure in the city, dating back to at least the 11th century.

After the Roman departure from Britain, completed in 410, Newcastle became part of the powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and became known throughout this period as Monkchester.[11] After a series of conflicts with the Danes and the devastation north of the River Tyne inflicted by Odo of Bayeux after the 1080 rebellion against the Normans, Monkchester was all but destroyed. Because of its strategic position, Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror, erected a wooden castle there in the year 1080 and the town was henceforth known as Novum Castellum or New Castle.

Middle Ages

Throughout the Middle Ages, Newcastle was England's northern fortress. Incorporated first by Henry II, a new charter was granted by Elizabeth in 1589.[12] A 25-foot (7.6 m) high stone wall was built around the town in the 13th century, to defend it from invaders during the Border war against Scotland. The Scots king William the Lion was imprisoned in Newcastle in 1174, and Edward I brought the Stone of Scone and William Wallace south through the town. Newcastle was successfully defended against the Scots three times during the 14th century, and was created a county corporate with its own sheriff by Henry IV in 1400.

16th to 19th century

From 1530 a royal act restricted all shipments of coal from Tyneside to Newcastle Quayside, giving a monopoly in the coal trade to a cartel of Newcastle burgesses known as the Hostmen. This monopoly, which lasted for a considerable time, helped Newcastle prosper, but it had its impact on the growth of near-neighbours Sunderland, causing a Tyneside and a Wearside rivalry that still exists. In the Sandgate area, to the east of the city and beside the river, resided the close-knit community of keelmen and their families. They were so called because they worked on the keels, boats that were used to transfer coal from the river banks to the waiting colliers, for export to London and elsewhere. In 1636 about 7,000 out of 20,000 inhabitants of Newcastle died of plague.[13]

Newcastle was once a major industrial centre particularly for coal and shipping.

During the English Civil War, Newcastle supported the king and in 1644 the city was besieged for many months, then stormed ('with roaring drummes') and sacked by Cromwell's Scots allies, based in pro-Parliament Sunderland. The grateful King bestowed the motto "Fortiter Defendit Triumphans" ("Triumphing by a brave defence") upon the town. Ironically, Charles was imprisoned in Newcastle by the Scots in 1646-7.

In the 18th century, Newcastle was the country's fourth largest print centre after London, Oxford and Cambridge, and the Literary and Philosophical Society of 1793, with its erudite debates and large stock of books in several languages, predated the London Library by half a century. Newcastle also became a glass producer with a reputation for brilliant flint glass.[14]

An engraving by William Miller of Newcastle in 1832.

Newcastle's development as a major city, however, owed most to its central role in the export of coal. The phrase taking coals to Newcastle was first recorded in 1538. In the 19th century, shipbuilding and heavy engineering were central to the city's prosperity; and the city was a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution. Innovation in Newcastle and surrounding areas included the development of safety lamps, Stephenson's Rocket, Lord Armstrong's artillery, Be-Ro flour, Joseph Swan's electric light bulbs, and Charles Parsons' invention of the steam turbine, which led to the revolution of marine propulsion and the production of cheap electricity.


Newcastle is situated in the North East of England, in the ceremonial county of Tyne and Wear and the historical and traditional county of Northumberland. The city is located on the northern bank of the River Tyne at a latitude of 54.974° N and a longitude of 1.614° W.

The ground beneath the city is formed from Carboniferous strata of the Middle Pennine Coal Measures Group - a suite of sandstones, mudstones and coal seams which generally dip moderately eastwards. To the west of the city are the Upper Pennine Coal Measures and further west again the sandstones and mudstones of the Stainmore Formation, the local equivalent of the Millstone Grit.[15]

Climate chart (explanation)
average max. and min. temperatures in °C
precipitation totals in mm
source: "Averages 1971-2000". Met Office. 

The climate in Newcastle is temperate and significantly warmer than some other locations in the world at a similar latitude, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream (via the North Atlantic Drift). Being in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, it is among the driest cities in the UK.

Side, a street in Newcastle near the Tyne Bridge

In large parts, Newcastle still retains a medieval street layout. Narrow alleys or 'chares', most of which can only be traversed by foot, still exist in abundance, particularly around the riverside. Stairs from the riverside to higher parts of the city centre and the extant Castle Keep, originally recorded in the 14th century, remain in places. Close, Sandhill and Quayside contain modern buildings as well as structures dating from the 15th-18th centuries, including Bessie Surtees House, the Cooperage and Lloyds Quayside Bars, Derwentwater House and the currently unused Grade I-listed 16th century merchant's house at 28-30 Close.

The city has an extensive neoclassical centre, largely developed in the 1830s by Richard Grainger and John Dobson, and recently extensively restored. Broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie describes Newcastle as England's best-looking city[16][17] and Grey Street, which curves down from Grey's Monument towards the valley of the River Tyne, was voted as England's finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC Radio 4 listeners.[18][19] In the Google Street View awards of 2010, Grey Street came 3rd in the British picturesque category.[20] Osborne Road came 4th in the foodie street category.[20] A portion of Grainger Town was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, including all but one side of the original Eldon Square itself.

Immediately to the northwest of the city centre is Leazes Park, established in 1873 after a petition by 3,000 working men of the city for "ready access to some open ground for the purpose of health and recreation". Just outside one corner of this is St James' Park, the stadium home of Newcastle United F.C. which dominates the view of the city from all directions.

Another green space in Newcastle is the Town Moor, lying immediately north of the city centre. It is larger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath put together[21][22] and the freemen of the city have the right to graze cattle on it.[21][22] Unlike other cities where similar rights exist, they often take advantage of this. The right incidentally extends to the pitch of St. James' Park, Newcastle United Football Club's ground, though this is not exercised, although the Freemen do collect rent for the loss of privilege. Honorary freemen include Bob Geldof, Nelson Mandela, Alan Shearer and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Hoppings funfair, said to be the largest travelling fair in Europe, is held here annually in June.

In the south eastern corner is Exhibition Park, which contains the only remaining pavilion from the North East Coast Exhibition of 1929. Since the 1970s this has housed the Newcastle Military Vehicle Museum; this is closed until further notice because of structural problems with the building - originally a temporary structure.

The wooded gorge of the Ouseburn in the east of the city is known as Jesmond Dene and forms another popular recreation area, linked by Armstrong Park and Heaton Park to the Ouseburn Valley, where the river finally reaches the River Tyne.

View of Newcastle City Centre from Gateshead.

Notable Newcastle housing developments include Ralph Erskine's the Byker Wall designed in the 1960s and now Grade II* listed. It is on UNESCO's list of outstanding 20th century buildings.

Newcastle's thriving Chinatown lies in the north-west of Grainger Town, centred on Stowell Street. A new Chinese arch, or paifang, providing a landmark entrance, was handed over to the city with a ceremony in 2005.

The UK's first biotechnology village, the "Centre for Life" is located in the city centre close to the Central Station. The village is the first step in the City Council's plans to transform Newcastle into a science city.[23]

Newcastle was voted as the Best City in the North in April 2007 by The Daily Telegraph newspaper - beating Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds in an online poll conducted of its readers.[24]

Quayside and bridges on the Tyne

Tyne Bridge and The Sage

The Tyne Gorge between Newcastle on the north bank and Gateshead - a separate town and borough - on the south bank, is famous for a series of dramatic bridges, including the Tyne Bridge of 1928 which was built by Dorman Long of Middlesbrough, and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge of 1849, the first road/rail bridge in the world. Large-scale regeneration has replaced former shipping premises with imposing new office developments; an innovative tilting bridge, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge was commissioned by Gateshead Council and has integrated the older Newcastle Quayside more closely with major cultural developments in Gateshead, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Norman Foster-designed The Sage Gateshead music centre. The Newcastle & Gateshead Quaysides are now a thriving, cosmopolitan area with bars, restaurants and public spaces. As a tourist promotion, Newcastle and Gateshead have linked together under the banner "NewcastleGateshead", to spearhead the regeneration of the North-East.

Newcastle Quayside Seen here in 2008 on the Quayside are the Tyne Salmon Cubes; a celebration of the River Tyne Salmon[25]

The River Tyne had a temporary Bambuco Bridge in 2008 for 10 days, it was not made for walking, road or cycling, but was just a sculpture.

Grainger Town

Typical Georgian architecture around Monument.

The historic heart of Newcastle is the Grainger Town area. Based around classical streets built by Richard Grainger, a builder and developer, between 1835 and 1842, some of Newcastle upon Tyne's finest buildings and streets lie within this area of the city centre including Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. These buildings are predominately four storeys, with vertical dormers, domes, turrets and spikes. Richard Grainger was said to 'have found Newcastle of bricks and timber and left it in stone'. Of Grainger Towns 450 buildings, 244 are listed, of which 29 are grade I and 49 are grade II*.

The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s saw the demolition of part of Grainger Town as a prelude to the modernist rebuilding initiatives of T. Dan Smith, the leader of Newcastle City Council. A corruption scandal was uncovered involving Smith and John Poulson, a property developer, and both were jailed. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, Our Friends in the North.[26]


Newcastle played a major role during the 19th-century Industrial Revolution, and was a leading centre for coal mining and manufacturing. Heavy industries in Newcastle declined in the second half of the 20th century; office, service and retail employment are now the city's staples.

Newcastle is the commercial, educational and, in partnership with nearby Gateshead, the cultural focus for North East England. As part of Tyneside, Newcastle's economy contributes around £13 billion to the UK GVA.[27] The Central Business District is in the centre of the city, bounded by Haymarket, Central Station and the Quayside areas.


Looking south along Northumberland Street in July 2006

There are several major shopping areas in Newcastle city centre. The largest of these is the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, currently the largest city centre shopping complex in the UK. It incorporates the first and largest Fenwick department store, one of the largest Marks and Spencer stores outside London, a flagship Debenhams store as well a John Lewis store, formerly known as Bainbridges. As Bainbridges, this store was possibly " of the earliest of all department stores".[28] Eldon Square is currently undergoing a full redevelopment. A new bus station, replacing the old underground bus station, was officially opened in March 2007.[29] The wing of the centre, including the undercover Green Market, near Grainger Street and The Gate was demolished in 2007 so that the area could be redeveloped.[30] This was completed in February 2010 with the opening of a flagship Debenhams department store as well as other major stores including Apple.

The main shopping street in the city is Northumberland Street. In a 2004 report, it was ranked as the most expensive shopping street in the UK for rent, outside of London.[31] Other shopping destinations in Newcastle include Grainger Street and the area around Grey's Monument, the relatively modern Eldon Garden and Monument Mall complexes, the Newgate Centre, Central Arcade and the traditional Grainger Market. Outside the city centre, the largest suburban shopping areas are Gosforth and Byker. The largest Tesco store in the United Kingdom is located in Kingston Park on the edge of Newcastle.[32] Close to Newcastle, the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe, the MetroCentre, is located in Gateshead.



West Road Shopping Area in Newcastle's West End has a strong multi-ethnic community.
Stanhope Street in Arthur's Hill area is home to the North East's largest Asian community.
Gosforth High Street in the north of the city.

According to the UK Government's 2001 census,[33] the city of Newcastle has a population of 189,863, whereas the unitary authority of Newcastle has a population of around 259,500. However, the metropolitan boroughs of North Tyneside (population c.190,000), South Tyneside (population c. 150,000) and Gateshead (population c.200,000) are also part of the Tyneside conurbation, giving the Newcastle-Gateshead metropolitan area a population of 799,000. According to the same statistics, the average age of people living in Newcastle is 37.8 (the national average being 38.6). 93.1% of the population are of white British ethnic background (the national average being 91.3%). Many people in the city have Scottish and Irish ancestors. There is a strong presence of Border Reiver surnames, such as Armstrong, Charlton, Elliot, Johnstone, Kerr, Hall, Nixon, and Robson. Other ethnic groups in Newcastle, in order of population size, are Pakistani at 1.9% and Indians at 1.2%. There are also small but significant Chinese, Jewish and Eastern European (Polish, Czech Roma) populations. There are also estimated to be between 500 and 2,000 Bolivians in Newcastle, forming up to 1% of the population - the largest such percentage of any UK city.[34]

The city is largely Christian at 70.6%; Muslims form 3.6%,[35] and over 16% have no religion.

According to 2008 figures,[36] the city's ethnic make-up is as follows:

  • White – 90.5%
  • South Asian – 5.2%
  • Black – 1.1%
  • Chinese – 1.1%
  • Mixed-race – 1.2%
  • Other – 0.8%

The regional nickname for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie. The Latin term Novocastrian, which can equally be applied to residents of any place called Newcastle, is also used for ex-pupils of the city's Royal Grammar School.[37]

Year and current total population[38]

  • 1801 – 33,322
  • 1851 – 80,184
  • 1901 – 246,905
  • 1911 – 293,944
  • 1921 – 309,820
  • 1931 – 326,576
  • 1941 – 333,286
  • 1951 – 340,155
  • 1961 – 323,844
  • 1971 – 308,317
  • 1981 – 272,923
  • 1991 – 277,723
  • 2001 – 259,573
  • 2007 – 271,600
  • 2008 – 273,600


The dialect of Newcastle is known as Geordie, and contains a large amount of vocabulary and distinctive word pronunciations not used in other parts of the United Kingdom. The Geordie dialect has much of its origins in the language spoken by Anglo-Saxon mercenaries, who were employed by the Ancient British people to fight Pictish invaders, following the withdrawal of the Romans from Britain in the 4th century. This language was the forerunner of Modern English; but while the dialects of other English regions have been heavily altered by the influences of other foreign languages—particularly Latin and Norman–French—the Geordie dialect retains many elements of the old language. An example of this is the pronunciation of certain words: "dead", "cow", "house" and "strong" are pronounced "dede", "coo", "hoos" and "strang"—which is how they were pronounced in the Anglo-Saxon language. Other Geordie words with Anglo-Saxon origins include: "larn" (from the Anglo-Saxon "laeran", meaning "teach"), "burn" ("stream") and "gan" ("go").[39] "Bairn" and "hyem", meaning "child" and "home", are examples of Geordie words with origins in Scandinavia; "barn" and "hjem" are the corresponding modern Norwegian words. Some words used in the Geordie dialect are used elsewhere in the northern United Kingdom. The words "bonny" (meaning "pretty"), "howay" ("come on"), "stot" ("bounce") and "hadaway" ("go away" or "you're kidding"), all appear to be used in Scottish dialect; "aye" ("yes") and "nowt" (IPA://naʊt/, rhymes with out,"nothing") are used elsewhere in northern England. Many words, however, appear to be used exclusively in Newcastle and the surrounding area, such as "Canny" (a versatile word meaning "good", "nice" or "very"), "bait" ("food"), "hacky" ("dirty"), "netty" ("toilet"), "hoy" ("throw"), "hockle" ("spit").[40]


Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country and is ranked seventh in the country for confidence in doctors.[citation needed] Newcastle has three large teaching hospitals: the Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Newcastle General Hospital and the Freeman Hospital, which is also a pioneering centre for transplant surgery.

In a report, published in early February 2007 by the Ear Institute at the University College London, and Widex, a Danish hearing aid manufacturer, Newcastle was named as the noisiest city in the whole of the UK, with an average level of 80.4 decibels. The report claimed that these noise levels would have a negative long-term impact on the health of the city's residents.[41] The report was criticised, however, for attaching too much weight to readings at arbitrarily selected locations, which in Newcastle's case included a motorway underpass without pedestrian access.[42]



The Gate complex is a popular nightlife destination in the city with numerous restaurants and bars such as Tiger Tiger.

Newcastle has a reputation for being a fun-loving city with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. More recently, Newcastle has become popular as a destination for Stag and Hen parties. Newcastle was in the top ten of the country's top night spots,[43] and The Rough Guide to Britain placed Newcastle upon Tyne's nightlife as Great Britain's no. 1 tourist attraction.[44]

There are notable concentrations of pubs, bars and nightclubs around the Bigg Market, and the Quayside area of the city centre. There are many bars on the Bigg Market, and other popular areas for nightlife are Collingwood Street, Neville Street, the Central Station area and Osborne Road in the Jesmond area of the city. In recent years "The Gate" has opened in the city centre, a new indoor complex consisting of bars, upmarket clubs, restaurants and a 12-screen Empire multiplex cinema.[45] Newcastle's gay scene is centred around the Times Square area near the Centre for Life and has a range of bars, cafés and clubs.[46][47]

The city has a wide variety of restaurants such as Italian, Indian, Persian, Japanese, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, American, Polish, Malaysian, French, Mongolian, Moroccan, Thai food , Vietnamese, and has a Chinese village with many Chinese restaurants on Stowell Street. There has also been a growth in premium restaurants in recent years with top chefs.[48][49][50]

Significant changes in the last ten years have been increased opening hours, more upmarket bars, a greater range of clubs and some of the older traditional pubs closing, although many have been revamped and remain very popular.

The music video for Pet Shop Boys 1990 hit "So Hard" shows Newcastle's nightlife around various parts of the city on a Friday night. The extended mix of the track also shows even more shots of the city's nightlife, clearly late on a Friday night.


Grey Street with Theatre Royal on left.

The city contains many theatres. The largest, the Theatre Royal on Grey Street, first opened in 1837. It has hosted a season of performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 25 years, as well as touring productions of West End musicals.[51] The Journal Tyne Theatre hosts smaller touring productions, whilst other venues feature local talent. Northern Stage, formally known as the Newcastle Playhouse and Gulbenkian Studio, hosts various local, national and international productions in addition to those produced by the Northern Stage company.[52] Other theatres in the city include the Live Theatre, the People's Theatre, the Round and the Jubilee Theatre. NewcastleGateshead was voted in 2006 as the arts capital of the UK in a survey conducted by the Artsworld TV channel.[53]


Newcastle has a strong reputation as a poetry centre. The Morden Tower, run by poet Tom Pickard is a major venue for poetry readings in the North East, being the place where Basil Bunting gave the first reading of Briggflatts in 1965.[54]

Festivals and fairs

The arch to Chinatown, opposite St. James' Park

In February, Newcastle's Chinatown is at the centre of a carnival of colour and noise as the city celebrates the Chinese New Year. In early March there is the NewcastleGateshead Comedy Festival, this event makes a return to the region since the last event in 2006, it is hoped it will now continue as an annual event.[55] The Newcastle Science Festival, now called Newcastle ScienceFest returns annually in early March.[56]

The Newcastle Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA, takes place in April.[57] In May, Newcastle and Gateshead host the Evolution Festival, a music festival held on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides over the Spring bank holiday, with performances by acts from the world of Rock, Indie and Dance music.[58] The biennial AV Festival of international electronic art, featuring exhibitions, concerts, conferences and film screenings, is held in March. The North East Art Expo, a festival of art and design from the regions professional artists, is held in late May.[59] EAT! NewcastleGateshead, a festival of food and drink, runs for 2 weeks each year in mid June.[60]

The Hoppings, reputedly the largest travelling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June. The event has its origins in the Temperance Movement during the early 1880s and coincides with the annual race week at High Gosforth Park.[61] Newcastle Community Green Festival, which claims to be the UK’s biggest free community environmental festival, also takes place every June, in Leazes Park.[62] The Northern Rock Cyclone, a cycling festival, takes place within, or starting from, Newcastle in June.[63] The Ouseburn Festival, a family oriented weekend festival near the city centre, incorporating a "Family Fun Day" and "Carnival Day", is held in late July.[64]

Newcastle Mela, held on the late August bank holiday weekend, is an annual two-day multicultural event, blending drama, music and food from Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindu cultures.[65] NewcastleGateshead also holds an annual International Arts Fair. The 2009 event will be in the Norman Foster designed Sage Gateshead Music and Arts Centre in September.[66] In October, there is the Design Event festival—an annual festival providing the public with an opportunity to see work by regional, national and international designers.[67] The SAMA Festival, an East Asian cultural festival is also held in early October.[68]


The 1960s saw the internationally successful rock group The Animals, emerge from Newcastle night spots such as Club A-Go-Go on Percy Street. Other well-known acts with connections to the city include Sting, Bryan Ferry, Dire Straits and more recently Maxïmo Park. There is also a thriving underground music scene that encompasses a variety of styles, including Drum and Bass, doom metal and Post-rock.

Lindisfarne are a folk-rock group with a strong Tyneside connection. Their most famous song, "Fog on the Tyne" (1971), was covered by Geordie ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne in 1990. Venom, reckoned by many to be the originators of black metal and extremely influential to the extreme metal scene as a whole, formed in Newcastle in 1979. Folk metal band Skyclad, often regarded as the first folk metal band, also formed in Newcastle after the breakup of Martin Walkyier thrash metal band, Sabbat.

The predominant record company in Newcastle is Kitchenware Records (circa 1982), previously home to acclaimed bands such as Prefab Sprout, Martin Stephenson and the Daintees and Fatima Mansions, the management of The Lighthouse Family and home to recent successes Editors as well as other bands of varied genres.

The 1990s boom in progressive house music saw the city's Global Underground record label corner the market in the mix CD market with the likes of Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, James Lavelle, and Danny Howells recording mix compilations. The label is still going strong today with offices in London and New York, and new releases from Deep Dish and Adam Freeland.[69]

Concert venues

Metro Radio Arena

The largest music venue in the city is the 11,000-seat Metro Radio Arena, which is situated in the south of the city centre near the Centre for Life. The 2,000-seat Newcastle City Hall holds a number of music events every month, particularly featuring solo artists. Both of the city's universities also have large performance venues (each holding around 2,000 people).

On 14 October 2005, the 2,000 capacity O2 Academy Newcastle opened, providing a new music venue in the city centre. The opening night was headlined by The Futureheads and the profile of the venue has attracted a greater variety of bands to play in the city. The O2 Academy Newcastle is the newest in a string of Academies to be opened across the UK.

Other popular music venues in the city include The Head of Steam, which is near Newcastle Central railway station, and Trillians Rock Bar at Princess Square. The Cluny and the Cumberland Arms are both situated in the Ouseburn Valley between the city centre and Byker.


The Tyneside Cinema on Pilgrim Street originally opened as the 'Bijou News-Reel Cinema' in 1937, and was designed and built by Dixon Scott, great uncle of film director Ridley Scott.

In May 2008 the Tyneside Cinema reopened in the restored and refurbished original building. The site currently houses three cinemas, including the restored Classic - the United Kingdom's last surviving news cinema still in full-time operation - alongside two new screens, a roof extension containing the Tyneside Bar, and dedicated education and teaching suites.

Museums and galleries

There are several museums and galleries in Newcastle, including the Discovery Museum, the Great North Museum, Gallagher & Turner Gallery, the Laing Art Gallery, and the Newburn Hall Motor Museum.

In Film

The 1971 film Get Carter features the city of Newcastle as one of its stars. The film was shot on location in and around Newcastle and offers an opportunity to see what Newcastle looked like in the 1960s and early 1970s.


St. James' Park - home of Newcastle United Football Club.

The city has a strong sporting tradition. Football club Newcastle United has been based at St James' Park since the club was established in 1892, although any traces of the original structure are now long gone as the stadium now holds more than 52,000 seated spectators.[70] The city also has a non-League football club, Newcastle Benfield. Also based in Newcastle are Guinness Premiership rugby union side Newcastle Falcons and 1996 Pilkington Shield winners Medicals RFC.

The Metro Radio Arena is home to Newcastle Vipers ice hockey team and Newcastle Eagles basketball team. The city's speedway team Newcastle Diamonds are based at Brough Park in Byker, a venue that is also home to greyhound racing. Newcastle also hosts the start of the annual Great North Run, the world's largest half-marathon in which participants race over the Tyne Bridge into Gateshead and then towards the finish line 13.1 miles (21.1 km) away on the coast at South Shields.[71] Another famous athletic event is the 5.7-mile (9.2 km) Blaydon Race (a road race from Newcastle to Blaydon), which has taken place on 9 June annually since 1981, to commemorate the celebrated Blaydon Races horse racing.[72]


Newcastle is governed using the leader and cabinet system, and the executive is Liberal Democrat, as they have 49 councillors against the Labour Party's 29. No other parties hold seats on the city's council.[73]

For the purposes of City Council elections, Newcastle is divided into 26 electoral wards.[74]



Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from the city centre on the northern outskirts of the city near Ponteland and is the largest of the two main airports serving the North East. It is connected the to the city via the Metro Light Rail system and a jourrney into Newcastle City Centre takes approximately 20 minutes. The airport handles over five million passengers per year, and is the tenth largest, and the fastest growing regional airport in the UK,[75] expecting to reach 10 million passengers by 2016, and 15 million by 2030.[76] As of 2007, over 90 destinations are available worldwide.[77]


Newcastle Central Station

Newcastle railway station, also known as Newcastle Central Station, is a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line and Cross Country Route. Opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria, it was the first covered railway station in the world and was much copied across the UK. It has a neoclassical facade, originally designed by the architect John Dobson, and was constructed in collaboration with Robert Stephenson.[78][79] The first services were operated by the North Eastern Railway company. The city's other mainline station, Manors, is to the east of the city centre.

Train operator East Coast[80] provides a half-hourly frequency of trains to London King's Cross, with a journey time of about three hours.[81] CrossCountry and First TransPennine Express operate regular services to many major destinations, whereas Northern Rail provides local and regional services.


Monument Metro station in Newcastle City Centre

The city is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, a system of suburban and underground railways covering a lot of Tyne and Wear. It was opened in five phases between 1980 and 1984, and was Britain's first urban light rail transit system;[82] two extensions were opened in 1991 and 2002.[83] It was developed from a combination of existing and newly built tracks and stations, with deep-level tunnels constructed through Newcastle city centre.[84][85] A bridge was built across the Tyne, between Newcastle and Gateshead, and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.[86] The network is operated by Nexus and carries over 37 million passengers a year,[87] extending as far as Newcastle Airport, Tynemouth, South Shields and South Hylton in Sunderland.[88] The Metro system is the first in the UK to have mobile phone antennae installed in the tunnels.[citation needed]

The Metro consists of two lines. The Green line starts at Newcastle Airport, goes through the city centre and into Sunderland, terminating at South Hylton. The yellow line starts at St. James Park, runs north of the river alongside Byker towards Whitley Bay, before returning to the city, on to Gateshead and terminates at South Shields.


Major roads in the area include the A1 (Gateshead Newcastle Western Bypass), stretching north to Edinburgh and south to London; the A19 heading south past Sunderland and Middlesbrough to York and Doncaster; the A69 heading west to Carlisle; the A167, the old "Great North Road", heading south to Gateshead, Chester-le-Street, Durham and Darlington; and the A1058 "Coast Road", which runs from Jesmond to the east coast between Tynemouth and Cullercoats. Many of these designations are recent—upon completion of the Western Bypass, and its designation as the new line of the A1, the roads between this and the former line through the Tyne Tunnel were renumbered, with many city centre roads changing from a 6-prefix[89] to their present 1-prefix numbers.


Haymarket Bus Station, one of the city's two main bus stations.

There are 3 main bus companies providing services in the city; Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East. Arriva services mainly operate from Haymarket Bus Station to Gosforth and the northern surburbs, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Go-Ahead operates mainly from Eldon Square Bus Station and Grainger Town to Gateshead, Metro Centre and County Durham. Stagecoach is the main operator in the city proper, providing services mainly between both the West and East ends via the city centre. Bus Services in Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding boroughs part of the Tyne and Wear area are coordinated by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive.[90] Other major departure points are Pilgrim Street for buses running South of the Tyne via Gateshead, and Blackett Street/Monument for services to the East or West of the city. Many bus services also pass Newcastle Central Station, a major interchange for Rail and Metro Services.[91] QuayLink is a hybrid electric bus service operated to the Quayside. Newcastle Coach Station, near the railway station, handles long distance bus services operated by National Express.


Newcastle is accessible by several mostly traffic-free cycle routes that lead to the edges of the city centre, where cyclists can continue into the city by road, using no car lanes. The traffic-free C2C cycle route runs along the north bank of the River Tyne, enabling cyclists to travel off-road to North Shields and Tynemouth in the east, and westwards towards Hexham.

Suburban cycle routes exist, which utilise converted trackbeds of former industrial wagonways and industrial railways. A network of signed on-road cycle routes is being established, including some designated on-road cycle lanes that will lead from the city centre to the suburbs of Gosforth, Heaton and Wallsend.


Newcastle has access to an international Ferry Terminal, at North Shields, which offers services to destinations including IJmuiden (near Amsterdam).[92] A ferry to Gothenburg, Sweden, operated by Danish DFDS Seaways, ceased crossing at the end of October 2006. The company cited high fuel prices and new competition from low-cost air services as the cause. From summer 2007, Thomson cruise lines includes Newcastle as a port of call on its Norwegian and Fjords cruise.[93]


Newcastle has one of the country's largest universities for research.

The city has two universities - Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Established as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, and becoming independent from Durham University in 1963, Newcastle University is now one of the UK’s leading international universities.[94] It won the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year award in 2000.[95] Newcastle Polytechnic was granted university status in 1992, becoming the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Northumbria University, as it is currently known, was voted 'Best New University' by The Times Good University Guide 2005. The latter university also won a much coveted company award of the "Most IT enabled organisation" (in the UK), by the IT industry magazine Computing.[96][97]

There are eleven LEA-funded 11 to 18 schools and seven independent schools with sixth forms in Newcastle. There are a number of successful state schools, including Gosforth High School, Heaton Manor School, St Cuthbert's High School, St. Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School, Kenton Comprehensive School,George Stephenson High School and Sacred Heart. The largest co-ed independent school is the Royal Grammar School. The largest girls' independent school is Central Newcastle High School. Both schools are located on the same street in Jesmond. Another notable girls' independent school is Newcastle Upon Tyne Church High School located at Tankerville Terrace. Newcastle School for Boys is the only independent boys' only school in the city and it situated in Gosforth. Newcastle College is the largest general further education college in the North East and is a beacon status college; there are two smaller colleges in the Newcastle area.

Religious sites

St. Nicholas' Cathedral, as seen from the Castle

Newcastle has two cathedrals, the Anglican St. Nicholas, with its elegant lantern tower of 1474, and the Roman Catholic St. Mary's, designed by Augustus Welby Pugin. Both cathedrals began their lives as parish churches. St Mary's became a cathedral in 1850 and St Nicholas' in 1882. Another prominent church in the city centre is the Church of St Thomas the Martyr which is the only parish church in the Church of England without a parish and which is not a peculiar.

One of the largest evangelical Anglican churches in the UK is Jesmond Parish Church, situated a little to the north of the city centre.

Newcastle is home to the only Bahá’í Centre in North East England, the centre has served the local Bahá’í community for over 25 years and is located close to the Civic Centre in Jesmond.

Newcastle was a prominent centre of the Plymouth Brethren movement up to the 1950s and some small congregations still function. Among these are at the Hall, Denmark Street and Gospel Hall, St Lawrence.


Local newspapers that are printed in Newcastle include Trinity Mirror's Evening Chronicle and The Journal, the Sunday Sun as well as the Metro freesheet. The Crack is a monthly style and listings magazine similar to London's Time Out. The adult comic Viz originated in Jesmond, and The Mag is a fanzine for Newcastle United supporters.

Two converted warehouses provided the base for Tyne Tees on City Road until 2005

Tyne Tees Television, the regional contractor for ITV, was based at City Road for over 40 years after its launch in January 1959.[98] In 2005 it moved to a new facility on The Watermark business park next to the MetroCentre in Gateshead.[99] The entrance to studio 5 at the City Road complex gave its name to the 1980s music television programme, The Tube.[98] BBC North East and Cumbria is located to the north of the city on Barrack Road, Spital Tongues, in a building known, as the result of its colouring, as the Pink Palace.[100] It is from here that the Corporation broadcasts the Look North television regional news programme and local radio station BBC Radio Newcastle.

Independent local radio stations include Metro Radio and sister station Magic 1152, which are both based in a building on the Swan House roundabout on the north side of the Tyne Bridge. Galaxy 105-106 broadcasts across Newcastle from its studios in nearby Wallsend.[101] 100-102 Real Radio and 97.5 Smooth Radio both broadcast from Team Valley in Gateshead.[102]

NE1fm launched on June 8, 2007, the first full time community radio station in the area.[103] Newcastle Student Radio is run by students from both of the city's universities, broadcasting from Newcastle University's student's union building during term time.[104] Radio Tyneside has been the voluntary hospital radio service for most hospitals across Newcastle and Gateshead since 1951, broadcasting on 1575AM.[105]

Newcastle is one of the first in the UK to have its city centre covered by wireless internet access.[106]

Notable people

Charles Avison, the leading British composer of concertos in the 18th Century, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1709 and died there in 1770. Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster (1976–1999) was born in the city in 1923. Other notable people born in or associated with Newcastle include: engineer and industrialist Lord Armstrong, engineer Robert Stephenson, modernist poet Basil Bunting,[107] Lord Taylor, the Portuguese writer Eça de Queiróz who was a diplomat in Newcastle from late 1874 until April 1879 - his most productive literary period,[108], The Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva, singers Eric Burdon, Sting, multiple circumnavigator David Scott Cowper, Neil Tennant, Mark Knopfler, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Cheryl Cole entertainers Ant and Dec, international footballers Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick and Alan Shearer.

Twin cities

Newcastle also has a "friendship agreement" with

Foreign consulates

The following countries have consular representation in Newcastle: Belgium, France Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Newcastle upon Tyne [1] is a city in the North East of England. It has a population of 250,000 but including the surrounding urban area its population is almost 1 million.

Tyne Bridge and The Sage
Tyne Bridge and The Sage


Newcastle is a lively and diverse city, known for its nightlife, art, music and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, it is one of England's core cities and is a centre of culture, architecture and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. The town is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.


Newcastle was founded around 2,000 years ago as a Roman fort called Pons Aelius along Hadrian's Wall - a ruin of which still exists at Segedunum (A short walk from Wallsend Metro station.) The city developed into an important port and was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. As heavy industry declined, Newcastle's fortunes took a dip. The city has now re-invented itself as a cultural centre and Science City, and is possibly one of the trendiest places in the UK.

Get in

By plane

Newcastle International Airport [2], which offers scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe and also Dubai, is located 9.7 km (about 6 miles) north-west of the city. Travel options into the city centre include:

  • Most travelers find that the Tyne and Wear Metro [3] is the best all-round option for getting to the city centre. The journey to Monument station takes about 20 minutes and costs £3.60.
  • Bus services are operated by Stagecoach [4] between the airport and the city centre.
  • Taxis are readily available outside the airport and it costs about £15 to get to the city centre.
  • By car the distance to the city centre is 9.7 km (about 6 miles) and takes up to half an hour to get in. There are several car rental firms with offices in the airport terminal building, although you'll generally pay a premium over downtown rates. See "By car" for car rental listings.

Car parks serving Newcastle Airport

Address On/Off Airport Distance / Transfer Time Security Park Mark®
Additional Information
Airparks Newcastle Bellair
Callerton Lane
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE13 8DN
0.7 miles / 5 minutes
24-hour CCTV monitoring
Maximum height of 2.10 metres. No minibuses, high-sided vehicles, mobile homes, lorries, caravans or trailers.
Callerton Parking
Callerton Station
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE13 8BP
0.6 miles / 5-10 minutes
CCTV, 24-hour security guards, steel security fencing and guard dogs.
Trailers are charged for an extra space.
On-Airport Parking
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE13 8BZ
.2 miles / 3 minutes
CCTV, floodlighting, security fencing, entry/exit barriers and security patrols.
No trailers are permitted.
Park & Fly
Prestwick Industrial Estate
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE20 9DA
.2 miles / 5 minutes
CCTV, floodlighting, perimeter fencing and security gates.
No transit vans or trailers are accepted.
Meet & Greet Parking
Car park does not disclose address for security reasons.
Customer is met at terminal. No transfer required.
CCTV, security fencing and security patrols.
No mobile homes, lorries or caravans are permitted.


By train

Newcastle is served by three long-distance rail operators:

  • Transpennine Express [8] runs direct services from Newcastle to Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Airport.

The local rail network is operated by Northern Rail [9], with relatively frequent services to destinations such as Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Hexham and Morpeth.

Newcastle Central Station is also served by the Tyne and Wear Metro [10] system, for frequent services into the Newcastle suburbs, and other destinations in Tyne and Wear.

In the UK, tickets can be bought on the day at the station using cash or debit/credit card, but it is invariably cheaper to book in advance. Times and fares information is available from National Rail [11], +44 8457 484950, or the station booking office.

By car

Newcastle upon Tyne is well signposted from the north, south and west. The city lies at the joining of the A1 (the main East Coast route from London to Edinburgh) and the A69 (a major east-west route to Carlisle and the M6). The A1 bypasses the city to the west.

There are a number of 'park-and-ride' National Park and Ride Directory [12] points around the city to avoid the hassle of parking in the city centre. From these points, the Metro or bus will take you into the city for between £1 and £3. Otherwise, there are over 10,000 spaces in the city centre, though for stays of more than a few hours this may prove expensive. Generally, parking in the city centre costs between £1 and £2 per hour, while parking about 10 minutes walk from the centre will set you back about £0.50 per hour.

Also check out [13] - a website that allows users to search and compare parking rates and locations for commercial and private parking facilities in Newcastle upon Tyne [14].

  • Alamo Rent A Car, Newcastle Airport, Woolsington (Arrivals Hall), +61 24 965-0162, [15]. Mon-Fri: 7:30am-11pm, Sat: 9am 10pm, Sun: 9am 1pm.  edit
  • Avis, 7 George Street, Newcastle, NE4 7JL, +44 0870 6086350, [16]. Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 8am-1pm, closed Sunday. Avis car rentals are also available at the Newcastle airport  edit
  • National, 90 Westmoreland Road, Newcastle, NE1 4DZ, +44 0191219 9102, [17]. Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 8am-1pm, closed Sunday. National car rental is also available at the Newcastle airport  edit

By bus

Newcastle Coach Station is located at the southern end of St James' Boulevard, near the Centre for Life and is just a short walk from the centre of town. National Express is the main intercity operator, offering regular services to several UK towns and cities. Most National Express tickets include free travel on the Metro system [18], but check this before you board the Metro.

  • Megabus [19], +44 (0)900 1600900 (premium rate).
  • National Express [20], +44 (0)8705 808080.

By boat

North Shields, 7 miles east of the city centre, has daily ferry to Amsterdam in Holland. Special buses run from the Central Station to the ferry terminal and are charged at a premium.

Taxis are available from outside the Ferry Terminal operated by BlueLine Taxis ( and EastCoast Taxis [21]. A taxi from the Terminal direct into Newcastle city centre is £11.50 for up to 4 passengers.

Chained up near Newcastle Civic Centre.
Chained up near Newcastle Civic Centre.

By bicycle

Newcastle is a reasonably cycle-friendly city. There are a number of places to lock a bike up in the city centre and cycle lanes exist (though these are often shared with buses or taxis). A few Metro stations also provide secure storage for bicycles, but note that only fold-away bicycles are permitted on Metro trains. Unless you're touring the UK on pedal power, the best use for a bike is to explore the Quayside, Ouseburn and Jesmond Dene areas, travel to out-of-town attractions or head off to more distant places such as Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice on the coast.

The Sustrans [22] National Cycle Network Route 1 (East Coast) passes through Newcastle from the North to the South.

Bicyle hire:

  • Tyne Bridge Bike Hire, The Guildhall (Quayside), NE1 3AF, +44 (0) 191 2772441, (, [23] 10AM-5PM (7 days in summer, weekends only in winter).
  • Tyne Cycles, 19-20 Rudyerd Street, North Shields, NE29 6RR, +44 (0) 191 2562266, (, [24].

By bus

City Centre

Quaylink [25] services run every few minutes between the city centre and the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. Single fares are 80p and the distinctive yellow livery makes the service easy to recognise.


There are 2 bus stations in the city, Haymarket with services to the north of the city and Northumberland. Eldon Square Bus Station mainly serves Gateshead, County Durham and Teeside. An extensive and efficient network of bus routes radiate out of Newcastle into the surrounding towns and suburbs. Though the services are operated by several different operators they are coordinated by Nexus [26], Tyne and Wear's transport authority. Maps and timetables can be found on the Nexus website [27], though it may be easier to use a personalised journey planner such as Transport Direct [28].

Bus operators include:

  • Arrive Northumbria, 21 Bridge St, Blyth, +44 (0) 167 036 3300‎, [29].  edit
  • Classic Coaches, +44 (0) 1207 282 288, [30].  edit
  • Go North East, 117 Queen St, Gateshead, +44 (0) 1207 282 288, [31].  edit
  • Northumbria Coaches, +44 (0) 1670 520577, [32].  edit
  • Stagecoach in Newcastle, Shields Road, Walkergate, +44 (0) 871 200 22 33, [33].  edit

On foot

Newcastle city centre is relatively compact and is therefore easy to navigate on foot. Many areas are pedestrianised. Being on the banks of the River Tyne, some areas slope quite steeply. Buses and taxis are fairly cheap and plentiful should this pose a problem.

Newcastle and Gateshead walking directions [34] can be planned online with [35] walking route planner.

The Tyne & Wear Metro is a fast, safe and reasonably cheap way of getting around the city and also to outlying suburbs and surrounding towns including Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North & South Shields, Sunderland and Newcastle International Airport.

There are two lines - the Green Line runs from Newcastle Airport to South Hylton (in Sunderland) and the Yellow Line runs from St James Park to South Shields via a lengthy loop via the coastal towns of North Shields, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Note that the east-west and north-south sections of the Yellow Line cross at Monument Station so if for example you are travelling from St James Park to South Shields, it is much quicker to transfer to the southbound Yellow LIne at Monument rather than riding along the entire route. The Green Line shares tracks with the Yellow Line for the majority of the section through central Newcastle and Gateshead.

Services run approximately every 6-10 minutes between 6:00 and 23:00. Single tickets range from £1.40 to £3.60 depending on the distance travelled, return fares and day passes are also available. Note that ticket machines currently only accept coins (10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2) although change is given - the information counter at large stations can provide change although if boarding at a smaller station outside of the city this service is not available - however after 2010 all stations will be fitted with new ticket machines that accept notes and credit/debit cards. Although there are no ticket barriers at stations, it is advisable to keep your ticket handy as trains and stations are patrolled by ticket inspectors. After 2010 major stations will be fitted with automatic ticket gates.

Smoking is banned on the entire system, including open-air stations. However, this rule is often overlooked and it's not uncommon to see people smoking on the trains, particularly late at night, despite the CCTV surveillance cameras.

By train

Regional rail services are regular and offer quicker access to nearby towns such as Durham, Sunderland, Hexham and Corbridge. Details are available from National Rail Enquiries [36] or Northern Rail [37].


North East England has established is refered to as one of the most beautiful regions in Britain. And Newcastle is currently becoming more and more of a popular tourist destination thanks to regeneration within the city and also its close proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Northumberland coastline and the Pennine hills.

A view from Millenium bridge over the river Tyne at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
A view from Millenium bridge over the river Tyne at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • The River Tyne is a short walk from the station, and has a pedestrian path on the near side reminiscent of the Queen's Walk in London. There are also city walks along the river, running from May to November. Information can be found at the Tourist Information Centre, near the Monument Metro station.
  • The Tyne Bridge, a good example of a compression arch suspended-deck bridge famous the world over.
  • The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, acclaimed worldwide for its physical and aesthetic beauty. Tilting times are announced regularly at the Gateshead Council web site [38].
  • Remains of the the Castle Keep and the surrounding castle garth, the "new castle" of the city's name. Parts of it were built in the 13th century.
  • The remains of the Roman fort at Segedunum, a short walk away from the Wallsend Metro [39] stations. In fact many of the signs at the metro station have been translated into Latin, including the aptly named Vomitorium.
The Central Arcade.
The Central Arcade.
  • Central Arcade, a beautifully preserved traditional shopping arcade, which houses the Tourist Information Bureau and Windows of the Arcade, one of Newcastle's oldest music shops.
  • Grainger Town is the beautiful and historic heart of the city. Based around classical streets built by Richard Grainger between 1835 and 1842, some of Newcastle upon Tyne's finest buildings and streets lie within the Grainger Town area of the City center including Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. Grey Street was voted as England's finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC Radio 4 listeners.
  • Grey's Monument located at the heart of Grainger Town is a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838. The wide base of the monument is a popular spot for people-watching, and often acts as a venue for buskers (most notably Apu with their Andean music), religious speakers and political activists/protesters.
  • St Nicholas Cathedral [40] is worth visiting during opening hours.
  • Walk around Newcastle's Chinatown centered on Stowell Street in the city center, it contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants and shops, and has its own Chinese arch.
  • The Angel of the North, a modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, is just a short drive from Newcastle city centre in Gateshead.
    St. Nicholas Cathedral's mysterious Vampire Rabbit illuminated during the Gateshead-Newcastle Glow Festival.
    St. Nicholas Cathedral's mysterious Vampire Rabbit illuminated during the Gateshead-Newcastle Glow Festival.
  • There are remains of Hadrian's Wall, a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of England, in the west of the city and further out in Northumberland.
  • The Vampire Rabbit is a gargoyle located above the door of an office block next to St. Nicholas's Church. The grey rabbit has red pupils, fangs, and nails. Its origin and meaning has remained an unsolved mystery for years, though it is rumored to protect the building's occupants.
Vases by Jon Lewis on display at the Biscuit Factory.
Vases by Jon Lewis on display at the Biscuit Factory.
  • Opus Art, West Avenue, Gosforth, +44 (0) 191 580 0112. M-Sa 9AM-5PM. Opus Art is an art gallery where you can admire and buy masterpieces of contemporary art from artists including Damien Hurst, Andy Warhol and Dan Baldwin.  edit
  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, +44 (0) 191 478 1810, [41]. Daily 10AM-6PM, except Tu 10:30AM-6PM. Constantly changing modern art exhibits are the hallmark of this gallery, located on the banks of the River Tyne in one of Newcastle's landmark industrial buildings. Admission is free.  edit
  • The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, +44 (0) 191 261 1103 (), [42]. Tu-Sa 10AM-8PM; M and Su 11AM-5PM. Britain's biggest original art store is 35,000 square feet with two floors of exhibition space and artist's studios. The commercial gallery sells paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and glass by contemporary artists hailing from all over the world. Admission is free.  edit
  • The Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, +44 (0) 191 222 6059, [43]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. An art gallery located on the campus of Newcastle University that was founded in 1925. Admission is free.  edit
  • Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, +44 (0) 191 477 1495, [44]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. Popular art gallery in Gateshead. Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of art and design on show in the friendly surroundings of the Shipley. During the last 25 years the venue has become established as a national center for contemporary craft and has built up one of the best collections outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. Admission is free.  edit
  • Centre For Life, Times Square, +44 (0) 191 243 8210, [45]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. This 'science city' in the centre of Newcastle has interactive exhibits that kids of all ages will likely enjoy. The facility houses a state of the art research facility, the Life Science Centre, where its scientists are the first people in Europe - and only the second in the world - to get a license for stem cell research on human embryos. There is also an interactive museum that looks at DNA, the human body and the origins of life, as well as a visitors center. Admission prices depend on your age, whether you are a UK tax payer and if you want to make a charitable donation.  edit
  • Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, +44 (0) 191 200 7146, [46]. 11AM-4PM. A museum where visitors can re-live the glorious days of the steam railway. Admission is free.  edit
  • Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Tyne and Wear, Tynemouth, [47]. Daily 10AM-5PM. The Tynemouth Castle and Priory is a fortress and religious site that is perched on a rocky headland overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. Admission is £4.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and £3.40 for concession.  edit
The Journal Tyne Theatre.
The Journal Tyne Theatre.
  • Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, +44 (0) 191 244 2500 (), [48]. The theatre is an easy walk from the city centre or the train station (it is closest to the Monument station on the Metro). Opening in 1837, the Theatre Royal presents more than 380 performances a year. It is the third home (after London and Stratford-upon-Avon) of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which usually does several shows there in the autumn.  edit
  • The Journal Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, +44 (0) 844 493 4567, [49]. This Grade 1 listed building is both beautiful and functional, with a capacity of up to 1,100. It has played host to an assortment of events from opera to theatre shows, from comedy to pantomimes, concerts to conferences.  edit
  • Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, +44 (0) 191 232 1232, [50]. This theater focuses on producing new works by writers from and/or living in the North East of England. Live Theatre has its roots in the identity of the North East of England but creates and presents work that is both challenging, popular and of relevance to all.  edit
  • Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, +44 (0) 191 230 5151, [51]. Formally the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Located on Newcastle University's campus, features a range of independent performances.  edit
  • People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, +44 (0) 191 275 9875 (), [52]. The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country. The theatre stages up to 12 productions a year in its newly refurbished main auditorium that holds 500 seats.  edit
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Shows Website, [53]. Listings for all of the major music and theatre shows in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.  edit
The Sage Music Centre.
The Sage Music Centre.
  • Sage Music Centre, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, +44 (0) 191 443 4666, [54]. Attend a concert at this newly finished venue in Gateshead, a short walk to the other side of the Tyne. If you can't go to a concert, just go in as it is certainly worth seeing.  edit
  • Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, +44 (0) 844 493 4567, [55]. This is the largest music venue in Newcastle actering for 12,000 during concerts, situated in the south of the city centre near the Centre for Life.  edit
  • Both Northumbria and Newcastle University have large venues in their unions' for mainstream and indie acts alike and attract some of the biggest names from accross the UK and abroad.
  • For smaller, indie gigs check out Head of Steam, The Cluny and Tyne Bar
  • The Hoppings, the largest travelling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June.
  • The 'Evolution Festival [57] (formally known as Orange Evolution and Freevolution) is a free music festival held on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides every Spring Bank Holiday since 2005. It has performances from local and national rock, indie and dance bands.
  • The annual MELA [58] held every August bank holiday weekend is a celebration of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine, music and art.
  • The city hosts popular Chinese New Year [59] celebrations every year, and in 2008 launched a greater series of events in addition to the usual festivities.
  • At Christmas the city centre has decorations, the large department store Fenwick hosts a famous window display and there is a Continental Christmas Market [60].
  • The city has recently begun to host a summer gay pride event called Northern Pride [61].
  • Attend a Newcastle United [62] football game, at St. James Park near the University of Newcastle. St James's Park is the fourth largest ground in the country, with a 52,000 capacity. Only Manchester United's Old Trafford, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Wembley are bigger.
  • Attend a Newcastle Falcons [63] game (Rugby Union) at Kingston Park in the suburb of Kingston Park in the north of the city.
  • Attend a Newcastle Eagles [64] game at the Metro Radio Arena, one of the country's most successful basketball teams the club achieved a "clean sweep" of trophies, including the BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and Championship "double".
  • Attend a Newcastle Vipers [65] ice hockey game at the Metro Radio Arena.
  • Attend a Newcastle Diamonds [66] Speedway meeting at Brough Park Stadium located in Byker in the city's east end.
  • Attend a Greyhound meeting at Brough Park Stadium [67].
  • Attending a horse race at Newcastle Racecourse [68]. Located in the north of the city at Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse attracts top jockeys and hosts the prestigious Northumberland Plate, one of the richest two-mile (3 km) handicaps in the world.
  • Attend an athletics meeting at Gateshead International Stadium [69], just across the river from Newcastle. The multi-use stadium hosts many international league rugby matches. Many of the world's top athletes compete at Gateshead, which hosts the British Grand Prix. In 2006, Asafa Powell equalled the then world record of 9.77 seconds here.
  • Attend a Gateshead Thunder [70] rugby game at Gateshead Stadium.
  • Empire Cinema, The Gate Newgate St, +44 (0) 871 471 4714, [71]. Shows all the latest blockbusters.  edit
  • Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, +44 (0) 845 217 9909, [72]. A beautifully detailed theater showing independent films.  edit
  • Side Cinema, 1-3 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 (0) 191 232 2208. A small, artsy, 50 seat cinema showing independent films.  edit
  • The Star and Shadow, Stepney Bank, +44 (0)191 261 0066, [73]. Situated in the battlefield area of Newcastle, this cinema is run entirely by volunteer members. The aim is to show a truly independent film program as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties.  edit
  • Odeon Cinemas, 38 Russell Way, +44 (0) 871 224 4007, [74]. Located in the Metrocentre in Gateshead, this cinema is IMAX enabled and shows all the latest popular films and rivals the Empire Cinema in Newcastle.  edit


There are two universities in Newcastle:

  • Newcastle University, +44 (0)191 2226000 [75] is one of the most important and respected universities in the UK and Europe, near the city center. An easy walk from the Haymarket metro station, their small Museum of Antiquities is open to the public.
  • Northumbria University, +44 (0)191 232 6002 [76], another very good university with more of a focus on vocational courses such as fashion, design and IT, also near the city center. It also incorporates Newcastle Business School. The Northumbria University Student Union is a popular venue for visiting bands.


As with the rest of the UK, European Union nationals have the right to work without a UK work permit, but most other nationalities require one. Newcastle's economy is buoyant at the moment and supports most types of businesses, so it is possible to find a job in a reasonably short period of time. There are a lot of call centers in and around Newcastle which provide an easy supply of short term work. It is seldom difficult to find employment in Newcastle's many pubs, clubs and bars.


Newcastle is the top shopping destination in the North East with a multitude of shops ranging from high-street department stores to designer boutiques.

The Grainger Market.
The Grainger Market.
  • Northumberland Street. Newcastle's main shopping street is known as the "Oxford Street of the North." Shops include BHS, Next, HMV, Marks and Spencer and the flagship Fenwick department store, the most successful independent department store outside London. Outside of the capital, the area is the most expensive place to own a shop.  edit
  • Old George Yard, +44 (0)191 2810609. Features design stores and vintage clothing shops.  edit
  • Ophelia Boutique, 3a Clayton Road, Jesmond, +44 (0) 191 281 0609. A boutique that offers fine cashmere clothing and luxury lingerie.  edit
  • Grainger Market. A recently restored indoor market dating from 1835. It is a lively working market that includes the Victorian Marks & Spencer.  edit
  • Eldon Square [77] shopping centre is situated in the center of Newcastle, boasting a wide array of shops and currently undergoing major expansion. Home to John Lewis and from February 2010, a flagship Debenhams department store.
  • The Metro Centre[78] is a 15 minute bus or train ride from the city centre to Gateshead. Constructed in the 1980s and expanded in the early 1990s and again in 2005, this is Europe's largest shopping center and leisure complex. Flagship stores include Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Parking here is plentiful and free, but traffic can be heavy, so make use of the frequent public transport links.
  • Royal Quays is an outdoor complex consisting of outlet stores in nearby North Shields with a range of shops. It is accessible by the Tyne and Wear Metro.
  • There are currently three department stores - Fenwick [79] (one of the largest department stores outside of London), Marks & Spencer, John Lewis (still popularly referred to as Bainbridge's) [80] and from February 2010, Debenhams.
Italian food at Zizzi.
Italian food at Zizzi.

Newcastle is home to a thriving and creative dining scene that has something to offer to just about any budget.


Newcastle has plenty of restaurants to suit those with a tighter budget. Look in the Quayside or near Central Station for a good deal. There are also many takeaways in Newcastle upon Tyne [81] which will offer a meal for even less money, usually of the same quality standards. Expect to pay around £8-£15.

  • La Toscana Ristorante, 22 Leazes Park Rd, +44 (0)191 2325871 [82]. Reasonably priced Italian fare; set menus are available.
  • Francesca's, Manor House Road, +44 (0)191 2816586. M-Sa 12PM-11PM. Fantastic and cheap Italian in Jesmond.
  • Pani's Cafe, +44 (0)191 2324366 [83]. M-Sa 10AM-10PM. Another great Italian joint on High Bridge that offers free Italian lessons.
  • Uno's Restaurant, 18 Sandhill, +44 (0)191 2615264. Yet another Italian offering, this one in Quayside.
  • El Coto, 21 Leazes Park Rd, +44 (0)191 2610555 [84]. Spanish restaurant serving up tapas, paellas, vinos and of course, sangria. Sometimes features flamenco nights; check website for scheduled events.
  • Koh I Noor, 26 Cloth Market, +44 (0)191 2325379. Old-fashioned Indian curry house with specials that include a starter, curry, rice and a cup of coffee for under £10.
  • Lau's Buffet King, 44-50 Stowell Street, +44 (0)191 2618868 [85]. Su-Sa 11:45AM-10:30PM. Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet, offering a choice of over 60 dishes.
  • Bangkok Cafe, 39-41 Low Friar Street [86]. Authentic Thai restaurant, reasonable prices. Claims to use only the freshest ingredients, and no MSG.
  • Stowell Street — In the city center you can find Newcastle's Chinatown which contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants.
  • Pizza Express, 10 Dean Street, +44 (0) 191 221 0120, [87]. Su-Th 11:30AM- 10:30PM, F & Sa 11:30am - 11:30PM. For well-priced, freshly prepared pizza and a simple Italian menu and wine list.  edit
  • Cafe Royal, 8 Nelson Street, +44 (0) 191 232 0664 (, fax: +44 (0)191 2614509). M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 10PM-4PM. A casual yet elegant eatery that serves up European fare with an emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients.  edit
  • Zizzi, 42-50 Grey Street, +44 (0) 191 261 8360. M-Su 11AM-11PM. Italian food served in a charming environment.  edit
  • Blue Coyote, 54-56 Pilgrim St, +44 (0) 191 222 0130, [89]. Tex-Mex and fresh ingredients along with a festive environment and full bar.  edit
  • Marco Polo, 33 Dean Street, +44 (0) 191 232 5533 (), [90]. M-F 12PM-11PM, Sa 12PM-12AM, Su 12PM-10:30PM. The Italian food at this eclectically decorate and very popular restaurant often commands a line out the door. Book in advance.  edit
  • Paradiso, 1 Market Lane (behind Popolo on Pilgrim St), +44 (0) 191 221 1240 (), [91]. Imaginative Mediterranean cuisine.  edit
  • Blackfriar's Restaurant, Friars St, +44 (0) 191 261 5945, [92]. M-Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 6PM-11PM, Su 12PM-3:30PM. Housed in a 13th century monk's refectory, this restaurant features a menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes with a twist.  edit
  • Rasa, 27 (5 min. walk from the Millenium bridge), +44 (0) 191 232 7799, [93]. M-Sa 12PM-3PM for lunch & 6PM-11PM for dinner. Authenic South Indian food inspired by the well-spiced home-cooking in Kerala.  edit
  • Grainger Rooms, 7 Higham Place, +44 (0) 844 567 2462, [94]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5:30PM-9:30PM. For leisurely meals crafted from local ingredients. Well-regarded by locals and travelers alike.  edit
  • Sachins, Forth Banks, +44 (0) 191 261 9035 (), [95]. M-Sa 6PM-11:15PM. An upscale and contemporary restaurant serving all natural Punjabi food.  edit
  • Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road (One and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre.), +44 (0) 191 212 3000, [96]. Seasonal, organic, and locally grown foods appear on the menu of this fine dining restaurant. Serves up English cuisine for daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. £41 and over.  edit
  • Prickly Pear, 5-7 The Side, +44 (0) 191 232-5537. Since 2007, the Prickly Pear has served up modern British cuisine. Reviews of the restaurant are mixed, with some saying it was the best meal they ever had while others call their experience "extremely disappointing." The Prickly Pear is the sister restaurant of two well-established restaurants in Sunderland and Castle Eden. £52.00.  edit
  • Secco Ristorante Salentino, 86 Pilgrim St, +44 (0) 191 230 0444, [97]. M-Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 5:30PM-10:30PM. A three-story restaurant that serves up authentic Italian food and great cocktails that are inspired by Italy's Salentino region.  edit
  • Brasserie Black Door, 16 Stoddart St, +44 (0) 191 260 5411, [98]. M-Sa 12PM-2PM & 7PM-10PM, Su 12PM-3PM. Local farmers supply the ingredients for the classic English and French dishes served at the Brasserie Black Door. In 2009, the restaurant's head chef was crowned the North East Chef of the year. Brasserie Black Door is the sister restaurant of the fine dining Black Door. £26 to £40.  edit
  • Café 21, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, +44 (0) 191 222 0755 (), [99]. M-Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 12:30PM-3:30PM & 6:30PM-10PM. Café 21's chef, Terry Laybourne makes bistro style food with by fresh and seasonal ingredients. The menu is British and French inspired. £26 to £40.  edit
  • Landmark, 20 Stowell St, +44 (0) 191 261 0882, [100]. M-F 12-2PM, Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 5:45PM-11PM, Su 12PM-2PM & 5:45PM-10:30PM. High-class Chinese restaurant and bar in Newcastle's Chinatown.  edit
A pint of beer.
A pint of beer.

Newcastle is (in)famous for its culture of social drinking, and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties. The Bigg Market, the Quayside and, more recently, the Central Station area with its "Diamond Strip" of new upmarket bars, are the centres of nocturnal activity in Newcastle, though you'll find a wealth of bars and pubs all around the city. Popular clubs include Digital in Times Square, Liquid/Envy near Northumberland Street and Tiger Tiger in The Gate leisure complex.

Newcastle is home to Newcastle Brown Ale, called by the locals Broon or 'Dog'. There are a significant number of local breweries producing real ale that is widely available and of good quality. Brewers to look out for include Mordue, Wylam and Big Lamp.

Bigg Market

A no-holds-barred area where you won't find much in the way of culture, but you will find a lot in the way of drink. A selection of bars are as follows:

  • Blackie Boy, 11 Groat Market, +44 (0) 191 232 0730. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A dimly lit traditional pub with a stylish, upmarket feel, it gets stormed by a younger crowd at weekends. £2-5.  edit
  • Boom, 14-16 Newgate Street, City Centre, +44 (0) 191 269 3021. M-W 7PM-11PM, Th-F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM (last entry 12:30AM), Su 7PM-12:30AM. This pub's 90s themed decor and tunes will carry you back in time and onto the dance floor. Like most Bigg Market bars, it gets crowded. £2-4.  edit
  • City Vaults, 11-13 Bigg Market, City Centre, +44 (0) 191 221 0850. M-W-Th-Su noon-1AM, Tu-F-Sa noon-3AM. This spacious club features three bars, different music in different rooms, and big screens for showing football on match days. Topless dancers and scantily clad bar staff abound. As if all that wasn't enough, they serve food, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, and curries. £2-5.  edit
  • Idols, Newgate Shopping Centre, +44 (0) 191 232 3887. M-Th 8PM-midnight, F-Sa 7PM-2AM (may change due to football), Su 8PM-12:30AM. Tucked away downstairs in the shopping centre, the main attraction at the bar are the girls dancing on it. After a couple of discount cocktails and some retro music to get you in the mood, you might feel like joining them. If you can take your eyes off the singing, dancing staff, you can watch football. Idols shows every Newcastle United game live. £1-3.  edit
  • Kiss, 18 Cloth Market. Su-Th noon-11PM , F-Sa noon-1AM. Lively and loud, this pub/club is always busy. The DJs spin a mix of dance, house and club music, and the crowd guzzles energy drink cocktails. Pole dancers on Fridays and Saturdays. £2-5.  edit
  • Pop World, 14 Bigg Market, +44 (0) 191 232 0058. Closed Tu. M-W-Thu 7PM-11:30PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. A fun, flashy bar. The turntables are the room's centerpiece, with DJs playing vintage pop hits. There are multiple screens, making it a great place for match days. Karaoke weekly.  edit
  • Rewind, 31 Groat Market, +44 (0) 191 261 0924. M-Th 7PM-11PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. This popular, seductively lit and stylishly furnished bar features a different soundtrack practically every night, with DJs playing anything from 80s hits to indie music. £1-3.  edit

Central Station

Central Station is the central stop to start out a night of drinking.

  • Centurion, Neville Street (in Central Station), +44 (0)191 261 6611, [101]. Daily 10AM-late. An impressively designed bar and restaurant set in the restored Victorian lounge of the Central Station, the Centurion is a favorite stop for commuters. Live sports on a drop-down big screen. Choose from the bustling Grand Room Bar or the more intimate Grants Bar. £5-10.  edit
  • Clear, 8 Pudding Chare (near to the Revolution Bar, close to Bigg Market and Central Station), +44 (0)191 261 7001. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 6PM-12:30AM. This smart, bright bar is The Telegraph's younger sister, with a good selection of shooters and popular with a young crowd. Wednesday through Saturday, DJs play indie, rock n' roll, electro house and more. On other nights, enjoy their jukebox. £2-4.  edit
  • Floritas, Collingwood St, +44 (0) 191 230 4114, [102]. M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM, Su noon-midnight. Miami-style beach party kitsch comes to Newcastle. Frequent live music including funk, house, R&B, and soul. Big garden area for BBQs and lounging, a welcoming island feel, and tropical cocktails served in real pineapples, coconuts and watermelons. £3-6.  edit
  • North, Old Ticket Office, Neville Street (close to Central Station), +44 (0) 191 222 0646. M-Sa noon-1AM, Su 5PM-midnight. This bar is trendy and modern, with DJs every night, playing jazz, hip hop and reggae. They also serve paninis and salads... or just have a drink and get free bar nibbles! A little uppity at night, so dress like a fashion model and bring some women with you. £2-4.  edit
  • O'Neill's, 38 Neville St (opposite Central Station), +44 (0) 191 261 7921, [103]. M-W 9AM-11PM, Th-Su 9AM-12AM. An Irish pub that's popular for stag/hen parties. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and hearty Irish breakfasts served from 10AM daily. Watch football or rugby on the big screens, or just enjoy the friendly, relaxed atmosphere while you sip a Guiness. £3-5.  edit
  • Revolution, Collingwood Street, +44 (0)191 261 8901, [104]. M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su noon-1AM. This spacious, ultra-modern vodka bar will impress you with its architecture (pillars, high sculpted ceiling, stainless steel bar and huge windows) as well as its selection of flavored vodkas and cocktails. Dress is "smart casual", which means no baseball caps or hoodies. Music ranges from pop to indie to R&B to house. £4-8.  edit
  • The Forth Hotel, 17-23 Pink Lane, City Centre (near to St Mary's Church and Central Station), +44 (0) 191 232 6478. M-W noon - 11PM, Th-Sa noon - 1AM, Su noon-midnight. A popular and cosy bar with a great selection of real ales, imported beers and wines. Listen to jukeboxes, DJs or live music. £2-4.  edit
  • The Head of Steam, 2 Neville Street (50 yards from Central Station), +44 (0) 191 230 4236, [105]. Su-Th noon–2:30AM, F-Sa noon-3:30AM. On the first floor, you'll find a wide selection of real ales, lagers, cider, wine and spirits in a comfortable atmosphere. In the basement is a live music venue showcasing up-and-coming bands on most nights. Stop in for a pint and you might hear the next band to make it big. The cover charge is usually £4-5. £2-4.  edit
  • The Telegraph, Orchard Street (on the corner of Orchard Street and Forth Street, behind Central Station), +44 (0) 191 261 8991. M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A local favorite at the back of the station, with a great roof terrace for sunny days, they serve beers, cocktails, wines and food. DJs Thursday- Sunday, live bands on Wednesdays, and occasional Monday quiz nights.  edit
  • The Union Rooms, 48 Westgate Road (opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station), +44 (0) 191 261 5718. M-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM, Su 9AM-midnight. This large, busy pub is part of the Wetherspoon's chain, which specializes in cheap, friendly food and drinks. Curry Nights, Quiz Nights and great drink specials every night. There's a small outdoor seating area (open until 6PM daily) where smoking is allowed. £2-4.  edit
  • Tokyo, 17 Westgate Road (opposite the station), +44 (0) 191 232 1122, [106]. M-Th 4PM-midnight, F 4PM-1AM, Sa 1PM-1AM, Su 1PM- midnight. A stylish, modern venue with an elegant rooftop garden bar and a good selection of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers. Gamblers will love their "dice club", 4PM-8PM nightly. Roll an even number and win 2 drinks for the price of one; roll a six and win a free round! £4-6.  edit


A pub crawl favorite among young revellers, Quayside is packed full of bars, including:

  • Bob Trollop's, 34 Sandhill, +44 (0) 191 261 1037. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Another very old pub in one of the oldest buildings in Newcastle, with warm chandelier lighting. Enjoy an excellent view of the Tyne Bridge from the front of the bar as the aromas of award-winning vegetarian cuisine tickle your nose.  edit
  • Flynn's Bar and Diner, 63 Quayside, +44 (0) 191 232 7218. M-F noon-3PM & 5PM-11PM, Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-6PM. With three bars, this pub is known for its cheap trebles and is often overrun with stag/hen parties. £4-6.  edit
  • Hoko-10, 16 Dean Street, +44 (0) 191 211 1108. Daily until 2AM. A classy Japanese-themed bar with a sushi menu, DJs, weekly live music and a student night that's been voted the best in town. £5-8.  edit
  • Pitcher & Piano, 108 The Quayside, +44 191 232 4110, [107]. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. An extensive list of beers, wines, shooters and cocktails made with fresh ingredients. The glass fronted building has two floors and a rooftop terrace, perfect for gazing out at the river and the Millennium Bridge. DJs and occasional live music, too. £5-8.  edit
  • The Akenside Traders, 3 Akenside Hill, +44 (0) 191 230 3465. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10:30-1AM, Su 10:30AM-11PM. A chilled out pub during the week with a small group of regulars, this bar becomes a wild party at weekends. There's a good view of the river and Guild Hall from the front, and a DJ provides the music. A great spot for watching live sports on weekdays.  edit
  • The Cooperage, 32 The Close, +44 (0) 191 233 2940, [108]. M-Sa 4PM-midnight. A 13th century timber-framed building that used to be a cooper's (barrel-maker's) workshop is now a lively pub with a fantastic view of the river. DJs most nights, with quiz nights and live music weekly. (Note: closing for good on Monday the 21st of July) £3-5.  edit
  • The Crown Posada, 31 The Side, +44 (0) 191 232 1269, [109]. M-W noon-11PM, Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-midnight, Sa noon-midnight, Su 7PM-10:30PM. One of Newcastle's oldest bars, dating back to 1880. It's a well-preserved room, long and narrow, with stained glass windows and a gorgeous wood-paneled ceiling. A gramophone in back cranks out vintage tunes, and it's a great place to try real ales from local breweries.  edit
  • Thirty 3i8ht, Exchange Buildings (corner of Queen Street and Lombard Street, near the Monument station), +44 (0) 191 261 6463. M-Sa 10AM-1AM, Su noon-1AM. This designer bar has the feel of a mod igloo. Nightly entertainment includes karaoke, comedy, live music and DJs. Besides the drinks and decor, they offer coffee, tea and a full menu (including vegetarian dishes). £3-5.  edit
  • Stereo, Sandgate (near to the Travelodge hotel), +44 (0) 191 230 0303‎, [110]. Th-Sa 5PM-late, Su noon-1AM. This stylish urban bar has a terrace open in the summer. With DJs spinning most nights, the dance party on Sundays is hugely popular. £2-5.  edit


A few laid-back alternative bars are based here:

  • The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, +44 (0) 191 230 4474‎, [111]. M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th 11:30-midnight, F-Sa 11:30-1AM, Su noon-10:30PM. Local and national live bands nearly every night, with styles from jazz to rock and admission from free to £15. A great range of real ales and lagers, and an art gallery off of the main bar showcasing local artists. £4-6.  edit
  • The Freetrade Inn, St. Lawrence Road, +44 (0) 191 265 5764‎, [112]. M-Th 11AM-11PM, Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-11PM. A cosy, traditional pub overlooking the Tyne, with an excellent selection of beers including 8 real ales that vary weekly. A free jukebox supplies the music, and a local deli supplies fresh sandwiches. With two small beer gardens, the river views are the best around. £4-6.  edit
  • The Tyne, Mailing Street, +44 (0)191 265 2550‎, [113]. M-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A down-to-earth bar a little way out of the centre, where the Tyne meets the Ouseburn. Taste a selection of real ales from local independent breweries and enjoy their beer garden, which is tucked beneath Glasshouse Bridge. Shelter from the bridge makes it a great place to drink, even in rainy weather. There are even customer-controlled heat lamps! Free live music at weekends, and bands in the garden during summer. £4-6.  edit
  • The Cumberland Arms Very possibly the best pub in Newcastle. Stands on the hill overlooking the Ouseburn. Great ales, a roaring fire and live music and events. Large outside seating area with heaters.


A trendy area, with many bars connected to hotels and what tends to be a more upmarket local clientele.

  • Bar Berlise, 102 Osborne Road (part of the Cairn Hotel), +44 (0) 191 281 1358, [114]. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A tiny bar that can be one of the quieter bars on the strip, it features a Happy Hour Machine and two large plasma screens for football & rugby games. £4-8.  edit
  • Bar Blanc, 38-42 Osborne Road (part of Whites Hotel), +44 (0) 191 281 5126, [115]. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Connected to an Indian restaurant and attracting a younger crowd of locals and hotel guests, shiny decor and a large outside seating area gives Bar Blanc a cosmopolitan feel. £4-8.  edit
  • Bar Polo, 61 Osborned Rd (above Scalini's), +44 (0) 191 240 7777‎, [116]. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A cosy wine and cocktail bar with a Mediterranean feel and Mediterranean appetizer platters to share. £4-6.  edit
  • Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, +44 (0)191 281 3010‎, [117]. Daily 12PM-2AM. Proud owner of Jesmond's only 2AM license, this eclectic neighborhood bar specializes in ginger mojitos and hosts free live music four nights a week. £2-4.  edit
  • Osbornes, 61-69 Osborne Rd (part of the New Northumbria Hotel), +44 (0) 191 240 7778‎, [118]. M-F noon-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. This very spacious bar shows live sports on widescreen TVs and has an outdoor beer garden. £4-8.  edit
  • The Lonsdale, Lonsdale Terrace, +44 (0) 191 281 0039‎. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-11PM. A traditional pub with a relaxed atmosphere. Quiz nights, digital juke box, and monthly live music. £2-4.  edit
  • The Bar at the Brandling, Brandling Village, +44 (0) 191 281 0067‎. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Popular with students and pretty much everyone else thanks to its great prices, happy hour games, and the fact that it's a great pre-party option. £3-5.  edit
  • Collingwood Arms Situated in the Brandling Village area of Jesmond it has an oldy worldy feel and does fantastic ales as well as the standard booze. Good if you're fed up of Osborne Road. i.e. Drinking off a hangover!
  • Brandling Arms Next to the Collingwood, has a massive beer garden and great food at reasonable prices.

Centre for Life/Pink Triangle

Newcastle has a thriving gay scene, centered around the Centre for Life and the Metro Radio Arena. The pubs and clubs in this area are generally lively, colorful and friendly to all persuasions.

  • @ne, 1 Marlborough Crescent, +44 (0) 191 260 3841, [119]. Daily 11AM-1AM. This trendy bar features live musicians and DJs, plus wonderful two-for-one drink deals Sunday-Thursday evenings. During the day, it's a great place to stop for a coffee and take advantage of free internet access. £3-6.  edit
  • Baron and Baroness, Times Square, +44 (0) 191 233 0414‎. M-Sa 11AM-1:30AM, Su 11AM-midnight. There are organ pipes above the bar, but the Gothic feel stops with the decor. DJs play a wide array of music nightly, and there's plenty of room for dancing. Quieter during the day, it's favored by visitors to the Centre for Life. There's also a large seating area outside in Times Square. £3-6.  edit
  • Camp David, 8-10 Westmorland Road, +44 (0) 191 222 0646‎, [120]. M-Sa 4PM-1:30PM, Su 4PM-12:30AM. This bar caters to both gay and straight clientele and is set on two floors, with a DJ on each spinning a different style of music. Weather permitting, Camp David hosts free BBQs daily at 4PM in a lovely rooftop garden. £3-6.  edit
  • Eclipse, 48 Clayton Street, +44 (0) 191 230 2795. Daily 11AM-12:30AM. Formerly Heroes, this bar has been given a head-to-toe makeover, including shiny wood floors and many pictures on the walls of- you guessed it- eclipses. A handful of beers on tap and a decent selection of cocktails and bottled beers. Comfort food and sandwiches served daily until 4PM. £2-5.  edit
  • Powerhouse, 7-19 Westmorland Rd, +44 (0) 261 5348, [121]. M 11PM-3:30AM, Tu-W Closed, Th 11:30PM-3:30AM, F 11PM-4AM, Sa 11PM-6AM, Su 11:30PM-3:30AM. Newcastle's longest running and biggest gay dance club, with four floors of music from 90s to disco and more. Admission is £6-10. £3-6.  edit
  • The Dog And Parrot, 52 Clayton St West, +44 (0) 191 261 6998‎, [122]. M-W noon-11:30PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. Newcastle's indie rock n' roll bar, dedicated to good live music and good cheap drinks. They host local bands with fantastic haircuts, as well as quiz nights and an award-winning comedy night. £2-5.  edit
  • The End, 78 Scotswood Rd, +44 (0) 191 232 6536. M-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-1AM, Su 5PM-midnight. With its comfy couches and homey feel, this bar offers relief from the club scene in the form of a quiet evening with friends and a nice bottle. Live music from jazz to vocal house to salsa, plus talent nights and comedy nights.  edit
  • The Loft, 10a Scotswood Road, +44 (0) 191 261 5348, [123]. Su-Th 11PM-3AM, F-Sa 11PM-4AM. Sleek, stylish and popular, this is Newcastle's only gay nightclub open late all week. For some fresh air between songs, step out onto their roof terrace. £2-5.  edit
  • The Yard, 2 Scotswood Road, +44 (0) 191 232 2037, [124]. M-F 1PM-1AM, Sa-Su 12PM-1AM. A community bar in the heart of the gay district, The Yard has been around since 1980, making it the oldest gay bar in Newcastle. Nightly live entertainment includes "Karaoke Fun" and "Afternoon at the Races". £3-6.  edit
  • Twist, Bio Science Centre, +44 (0) 191 261 7676. Daily 11AM-1AM. Under the same management as the Powerhouse, this bar is more relaxed, with outdoor seating in the summers and a video jukebox for all seasons. Food served during the day. £4-7.  edit

Other assorted bars

Beyond the main pub crawl destinations, there are plenty of bars and pubs all over Newcastle, including:

  • Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge, +44 (0) 191 261 1008, [125]. M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight, Su 7PM-10:30PM. This pub gives a nod to Tyneside's old shipbuilding days with its ocean liner decor. A long drink list includes wines, cask ales and microbrews. Popular with the after-work crowd. £3-8.  edit
  • Bar 55, Pilgrim, +44 (0) 191 230 5569‎. Su-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-1AM. Dance floor, juke box, lots of outdoor seating and multiple TVs! £3-7.  edit
  • Luckies Corner Bar, 14 St Mary's Place, +44 (0) 191 232 3893. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. In the Haymarket area near both universities, this laid back bar is popular with students. Regularly scheduled live music and DJs, a full menu, and a cosy fire in the back. £3-5.  edit
  • Popolo, 82 Pilgrim St (near the City Centre), +44 (0) 191 232 8923. Su-Tu 11AM-midnight, Th-Sa 11AM-1AM. A lounge with a relaxed and sophisticated air, offering a good selection of spirits, wines, continental beers and over 69 creative cocktails, including 12 signature mojitos. DJs play W-Sa nights, with an eclectic mix of music that ranges from Brazilian ghetto funk to left-field hip hop. £3-7.  edit
  • The Hancock, 2a Hancock St, +44 (0) 191 281 5653. M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su noon-10:30PM. At this student bar next to both universities, you'll find multiple juke boxes, pool tables, big screen TVs and game machines, plus an array of DJs four nights a week. £2-6.  edit
  • The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Lane, +44 (0) 191 261 2154, [126]. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su 6PM-11PM. Close to the City Centre and Newcastle University. A great selection of real ales, beers and spirits, but most famous for their free jukebox playing soul, rock and 70s music. Pub-goers can even suggest tracks online to be added to the jukebox's playlist! £2-5.  edit
  • Albatross Backpackers In!, 51 Grainger Street,Newcastle Upon Tyne,NE1 5JE, +44 (0)191 2331330 (, fax: +44 (0)191 2603389). The Albatross is large youth hostel located near the Central Station that is housed in a 150 year old bank £16.50-22.50 per person.  edit
  • YHA Newcastle, 107 Jesmond Road,Newcastle upon Tyne,Tyne & Wear, NE2 1NJ, +44(0)845 371 9335 (, fax: +44(0)845 371 9336), [127]. YHA Jesmond is 5 minutes walk from Jesmond metro station and is easily accessed from the city centre prices start at £17.95 per person.  edit
  • Jurys Inn Newcastle Hotel, (Located close to the International Centre for Life, Central Station, Eldon Square and St James's Park football stadium), +44 (0)191 201 4400, [128]. £59.  edit
  • Premier Travel Inn (Newcastle City Centre (Millenium Bridge)), City Road Quayside,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2AN (Situated in the city centre on the corner of City Road (A186) and Crawhall Road.), +44 (0)870 238 3318 (fax: +44() 0191 232 6557), [129]. Premier Travel Inn[130] is cheap and pleasant, 2 locations located on or near the Quayside, 1 location in the city centre, 2 locations adjacent to the airport and 1 location near the Metro Centre. about £70 per room.  edit
  • Travelodge (Newcastle Central), Forster Street, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 2NH, +44 (0) 871 984 6164 (fax: +44(0)191 261 7105), [131]. The listed location is closest to the city center. If full, check the additional 3 locations dotted about the Newcastle/Gateshead area. [132] Prices start at about £80 per room.  edit
  • Britannia Hotel, Ponteland, Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE13 8DJ (adjacent to the airport), +44 (0)871 222 0028 (, fax: +44(0)871 222 7716), [133]. A business hotel equipped with wireless internet and a 400-person conference hall. prices begin at £100.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, Waterloo Square St. James Blvd. Newcastle, NE1 4DN, (, fax: +44 870 4281477), [134].  edit
  • Newcastle Marriott Hotel MetroCentre, Gateshead, NE11 9XF (Located about 10 minutes from Newcastle's vibrant downtown, near the Newcastle Airport.), +44 191 493 2233 (fax: 44 191 493 2030). Overall, the hotel delivers the comfort and convenience one can expect from a large chain hotel at the price. Rooms start at about £60..  edit
  • Hotel Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road Kenton, NE3 3HZ, +44 191 214 0303 (, fax: +44 191 214 0633), [135]. Rooms start at about £80  edit
  • Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DH (The hotel is located adjacent to Central Station), +44 (0)191 232 0781 (, fax: +44 (0)191 222 0786), [136]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12pm. The Royal Station hotel was opened by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1858. Victorian architecture on the outside, the interior of the hotel was recently refurbished and caters to those on business and pleasure travels. Double rooms from £65..  edit
  • The Imperial Hotel (Swallow Hotels), Jesmond Road, Newcastle on Tyne, NE2 1PR, +44(0)191 281 5511 (). Double rooms from £65.  edit
  • Thistle Newcastle Hotel, Thistle Newcastle, Nevillle Street, Newcastle, NE1 5DF (Opposite Central Station.), +44 (0)870 333 9142 (, fax: +44 (0)870 333 9242), [137]. Rooms from £65/night.  edit
  • Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ (Located near the Quayside), +44 (0)191 233 1010 (fax: +44 (0)191 233 1234), [138]. Double room for £120.  edit
The Grey St. Hotel.
The Grey St. Hotel.
  • Jesmond Dene House and Hotel, Jesmond Dene Road,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2EY, (Jesmond Dene House is one and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre), +44 (0)191 212 3000 (, fax: +44 (0)191 212 3001), [139]. A leafy boutique hotel, no two rooms are alike. Meals at the restaurant come highly recommended as well. Double rooms from £175.  edit
  • Mal Maison, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3DX, +44 (0)191 245 5000 (), [140]. Double rooms from £160.  edit
  • Grey Street Hotel, 2-12 Grey Street,NE1 6EE Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Quayside), +44 (0)191 230 6777 (, fax: +44 (0)191 230 6888), [141]. The nightly rates for rooms are £59 and up.  edit
  • Copthorne Hotel Newcastle, The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RT (Quayside), +44 (0)191 222 0333 (), [142].  edit



Newcastle's local telephone code is 0191, the telephone code for the UK is +44.

Tourist information

There are two tourist information centres [143] (+44 0191 277 8000 in Newcastle city centre. There is also a tourist information kiosk near the check-in hall at Newcastle Airport.

The Guildhall
Newcastle upon Tyne

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

8-9 Central Arcade
Grainger Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm

Stay safe

Newcastle is generally quite a safe city to stay in. As with all other cities around the world, one needs only to use one's common sense and to keep a low profile. Beware of the usual nuisance of petty theft in crowded places. The Bigg Market, the Quayside, and 'The Coast' can get pretty rowdy on Fridays and Saturdays; however, they are still safe. Take care after a big match (in general any football match where Newcastle United is involved) though there has been no significant violence for some years, emotions tend to run high amongst supporters. Considering the population, the crime in this city is generally lower than other cities the same size in Britain although some inner city areas in the west and east ends are best avoidable at night, not that tourists would ever really venture into these areas.


Newcastle folk are generally very friendly and safe. In fact, Newcastle is renowned throughout Great Britain for its 'family-like atmosphere'. A peculiarity among Geordies is that they can be found to wear t-shirts in the middle of winter, so just go with the flow - tourists are spotted by how much clothing they wear.

Get out

Newcastle is located in the heart of the North East region, renowned for its natural beauty and historical monuments. Popular tourist destination outside the city include:

Cathedral in Durham.
Cathedral in Durham.
  • Alnmouth and Alnwick

The historic town of Alnwick is about a one hour drive north of Newcastle. Alnwick Castle, used in numerous films, notably the Harry Potter films and Robin Hood with Kevin Costner, is worth a visit. The castle is also home to the Alnwick Gardens. Bus services to Alnwick depart from Haymarket and are operated by Arriva. The train can also be used from Newcastle central station, but only as far as Alnmouth station, where a connecting shuttle bus is provided to Alnwick town centre. The shuttle departs shortly after a train arrives, but if you've time to spare, you could take a look at the picturesque village of Alnmouth, which is home to several traditional British pubs and small arts and gift shops.

  • Durham

The cathedral city of Durham is a roughly 15 minute train ride from Newcastle Central Station. Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are the main attractions, and together are one of the UK's World Heritage Sites. Durham University, on whose grounds the Castle sits, is also worth a visit.

  • Beamish Open Air Museum

About 25 minutes by car, or 50 minutes by bus, is the Beamish museum. Beamish tries to show what life was like in a typical northern town in the early 20th century — much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to 1913. Aside from the main town however there is also the manor house and the railway which are based on 1825. Tram and bus services operate around the museum, and there are a number of interactive displays and tours such as a dentist surgery and coal mine.

  • Bede's World

Bede's World offers an insight in to the extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede (who lived from 673-735AD). There is an interactive Age of Bede exhibition in the a newly constructed museum building, the Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Paul, medieval monastic ruins, an Anglo-Saxon herb garden, rare breeds of animals and recreated timber buildings on Gyrwe, an Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm, a café within the historic Jarrow Hall as well as a museum gift and book shop. [144]

  • Rothbury and Cragside

The attractive village of Rothbury and the historic house and grounds at Cragside are also worth a visit. Cragside was the first house in the world to be powered completely by electricity. A special bus service operates from Newcastle city centre during the summer, details are normally posted on the Northumberland County Council website [145]. Otherwise, either can be reached in about 40 minutes from Newcastle by car.

  • Hadrian's Wall

There are many sites along Hadrian's Wall which are easily accessible from Newcastle. A special bus (number AD122) runs from Newcastle along the length of the Wall's path. The bus service runs year-round, with a tour guide on Sundays and Public Holidays during summer months. A reduced service operates during the winter, check with the operator, Nexus [146], before travelling.

  • Hexham and Corbridge

The historic town of Hexham is about 30 minutes by car or train, and 40 minutes by bus. The smaller village of Corbridge is slightly closer, but can be used an intermediate stop on the way to Hadrian's Wall sites such as Vindolanda and Housteads. Both Hexham and Corbridge sit on a section of the River Tyne.

  • Kielder Water

Sitting within the Northumberland National Park, about 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Newcastle is Kielder resevoir and forest. A number of activities are possible here such as abseiling, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. A special bus service operates from Newcastle city centre during the summer, details are normally posted on the Northumberland County Council website [147].

  • Northumberland Coast

There are several beautiful villages and coastlines along the Northumberland coast which are well worth a visit. Warkworth and Bamburgh are particular noteworthy for their castles and tea rooms. Both are easily accessible by car, or by bus from Newcastle Haymarket. Druridge Bay country park offers one of the most outstanding beaches in the country, and includes a lake, which is often used for watersports. The holy island of Lindisfarne is easily accessible from Bamburgh.

  • Tynemouth

East of Newcastle, set along the mouth of the river Tyne, Tynemouth is easily accessible by Metro, and boasts an impressive Priory, some nice shops, tea houses and beautiful beaches. Tynemouth long sands even has a cafe on the beach! Perfect for a warming hot chocolate in the winter, or summer ice creams!

  • Wet-n-Wild Water Park

Located in nearby North Shields, near the International Ferry Terminal, is the UK's largest water park, Wet-n-Wild. The park is indoors so there's no need to worry about bad weather!

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