Welcome to Newcastle

Guide to Newcastle, England
“City of wharves and stores! City of tall façades of marble and iron! Proud and passionate city! Mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!” - Walt Whitman

England’s most Northern fortress is a city built on industry. The last coal pit closed in 1956, but the city remains a majestic celebration of grand 19th century architecture and Victorian engineering excellence.

Gulls drift between the great iron bridges of the Tyne, crowds spill through the flashing neon and night roar of the Bigg Market, and shoppers wander the elegant pavements of Northumberland Street and the Royal Arcade with shiny designer carrier bags.

Newcastle is bold and brave, a city with nothing to apologise for. But its heritage is more than just rivets, barges and coal- its 18th century Literary and Philosophical Society was amongst the first great libraries, and it has a powerful political and debating history, a great University, world-class art galleries, great pride in its football team, Newcastle United, and it’s one of the UK’s greenest cities, with seven parks in the city centre alone.

At its heart is The Tyne, the big, rolling Northern river which once carried coal on blackened barges and now carries travellers and tourists on pleasure boats, beneath its extraordinary bridges. It is a city that combines Regency elegance with 21st century design; and where terraced streets end in huge, steel bridge struts.

And of course, there’s the people- proud, friendly, and with the best accent in the British Isles.

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"In 1835, Newcastle changed forever, from a collection of ramshackle wooden houses and a crumbling medieval quayside, to a city whose wide, elegant boulevards bore comparison with London or Paris..." more
Grainger Town Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

St Nicholas’ Church

"Newcastle’s beautiful cathedral is filled with warmth and peace, despite its chequered history..." more
St. Nicholas Square NE1 1PF Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 232 1939

The Quayside

"The Tyne is the ribbon that pulls two cities together- across the water from Newcastle is Gateshead, linked by seven bridges..." more



"... just by the Theatre Royal, it’s a great pre-dinner venue for drinks or dinner..." more
35 Grey St NE1 6EE Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 230 2306

Six Baltic

"Its modern, monochrome shades subtly throw the focus onto the food and the view..." more
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road NE8 3BA Gateshead 0191 440 4948 Yellow Quaylink bus. Q1 from Newcastle central station.


Friars Street NE1 4XN Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 261 5945

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Tyneside Cinema Coffee Rooms

"This charmingly Retro little cinema not only has a red plush curtain, but an art deco coffee room upstairs..." more
10 Pilgrim St NE1 6QG Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 227 5520

The Old George Inn

" This ancient, 16th century inn, located in a Diagon Alley style cut-through, is Newcastle’s oldest pub..." more
Old George Yard NE1 1EE Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 260 3035

The Centurion

Central Station Neville Street NE1 5DL Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 0191 261 6611


Sandman Signature

"Staff are friendly, and the lobby is wildly stylish..." more
Gallowgate NE1 4SD Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Vermont Hotel

"Right beside the Castle keep, the Vermont is a grand old independent hotel, with Art Deco- inspired public areas, redolent of its ‘30s beginnings..." more
Castle Garth NE1 1RQ Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Malmaison Newcastle

"It is a chain- but a consistently good one, and the Newcastle Mal is situated perfectly in a Quayside warehouse, with great views of the river..." more
Quayside NE1 3DX Newcastle-Upon-Tyne It's a short ride in a taxi from Central Station.

Guide to Newcastle, England


If there’s time, take a trip out to pretty Jesmond, where there are antique shops on Osborne Road and Fern Avenue, leafy streets and plenty of bars and restaurants.

Football fans should visit the Strawberry pub, and Sir Bobby’s Garden- a little garden of remembrance for the great man.

China Town is a great place to eat cheaply- there are over 25 restaurants on Stowell Street close to the Chinese Arch.

The Laing Art Gallery houses an excellent pre-Raphaelite collection, while the Hancock museum has Roman and Egyptian galleries- both are well worth a visit.

Newcastle is fabulous for shopping- the big department store is Fenwicks, and the trendy area is around Highbridge. Visit Attica vintage shop for beautiful clothes from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Unless you really are planning to party, avoid the Bigg Market at weekends- it’s a very full-on experience, involving a great deal of alcohol.

Getting Around



Newcastle is fairly compact, and a recent scheme offers free parking after 5 pm at many of the big car parks, including Eldon Garden and Eldon Square. You can also park and ride, from several Metro stations- check here: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk


Bikes are available to hire in the city centre for a small fee- after you’ve paid a 1p registration fee. It’s a fairly flat city to ride around, but there are not cycle lanes on every road, so would suit experienced riders better than beginners.


A line goes from the airport to South Hylton in Sunderland- the other from St James, via the North Tyneside Coast loop to South Shields. £1.40 for 1 zone, £2.20 for 2 zones and £2.90 for 3 zones one-way. Return tickets and day passes are better value for money.



To get between North and South Shields, two towns located at the mouth of the River Tyne, but on opposing sides, use the Shields Ferry. The ferry terminal is just outside North Shields. To get to the port, there is no direct public transport, but DFDS run a double decker scheme with 2 departures a day- or taxis take under 15 minutes and cost around £12 from the city centre.


Trains stop at Newcastle central station. There are frequent inter-city services between Newcastle and London, which takes about 3 hours, and also to the North West of the country via York. You can also easily reach Edinburgh.

To see train timetables and to book visit The Trainline.

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