Gritty urban Newcastle was built on the back of the coal, wool and shipbuilding industries and today stands as a testament to its hard graft. Modern, cultured and vibrant, Newcastle nightlife is some of the best in the UK while the neoclassical architecture of the town centre and medieval alleys of the waterfront sits happily alongside its contemporary cousins such as the spectacular Millennium Bridge. Even parts of Hadrian’s Wall are visible in this surprising city.
Revellers will find the hip bars, cool clubs and live music venues on the Quayside, the Diamond Strip and Bigg Market more than enough to keep them entertained every night of the week. Shopaholics can admire the stunning mosaic floors and Edwardian grandeur of the Central Arcade mall at the same time as flexing their shopping muscles. There is plenty for kids to experience in Newcastle too. They’ll love every minute spent in the Great Northern Museum, with T Rex and Egyptian Mummies for company or the Seven Stories museum dedicated to children’s literature, where stories come to life. Visitors of all ages will enjoy browsing the Laing Art Gallery and the Discovery Museum.
Pop in to Newcastle Castle, an ancient listed monument and former site of a Roman fort or take a stroll around the Cathedral of St Nicholas, an iconic part of Newcastle’s skyline. Grab a picnic if the sun is shining and relax in Saltwell Park, the beautiful Moorbank Botanical Gardens or go a little further afield to Jesmond Dene for pretty waterfalls and birdsong.
Newcastle promises coffee, cocktails and afternoon tea; find dining and pub grub, theatre, ballet, comedy and live music; dancing until dawn or early nights in comfy hotels. What more could a city offer?
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Newcastle Airport serves the city of Newcastle with international flights from all over the world. Only 6 miles away from the city centre it is easily reached by metro, bus and taxi. Durham Tees Valley Airport is the second closest to Newcastle at 33 miles from the city.
What you need to know
Currency: The British Pound Sterling (GBP) £
Visas: EU nationals do not require a visa to visit Newcastle. Some foreign nationals may require a visa – for more information check with a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.
Laws: A smoking ban is enforced in Newcastle in all enclosed public spaces including bars, restaurants and clubs. The legal age for consuming alcohol is 18, the same as the rest of the UK.
Best Time to Visit
Newcastle is at its busiest during the summer months when the weather is at its sunniest. January and February are often cold and rainy and much quieter on the tourist front. With plenty to do and cheaper flights and accommodation, it is still worth visiting at this time of year.
Newcastle also hosts an array of festivals throughout the year. Brides and grooms-to-be should visit in January when the UK Wedding Show takes place while sports fans can watch plenty of football, rugby and even basketball in the same month. Music concerts at City Hall and lively festivities for Chinese New Year add to the fun. February sees jazz and opera, April the Window of the World Festival, beer festivals and flower shows while a kite festival and international air show are the highlights of July. Christmas markets, ice skating and lively New Years Eve fireworks end the year.
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