Newcastle upon Tyne Travel Guide

  • Newcastle's Quayside and Iconic Bridges
    Newcastle's Quayside and Iconic Bridges
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  • Newcastle and the Iconic Tyne Bridge
    Newcastle and the Iconic Tyne Bridge
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  • The Tyne Bridge
    The Tyne Bridge
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Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

  • Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    High up on the steep banks of the Tyne, the old castle keep still maintains a watch over the city's lifeblood. There's not much else left of the castle that gave the city its name, but the keep that guarded the bridge over the Tyne and blackgate still remain. From its vantage point high above the river, the keep gives great view of the Quayside...

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  • Millennium Bridge

    Arching up like a pair of whale bones, or the open mouth of a skeletal shark jaw, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a curious sight. It's reminiscent of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, but it's probably more a reflection of the design of its older sibling - the famous Tyne Bridge. It is a gateway, though. When needed, the open curve of the bridge...

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  • BALTIC, Gateshead

    The Baltic isn't technically in Newcastle but in Gateshead; however it is just across the river and easily visited on foot (crossing the Millennium Bridge) or by public transport (Quaylink bus #1), so I make no apologies for including a tip on it here as well as on my new Gateshead page. This amazing gallery is housed in an old flour mill which...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Restaurants

  • Pitcher and Piano

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    With an unbeatable location on the quayside, this is our favourite spot for lunch on a sunny day. If the weather is warm enough you can sit outside in the sunshine enjoying the river views, while on bright but chilly winter days we make a point of arriving early enough to get a table by the huge windows where we can soak up the sun and watch the...

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  • Restaurants outside the city

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This pub at the northern edge of Whitley Bay offers a large if somewhat unexciting space, but its several distinct areas make it feel less impersonal and provide a separate area for families. The fairly extensive menu offers pub classics including locally caught fish and chips, which has been very good on the several occasions I have had it. Good...

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  • Chinatown restaurants

    5 out of 5 stars

    Newcastle has its own small China town with supermarkets and several restaurants. There looked some great buffet restauants - eat as much as you can/dare type - that looked very tasty . In particular Dragon House looked inviting judged by all the dishes we saw through the window as we walked past. Shame we had already etean, next time then ;-)

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Newcastle upon Tyne Nightlife

  • Nightlife in general

    Nightlife in Newcastle is legendary. There is a vast choice and you find bars/pubs/clubs to suit your needs. You can go for a mad cheesy night out and mix it with the hen and stag do's (City centre and quayside) You can have a bar/club trendy night out (Perdu, Revolution etc) You can have a more trendy relaxed night out (Near the station/city...

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  • Tuxedo Princess CLOSED

    UPDATE 2014 : Sadly gone for several years now. This page is left for purely historical reasons. Wikipedia still has a page on it too ! A ship moored under the Tyne bridge sounds a little romantic - but forget that, this is Newcastle's nightlife in the raw. For the past 15 years or so it's been a rite of passage for any student in the North East....

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  • The Gate

    I wasn’t sure whether to put this tip under “Things to Do” or “Nightlife”, or even “Restaurants”, as it covers all three, but since The Gate is at its liveliest at night I’ve chosen that option. The Gate claims to be “Newcastle’s premier leisure and entertainment centre” and certainly tries its best to live up to that hype. Under its one roof you...

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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. There is a Metro DaySaver ticket - tickets can only be obtained...

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  • Train travel

    On my most recent trip to the city I took the train. Cross Country Trains on the outward trip. East Coast on the way home. Very different, but both comfortable, fast, and on time. I was in 1st class both ways - a good deal on the price by booking 5 weeks in advance and using my Senior Railcard. It was £70 return from Edinburgh. It was a business...

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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

    The Metrocentre shopping mall isn't technically in Newcastle but in Gateshead; however it is easy to visit from the city and many locals and tourists do just that, so I make no apologies for including a tip on it here as well as on my new Gateshead page. When it was built the Metro Centre was the biggest shopping mall in Europe. I think it was...

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  • Grainger Market

    Although it has been recently refurbished, this market in the centre of town retains much the same character and range of stalls that it has held for years. It’s a good place to come for fresh fruit and vegetables, and there are several butchers selling locally produced meat from the farms of Northumberland. But in addition to these there are a...

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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

  • General safety tips

    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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  • Match days

    Newcastle has, in the past, had a bit of a reputation for being a rough town, but it's probably not as bad as its neighbours, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and probably much safer now than it used to be. During the daylight hours, in the city centre, it's very safe. It's a party town, though, and after hours things can change. Like any town in...

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  • Bird droppings

    The kittiwake, as the helpful signs by the river explain, is a protected species. By the state of the streets under Newcastle's bridges, I would guess that so is their poo. I didn't get struck, but you can see from the pictures it's probably not a good idea to hang around under the bridges too long. Let the white carpet be a warning.

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Newcastle upon Tyne Tourist Traps

  • Geordie accent

    Geordie. AA. Pronoun of the first person. Aa divvint knaa. I do not know. AAFUL. Awful. AAKWAAD. Awkward. AALL. All. AALWIS. Always. AAN. And. ABOOT. About. AMOONT. Amount. AANLY. Only. ANYHOO. Anyhow. AV. I've. BAIT. Food. Bait box. Something to carry food to work. BLIDDY. Bloody. Bliddy hek. Bloody hell. BOONT. Boont tu de it. Bound to do...

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  • 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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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

  • Northumberland's coast and castles

    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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  • Beamish Museum

    When I first heard the name of this museum I thought it was a museum about beer as Beamish is a popular stout in Ireland. However, this particular Beamish refers to the town near Newcastle and the Beamish Museum is a large open-air museum displaying how life was at the turn of the 20th century. It's a very popular place with locals and tourists...

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  • Whitley Bay

    Whitley Bay is Newcastle's downmarket seaside suburb. During the 1980's, when Harry Enfield was funny, he created a character called Loadsmoney. He was based on an Essex plasterer who made his wads and liked to show it off in the most vulgar way possible. The character became a phenomenon, with football supporters waving bunches of fivers in the...

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Newcastle upon Tyne Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    St James' Park is home to Newcastle United FC. It is an all seater stadium with a capacity of 52,405. The fans are known for their passionate support and also for wearing the clubs black and white stripped shirts, no matter what the weather. The away supporters are currently housed in the Leazes Stand Level 7. It's a hell of a walk up the stairs....

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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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  • 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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Newcastle upon Tyne Favorites

  • Earl Grey's Monument

    Grey's Monument, standing 135 feet high at the centre of Newcastle's shopping area has been a landmark meeting place for locals and visitors since its erection in 1838. It was built to commemorate the services of Charles, Earl Grey (1764-1845) who as Prime Minister was a tireless anti-slavery campaigner, steering the Great Reform Bill (1832) into...

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  • The Quayside

    The 1990's saw the transformation of the derlict docks on the east quayside of Newcastle to the modern splendour of today with the Batic Art Centre linked by the blinking Gateshead Millenium Bridge with its pedestrian and cycle paths. Interesting art work can be seen along the quayside too. This was probably the best part of Newcastle for me and in...

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  • Belsay Hall

    A two storey Tudor mansion was added to the west side of the old castle at Belsay, and later the mansion was given a Jacobean west wing, both are now ruinous, but well worth viewing. The old hall was abandoned when the occupants moved the 300m or so to their new hall. Admission Charge Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds Directions: In...

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  • MalcolmC16's Profile Photo
    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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