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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.

When are the best times to travel to Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of the country’s driest cities. Summer is naturally the best time to come, although Newcastle-upon-Tyne has something happening all year round, from major football games to lively colourful festivals. There’s the Chinese New Year celebrated in the city’s Chinatown in January or February, the NewcastleGateshead Comedy Festival in March and the Newcastle Beer Festival in April.

What are the top must-see attractions in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

With its mix of gleaming modern marvels and architecture that dates back to the city’s industrial past, Newcastle-upon-Tyne isn’t short of impressive landmarks. One of its oldest is the Medieval-era “The Castle, Newcastle”, which consists of a preserved keep and 13th-century gatehouse, which were once part of a fortress complex. There’s also the English Gothic-style Newcastle Cathedral, which boasts a grand interior bejewelled with dazzling stained glass windows. The most iconic landmark of all is the arched Tyne Bridge, which stands at a height of 59 metres, and connects Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Gateshead.

What are the best types of restaurants and food in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

When you visit Newcastle-upon-Tyne you’ll need to pack your appetite. Whether it’s delicious doughy stottie cakes or hearty Newcastle Brown Ale, there’s plenty of local treats in store. The city is also the birthplace of Greggs, one of the UK’s most popular bakery chains. When it comes to eating out however, there’s more than just comforting Geordie classics, and you’ll find everything from sizzling takeaway joints and new-wave burger bars, to sophisticated restaurants serving up Turkish, Italian, Caribbean, Japanese, Mexican and just about every cuisine imaginable.

What are the top things to do in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is brimming with museums and galleries, including the Discovery Museum, which boasts the historic ship Turbinia and the Laing Art Gallery. For top entertainment there’s the opulent Theatre Royal, whilst those seeking big-scale events can catch them at St James’ Park – home to Newcastle United Football Club. If you’re after retail therapy, you’ll find it at the historic Central Arcade, with its elegant Victorian facades, as well as the Eldon Square Shopping Centre. When it comes to nightlife, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is legendary, with its bustling pubs, trendy bars and energetic nightclubs.

What are some fun facts about Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

Newcastle-upon-Tyne has produced some pretty innovative people. Back in 1904, Gladstone Adams was driving to see Newcastle United play and had to keep getting out of his car to clear snow off the windshield. The experience led him to create the very first windshield wiper – the prototype of which is today housed in the Discovery Museum. George Stephenson was also from the area and was responsible for building the very first inter-city railway line. Film buffs may recognize parts of the city from the 1971 film Get Carter, which starred Michael Caine.

What kinds of public transport are there in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?

The best hotels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne are situated near the city centre, which is compact enough to explore by foot. If you want to get around quicker, however, then public transport in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is both cheap and efficient. Quaylink bus services run every few minutes between the city centre and the Gateshead/Newcastle quayside areas and are useful for visiting the city’s star attractions. For further afield journeys, the city’s metro train service can take you to places including the Newcastle Airport and St James Park, via the Green and Yellow lines respectively.

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