Newcastle is one of the most exciting and friendly cities in the UK. Whether you want to experience vibrant city life, or explore the countryside of North East England, Newcastle is the perfect holiday destination!
Newcastle is one of the largest cities in England and is definitely one of the most exciting ones, its foundations were laid as a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Nowadays, it is known for combining impressive heritage with being one of the best places for nightlife and events in the country. There is a long list of interesting places not to miss, when visiting Newcastle, below you can find our recommendations…
In the heart of Newcastle City Centre the Castle Keep, one of the country’s finest examples of a Northern Keep, hints at the region’s thousands of years of heritage in contrast to the neo-classical architecture of Grainger Town, with Grey Street winning Academy of Urbanism’s Great Street Award 2010. Attractions such as 2,000 year old Tynemouth Priory and Hadrian’s Wall confirm the region’s rich past and complement the offering of museums such as the newly refurbished and extended Great North Museum or take a tour through the fascinating Victoria Tunnel, which runs directly under the city.
Although we can’t promise there’ll always be sun, we guarantee you’ll be impressed by our stunning coastline which, studded with some of the country’s best beaches, provides the perfect setting for a summer day at the seaside or a refreshing autumnal stroll. In 2010, all of Tynemouth’s Beaches were awarded prestigious Blue Flag status alongside Sunderland’s Roker and Seaburn beaches and South Shields’ Sandhaven, guaranteeing the highest standards in safety and cleanliness.
An all-seater stadium, close to the city centre, where over 50,000 come to worship Newcastle United in the English Premier League. The stadium played host to international football during the 2012 Olympics and will also be used as a rugby venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Gateshead Millenium Bridge
The River Tyne, which runs through Newcastle, is blessed with many beautiful bridges, from the Tyne Bridge to the High Level. The most interesting one, however, is undoubtedly the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which tilts daily at noon to allow small ships to pass underneath its steel arches. When the bridge opened in 2001, it was a radical feat of engineering, the world’s first rotating bridge. It’s also known as the Blinking Eye and Winking Eye bridge because its arches look like a blinking eye when it is tilting. The pedestrian and cycle bridge is also known for its lighting, which changes colour on weekends.
Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with its rolling programme of exhibitions is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world – an organisation whose ethos and mere existence captures NewcastleGateshead’s passion for culture which began, arguably, with Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North. It’s also worth checking out the huge variety of public art walks in the region’s towns, cities, coast and countryside as well as the wide range of smaller galleries across the area.
The Alnwick Castle
The Alnwick Castle was built immediately following the Norman conquest and since then has been renovated on various occasions. Today the castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and it’s the second largest inhabited castle in England. This amazing medieval castle has been at the centre of many of the country’s famous historical events and is the setting for many film and television productions. Apart from being used for exterior and interior shots of Hogwarts school of magic in Harry Potter films, it also appeared in other screen classics like Blackadder, Elizabeth and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Like the city itself, The County Hotel in Newcastle City Centre is a fascinating mix of the old and new. Directly opposite the railway station, this Newcastle hotel is a Grade II Listed Victorian building, which has been sympathetically restored and brought right up to date. Its central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore one of Britain’s most vibrant short-break destinations.