The Geordie heartland, attractive Newcastle is the spirited centerpiece of Tyne and Wear, and its famed bridges which elaborately arch over the River Tyne have become an icon of the city. Once at the forefront of the industrial revolution, the compact city still maintains its cutting edge pace with new art galleries, impressive concert venues, and top-notch restaurants replacing its coal and steel-shaped holes. Nightlife's not lacking here either, with vibrant bars and cool clubs filled with revelers drinking and dancing into the early hours.
Things to see
Of all the attractions Newcastle has to offer, football fans will want to tackle St James’ Park first – the home of Newcastle United FC. Located in the city center, the stadium’s amenities include a museum dedicated to the club’s history. Quayside, a modern waterside development along the north and south banks of the River Tyne, is connected by the striking Gateshead Millennium Bridge whose two arches pierce the skyline. Offering superb shopping and restaurants, along with some of Newcastle’s best nightlife, Quayside is also a hub of culture and entertainment. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art can be found here, along with the Sage Gateshead, a glazed architectural triumph and center of musical performance. For shopping on a gargantuan scale, look to the Metrocentre in Gateshead. With over 340 shops, it’s an expansive warren of high street stores and designer brands. Be sure to cross over the grand and green Tyne Bridge – an iconic symbol of Tyneside – during your visit too.
Hotels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
There’s an eclectic choice of hotels in Newcastle for every taste and budget. Posh city living comes in the form of grand hotels and plush boutiques, some of which offer indoor pools, sensuous spas where you can indulge in a detoxifying mud wrap, and on-site bars.. Mid-range budgets can take their pick from familiar chain hotels and independently run establishments, many of which offer a good central location and convenient amenities like WiFi and flat-screen televisions. For those that like to dip in and out of the city buzz at their leisure, further afield options are also out there – be it a manor in the country, or a guesthouse by the sea.
Where to stay
A hotel in Newcastle’s lively center keeps the city’s amenities and attractions close at hand, while also providing you with a travel hub to get further afield. The city center is made up of districts, each offering something unique. Grainger Town is a shopping and nightlife district wrapped in neo-classical splendor, whilst bustling Haymarket is home to the ‘Oxford Street of the North’, Northumberland Street. If you love city life but only in doses, a more relaxing stay can be had in Sunderland. Whilst also a buzzing city in it’s own right, Sunderland’s beaches and surrounding countryside offer tranquility on tap.
How to get to
Visitors arriving from overseas will probably touch down at Newcastle International Airport, located just 6 miles north-west of the city. With its own station for the Tyne and Wear Metro, a journey into the city center will take a very prompt 25 minutes. Buses also run between the city center and airport, though many visitors find the Metro altogether more convenient. Newcastle Central Station (or just Central Station, as it’s known locally) is your call if you’re traveling by railway from within the UK, and is well-connected to all of Tyne and Wear via the Metro.