Newcastle Upon Tyne, located in the North East of England, is an ideal destination for a UK city break. With approximately 260,000 inhabitants, the city is situated near the River Tyne and the North Sea Coast, earning it the affectionate nickname “the Toon.” Accessibility is a key feature, as Newcastle can be easily reached by train, air, and bus. A flight from London takes less than an hour, and the fastest train from London Kings Cross arrives in just 2 hours and 40 minutes.
In recent years, Newcastle has undergone a significant transformation following the collapse of traditional industries like coal mining and steelworks in the North East. Today, it stands as an exciting place to live, work, visit, shop, study, and do business. The city’s diverse appeal attracts people for various reasons, including its rich culture, history, art, music, entertainment, and vibrant nightlife.
The Quayside, the oldest part of Newcastle, was once the commercial hub of all Tyneside until the nineteenth century. Now revitalized, it is a must-visit area featuring modern chic restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Newcastle holds the 8th rank as the “party town center worldwide” and is the 2nd most social city in Europe.
Accommodation options abound in Newcastle, ranging from top-class hotels like the Hilton, Copthorne, and Malmaison to budget-friendly hostels. The River Tyne, spanned by seven bridges, boasts iconic structures such as the Tyne Bridge, a world-renowned example of bridge design built between 1925 and 1928.
Notable among the bridges is the High-Level Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson, the world’s first split-level bridge allowing trains to travel above and cars below. While cars are no longer permitted on the High-Level Bridge due to extensive repairs, buses continue to cross. Beyond the bridges and the Quayside, Newcastle offers more attractions, including Grey’s Monument, erected in 1838 to honor Lord Grey, standing at an impressive 41 meters high, and St Nicholas Cathedral, along with numerous museums.