Newcastle upon Tyne Travel Guide

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Newcastle upon Tyne Highlights

  • Pro
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     The Toon, The Toon Army, Newcastle Brown Ale, Eric Burdon & the Animals 

  • Con
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     Weather, too many hills! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Modern, vibrant and also some surprising history and architecture. 

Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

  • Tyne Bridges

    Built in 1926, thsi bridge was, at that time, with its 389 meters long, the longhest sigle span bridge (162 meters). It is not anymore, it is only the tenth higher structure in town, but it became a symbol of Tyneside, and a highlight in a city where there is not much to see.

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  • Day trips from Newcastle

    jump on the metro and head to Tynemouth, there is so much history and scenic views to take in, as well as a abundance of pubs, cafes, restaurants etc. to suit everyone. Tynemouth is a village located at the mouth of the River Tyne on the North-East coast of England, 6 miles from the centre of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It has stunning...

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  • The Castle

    The Castle in Newcastle sits overlooking the River Tyne. A Roman fort previously stood on the same site. The castle was built in 1080 by Robert Curthose, who was the son of William the Conqueror. This castle gave its name to the city. The castle was a motte (built on a artificial mound) and bailey (enclosed courtyard) type castle. It was...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Hotels

Newcastle upon Tyne Restaurants

  • Friendly faded comfort

    This café, surprisingly large and slightly rough around the edges in terms of décor (think recycled furniture and unfinished floors), claims to have won awards for the best cheap eats in the city. I didn’t check out the claims but they seem very plausible. But the awards it would win from us would be for its friendly service and laid-back vibe, and...

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  • Cosy and quaint

    We have spotted this cosy-looking café on previous visits to Newcastle but only recently got round to going inside. It was a chilly wet afternoon and the warm interior was matched by an equally warm welcome from the young waitress. We were in search of hot drinks and were pleased to see a proper espresso machine in evidence. I had a very good mocha...

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  • Like Mamma makes

    A friend recommended this unpretentious family-run Italian restaurant near the football ground. We received a friendly welcome and were offered a drink in the small bar area near the entrance while a table was prepared. Once seated we read through the menu which as well as the usual pizza and pasta dishes had a number of different risottos and some...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Nightlife

  • Places 2

    -Station pub,Gateshead side-very old mans pub with hardly any beer pumps working -The Central pub-just across from the Station pub- big pub with 3 rooms, oldy feel.-Olive and Bean cafe-in the centre, great little cafe with a loungy feel upstairs. A great selection of tiffins. Breakfast isn't amazing for the price but it's more about the...

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  • New York meets Italy meets Tyneside!

    Popolo describes itself as a “cross between a New York bar and an Italian coffee shop” so, given that New York and Italy are among my favourite places in the world, perhaps it’s not surprising that I love the atmosphere here. It’s open from late morning to late at night, and although we’ve enjoyed an afternoon coffee here before now, it’s in the...

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  • Great cocktails

    This is a relatively new addition to the Newcastle drinking scene, so we came here for an early evening drink to check it out - and rather liked it. The atmosphere was friendly and there was quite a mixed clientele - more young than old, but not so much that we felt out of place. I had an excellent cocktail while Chris just had a pint of beer. As...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Transportation

  • Metro

    A good way to travel in the Newcastle area - the limits of the system are the Airport, Sunderland and the coast. Trains run on most lines about every 12 minutes but are more frequent in the city centre where trains run undergound. The trains are disbaled friendly and fares reasonable.

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  • Train travel

    This rover ticket gives unlimited travel in a area bounded by Carlisle - Newcastle - York - Garforth - Leeds - plus York - Harrogate - Leeds. From 08.45 and cannot be used on Grand Central trains. 2013 cost is £39, with a railcard £25.75 and children £19.50.

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  • Newcastle airport

    It's great when it takes you a maximum of 20 minutes to get from your house to the airport... Newcastle is well connected with European cities through scheduled flights, and also has a number of tour operators with flights to the islands, Cyprus, Turkey and Mexico. As a bonus, it's well-connected with the Tyne & Wear Metro system.

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Newcastle upon Tyne Shopping

  • Eldon Square shopping centre

    This shopping centre is huge with so many shops under one roof. There are also shops outside as well [Primark, TK Maxx] . Many of the shops are larger than other branches throughout the country and carry different stock at times. Marks and Spencer, Fenwick, John Lewis, Debenham, New look, Topshop, River Island are among the clothing shops. Game and...

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  • Metrocentre

    Centre Opening Hours Monday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Bank Holidays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Every thing you look for..

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  • Out of town outlets

    We first came here many years ago when the centre had not long been open, and were a little disappointed, but put that down to the fact that so far only a few shops had moved into the complex. So this Easter we decided it was time to give the Royal Quays another chance.The location, not far from the North Sea ferry terminal, is not especially...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Local Customs

  • Geordie - language

    Perhaps more than any other in the country, the Geordie dialect can seem impenetrable to a non-Geordie, (a Geordie being a native of Newcastle). The differences between this and standard English fall into three main groups: - words that are pronounced differently - words that are unique to Geordie - words that are used differently, i.e. in...

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  • beer...beer..beer

    Newcastle Brown Ale is the best known beer from Newcastle. It's been brewed in the city since the 1920s and it's famous blue star logo has been there since the start. It’s available on draught, in bottle and in cans though the bottled version seemed the most common in the pubs we visited in Newcastle. I had never tried it before my visit to the...

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  • girls...girls...girls

    You may notice when you visit Newcastle that there is the occasional coat shop....This is for Tourists only who think Newcastle is cold.... All year round in Newcastle on a night time you will see that nobody wears coats and it is deemed downright silly to even think of wearing one... Even the women go out with the shortest of skirts and the...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

  • Rip-off: Taxis from Newcastle Airport

    Saturday 23th July 2011. Taxi from the Airport to Sunderland University: 47 pounds.Saturday 30th July 2011. Taxi from Sunderland University to the Airport: 26 pounds.The Sunderland's Taxi driver told me the reason: Airport's taxi drivers use to go a long way, when the client is a foreigner and don't know the place.What a pitty!!

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  • No worries!

    No real dangers to speak of. Same as anywhere although police are clamping down on anti social behaviour in town centre.Don`t drink too much or you could find yourself locked up for the night if you are deemed to have had too much and are spoiling it for others.

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  • Parking on a match day in the toon!

    If you happen to be in Newcastle on a match day, watch out for the difficulty in finding parking and the mass throngs of people! They don't call the football fans TOON ARMY for nothing. Just make sure that if you are going into toon on a match day, to go early so you can find parking, or if you can avoid it all together, take public transit. It'll...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Tourist Traps

  • Buses

    There are several bus companies operating in Newcastle such as Arriva, Go-north East, Stagecoach. However be careful when buying an all-day-ticket, because it usually means it is only valid the bus company you bought it for. We bought an all day ticket for Go-North East and had to buy another one when we caught a Stagecoach bus.Also note an all-day...

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  • Big City

    Cheapest form of transport is Metro underground train. Althougfh once in city centre all bars clubs and shops are tightly linked together and well within walking distance. Big Issue sellers aren`t as bad as other cities. Cheapest bars are Weatherspoons near Central train station and Beehive(for pints), BlackieBoy(spirits&trebles) on Bigg...

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  • S^$&#!land - the village of the damned

    Please beware when using Metroline! From some unaccountable reason NEWCASTLE METRO operates to sunderland (!?) which is the place you really don't want to experience. It is the gloomy, sad settlement with no cinema, no theatre, no shopping-mall, nothing whatsoever...You better jump of the train before it's too late

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Newcastle upon Tyne What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Anything no problem, Airport very good, No danger of loss, loads of Help , bring a rain coat You can walk on the beach or in the woods or climb Hadrians Wall so bring a pair of good boots and somthing warm it can be cold, Trip of a lifetime if you come at the right time, Appelby Horse Fair what a weekend Travelers & Gypsy's from all over come to a...

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  • Packing List

    If you're gonna go clubbing or round the bars at night, girls will need a very thin, next-to-nothing top and a mini-skirt, blokes will need a thin short sleeved shirt or a T-shirt, trousers (not Jeans) and no Trainers. This is winter gear - take even less in the summer!

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Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

  • The City Walls

    The North East’s most famous wall is of course that built by and named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which starts (or finishes!) here in Newcastle, at Wallsend. But Newcastle has its own wall too, which once circled the city – the medieval town wall. This was built during the 13th and 14th centuries, and was approximately 3 kilometres (2 miles)...

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  • Ouseburn

    In recent years the development that first started around the central part of the Quayside has spread eastwards, and the area around where the smaller Ouseburn flows into the Tyne, in particular, has benefitted from regeneration. But we had never got round to visiting that part of the city until our most recent visit.You can get to the Ouseburn...

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  • Druridge Bay

    When we want to get a good dose of sea air, one of our favourite short trips is to Druridge Bay. It is far less developed and more wild than the seaside resorts closer to town, such as Whitley Bay or Tynemouth, but not too far for a short outing, though you’ll need a car to get here. The beach stretches for seven miles and is designated as a...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    Newcastle has to have the best pre match entertainment that I have seen in the country which gives home and away fans a chance to drink and have fun before the game. The best location for this is in the Bigg Market. The pre match includes football fun and drinking competitions. The famous Geordie dancer and also the dangerous curry hell. Away fans...

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  • Rugby

    Althoguh I am not a big rugby union fan, Newcastle do have a good rugby union team, who play in Englands premier rugby league. They are called the Newcastle Falcons, and also have the David Beckham of rugby union...his name is Johny Wilkinson...and is amongst the best players in the world! When watching Newcastle play you might need ear plugs...

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  • Great North run

    The Great North Run is definitely one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in the North East – indeed, of any calendar! It is a half marathon, starting near the Town Moor to the north of central Newcastle and finishing in South Shields on the coast to the east. Soon after starting, the runners cross the Tyne Bridge en masse, creating one of...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Favorites

  • Local hero: wor Jackie

    Although present-day fans may not know the name as well, Jackie Milburn was as big a hero at St James’ Park in his day as Alan Shearer in his, and today he is commemorated with this statue near the ground and also in the name of one of its stands.He was born in 1924 in Ashington, Northumberland – a mining town that was also later home to Jack and...

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  • Local hero: Sir Bobby Robson

    Most football fans, and not only those from England, will know the name of Sir Bobby Robson. First as a player (with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, and briefly with England) and later as manager of a series of clubs including Fulham, Ipswich Town (where he is fondly remembered), the English national side, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto...

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  • The Side

    This is possibly my favourite part of Newcastle. The rather grand architecture of the city centre, with ornate Victorian commercial premises in that lovely pale limestone, starts to give way to a more down to earth style as the wide roads narrow and slope steeply down to the river. This is the original heart of the city and the reason for its...

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    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Re comment: Rip off Airport Taxis. Typical of the ignorant to make such an accusation. You need to have an understanding of how Taxis are operated and controlled in the U.K. Before you can accuse anyone of ripping you off.
    Fares are controlled by the Local Authority in which area they operate. Newcastle have a rate which is X per mile, Sunderland have a rate which is Y per mile.
    In point of fact, taxi fares have not increased in the Newcastle upon Tyne area for more than five years! I write this on 24/8/13, and we all know what has happened to fuel and vehicle costs in that time!
    Just think on this. To work at the airport, a taxi driver has to join the airport taxi association (very costly), has to buy, equip, licence and maintain his vehicle. Is subject to medical examination (to be paid for), CRB check, to be paid for, pay to licence himself and the vehicle AND pay the airport authority a substantial fee each month to work at the airport. Also, the insurance cost to operate a Hackney Carriage is phenomenal. All of this is covered in the cost of the fare you pay. Also, the taxi is immediately available, at the terminaln door, you do not have to book and wait and hope that car you book, will turn up. Many don't turn up or are late.
    I have no association with any taxi operator or the airport at Newcastle upon Tyne, but speak from a past knowledge of the trade/profession.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Aug 23, 2013 at 4:03 AM

      Welcome to VT.

      The tip to which you refer was written by a Spanish member in 2011 and reflects her own experience. She has the right to write about that experience on VT, because that is what VT is for.

      To state that 'only the ignorant' make such accusations is unnecessary. Do you know the exact rules under which taxis operate in e.g. Rome, Madrid or Los Angeles etc etc? We are all generally 'ignorant' of such details when we visit another country.

      You note the additional expenses that airport taxi-drivers have to pay, and that's fair enough.

      It would have been more appropriate to explain that those expenses are the reason for the difference in fares (if that is indeed the case) rather than to imply that the member is somehow at fault for relating both her experience and what she was told by the taxi-driver (perhaps in a 'joke' which was not understood).

 
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