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Newcastle upon Tyne , commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles (166 km) south of Edinburgh and 277 miles (446 km) north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the North Sea. Newcastle is the most populous city in the North East and forms the urban core of Tyneside, the eighth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom.
Newcastle is a member of the English Core Cities Group and is a member of the Eurocities network of European cities. Newcastle was part of the county of Northumberland until 1400, when it became a county of itself, a status it retained until becoming part of Tyne and Wear in 1974. The regional nickname and dialect for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie. Newcastle also houses Newcastle University, a member of the Russell Group.
The city developed around the Roman settlement Pons Aelius and was named after the castle built in 1080 by Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror's eldest son. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade in the 14th century, and later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the River Tyne, was amongst the world's largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. Newcastle's economy includes corporate headquarters, learning, digital technology, retail, tourism and cultural centres, from which the city contributes £13 billion towards the United Kingdom's GVA. Among its icons are Newcastle Brown Ale;Newcastle United football club; and the Tyne Bridge. It has hosted the world's most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, since it began in 1981.
|POPULATION :||• City 289,835 |
• Urban 879,996
• Metro 1,650,000
|FOUNDED :||Founded 2nd century|
City status 1882
|TIME ZONE :||• Time zone GMT (UTC)|
• Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
|RELIGION :||Christian 70.6%, Muslims 3.6%, no religion. 3.6%|
|AREA :||44 sq mi (114 km2)|
|COORDINATES :||54°58′20″N 1°36′30″W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.3%|
• Female: 50.7%
|AREA CODE :||0191|
|POSTAL CODE :||NE|
|DIALING CODE :||+44 191|
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 city is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.
As of July 2015, all tourist information centres had been, yes, closed down, including the one in The Guildhall and the one in The Central Arcade. The empty office of the latter still existed, with a poster asking tourists to do research online instead.
There is a tourist information kiosk near the check-in hall at Newcastle Airport.
The first recorded settlement in what is now Newcastle was Pons Aelius, a Roman fort and bridge across the River Tyne. It was given the family name of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who founded it in the 2nd century AD. This rare honour suggests that Hadrian may have visited the site and instituted the bridge on his tour of Britain. The population of Pons Aelius at this period was estimated at 2,000. Fragments of Hadrian's Wall are still visible in parts of Newcastle, particularly along the West Road. The course of the "Roman Wall" can be traced eastwards to the SegedunumRoman 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 the Vallum, a large rearward ditch with parallel mounds, and was constructed primarily for defence, to prevent unwanted immigration and the incursion of Pictish tribes from the north, not as a fighting line for a major invasion.
Anglo-Saxon and Norman
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.
A series of conflicts with the Danes in 876, left the river Tyne and its settlements in ruin. After the conflicts with the Danes; and following the 1088 rebellion against the Normans, Monkchester, was all but destroyed by Odo of Bayeux.
Because of its strategic position, Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror, erected a wooden castle there in the year 1080. The town was henceforth known as Novum Castellum or New Castle. The wooden structure was replaced by a stone castle in 1087. The castle was rebuilt again in 1172 during the reign of Henry II. Much of the keep which can be seen in the city today dates from this period.
Throughout the Middle Ages, Newcastle was England's northern fortress. Incorporated first by Henry II, the city had a new charter granted by Elizabeth in 1589. 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 centuries
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 and develop into a major town. The phrase taking coals to Newcastle was first recorded contextually in 1538. The phrase itself means a pointless pursuit. In the 18th century, the American entrepreneur Timothy Dexter, regarded as an eccentric, defied this idiom. He was persuaded to sail a shipment of coal to Newcastle by merchants plotting to ruin him; however his shipment arrived on the Tyne during a strike that had crippled local production; unexpectedly he made a considerable profit.
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 the 1630s, about 7,000 out of 20,000 inhabitants of Newcastle died of plague, more than one-third of the population. Specifically within the year 1636, it is roughly estimated with evidence held by the Society of Antiquaries that 47% of the then population of Newcastle died from the epidemic; this may also have been the most devastating loss in any British City in this period.
During the English Civil War, the North declared for the King. In a bid to gain Newcastle and the Tyne, Cromwell's allies, the Scots, captured the town of Newburn. In 1644, the Scots then captured the reinforced fortification on the Lawe in South Shields following a siege. and the city was besieged for many months. It was eventually stormed ("with roaring drummes") and sacked by Cromwell's allies. The grateful King bestowed the motto "Fortiter Defendit Triumphans" ("Triumphing by a brave defence") upon the town. Charles I 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.
A permanent military presence was established in the city with the completion of Fenham Barracks in 1806.
The status of city was granted to Newcastle on 3 June 1882. 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. This revolution resulted in the urbanization of the city. In 1817 the Maling company, at one time the largest pottery company in the world, moved to the city. The Victorian industrial revolution brought industrial structures that included the 2 1⁄2-mile (4.0 km) Victoria Tunnelling, built in 1842, which provided underground wagon ways to the staithes. On 3 February 1879, Mosley Street in the city, was the first public road in the world to be lit up by the incandescent lightbulb. Newcastle was one of the first cities in the world to be lit up by electric lighting. Innovations in Newcastle and surrounding areas included the development of safety lamps,Stephenson's Rocket, Lord Armstrong's artillery, Be-Ro flour, Joseph Swan'selectric light bulbs, and Charles Parsons' invention of the steam turbine, which led to the revolution of marine propulsion and the production of cheap electricity. In 1882, Newcastle became the seat of an Anglican diocese, with St. Nicholas' Church becoming its cathedral.
20th and 21st centuries
Newcastle's public transport system was modernised in 1901 when Newcastle Corporation Tramways electric trams were introduced to the city's streets, though these were replaced gradually by trolley buses from 1935, with the tram service finally coming to an end in 1950.
The city acquired its first art gallery, the Laing Art Gallery in 1904, so named after its founder Alexander Laing, a Scottish wine and spirit merchant who wanted to give something back to the city in which he had made his fortune. Another art gallery, the Hatton Gallery (now part of Newcastle University), opened in 1925.
With the advent of the motor car, Newcastle's road network was improved in the early part of the 20th century, beginning with the opening of the Redheugh road bridge in 1901 and the Tyne Bridge (a suspension bridge) in 1928.
Efforts to preserve the city's historic past were evident as long ago as 1934, when the Museum of Science and Industry opened, as did the John G Joicey Museum in the same year.
Council housing began to replace inner city slums in the 1920s and the process continued into the 1970s, along with substantial private house building and acquisitions.
Unemployment hit record heights in Newcastle during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The city's last coal pit closed in 1956. The slow demise of the shipyards on the banks of the River Tyne happened in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
During the Second World War the city and surrounding area were a target for air raids as heavy industry was involved in the production of ships and armaments. The raids caused 141 deaths and 587 injuries. A former French consul in Newcastle called Jacques Serre assisted the German war effort by describing important targets in the region to Admiral Raedar who was the head of the German Navy.
The public sector in Newcastle began to expand in the 1960s. The federal structure of the University of Durham was dissolved. That university's colleges in Newcastle, which had been known as King's College, became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (now known as Newcastle University), which was founded in 1963, followed by a Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969; the latter received university status in 1992 and became the Northumbria University.
Further efforts to preserve the city's historic past continued in the later 20th century, with the opening of Newcastle Military Vehicle Museum in 1983 and Stephenson Railway Museum in 1986. The Military Vehicle museum closed in 2006. New developments at the turn of the 21st century included the Life Science Centre in 2000 and Millennium Bridge in 2001.
Based at St James' Park since 1886, Newcastle United FC became Football Leaguemembers in 1893. They have won four top division titles (the first in 1905 and the most recent in 1927), six FA Cups (the first in 1910 and the most recent in 1955) and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969. They broke the world national transfer record in 1996 by paying £15 million for Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer, one of the most prolific goalscorers of that era.
Situated in the coldest region of England, the climate in Newcastle is a cold oceanic(Köppen Cfb) one. Being in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, it is also among the driest cities in the UK. Temperature extremes recorded at Newcastle Weather Centre include 32.5 °C (90.5 °F) during August 1990 down to −12.6 °C (9.3 °F) during January 1982. In contrast to other areas British cities, Newcastle has colder winters and cooler summers. Newcastle upon Tyne is generally believed to be the coldest major city in England.
Climate data for Newcastle
|Average high °C (°F)||6.4|
|Average low °C (°F)||1.6|
|Source: World Meteorological Organisation|
Newcastle is situated in the North East of England, in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear and the historical and traditional county of Northumberland. The city is located on the northwestern bank of the River Tyne at a latitude of 54.974° N and a longitude of 1.614° W. It is 46 miles from the Scottish border, south of Southdean.
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.
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 intact 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 House of Tides, a restaurant situated at a Grade I-listed 16th century merchant's house at 28–30 Close.
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. The city is also today recognised for its commitment to environmental issues, thanks to the efforts of City of Newcastle climate change officer Adrian McLoughlin, with a programme planned for Newcastle to become "the first Carbon Neutral town".
Newcastle is the commercial, educational and, in partnership with nearbyGateshead, the cultural focus for North East England. As part of Tyneside, Newcastle's economy contributes around £13 billion to the UK GVA. The Central Business District is in the centre of the city, bounded by Haymarket, Central Station and the Quayside areas.
In 2010, Newcastle was positioned ninth in the retail centre expenditure league of the UK. There are several major shopping areas in Newcastle City Centre. The largest of these is the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, one of the largest city centre shopping complexes in the UK. It incorporates a Debenhams store as well as one of the largest John Lewis stores in the UK. This John Lewis branch was formerly known as Bainbridges. Newcastle store Bainbridge's, opened in 1838, is often cited as the world’s first department store. Emerson Bainbridge (1817–1892), a pioneer and the founder of Bainbridges, sold goods via department, a new for merchant custom for that time. The Bainbridge’s official ledgers reported revenue by department, giving birth to the name department store. Eldon Square is currently undergoing a full redevelopment. A new bus station, replacing the old underground bus station, was officially opened in March 2007. The wing of the centre, including the undercover Green Market, near Grainger Street was demolished in 2007 so that the area could be redeveloped. This was completed in February 2010 with the opening of a Debenhams department store as well as other major stores including Apple, Hollister and Guess.
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 London. It is home to two major department stores including the first and largest Fenwick department store, which houses some of the most luxurious designer labels, and one of the largest Marks and Spencer stores outside London. Both stores have entrances into Eldon Square Shopping Centre.
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. Close to Newcastle, the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe, the MetroCentre, is located in Gateshead.
Newcastle's local telephone code is 0191, the telephone code for the UK is +44.
If you are not a smartphone or tablet owner, internet access is not easy to come by. At the central library, they will create a guest account for you so you can go online, Another possibility would be Castle Computer Repairs in Benwell (133 Adelaide Terrace, Benwell, Newcastle, NE4 9JP), who offer internet access at about ₤2 an hour. (They do not advertise this service.)
Prices in Newcastle
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|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€1.50|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€8.40|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€28.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€59.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€5.85|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€3.60|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€3.85|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€8.00|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€12.00|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.14|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€10.20|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€80.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€37.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€77.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€2.85|
34 $ per day
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- public transport
- cheap hotel
103 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
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Transportation - Get In
Newcastle International Airport (IATA: NCL), is located 9.7 km (about 6 miles) north-west of the city. Flights are available to the interchange hubs of Heathrow-British Airways, Stansted-FlyBe, Amsterdam-KLM and EasyJet, Paris-Air France/CityJet, Dubai-Emirates and a lesser extent Brussels-Brussels Airlines/FlyBe and Copenhagen-SAS. There are domestic services operated by FlyBe, easyJet and Eastern, as well as low-cost carrier flights to Ireland and many European cities such as Nice, Barcelona and Rome. Travel options into the city centre include:
- Most travellers find that the Tyne and Wear Metro is the best all-round option for getting to the city centre. The journey from the Airport station to the city centre (Haymarket, Monument or Central station) takes about 20-25 minutes and costs £3.40. There is a metro every 12-15 minutes. The first metro leaving the airport is at 05:37 (Mon-Fri), 05:42 (Sat) and 06:29 (Sun). The last metro leaving the airport to the city centre is at 23:12 (Mon-Sun). The first metro leaving Central station (city center) to the airport is at 05:58 (Mon-Fri), 06:19 (Sat) and 06:43 (Sun). The last metro leaving from Central station (city centre) to the airport is at 23:29 (Mon-Sun).
- Bus services are operated by Stagecoach between the airport and the city centre, but the metro offers a much better service if running.
- 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.
Newcastle is served by three long-distance rail operators:
- East Coast trains frequently connect Newcastle with London, Edinburgh and principal destinations between (including York, Doncaster and Peterborough). Some services extend on to Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness.
- Cross Country Trains run every 30 minutes from Newcastle to Birmingham via Leeds/Doncaster, Sheffield and the East Midlands. Some services extend on to Reading and the South Coast, or through Bristol to South Wales or South West England. Cross Country also run north of Newcastle to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
- Transpennine Express runs direct services from Newcastle to Leeds,Manchester and Manchester Airport.
The local rail network is operated by Northern Rail, 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 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, +44 8457 484950, or the station booking office.
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 [www] , but check this before you board the Metro.
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 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.
- Alamo Rent A Car, Newcastle Airport, Woolsington (Arrivals Hall), . Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-11PM, Sat: 9AM 10PM, Sun: 9AM 1PM.
- Avis, 7 George Street, Newcastle, NE4 7JL, . Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM, Sat: 8AM-1PM, closed Sunday. Avis car rentals are also available at the Newcastle airport
- National, 90 Westmoreland Road, Newcastle, NE1 4DZ, . Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM, Sat: 8AM-1PM, closed Sunday. National car rental is also available at the Newcastle airport
North Shields, 7 miles east of the city centre, has a daily ferry service to Amsterdam in Holland. Special buses run from the Central Station to the ferry terminal and are charged at £3.50 (one way). Much cheaper are local stopping buses to the Royal Quays shopping outlet down the road or the Metro (15 min walk to Meadow Well station).
Transportation - Get Around
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 National Cycle Network Route 1 (East Coast) passes through Newcastle from the North to the South.
- HUB (also "The Cycle Hub"), Ouseburn, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE61BU (Directly on the left (Eastern) bank of the Ouseburn where it flows into the Tyne), , e-mail: [email protected]. Mon-Fri 9 to 5; Sat&Sun 10 to 5. A full-service place with a cafe, a shop, a workshop, and a hire with quite a lot of bikes. Definitely expensive, but very good and friendly service: You are really looked after well. half day: ₤15, full day: ₤25.
- sportsrecycler, 307-312 South Shields Business Works, Henry Robson Way, South Shields, NE33 1RF (roughly opposite Tynemouth), , e-mail: [email protected]. Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat 10.30am to 3pm.A not-for-profit, community-oriented place which is focused on recycling bikes, but also does bicycle hire. It has not been tested by me (the person who made the entry: I arrived in Newcastle on a Wednesday), but sounds friendly and interesting and, likely, more affordable. The website is rather minimalistic, so calling them might be the best option.
Quaylink 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, Tyne and Wear's transport authority. Maps and timetables can be found on the Nexus website, though it may be easier to use a personalised journey planner such as Traveline.
Bus operators include:
- Arriva North East, 21 Bridge St, Blyth, .
- Classic Coaches, .
- Go North East, 117 Queen St, Gateshead, .
- Northumbria Coaches, .
- Stagecoach Newcastle, Shields Road, Walkergate, .
The participating bus operators for the PLUSBUS ticket are: Stagecoach, Go-North East and Arriva.
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 can be planned online with walkit.com 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 and 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 £1.80 to £3.40 depending on the distance travelled, return fares and day passes are also available. The DaySaver allows for unlimited travel on one day and costs £2.70 (one zone), £3.70 (two zones) and £4.60 (all zones). Note that some ticket machines only accept coins (10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2) although change is given; most stations have been fitted with new ticket machines that accept notes and credit/debit cards. Although there are no ticket barriers at many stations and hopping (riding without paying) is widespread, it is advisable to keep your ticket handy as trains and stations are patrolled by ticket inspectors. Major stations have automatic ticket gates, but these may be left open at quiet times.
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.
The PLUSBUS ticket is not valid on the Metro.
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Newcastle is the top shopping destination in the North East with a multitude of shops ranging from high-street department stores to designer boutiques.
- Northumberland Street. Newcastle's main shopping street (pedestrian zone) is known as the "Oxford Street of the North." Shops include 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.
- Old George Yard, . Features design stores and vintage clothing shops.
- Ophelia Boutique, 3a Clayton Road, Jesmond, . A boutique that offers fine cashmere clothing and luxury lingerie.
- Grainger Market. Mon, Wed 9:00-17:00; Tue, Thu-Sat 9:00-17:30; Sun closed. A recently restored indoor market dating from 1835. It is a lively working market that includes the Victorian Marks & Spencer.
- Eldon Square. Shopping centre is situated in the centre 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.
- Metro Centre. The 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 centre 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. Note that - despite its name - the Metro Centre is not served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, only by national rail.
- Royal Quays. An outdoor complex consisting of outlet stores in nearby North Shields with a range of shops. It is accessible by walking from the Meadow Well Metro station, but has good bus services and is next to the Ferry Terminal.
- Farmer's Market (At Grey's Monument). An outdoor food market with local products that are raised, grown or produced within 50 miles of the location of the market. First Friday every month 9:30-14:30.
- There are currently five department stores: Fenwick (one of the largest department stores outside of London), John Lewis (still popularly referred to as Bainbridge's), Debenhams, Marks & Spencer andTJ Hughes.
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 which will offer a meal for even less money, usually of the same quality standards. Expect to pay around £8-£15.
- Francesca's, 134-136 Manor House Road, . M-Sa 12PM-11PM. Fantastic and cheap Italian in Jesmond.
- Pani's Cafe, 61-65 High Bridge, . M-Sa 10AM-10PM. Another great Italian joint on High Bridge that offers free Italian lessons.
- Uno's Restaurant, 18 Sandhill,. Yet another Italian offering, this one in Quayside.
- El Coto, 21 Leazes Park Rd, . 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, . 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 St, . 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 St. Authentic Thai restaurant, reasonable prices. Claims to use only the freshest ingredients, and no MSG.
- Stowell Street — In the city centre you can find Newcastle's Chinatown which contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants.
There are lots of cheap and cheerful restaurants around the Bigg Market, most doing happy hours for around £6.50 for a three course meal. Mostly Italian and Indian cuisine, but also Greek, Vietnamese and Lebanese options available.
- Mamma Mia, Pudding Chare, Bigg Market +44 191 232-7193 offers cheap and cheerful cuisine. Happy hours every week night and weekend lunchtimes, great pizzas and pasta
- Al Basha, Bigg Market +44 191 222-1303 Good Lebanese food including great kebabs. All you can eat buffet available if you have a bottomless pit of a stomach. No booze though!
- Hollie's Deli, 69-71 Adelaide Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8BN(near Ash St (opposite ASCO)). A very authentically local deli where you can have breakfast and get sandwiches for a very modest price. Very friendly staff and owners. A good tip if you happen to be in Benwell anyway.
- Fanciulli's Deli, 179 - 181 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6AA (just outside the city, at the foot of the hill which Westgate Rd climbs in westward direction). open during the day. One of the few places in Newcastle where you can get Italian pasta at snack bar rates.
- Zapatista Burrito Bar, 28 Ridley Place, NE1 8JW (Just over the road from Central Station as you walk towards the Monument), . Absolutely fantastic Mexican food place, serving everything from churros, quesadilla and of course, burritos. Sit in or take away. Burritos roughly £5 each, well worth the money as they come packed full of meat and veg. Veggie options include halloumi and squash fillings. Loyalty card scheme.
- Pizza Express, 10 Dean St, . 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.
- Cafe Royal, 8 Nelson St, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. 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. While the food lives up to the name of the cafe, the prices are actually lower than one might expect.
- Zizzi, 42-50 Grey St, . M-Su 11AM-11PM. Italian food served in a charming environment.
- La Tasca Newcastle Grey St., 42 Grey St, , e-mail: [email protected]. M-Th 12PM–11PM, F-Su 12PM–12AM. Tapas and other Spanish cuisine in an informal setting.
- Blue Coyote, 54-56 Pilgrim St, . Tex-Mex and fresh ingredients along with a festive environment and full bar.
- Marco Polo, 33 Dean St, , e-mail:[email protected]. 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.
- Modern Tandoori, 174 High Street West, Wallsend NE28 8hZ, , e-mail: [email protected]. Quality Indian restaurant on the outskirts of Newcastle Upon Tyne that have a bring your own alcohol policy.
- Paradiso, 1 Market Ln (behind Popolo on Pilgrim St), , e-mail: [email protected]. M-W 11AM-10:30PM, Th-Sa 11AM-10:45PM. Imaginative Mediterranean cuisine.
- Blackfriar's Restaurant, Friars St, . 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.
- Rasa, 27 Queen street, NE1 3UG (5 min. walk from the Millenium bridge), . M-Sa 12PM-3PM for lunch & 6PM-11PM for dinner. Authenic South Indian food inspired by the well-spiced home-cooking in Kerala.
- Sachins, Forth Banks, , e-mail:[email protected]. M-Sa 6PM-11:15PM. An upscale and contemporary restaurant serving all natural Punjabi food.
- Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Rd (One and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre.), . 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.
- Café 21, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, , e-mail:[email protected]. 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.
- Landmark, 20 Stowell St, . 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.
Sights & Landmarks
North East England has established a reputation 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.
- The River Tyne is a short walk from the station, and has a pedestrian quayside path on the north side reminiscent of the Queen's Walk in London. There are also city walksalong the river, running from May to November. Information can be found at the Tourist Information Centre, near the Monument Metro station.
- The Jesmond Dene is an artificial park around the Ouseburn river, somewhat east of the city centre. It was laid out by captain of industry and inventor Lord Armstrong in the 19th century and later donated to the people of Newcastle. Although funding for its maintenance does not seem to be available in abundance, it truly deserves its designation as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Probably the best place to go if you want to escape from the city and relax, weather permitting.
- Tyne Bridge. A good example of a compression arch suspended-deck bridge famous the world over.
- Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Acclaimed worldwide for its physical and aesthetic beauty. Tilting times are announced regularly at the Gateshead Council web site.
- Newcastle Castle, The Black Gate, Castle Garth, . Daily 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:15). Remains of the Castle Keep and the surrounding castle garth, the "new castle" of the city's name. Parts of it were built by Henry II between 1168-1178. The original castle was built by the brother of William the Conqueror in 1067. Unfortunately some of the outer walls were removed to allow the railway through in the nineteenth century. Adults £6.50, concessions (students/seniors/unwaged) £5.50, children (5+ years) £3.90.
- Central Arcade, Grainger Street. A beautifully preserved Victorian shopping arcade, which houses the Tourist Information Bureau and Windows of the Arcade, one of Newcastle's oldest music shops.
- Grainger Town. 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 centre 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 (At the Monument Metro station). 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. These days, unfortunately, people tend to crowd around the monument so much it is nigh impossible to view the plaques.
- St Nicholas Cathedral (Corner of Mosley Street and St Nicholas Street), . Sun-Fri 7:30-18:00; Sat & Bank Holidays 8:00-16:00. Is worth visiting during opening hours. The seat of the Bishop of Newcastle. Free (suggested donation £5 for adults).
- Chinatown. Walk around Newcastle's Chinatown centred onStowell Street in the city centre, it contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants and shops, and has its own Chinese arch.
Museums & Galleries
Galleries & Museums
- University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle, NE1 8ST, , e-mail:[email protected]. Mon-Thu 10:00-17:00; Fri, Sat 10:00-16:00; Sun, Bank Holidays and during exhibition changes closed.The gallery was established in 1977 as a teaching gallery and Northumbria University’s link between town and gown, the University Gallery’s policy is to present exhibitions by artists of national and international distinction, as well as less established but promising artists.Admission is free.
- Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, NE2 4PT. Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun 11am to 4pm. Contains fossils, mummies, stuffed animals and information about the history of the local area. Located close to Newcastle University campus, near Haymarket metro station. Free, and a must. Free.
- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead (Right at the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, south side of the river), , e-mail: [email protected].Daily 10:00-18:00 (except Tue 10:30-18.00); last admission 15 minutes before closing time. 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.
- Seven Stories (National Centre for Children's Books), 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, NE1 2PQ (About 10 mins walk east of Manor Metro), , e-mail:[email protected]. Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00; Sun & Bank Holidays 10:00-16:00. Closed between 20 April - July 2015 for refurbishment.Seven Stories is the first gallery and archive in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of children's books. Step inside and discover how books spark creativity and imagination with exhibitions and special events for all ages.
- The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart St, , e-mail:[email protected]. 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.
- The Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, . Mon -Sat 10AM-5PM. An art gallery located on the campus of Newcastle University that was founded in 1925. Admission is free.
- Centre For Life, Times Square, . 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 centre. Admission prices depend on your age, whether you are a UK tax payer and if you want to make a charitable donation.
- Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, NE1 4JA (Near Newcastle Central Station). Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat - Sun 11am-4pm. Science and engineering museum including Turbinia designed by Sir Charles Parsons in 1894, the world's first ship powered by steam turbines and at the time the fastest ship in the world, reaching speeds of up to 34.5 knots.Free.
- Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Buddle Street,Wallsend, . Apr-May: Mon-Sun 10:00-16:30; June-Aug: Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00; Sep-Nov 1: Mon-Sun 10:00-16:00; Nov 2-Mar: Mon-Fri 10:00-14:30. The remains of the Roman fort at Segedunum, a short walk away from the Wallsend Metro stations. In fact many of the signs at the metro station have been translated into Latin, including the aptly named Vomitorium. Adults £5.95, concessions (60+ and students) £3.95.
- Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Pier Road, Tynemouth, NE30 4BZ(Metro stop: Tynemouth; alternatively take Arriva service 306 which takes about 45min from Haymarket Bus Station), . 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.adults £4.90, children £2.90, concessions £4.40.
- The Angel of the North, Gateshead (Right in between the A1 and A167 (Durham Road); take Go North East bus services 21 or 22 from Eldon Square Bus Station). A modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, is just a short drive from Newcastle city centre in Gateshead. It can be seen from quite a far distance whilst travelling to it, which makes it even more enjoyable to some. It is 20 metres tall.
- Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, . 11AM-4PM weekends and school holidays. A museum where visitors can re-live the glorious days of the steam railway. Admission is free.
- 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.
Things to do
A very good source of information on what is currently going on in and around Newcastle seems to be The Crack magazine (http://www.thecrackmagazine.com/), It is free and can be found lying around in cafes and bars.
- Theatre Royal, 100 Grey St, , e-mail:[email protected]. 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.
- Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Rd, . 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.
- Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, . This theatre 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.
- Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, . Formally the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Located on Newcastle University's campus, features a range of independent performances.
- People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, , e-mail: [email protected]. The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country. (In other words, really good for an amateur company.) The theatre stages up to 12 productions a year in its newly refurbished main auditorium that holds 500 seats.
- Newcastle upon Tyne Shows Website. Listings for all of the major music and theatre shows in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Sage Music Centre, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, .Attend a concert at this contemporary venue in Gateshead, opened in 2004. It is a short walk to the other side of the Tyne. If you can't go to a concert, just go in as the building is certainly worth seeing, there are frequently informal events in its atrium, and there is an excellent cafe. The building was designed by Norman Foster
- Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, . 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.
- O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Rd, 0905 020 3999 (premium rate), e-mail: [email protected]. A large venue featuring big-name musical acts from the UK and around the globe.
- Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, .A venue right in the heart of the city hosting concerts, comedy acts and musicals.
- 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 across the UK and abroad.
- For smaller, indie gigs check out Head of Steam, The Cluny and Tyne Bar
- Attend a Newcastle United football game, at St. James Park near the University of Newcastle. St James's Park is the fourth largest ground in England, with a 52,000 capacity. Only Manchester United's Old Trafford, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Wembley are bigger.
- Attend a Newcastle Falcons game (Rugby Union) at Kingston Park in the suburb of Kingston Park in the north of the city.
- Attend a Newcastle Eagles game at Northumbria University's "Sport Central" 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 ice hockey game at Whitley Bay Ice Rink.
- Attend a Newcastle Diamonds Speedway meeting at Brough Park Stadium located in Byker in the city's east end.
- Attend a Greyhound meeting at Newcastle (Brough Park) Stadium.
- Attending a horse race at Newcastle Racecourse. 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, 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 rugby game at Gateshead Stadium.
- Gateshead Stadium is also the home of Gateshead Football Club, who play in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division (the fifth tier of English football).
- Empire Cinema, The Gate, Newgate St, . Shows all the latest blockbusters.
- Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, . A beautifully detailed theatre showing independent films.
- Side Cinema, 1-3 Side, . A small, artsy, 50 seat cinema showing independent films.
- The Star and Shadow, Stepney Bank, . 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.
- Odeon Cinemas, 38 Russell Way, . 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.
- Daytrip to Hadrian's Wall: Take bus AD122 from Central Station at 09:30h to Chester Roman Fort (£4.50). Visit the roman fort and museum (Entrance fee adults £5.00/concession £4.50), then hike on the Hadrian's Wall Trail to Housesteads. Visit the Housesteads Roman Fort and museum (Entrance fee adults £5.00/concession £4.50). Walk to the road (entrance to parking lot) and flag down the bus AD122, which passes here at 17:34 back to Newcastle (£5.50, attention, this is the only one direct to Newcastle).
Festivals and events
- The Evolution Festival (formally known as Orange Evolution and Freevolution) is a 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 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 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.
- The city has recently begun to host a summer gay pride event called Northern Pride .
Newcastle is (in)famous for its culture of social drinking, and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties, hence all the friendly-mad people dressed-up in fancy dress in the middle of Winter. No trip to Nukiewould be complete with a night out on the Toon.
The Bigg Market, theQuayside 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 inThe Gate leisure complex.
Newcastle is home to rather commercialised Newcastle Brown Ale, called by the locals Broon, Nukie or 'Dog'. There are a significant number of less well-known breweries producing real ale that is widely available and of good quality. Local bewers to look out for include Mordue, Wylam and Big Lamp.
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, . 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.
- Babylon, 14-16 Newgate Street, City Centre, . 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.
- City Vaults, 11-13 Bigg Market, City Centre, . 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.
- Idols, Newgate Shopping Centre, . 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.
- 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.
- Pop World, 14 Bigg Market, . M and W-Th 7PM-11:30PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. Closed Tu.Disgustingly awful
- Rewind, 31 Groat Market, . 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.
Central Station is the central stop to start out a night of drinking.
- Centurion, Neville St (in Central Station), . 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.
- Clear, 8 Pudding Chare (near to the Revolution Bar, close to Bigg Market and Central Station), . M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 6PM-12:30AM. Closed £2-4.
- Floritas, Collingwood St, . 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.
- North, Old Ticket Office, Neville St (close to Central Station), . 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.
- O'Neill's, 38 Neville St (opposite Central Station), . 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 Guinness. £3-5.
- Revolution, Collingwood St, . 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.
- The Bodega, 125 Westgate Road, City Centre (next-door to the Tyne Theatre), . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A beautiful victorian pub with ornate stained glass domes, friendly bar staff and a great selection of real ales and premium lagers.
- The Forth Hotel, 17-23 Pink Lane, City Centre (near to St Mary's Church and Central Station), . M-W noon - 11PM, Th-Sa noon - 1AM, Su noon-midnight. A popular and cosy pub with a great selection of real ales, imported beers and wines. Food served Mon - Sat 12PM til 10PM & Sunday 12PM til 930pm, Sunday Roasts served all day. Listen to, DJs Thurs thru til Sun.
- The Head of Steam, 2 Neville St (50 yards from Central Station), . 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, which holds something like up to 50 people, 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. As of July 2015, it was no longer possible to get tickets in advance except via seetickets.com, but events apparently sell out only rarely, so simply showing up is usually safe. £2-5.
- The Telegraph, Orchard St (on the corner of Orchard Street and Forth Street, behind Central Station), . 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.
- The Union Rooms, 48 Westgate Rd (opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station), . 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.
- Tilleys, 105 Westgate Rd (next-door to the Tyne Theatre), . Su-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight. A traditional, but modern pub, with a huge selection of real ales, craft and premium lagers and ciders. The food is very good, with the menu consisting of standard pub fare such as burgers, fish and chips, sausage and mash, chilli, along with sandwiches and wraps. DJs play a mix of Rock'n'Roll, Blues, Soul and Funk at the weekend. The pub also has regular free film screenings from its extensive DVD collection.
- Tokyo, 17 Westgate Rd (opposite the station), .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.
A pub crawl favorite among young revellers, Quayside is packed full of bars, including:
- The Quilted Camel, 36 Sandhill. Fri-Sa 6PM-1AM. A recently renovated cocktail bar providing around 30 cocktails. Quirky interior that includes several very unusual decorations such as a marble statue from a European church among others. £3-5.
- The Bridge Tavern, 7 Akenside Hill, . A great craft brewpub: reasonably priced and always busy. 10+ taps on the bar which change regularly. Food served as well. Situated directly under the Tyne bridge, hence the name.
- Flynn's Bar and Diner, 63 Quayside, . 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. It has had a number of run ins with the licencing authorities and is best avoided £4-6.
- Hoko-10, 16 Dean St,. 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.
- Pitcher & Piano, 108 The Quayside, . 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.
- The Akenside Traders, 3 Akenside Hill, . 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.
- The Crown Posada, 31 The Side, . 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.
- Thirty 3i8ht, Exchange Buildings (corner of Queen Street and Lombard Street, near the Monument station), . M-Sa 10AM-1AM, Su noon-1AM. New management guarantees it will be badly run £3-5.
A few laid-back alternative bars are based here:
- The Cluny, 36 Lime St, . 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.
- The Free Trade Inn, St. Lawrence Rd, . 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.
- The Tyne, Mailing St, . 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.
- 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 Rd (part of the Cairn Hotel), . 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.
- Bar Blanc, 38-42 Osborne Rd (part of Whites Hotel), . 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.
- Bar Polo, 61 Osborned Rd (above Scalini's), . 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.
- Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, . Daily 12PM-2AM.Proud owner of Jesmond's only 2AM license, this eclectic neighbourhood bar specializes in ginger mojitos and hosts free live music four nights a week. £2-4.
- Osbornes, 61-69 Osborne Rd (part of the New Northumbria Hotel), . 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.
- The Lonsdale, Lonsdale Terrace, . 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.
- The Bar at the Brandling, Brandling Village, . 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.
- 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, centred around the Centre for Life and the Metro Radio Arena. The pubs and clubs in this area are generally lively, colourful and friendly to all persuasions.
- @ne, 1 Marlborough Crescent, . 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.
- Baron and Baroness, Times Square, . 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
- Camp David, 8-10 Westmorland Rd, . 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.
- Eclipse, 48 Clayton St, , e-mail:[email protected]. Daily 11AM-12:30AM. Formerly Heroes, this bar has been given a head-to-toe makeover, including shiny wood floors. A handful of beers on tap and a decent selection of cocktails and bottled beers. A massive selection of hot & Cold food is served daily until 4PM. £2-5.
- The Dog, 15 Westmorland Road, NE1 4EG, , e-mail: [email protected]. Su-Th 1PM-1:3AM, F-Sa 1PM-3AM. This bar is well decotated, including shiny wooden and tiled floors. A handful of beers on tap with many other beers sold by the bottle. A very good selection of cocktails other bottled drinks. The Dog is split over two levels. Downstairs has a live Dj from 8PM playing dance, chart, Trance and R'n'B music until 2:30AM. The bar upstairs on a Friday & Saturday night has Karaoke from 9PM. Karaoke is also available downstairs from 9PM on a Wednesday night. This bar along with its sister bar Eclipse (listed above) has many drinks promotions that change on a regular basis. Cheek out their website for more details £1-8.
- Powerhouse, 7-19 Westmorland Rd, . 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.
- The Dog And Parrot, 52 Clayton St West, . 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.
- The End, 78 Scotswood Rd, . 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.
- The Loft, 10a Scotswood Rd, . 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.
- The Yard, 2 Scotswood Rd, . 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.
- Twist, Bio Science Centre, . 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.
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, . 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.
- Bar 55, . Su-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-1AM.Dance floor, juke box, lots of outdoor seating and multiple TVs! £3-7.
- Popolo, 82 Pilgrim St (near the City Centre), . 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.
- The Five Swans, 14 St Mary's Pl, . M-Su 8AM-11PM. Formerly Luckies Corner Bar, enlargened and renovated into a large, pleasant looking pub that is now part of the JD Weatherspoons chain, offering value for money drinks and food. £2-5.
- The Hancock, 2a Hancock St, . 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.
- The Newcastle Arms, 57 St Andrews' St (near Chinatown), . A traditional, friendly pub with a huge array of cask and real ales which regularly wins CAMRA awards. The pub has large TV screens to show football and rugby and also hosts regular beer festivals.
- The Strawberry, 7-8 Strawberry Pl (opposite St James' Park), . hours vary. The pub generally opens 11AM-11PM, but can open as early as 9AM if Newcastle United have a lunchtime kick off. The pub also has licence to remain open until 2AM, though this is rare.Directly opposite the Gallowgate End of St James' Park, this friendly pub is a shrine to Newcastle United, displaying a huge amount of club memorabilia from down the years. Naturally, it is packed when Newcastle play at home with a great atmosphere. Non matchdays find it a little quieter, though still popular. As well as real ales, bar meals are also available. The pub has big screen TVs, a jukebox, pool table and a roof terrace. £2-5.
- The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Ln, . 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.
- World Headquarters - great place to go clubbing for the night with cheap drinks and a crazy audience who are up for it.
Things to know
Newcastle folk are generally very friendly and safe. In fact, Newcastle is renowned throughout Great Britain for its 'family-like atmosphere' and can totally shatter the classic stereotype of 'reserved English' . A peculiarity among Geordies is that they can be found to wear t-shirts and mini-skirts in the middle of freezing winter, so just go with the flow - tourists are spotted by how much clothing they wear but will probably be most welcomed with a big smile or a kiss.
There are two universities and a college in Newcastle:
- Newcastle University, . One of the most important and respected universities in the UK and Europe, near the city centre. An easy walk from the Haymarket metro station, their smallMuseum of Antiquities is open to the public.
- Northumbria University, . The Poly; with more of a focus on vocational courses such as fashion, design and IT, also near the city centre. It also incorporates Newcastle Business School. The Northumbria University Student Union is a popular venue for visiting bands.
- Newcastle College, . A large campus, located on Rye Hill in the Elswick area west of the city centre. It features purpose built facilities for engineering, sport, performing arts, food and leisure, science as well as various A level courses.
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 centres 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.
Safety in Newcastle
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 whole city can get rowdy on Fridays and Saturdays but is still quite safe. Take care after a big football match; though there has been no significant violence for some years, emotions tend to run high amongst supporters. It is a good idea not to wear the colours of Sunderland football club when in central Newcastle, and vice-versa so as not to attract any unwanted attention. Also, confusing a Geordie and a Mackem (a Sunderlander) could potentially lead to some abuse and is easily done.
Still, the crime in this city is generally lower than other cities the same size in Britain, but some inner-city areas in the west and east ends are best avoided at night, but those areas are far from any tourist attractions.