Newcastle is an increasingly popular location for a city break in the UK. It has a rich cultural heritage and the city is home to some amazing architecture. Newcastle started as a Roman Fort and its proximity to Hadrian's Wall makes it a great base to explore the history of the north of England.
Air: The city airport is around 6 miles outside the city and services mainly the UK and some European destinations. The metro is the best option for getting to the city centre although other options include bus or taxi.
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Rail:The main station in Newcastle is Central Station which is right bang in the city centre. The station is on the East Coast main line and as such offers numerous services south to London (3 hours) or north to Edinburgh. Try the trainline.com for cheap rail tickets.
What to See and Do
The main attractions in Newcastle include the following:
Newcastle United: The Geordies are football daft. The city team is Newcastle United and they are based at the 52000 capacity St James Park. Many famous players have played for United and the team has a passionate following. Obtaining tickets may be a challenge!
Opus Art Gallery: This is a gallery of modern art containing works by many contemporary artists including Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. It is possible to purchase works of art at the gallery as well as view. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Centre for Life: This is a "Science City" in the centre of Newcastle which includes a research centre as well as a visitors centre and museum which looks at DNA, origins of life and human body related science.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Newcastle is famous for being wild. The main centres are the Bigg Market in the town centre and the Quayside area next to the river Tyne. Be sure to try the local beer, Newcastle Brown Ale.
Metro: The Tyne and Wear Metro is a very efficient way of getting around at great value.
Foot: The city is compact and is easily explored on foot.
Bus: Nexus control the extensive city bus network. An electric bus service runs between the Quayside area, Gateshead, Central station and Haymarket.