Like in any other big cities,Hop on hop off bus is the popular way to see the sights and attractions.There are 2 routes, one is the Newcastle Gateshead Tour or the Red Tour,which departs every 30mins and the other one is Ouseburn Tour or the Blue Tour and departs every 60mins.The ticket is 24hrs valid and costs £7 for adult and £3.50 for children.These tours do not operate all year round so better check their website first.
Walking is the best way to see and to get around central Newcastle. There is a metro and an extensive bus network which is useful if you need anything on the outskirts of the city or if your accommodation is outside the centre. However, most visitors won't need to use these transport options as the majority of the interesting sights close to the city centre and within walking distance of each other. We didn't need to use buses or metro at all as we walked everywhere in the city. Our hotel was on quayside so we had to a bit of climbing every morning to get to the centre but other than that it was very easy to get around.
Newcastle is a great city to walk. The river and its bridges make for many interesting vistas and vantagepoints. I've read that there are now many interesting things going on in Jarrow, south of the Tyne. The Baltic, a contemporary arts museum which uses a renovated grain warehouse, sounds especially worthwhile. To get across the river, I liked strolling across Robert Stephenson's great "High Level Bridge". This 1849 bridge was constructed with the levels, the upper level for the railway, the lower level for regular street traffic. The pedestrial sidewalk looks like a long corridor in some futuristic space station!
Newcastle is a easy reach able place. It has its own international airport with a train service to the city centre. It has a big main-line station so its easily reachable by rail. It has a big coach depot with lots of coaches going to lots of destinations! Newcastle is also linked with the A1 and has many other major roads going to it. Boats go to and from holland on a daily basis.
Getting around newcastle is easy with a light rail system know as the tyne and wear metro although most people just call it the metro. It has 4 underground stations in newcastle including one at the mainline station. It also serves newcastle international airport, whitley bay, north shields (where you can cross the tyne on a ferry to south sheilds) tynemouth, wallsend and many more locations. An extenstion to sunderland was opened this year and now shares the line with Arriva trains northen which operates services direct from sunderland to the metrocentre. Buses are also a very good method of transportation and there is now a city sight seeing bus which i have been told is very good and that departs at newcastle's central station (main-line station) Tickets for buses vary but are generally cheap. Metro tickets and arriva trains northen tickets are also generally cheap aswell and offer various 'saver' tickets.
Newcastle has a airport, rail station. In the Summer it is also conected to Norway Sweden and now Amsterdam by a Car Ferry
Newcastle has an Underground Rail systen called the Metro. It is generally excellent
The Tyne International Terminal has now moved from underneath the quay Tyne bridges to 5 miles down the River Tyne, within about a mile of the river mouth. The berth for the Norway ferry is in the forground, whilst in the background is the Danish DFDS ferry.
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