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Newcastle upon Tyne is a port city in the North East of England. It has arguably the best nightlife in all of Britain and has a distinct Geordie vernacular.

Newcastle is a lively and diverse city, known for its nightlife, art, music, and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, it is one of England's core cities and is a center of culture, architecture, and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. The city is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.

History

Newcastle was founded around 2,000 years ago as a Roman fort called Pons Aelius along Hadrian's Wall, a ruin of which remains at Segedunum, a short walk from Wallsend Metro station. The city developed into an important port and was at the center of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries.... Read more

Newcastle, UK

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Newcastle upon Tyne is a port city in the North East of England. It has arguably the best nightlife in all of Britain and has a distinct Geordie vernacular.

Newcastle is a lively and diverse city, known for its nightlife, art, music, and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, it is one of England's core cities and is a center of culture, architecture, and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. The city is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.

History

Newcastle was founded around 2,000 years ago as a Roman fort called Pons Aelius along Hadrian's Wall, a ruin of which remains at Segedunum, a short walk from Wallsend Metro station. The city developed into an important port and was at the center of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. As heavy industry declined, Newcastle's fortunes took a dip. The city has now re-invented itself as a cultural center and Science City and is possibly one of the trendiest places in the UK.

Climate

Situated in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, Newcastle is amongst the driest cities in the UK. Temperature extremes recorded at Newcastle Weather Centre include 32.5 °C (90.5 °F) on 3 August 1990 down to −14.0 °C (6.8 °F) on 29 December 1995. Newcastle can have cool to cold winters, though usually warmer than the rural areas around it, and the winters are often compensated for by warm summers, with very long daylight hours in the summer months, longer than all other major English Cities. Newcastle upon Tyne shares the same latitude as Copenhagen, Denmark and southern Sweden.

The nearest weather station to provide sunshine statistics is at Durham, about 14 miles (23 km) south of Newcastle City Centre. Durham's inland, less urbanized setting results in night-time temperature data about 1 degree cooler than Newcastle proper throughout the year.

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Newcastle, UK: Port Information


The International Passenger Terminal is situated just 8 miles from the center of the city and 15 miles from Newcastle International Airport.
Cruise Terminal can accommodate up to 2000 travelers embarking/disembarking, provide seating for 700 guests. It offers good facilities.
There is a car park.
The nearest metro station is Percy Main – it takes approx. 20 minutes on foot to get there.
Taxis are available. It takes 20 min to reach Newcastle Central Station.
Shuttle service (free) is provided for all passengers.

Get around Newcastle, UK


By bicycle

Newcastle is a reasonably cycle-friendly city. There are a number of places to lock a bike up in the city center and cycle lanes exist (though these are often shared with buses or taxis). A few Metro stations also provide secure storage for bicycles but note that only fold-away bicycles are permitted on Metro trains. Unless you're touring the UK on pedal power, the best use for a bike is to explore the

Quayside

, Ouseburn and

Jesmond Dene

areas, travel to out-of-town attractions or head off to more distant places such as Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice on the coast.

The Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1 (East Coast) passes through Newcastle from the North to the South.

Bicycle hire:

  • Tyne Cycles, 19-20 Rudyerd St, North Shields, NE29 6RR, ☎ +44 191 256-2266, e-mail: tynecycles@aol.com.
  • HUB (also "The Cycle Hub"), Ouseburn, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE61BU (Directly on the left (Eastern) bank of the Ouseburn where it flows into the Tyne), ☎ +44 191 276-7250, e-mail: enquiries@thecyclehub.org. Mon-Fri 9 to 5; Sat&Sun 10 to 5. A full-service place with a cafe, a shop, a workshop, and a hire with quite a lot of bikes. Definitely expensive, but very good and friendly service: You are really looked after well.
  • sportsrecycler, 307-312 South Shields Business Works, Henry Robson Way, South Shields, NE33 1RF (roughly opposite Tynemouth), ☎ +44 191 427-4615, e-mail: trish@sportsrecycler.co.uk. Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat 10.30 am to 3 pm. A not-for-profit, community-oriented place which is focused on recycling bikes, but also does bicycle hire. It has not been tested by me (the person who made the entry: I arrived in Newcastle on a Wednesday), but sounds friendly and interesting and, likely, more affordable. The website is rather minimalistic, so calling them might be the best option.

By bus

City Centre

Quaylink services run every few minutes between the city center and the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. The distinctive yellow livery makes the service easy to recognize.

Suburbs

There are 2 bus stations in the city, Haymarket with services to the north of the city and Northumberland. Eldon Square Bus Station mainly serves Gateshead, County Durham and Teeside. An extensive and efficient network of bus routes radiates out of Newcastle into the surrounding towns and suburbs. Though the services are operated by several different operators they are coordinated by Nexus, Tyne and Wear's transport authority. Maps and timetables can be found on the Nexus website, though it may be easier to use a personalized journey planner such as Traveline.

Bus operators include:

  • Arriva North East, 21 Bridge St, Blyth, ☎ +44 167 036-3300.
  • Classic Coaches, ☎ +44 1207 282288.
  • Go North East, 117 Queen St, Gateshead, ☎ +44 1207 282288.
  • Northumbria Coaches, ☎ +44 1670 520577.
  • Stagecoach Newcastle, Shields Road, Walkergate, ☎ +44 871 200 22 33.

The participating bus operators for the PLUSBUS ticket are Stagecoach, Go-North East and Arriva.

On foot

Newcastle city center is relatively compact and is therefore easy to navigate on foot. Many areas are pedestrianized. Being on the banks of the River Tyne, some areas slope quite steeply. Buses and taxis are fairly cheap and plentiful should this pose a problem.

By Metro

The Tyne & Wear Metro is a fast, safe and reasonably cheap way of getting around the city and also to outlying suburbs and surrounding towns including Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North and South Shields, Sunderland and Newcastle International Airport.

There are two lines: the Green Line runs from Newcastle Airport to South Hylton (in Sunderland) and the Yellow Line runs from

St James Park

to South Shields via a lengthy loop via the coastal towns of North Shields, Whitley Bay, and Tynemouth. Note that the east-west and north-south sections of the Yellow Line cross at Monument Station, so if, for example, you are traveling from St James Park to South Shields, it is much quicker to transfer to the southbound Yellow Line at Monument rather than riding along the entire route. The Green Line shares tracks with the Yellow Line for the majority of the section through central Newcastle and Gateshead.

Services run approximately every 6–10 minutes between 6:00 and 23:00. The DaySaver allows for unlimited travel on one day. Note that some ticket machines only accept coins although change is given; most stations have been fitted with new ticket machines that accept notes and credit/debit cards. Although there are no ticket barriers at many stations and hopping (riding without paying) is widespread, it is advisable to keep your ticket handy as trains and stations are patrolled by ticket inspectors. Major stations have automatic ticket gates, but these may be left open at quiet times.

Smoking is banned on the entire system, including open-air stations. However, this rule is often overlooked and it's not uncommon to see people smoking on the trains, particularly late at night, despite the CCTV surveillance cameras.

The PLUSBUS ticket is not valid on the Metro.

By train

Regional rail services are regular and offer quicker access to nearby towns such as Durham, Sunderland, Hexham and Corbridge. Details are available from National Rail Enquiries or Northern Rail.

What to see in Newcastle, UK


North East England has established a reputation as one of the most beautiful regions in Britain. And Newcastle is currently becoming more and more of a popular tourist destination thanks to regeneration within the city and also its close proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Northumberland coastline and the Pennine hills.

  • The River Tyne is a short walk from the station and has a pedestrian quayside path on the north side reminiscent of the Queen's Walk in London. There are also city walks along the river, running from May to November. Information can be found at the Tourist Information Centre, near the Monument Metro station.
  • The Jesmond Dene is an artificial park around the Ouseburn river, somewhat east of the city center. It was laid out by captain of industry and inventor Lord Armstrong in the 19th century and later donated to the people of Newcastle. Although funding for its maintenance does not seem to be available in abundance, it truly deserves its designation as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Probably the best place to go if you want to escape from the city and relax, weather permitting.
  • Tyne Bridge. A good example of a compression arch suspended-deck bridge famous the world over.
  • Newcastle Castle, The Black Gate, Castle Garth, ☎ +44 191 230-6300. Daily 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:15). Remains of the Castle Keep and the surrounding castle garth, the "new castle" of the city's name. Parts of it were built by Henry II between 1168-1178. The original castle was built by the brother of William the Conqueror in 1067. Unfortunately, some of the outer walls were removed to allow the railway through in the nineteenth century.
  • Central Arcade, Grainger Street. A beautifully preserved Victorian shopping arcade, which houses the Tourist Information Bureau and Windows of the Arcade, one of Newcastle's oldest music shops.
  • Grainger Town. The beautiful and historic heart of the city. Based around classical streets built by Richard Grainger between 1835 and 1842, some of Newcastle upon Tyne's finest buildings and streets lie within the Grainger Town area of the City centуr including Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Streetб and Clayton Street. Grey Street was voted as England's finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC Radio 4 listeners.
  • Grey's Monument (At the Monument Metro station). Located at the heart of Grainger Town is a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838. The wide base of the monument is a popular spot for people-watching, and often acts as a venue for buskers (most notably Apu with their Andean music), religious speakers and political activists/protesters. These days, unfortunately, people tend to crowd around the monument so much it is nigh impossible to view the plaques.
  • St Nicholas Cathedral (Corner of Mosley Street and St Nicholas Street), ☎ +44 191 232-1939. Sun-Fri 7:30-18:00; Sat & Bank Holidays 8:00-16:00. Is worth visiting during opening hours. The seat of the Bishop of Newcastle. Free.
  • Chinatown. Walk around Newcastle's Chinatown centered on Stowell Street in the city centуr, it contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants and shops, and has its own Chinese arch.

Galleries & Museums

  • University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle, NE1 8ST, ☎ +44 191 227-4424, e-mail: universitygallery@northumbria.ac.uk. Mon-Thu 10:00-17:00; Fri, Sat 10:00-16:00; Sun, Bank Holidays and during exhibition changes closed. The gallery was established in 1977 as a teaching gallery and Northumbria University’s link between town and gown, the University Gallery’s policy is to present exhibitions by artists of national and international distinction, as well as less established but promising artists. Admission is free.
  • Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, NE2 4PT. Mon - Fri 10 am to 5 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm, Sun 11 am to 4 pm. Contains fossils, mummies, stuffed animals and information about the history of the local area. Located close to Newcastle University campus, near Haymarket metro station. Free, and a must. Free.
  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead (Right at the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, south side of the river), ☎ +44 191 478-1810, e-mail: info@balticmill.com. Daily 10:00-18:00 (except Tue 10:30-18.00); last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Constantly changing modern art exhibits are the hallmark of this gallery, located on the banks of the River Tyne in one of Newcastle's landmark industrial buildings. Admission is free.
  • Seven Stories (National Centre for Children's Books), 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, NE1 2PQ (About 10 mins walk east of Manor Metro), ☎ +44 845 271 0777 ext 715, e-mail: info@sevenstories.org.uk. Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00; Sun & Bank Holidays 10:00-16:00. Closed between 20 April - July 2015 for refurbishment. Seven Stories is the first gallery and archive in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of children's books. Step inside and discover how books spark creativity and imagination with exhibitions and special events for all ages.
  • The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart St, ☎ +44 191 261-1103, e-mail: art@thebiscuitfactory.com. Tu-Sa 10 AM-8 PM; M and Su 11 AM-5 PM. Britain's biggest original art store is 35,000 square feet with two floors of exhibition space and artist's studios. The commercial gallery sells paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and glass by contemporary artists hailing from all over the world. Admission is free.
  • The Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, ☎ +44 191 222-6059. Mon -Sat 10 AM-5 PM. An art gallery located on the campus of Newcastle University that was founded in 1925. Admission is free.
  • Centre For Life, Times Square, ☎ +44 191 243-8210. M-Sa 10 AM-6 PM, Su 11 AM-6 PM. This 'science city' in the center of Newcastle has interactive exhibits that kids of all ages will likely enjoy. The facility houses a state of the art research facility, the Life Science Centre, where its scientists are the first people in Europe - and only the second in the world - to get a license for stem cell research on human embryos. There is also an interactive museum that looks at DNA, the human body and the origins of life, as well as a visitors center. Admission prices depend on your age, whether you are a UK taxpayer and if you want to make a charitable donation.
  • Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, NE1 4JA (Near Newcastle Central Station). Mon - Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat - Sun 11 am-4 pm. Science and engineering museum including Turbinia designed by Sir Charles Parsons in 1894, the world's first ship powered by steam turbines and at the time the fastest ship in the world, reaching speeds of up to 34.5 knots. Free.

Further Afield

  • Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, ☎ +44 191 278-4217. Apr-May: Mon-Sun 10:00-16:30; June-Aug: Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00; Sep-Nov 1: Mon-Sun 10:00-16:00; Nov 2-Mar: Mon-Fri 10:00-14:30. The remains of the Roman fort at Segedunum, a short walk away from the Wallsend Metro stations. In fact, many of the signs at the metro station have been translated into Latin, including the aptly named Vomitorium.
  • Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Pier Road, Tynemouth, NE30 4BZ (Metro stop: Tynemouth; alternatively take Arriva service 306 which takes about 45min from Haymarket Bus Station), ☎ +44 191 257-1090. Daily 10 AM-5 PM. The Tynemouth Castle and Priory is a fortress and religious site that is perched on a rocky headland overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried.
  • The Angel of the North, Gateshead (Right in between the A1 and A167 (Durham Road); take Go North East bus services 21 or 22 from Eldon Square Bus Station). A modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, is just a short drive from Newcastle city center in Gateshead. It can be seen from quite a far distance whilst traveling to it, which makes it even more enjoyable to some. It is 20 meters tall.
  • Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, ☎ +44 191 200-7146. 11 AM-4 PM weekends and school holidays. A museum where visitors can re-live the glorious days of the steam railway. Admission is free.
  • There are remains of Hadrian's Wall, a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of England, in the west of the city and further out in Northumberland.

What to do in Newcastle, UK


A very good source of information on what is currently going on in and around Newcastle seems to be The Crack magazine, It is free and can be found lying around in cafes and bars.

Theatre

  • Theatre Royal, 100 Grey St, ☎ +44 191 244-2500, e-mail: boxoffice@theatreroyal.co.uk. The theater is an easy walk from the city center or the train station (it is closest to the Monument station on the Metro). Opening in 1837, the Theatre Royal presents more than 380 performances a year. It is the third home (after London and Stratford-upon-Avon) of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which usually does several shows there in the autumn.
  • Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Rd, ☎ +44 844 493 4567. This Grade 1 listed building is both beautiful and functional, with a capacity of up to 1,100. It has played host to an assortment of events from opera to theater shows, from comedy to pantomimes, concerts to conferences.
  • Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, ☎ +44 191 232-1232. This theater focuses on producing new works by writers from and/or living in the North East of England. Live Theatre has its roots in the identity of the North East of England but creates and presents work that is both challenging, popular and of relevance to all.
  • Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, ☎ +44 191 230-5151. Formally the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Located on Newcastle University's campus, features a range of independent performances.
  • People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, ☎ +44 191 275-9875, e-mail: theatremanager@peoplestheatre.co.uk. The premier amateur theater company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country. (In other words, really good for an amateur company.) The theater stages up to 12 productions a year in its newly refurbished main auditorium that holds 500 seats.
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Shows Website. Listings for all of the major music and theater shows in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.

Music Venues

  • Sage Music Centre, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, ☎ +44 191 443-4666. Attend a concert at this contemporary venue in Gateshead, opened in 2004. It is a short walk to the other side of the Tyne. If you can't go to a concert, just go in as the building is certainly worth seeing, there are frequently informal events in its atrium, and there is an excellent cafe. The building was designed by Norman Foster.
  • Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, ☎ +44 844 493 4567. This is the largest music venue in Newcastle for 12,000 during concerts, situated in the south of the city center near the Centre for Life.
  • O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Rd, ☎ 0905 020 3999 (premium rate), e-mail: boxoffice@o2academynewcastle.co.uk. A large venue featuring big-name musical acts from the UK and around the globe.
  • Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, ☎ +44 191 277-8030. A venue right in the heart of the city hosting concerts, comedy acts, and musicals.
  • Both Northumbria and Newcastle University have large venues in their unions' for mainstream and indie acts alike and attract some of the biggest names from across the UK and abroad.
  • For smaller, indie gigs check out Head of Steam, The Cluny and Tyne Bar.

Sport

  • Attend a Newcastle United football game, at St. James Park near the University of Newcastle. St James's Park is the fourth largest ground in England, with a 52,000 capacity. Only Manchester United's Old Trafford, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Wembley are bigger.
  • Attend a Newcastle Falcons game (Rugby Union) at Kingston Park in the suburb of Kingston Park in the north of the city.
  • Attend a Newcastle Eagles game at Northumbria University's "Sport Central" one of the country's most successful basketball teams the club achieved a "clean sweep" of trophies, including the BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and Championship "double".
  • Attend a Newcastle Vipers ice hockey game at Whitley Bay Ice Rink.
  • Attend a Newcastle Diamonds Speedway meeting at Brough Park Stadium located in Byker in the city's east end.
  • Attend a Greyhound meeting at Newcastle (Brough Park) Stadium.
  • Attending a horse race at Newcastle Racecourse. Located in the north of the city at Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse attracts top jockeys and hosts the prestigious Northumberland Plate, one of the richest two-mile (3 km) handicaps in the world.
  • Attend an athletics meeting at Gateshead International Stadium, just across the river from Newcastle. The multi-use stadium hosts many international league rugby matches. Many of the world's top athletes compete at Gateshead, which hosts the British Grand Prix. In 2006, Asafa Powell equaled the then world record of 9.77 seconds here.
  • Attend a Gateshead Thunder rugby game at Gateshead Stadium.
  • Gateshead Stadium is also the home of Gateshead Football Club, who play in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division (the fifth tier of English football).

Cinema

  • Empire Cinema, The Gate, Newgate St, ☎ +44 871 471 4714. Shows all the latest blockbusters.Newgate St, ☎ +44 871 471 4714. Shows all the latest blockbusters.
  • Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, ☎ +44 845 217 9909. A beautifully detailed theater showing independent films.
  • Side Cinema, 1-3 Side, ☎ +44 191 232-2208. A small, artsy, 50 seat cinema showing independent films.
  • The Star and Shadow, Stepney Bank, ☎ +44 191 261-0066. Situated in the battlefield area of Newcastle, this cinema is run entirely by volunteer members. The aim is to show a truly independent film program as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties.Stepney Bank, ☎ +44 191 261-0066. Situated in the battlefield area of Newcastle, this cinema is run entirely by volunteer members. The aim is to show a truly independent film program as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties.
  • Odeon Cinemas, 38 Russell Way, ☎ +44 871 224 4007. Located in the Metrocentre in Metrocentre in Gateshead, this cinema is IMAX enabled and shows all the latest popular films and rivals the Empire Cinema in Newcastle.

Hadrian's Wall

  • Daytrip to Hadrian's Wall: Take bus AD122 from Central Station at 09:30h to Chester Roman Fort. Visit the Roman fort and museum, then hike on the Hadrian's Wall Trail to Housesteads. Visit the Housesteads Roman Fort and museum. Walk to the road (entrance to parking lot) and flag down the bus AD122, which passes here at 17:34 back to Newcastle.

What to eat and drink in Newcastle, UK


Eat

Newcastle is home to a thriving and creative dining scene that has something to offer to just about any budget.

Budget

Newcastle has plenty of restaurants to suit those with a tighter budget. Look in the Quayside or near Central Station for a good deal. There are also many takeaways in Newcastle upon Tyne which will offer a meal for even less money, usually of the same quality standards.

  • Francesca's, 134-136 Manor House Road, +44 191 281-6586. M-Sa 12PM-11PM. Fantastic and cheap Italian in Jesmond.
  • Pani's Cafe, 61-65 High Bridge, +44 191 232-4366. M-Sa 10AM-10PM. Another great Italian joint on High Bridge that offers free Italian lessons.
  • Uno's Restaurant, 18 Sandhill, +44 191 261-5264. Yet another Italian offering, this one in Quayside.
  • El Coto, 21 Leazes Park Rd, +44 191 261-0555. Spanish restaurant serving up tapas, paellas, vinos and of course, sangria. Sometimes features flamenco nights.
  • Koh I Noor, 26 Cloth Market, +44 191 232-5379. Old-fashioned Indian curry house with specials.
  • Lau's Buffet King, 92-98 Newgate Street,  +44 191 261-8868. Su-Sa 11:45AM-10:30PM. Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet, offering a choice of over 60 dishes.
  • Bangkok Cafe, 39-41 Low Friar St. Authentic Thai restaurant, reasonable prices. Claims to use only the freshest ingredients, and no MSG.
  • Stowell Street — In the city center, you can find Newcastle's Chinatown which contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants.

There are lots of cheap and cheerful restaurants around the Bigg Market, most doing happy hours. Mostly Italian and Indian cuisine, but also Greek, Vietnamese and Lebanese options available.

  • Mamma Mia, Pudding Chare, Bigg Market +44 191 232-7193 offers cheap and cheerful cuisine. Happy hours every weeknight and weekend lunchtimes, great pizzas and pasta
  • Al Basha, Bigg Market +44 191 222-1303 Good Lebanese food including great kebabs. All you can eat buffet available if you have a bottomless pit of a stomach. No booze though!
  • Hollie's Deli, 69-71 Adelaide Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8BN (near Ash St (opposite ASCO)). A very authentically local deli where you can have breakfast and get sandwiches for a very modest price. Very friendly staff and owners. A good tip if you happen to be in Benwell anyway.
  • Fanciulli's Deli, 179 - 181 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6AA (just outside the city, at the foot of the hill which Westgate Rd climbs in westward direction). open during the day. One of the few places in Newcastle where you can get Italian pasta at snack bar rates.
  • Zapatista Burrito Bar, 28 Ridley Place, NE1 8JW (Just over the road from Central Station as you walk towards the Monument), +44 191 261-7769. Absolutely fantastic Mexican food place, serving everything from churros, quesadilla and of course, burritos. Sit in or take away. Burritos well worth the money as they come packed full of meat and veg. Veggie options include halloumi and squash fillings. Loyalty card scheme.

Mid-range

  • Pizza Express, 10 Dean St, +44 191 221-0120. Su-Th 11:30AM- 10:30PM, F & Sa 11:30AM - 11:30PM. For well-priced, freshly prepared pizza and a simple Italian menu and wine list.
  • Cafe Royal, 8 Nelson St, +44 191 232-0664, fax: +44 191 261-4509, e-mail: info@sjf.co.uk. M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 10PM-4PM. A casual yet elegant eatery that serves up European fare with an emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients. While the food lives up to the name of the cafe, the prices are actually lower than one might expect.
  • Zizzi, 42-50 Grey St, +44 191 261-8360. M-Su 11AM-11PM. Italian food served in a charming environment.
  • La Tasca Newcastle Grey St., 42 Grey St, +44 191 260-3533, e-mail: latasca.newcastlegreyst@bayrestaurantgroup.com. M-Th 12PM–11PM, F-Su 12PM–12AM. Tapas and other Spanish cuisine in an informal setting.
  • Marco Polo, 33 Dean St, +44 191 232-5533, e-mail: manager@marcopolonewcastle.com. M-F 12PM-11PM, Sa 12PM-12AM, Su 12PM-10:30PM. The Italian food at this eclectically decorate and very popular restaurant often commands a line out the door. Book in advance.
  • Paradiso, 1 Market Ln (behind Popolo on Pilgrim St), +44 191 221-1240, e-mail: office@paradiso.co.uk. M-W 11AM-10:30PM, Th-Sa 11AM-10:45PM. Imaginative Mediterranean cuisine.

Splurge

  • Blackfriar's Restaurant, Friars St, +44 191 261-5945. M-Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 6PM-11PM, Su 12PM-3:30PM. Housed in a 13th-century monk's refectory, this restaurant features a menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes with a twist.
  • Rasa, 27 Queen street, NE1 3UG (5 min. walk from the Millenium bridge), +44 191 232-7799. M-Sa 12PM-3PM for lunch & 6PM-11PM for dinner. Authentic South Indian food inspired by the well-spiced home-cooking in Kerala.
  • Sachins, Forth Banks, +44 191 261-9035, e-mail: info@sachins.co.uk. M-Sa 6PM-11:15PM. An upscale and contemporary restaurant serving all natural Punjabi food.
  • Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Rd (One and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre.), +44 191 212-3000. Seasonal, organic, and locally grown foods appear on the menu of this fine dining restaurant. Serves up English cuisine for daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Café 21, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, +44 191 222-0755, e-mail: enquiries@cafetwentyone.co.uk. M-Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 12:30PM-3:30PM & 6:30PM-10PM. Café 21's chef, Terry Laybourne makes bistro style food with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The menu is British and French-inspired.
  • Landmark, 20 Stowell St, +44 191 261-0882. M-F 12-2PM, Sa 12PM-2:30PM & 5:45PM-11PM, Su 12PM-2PM & 5:45PM-10:30PM. High-class Chinese restaurant and bar in Newcastle's Chinatown.

Drink

Newcastle is (in)famous for its culture of social drinking and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties, hence all the friendly-mad people dressed-up in fancy dress in the middle of Winter. No trip to Nukie would be complete with a night out on the Toon.

The Bigg Market, the Quayside and, more recently, the Central Station area with its "Diamond Strip" of new upmarket bars, are the centers of nocturnal activity in Newcastle, though you'll find a wealth of bars and pubs all around the city. Popular clubs include Digital in Times Square, Liquid/Envy near Northumberland Street and Tiger Tiger in The Gate leisure complex.

Newcastle is home to rather commercialized Newcastle Brown Ale, called by the locals Broon, Nukie or 'Dog'. There are a significant number of less well-known breweries producing real ale that is widely available and of good quality. Local brewers to look out for include Mordue, Wylam and Big Lamp.

Bigg Market

A no-holds-barred area where you won't find much in the way of culture, but you will find a lot in the way of drink. A selection of bars are as follows:

  • Blackie Boy, 11 Groat Market, +44 191 232-0730. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A dimly lit traditional pub with a stylish, upmarket feel, it gets stormed by a younger crowd at weekends.
  • Babylon, 14-16 Newgate Street, City Centre, +44 191 269-3021. M-W 7PM-11PM, Th-F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM (last entry 12:30AM), Su 7PM-12:30AM. This pub's 90s themed decor and tunes will carry you back in time and onto the dance floor. Like most Bigg Market bars, it gets crowded.
  • City Vaults, 11-13 Bigg Market, City Centre, +44 191 221-0850. M-W-Th-Su noon-1AM, Tu-F-Sa noon-3AM. This spacious club features three bars, different music in different rooms, and big screens for showing football on match days. Topless dancers and scantily clad bar staff abound. As if all that wasn't enough, they serve food, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, and curries.
  • Idols, Newgate Shopping Centre, +44 191 232-3887. M-Th 8PM-midnight, F-Sa 7PM-2AM (may change due to football), Su 8PM-12:30AM. Tucked away downstairs in the shopping center, the main attraction at the bar are the girls dancing on it. After a couple of discount cocktails and some retro music to get you in the mood, you might feel like joining them. If you can take your eyes off the singing, dancing staff, you can watch football. Idols shows every Newcastle United game live.
  • Kiss, 18 Cloth Market. Su-Th noon-11PM , F-Sa noon-1AM. Lively and loud, this pub/club is always busy. The DJs spin a mix of dance, house and club music, and the crowd guzzles energy drink cocktails. Pole dancers on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Pop World, 14 Bigg Market, +44 191 232-0058. M and W-Th 7PM-11:30PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. Closed Tu.
  • Rewind, 31 Groat Market, +44 191 261-0924. M-Th 7PM-11PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. This popular, seductively lit and stylishly furnished bar features a different soundtrack practically every night, with DJs playing anything from 80s hits to indie music.

Central Station

Central Station is the central stop to start out a night of drinking.

  • Centurion, Neville St (in Central Station), +44 191 261-6611. Daily 10AM-late. An impressively designed bar and restaurant set in the restored Victorian lounge of the Central Station, the Centurion is a favorite stop for commuters. Live sports on a drop-down big screen. Choose from the bustling Grand Room Bar or the more intimate Grants Bar.
  • Clear, 8 Pudding Chare (near to the Revolution Bar, close to Bigg Market and Central Station), +44 191 261-7001. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 6PM-12:30AM
  • Floritas, Collingwood St, +44 191 230-4114. M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM, Su noon-midnight. Miami-style beach party kitsch comes to Newcastle. Frequent live music including funk, house, R&B, and soul. Big garden area for BBQs and lounging, a welcoming island feel, and tropical cocktails served in real pineapples, coconuts and watermelons.
  • North, Old Ticket Office, Neville St (close to Central Station), +44 191 222-0646. M-Sa noon-1AM, Su 5PM-midnight. This bar is trendy and modern, with DJs every night, playing jazz, hip hop and reggae. They also serve paninis and salads... or just have a drink and get free bar nibbles! A little uppity at night, so dress like a fashion model and bring some women with you.
  • Revolution, Collingwood St, +44 191 261-8901. M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su noon-1AM. This spacious, ultra-modern vodka bar will impress you with its architecture (pillars, high sculpted ceiling, stainless steel bar and huge windows) as well as its selection of flavored vodkas and cocktails. Dress is "smart casual", which means no baseball caps or hoodies. Music ranges from pop to indie to R&B to house.
  • The Bodega, 125 Westgate Road, City Centre (next-door to the Tyne Theatre), +44 191 221-1552. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A beautiful Victorian pub with ornate stained glass domes, friendly bar staff and a great selection of real ales and premium lagers.
  • The Forth Hotel, 17-23 Pink Lane, City Centre (near to St Mary's Church and Central Station), +44 191 232-6478. M-W noon - 11PM, Th-Sa noon - 1AM, Su noon-midnight. A popular and cozy pub with a great selection of real ales, imported beers and wines. Food served Mon - Sat 12PM til 10PM & Sunday 12PM til 930pm, Sunday Roasts served all day. Listen to, DJs Thurs thru til Sun.
  • The Head of Steam, 2 Neville St (50 yards from Central Station), +44 191 230-4236. Su-Th noon–2:30AM, F-Sa noon-3:30AM. On the first floor, you'll find a wide selection of real ales, lagers, cider, wine and spirits in a comfortable atmosphere. In the basement, which holds something like up to 50 people, is a live music venue showcasing up-and-coming bands on most nights. Stop in for a pint and you might hear the next band to make it big.
  • The Telegraph, Orchard St (on the corner of Orchard Street and Forth Street, behind Central Station), +44 191 261-8991. M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A local favorite at the back of the station, with a great roof terrace for sunny days, they serve beers, cocktails, wines and food. DJs Thursday- Sunday, live bands on Wednesdays, and occasional Monday quiz nights.
  • The Union Rooms, 48 Westgate Rd (opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station), +44 191 261-5718. M-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM, Su 9AM-midnight. This large, busy pub is part of the Wetherspoon's chain, which specializes in cheap, friendly food and drinks. Curry Nights, Quiz Nights and great drink specials every night. There's a small outdoor seating area (open until 6PM daily) where smoking is allowed.
  • Tilleys, 105 Westgate Rd (next-door to the Tyne Theatre), +44 191 232-0692. Su-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight. A traditional, but modern pub, with a huge selection of real ales, craft and premium lagers and ciders. The food is very good, with the menu consisting of standard pub fare such as burgers, fish and chips, sausage and mash, chili, along with sandwiches and wraps. DJs play a mix of Rock'n'Roll, Blues, Soul and Funk at the weekend. The pub also has regular free film screenings from its extensive DVD collection.
  • Tokyo, 17 Westgate Rd (opposite the station), +44 191 232-1122. M-Th 4PM-midnight, F 4PM-1AM, Sa 1PM-1AM, Su 1PM- midnight. A stylish, modern venue with an elegant rooftop garden bar and a good selection of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers. Gamblers will love their "dice club", 4PM-8PM nightly. Roll an even number and win 2 drinks for the price of one; roll a six and win a free round!

Quayside

A pub crawl favorite among young revelers, Quayside is packed full of bars, including:

  • The Quilted Camel, 36 Sandhill. Fri-Sa 6PM-1AM. A recently renovated cocktail bar providing around 30 cocktails. Quirky interior that includes several very unusual decorations such as a marble statue from a European church among others.
  • 1 The Bridge Tavern, 7 Akenside Hill, +44 191 261-9966. A great craft brewpub: reasonably priced and always busy. 10+ taps on the bar which change regularly. Food served as well. Situated directly under the Tyne bridge, hence the name.
  • Flynn's Bar and Diner, 63 Quayside, +44 191 232-7218. M-F noon-3PM & 5PM-11PM, Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-6PM. With three bars, this pub is known for its cheap trebles and is often overrun with stag/hen parties.
  • Hoko-10, 16 Dean St, +44 191 211-1108. Daily until 2AM. A classy Japanese-themed bar with a sushi menu, DJs, weekly live music and a student night that's been voted the best in town.
  • Pitcher & Piano, 108 The Quayside, +44 191 232-4110. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. An extensive list of beers, wines, shooters and cocktails made with fresh ingredients. The glass fronted building has two floors and a rooftop terrace, perfect for gazing out at the river and the Millennium Bridge. DJs and occasional live music, too.
  • The Akenside Traders, 3 Akenside Hill, +44 191 230-3465. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10:30-1AM, Su 10:30AM-11PM. A chilled out pub during the week with a small group of regulars, this bar becomes a wild party at weekends. There's a good view of the river and Guild Hall from the front, and a DJ provides the music. A great spot for watching live sports on weekdays.
  • The Crown Posada, 31 The Side, +44 191 232-1269. M-W noon-11PM, Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-midnight, Sa noon-midnight, Su 7PM-10:30PM. One of Newcastle's oldest bars, dating back to 1880. It's a well-preserved room, long and narrow, with stained glass windows and a gorgeous wood-paneled ceiling. A gramophone in back cranks out vintage tunes, and it's a great place to try real ales from local breweries.
  • Thirty 3i8ht, Exchange Buildings (corner of Queen Street and Lombard Street, near the Monument station), +44 191 261-6463. M-Sa 10AM-1AM, Su noon-1AM.

Ouseburn

A few laid-back alternative bars are based here:

  • The Cluny, 36 Lime St, +44 191 230-4474. M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th 11:30-midnight, F-Sa 11:30-1AM, Su noon-10:30PM. Local and national live bands nearly every night, with styles from jazz to rock. A great range of real ales and lagers, and an art gallery off of the main bar showcasing local artists.
  • The Free Trade Inn, St. Lawrence Rd, +44 191 265-5764. M-Th 11AM-11PM, Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-11PM. A cozy, traditional pub overlooking the Tyne, with an excellent selection of beers including 8 real ales that vary weekly. A free jukebox supplies the music, and a local deli supplies fresh sandwiches. With two small beer gardens, the river views are the best around.
  • The Tyne, Mailing St, +44 191 265-2550. M-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A down-to-earth bar a little way out of the center, where the Tyne meets the Ouseburn. Taste a selection of real ales from local independent breweries and enjoy their beer garden, which is tucked beneath Glasshouse Bridge. Shelter from the bridge makes it a great place to drink, even in rainy weather. There are even customer-controlled heat lamps! Free live music at weekends, and bands in the garden during summer.
  • The Cumberland Arms Very possibly the best pub in Newcastle. Stands on the hill overlooking the Ouseburn. Great ales, a roaring fire and live music and events. Large outside seating area with heaters.

Jesmond

A trendy area, with many bars connected to hotels and what tends to be a more upmarket local clientele.

  • Bar Berlise, 102 Osborne Rd (part of the Cairn Hotel), +44 191 281-1358. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A tiny bar that can be one of the quieter bars on the strip, it features a Happy Hour Machine and two large plasma screens for football & rugby games.
  • Bar Blanc, 38-42 Osborne Rd (part of Whites Hotel), +44 191 281-5126. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Connected to an Indian restaurant and attracting a younger crowd of locals and hotel guests, shiny decor and a large outside seating area gives Bar Blanc a cosmopolitan feel.
  • Bar Polo, 61 Osborned Rd (above Scalini's), +44 191 240-7777. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A cozy wine and cocktail bar with a Mediterranean feel and Mediterranean appetizer platters to share.
  • Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, +44 191 281-3010. Daily 12PM-2AM. Proud owner of Jesmond's only 2AM license, this eclectic neighborhood bar specializes in ginger mojitos and hosts free live music four nights a week.
  • Osbornes, 61-69 Osborne Rd (part of the New Northumbria Hotel), +44 191 240-7778. M-F noon-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. This very spacious bar shows live sports on widescreen TVs and has an outdoor beer garden.
  • The Lonsdale, Lonsdale Terrace, +44 191 281-0039. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-11PM. A traditional pub with a relaxed atmosphere. Quiz nights, digital jukebox, and monthly live music.
  • The Bar at the Brandling, Brandling Village, +44 191 281-0067. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Popular with students and pretty much everyone else thanks to its great prices, happy hour games, and the fact that it's a great pre-party option.
  • Collingwood Arms Situated in the Brandling Village area of Jesmond it has an oldy worldy feel and does fantastic ales as well as the standard booze. Good if you're fed up of Osborne Road. i.e. Drinking off a hangover!
  • Brandling Arms Next to the Collingwood, has a massive beer garden and great food at reasonable prices.

Centre for Life/Pink Triangle

Newcastle has a thriving gay scene, centred around the Centre for Life and the Metro Radio Arena. The pubs and clubs in this area are generally lively, colorful and friendly to all persuasions.

  • @ne, 1 Marlborough Crescent, +44 191 260-3841. Daily 11AM-1AM. This trendy bar features live musicians and DJs, plus wonderful two-for-one drink deals Sunday-Thursday evenings. During the day, it's a great place to stop for a coffee and take advantage of free internet access.
  • Baron and Baroness, Times Square, +44 191 233-0414. M-Sa 11AM-1:30AM, Su 11AM-midnight. There are organ pipes above the bar, but the Gothic feel stops with the decor. DJs play a wide array of music nightly, and there's plenty of room for dancing. Quieter during the day, it's favored by visitors to the Centre for Life. There's also a large seating area outside in Times Square.
  • Eclipse, 48 Clayton St, +44 191 230-2795, e-mail: eclipse@thedogandeclipse.co.uk. Daily 11AM-12:30AM. Formerly Heroes, this bar has been given a head-to-toe makeover, including shiny wood floors. A handful of beers on tap and a decent selection of cocktails and bottled beers. A massive selection of hot & Cold food is served daily until 4PM.
  • Powerhouse, 7-19 Westmorland Rd, +44 191 261-5348. M 11PM-3:30AM, Tu-W Closed, Th 11:30PM-3:30AM, F 11PM-4AM, Sa 11PM-6AM, Su 11:30PM-3:30AM. Newcastle's longest running and biggest gay dance club, with four floors of music from the 90s to disco and more.
  • The Dog And Parrot, 52 Clayton St West, +44 191 261-6998. M-W noon-11:30PM, F-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. Newcastle's indie rock n' roll bar, dedicated to good live music and good cheap drinks. They host local bands with fantastic haircuts, as well as quiz nights and an award-winning comedy night.
  • The End, 78 Scotswood Rd, +44 191 232-6536. M-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-1AM, Su 5PM-midnight. With its comfy couches and homey feel, this bar offers relief from the club scene in the form of a quiet evening with friends and a nice bottle. Live music from jazz to vocal house to salsa, plus talent nights and comedy nights.
  • Twist, Bio Science Centre, +44 191 261-7676. Daily 11AM-1AM. Under the same management as the Powerhouse, this bar is more relaxed, with outdoor seating in the summers and a video jukebox for all seasons. Food served during the day.

Other assorted bars

Beyond the main pub crawl destinations, there are plenty of bars and pubs all over Newcastle, including:

  • Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge, +44 191 261-1008. M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight, Su 7PM-10:30PM. This pub gives a nod to Tyneside's old shipbuilding days with its ocean liner decor. A long drink list includes wines, cask ales and microbrews. Popular with the after-work crowd.
  • Bar 55, +44 191 230-5569. Su-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-1AM. Dance floor, jukebox, lots of outdoor seating and multiple TVs!
  • Popolo, 82 Pilgrim St (near the City Centre), +44 191 232-8923. Su-Tu 11AM-midnight, Th-Sa 11AM-1AM. A lounge with a relaxed and sophisticated air, offering a good selection of spirits, wines, continental beers and over 69 creative cocktails, including 12 signature mojitos. DJs play W-Sa nights, with an eclectic mix of music that ranges from Brazilian ghetto funk to left-field hip hop.
  • The Five Swans, 14 St Mary's Pl, +44 191 211-1140. M-Su 8AM-11PM. Formerly Luckies Corner Bar, enlargened and renovated into a large, pleasant looking pub that is now part of the JD Wetherspoons chain, offering value for money drinks and food.
  • The Hancock, 2a Hancock St, +44 191 281-5653. M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su noon-10:30PM. At this student bar next to both universities, you'll find multiple jukeboxes, pool tables, big screen TVs and game machines, plus an array of DJs four nights a week.
  • The Newcastle Arms, 57 St Andrews' St (near Chinatown), +44 191 260-2490. A traditional, friendly pub with a huge array of cask and real ales which regularly wins CAMRA awards. The pub has large TV screens to show football and rugby and also hosts regular beer festivals.
  • The Strawberry, 7-8 Strawberry Pl (opposite St James' Park), +44 191 232-6865. hours vary. The pub generally opens 11AM-11PM, but can open as early as 9AM if Newcastle United have a lunchtime kick-off. The pub also has a license to remain open until 2AM, though this is rare. Directly opposite the Gallowgate End of St James' Park, this friendly pub is a shrine to Newcastle United, displaying a huge amount of club memorabilia from down the years. Naturally, it is packed when Newcastle play at home with a great atmosphere. Non matchdays find it a little quieter, though still popular. As well as real ales, bar meals are also available. The pub has big screen TVs, a jukebox, pool table and a roof terrace.
  • The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Ln, +44 191 261-2154. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su 6PM-11PM. Close to the City Centre and Newcastle University. A great selection of real ales, beers and spirits, but most famous for their free jukebox playing soul, rock and 70s music. Pub-goers can even suggest tracks online to be added to the jukebox's playlist! Very busy when Newcastle are playing football at home.
  • World Headquarters - great place to go clubbing for the night with cheap drinks and a crazy audience who are up for it.

Shopping in Newcastle, UK


Newcastle is the top shopping destination in the North East with a multitude of shops ranging from high-street department stores to designer boutiques.

  • Northumberland Street. Newcastle's main shopping street (pedestrian zone) is known as the "Oxford Street of the North." Shops include BHS, Next, HMV, Marks and Spencer and the flagship Fenwick department store, the most successful independent department store outside London. Outside of the capital, the area is the most expensive place to own a shop.
  • Old George Yard, ☎ +44 191 281-0609. Features design stores and vintage clothing shops.
  • Ophelia Boutique, 3a Clayton Road, Jesmond, ☎ +44 191 281-0609. A boutique that offers fine cashmere clothing and luxury lingerie.
  • Grainger Market. Mon, Wed 9:00-17:00; Tue, Thu-Sat 9:00-17:30; Sun closed. A recently restored indoor market dating from 1835. It is a lively working market that includes Victorian Marks & Spencer.
  • Eldon Square. A shopping center is situated in the center of Newcastle, boasting a wide array of shops and currently undergoing a major expansion. Home to John Lewis and from February 2010, a flagship Debenhams department store.Debenhams department store.
  • Metro Centre. The is a 15-minute bus or train ride from the city center to Gateshead. Constructed in the 1980s and expanded in the early 1990s and again in 2005, this is Europe's largest shopping 1980s and expanded in the early 1990s and again in 2005, this is Europe's largest shopping center and leisure complex. Flagship stores include Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Parking here is plentiful and free, but traffic can be heavy, so make use of the frequent public transport links. Note that - despite its name - the Metro Centre is not served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, only by national rail.
  • Royal Quays. An outdoor complex consisting of outlet stores in nearby North Shields with a range of shops. It is accessible by walking from the Meadow Well Metro station, but has good bus services and is next to the Ferry Terminal.
  • Farmer's Market (At Grey's Monument). An outdoor food market with local products that are raised, grown or produced within 50 miles of the location of the market. First Friday every month 9:30-14:30.
  • There are currently five department stores: Fenwick (one of the largest department stores outside of London), John Lewis (still popularly referred to as Bainbridge's), Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and TJ Hughes.

Safety in Newcastle, UK


Newcastle is generally quite a safe city to stay in. As with all other cities around the world, one needs only to use one's common sense and to keep a low profile. Beware of the usual nuisance of petty theft in crowded places. The whole city can get rowdy on Fridays and Saturdays but is still quite safe. Take care after a big football match; though there has been no significant violence for some years, emotions tend to run high amongst supporters. It is a good idea not to wear the colors of Sunderland football club when in central Newcastle, and vice-versa so as not to attract any unwanted attention. Also, confusing a Geordie and a Mackem (a Sunderlander) could potentially lead to some abuse and is easily done.

Still, the crime in this city is generally lower than other cities the same size in Britain, but some inner-city areas in the west and east ends are best avoided at night, but those areas are far from any tourist attractions.

Language spoken in Newcastle, UK


English is the official language.

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