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 base.
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.
St James’ Park
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.
Jesmond Dene Park
Jesmond Dene is a unique haven of peace and tranquility. It is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale, which provides an important wildlife corridor right into the centre of Newcastle. There is a spectacular mix of native and exotic trees, and the Dene is home to a lot of wildlife, notably the Kingfisher, the Red Squirrel and many woodland birds. The Dene stretches for over three kilometres and has many areas of tranquillity, as well as ‘honey pots’ of activity.
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.
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.