Newcastle Travel Guide

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne - © Zaphodzuk

Introduction and Overview

The Newcastle Travel Guide outlines local visitor attractions, places of interest and highlights useful tourist information and tips for visitors to the city located in the North East of England.

Newcastle upon Tyne (usually referred to as Newcastle) has a blend of the historic and modern, it is renowned for its shopping facilities and vibrant thriving nightlife.

The city has more to offer than one might imagine, less well known are its historic architecture that include the ancient city walls and castle and the renovated quayside with the waterfront bars and galleries where visitors relax and enjoy a bit of culture.

In recent years Newcastle has gained popularity as a city break destination, it is well served with transport links to other areas in the UK and its location also makes it a good place for a short break if you are on your way to Scotland or if travelling down south from Scotland.

There are a thousand years of history in Newcastle for visitors to explore. The city has evolved from once being a defensive fort, to an industrial giant to its modern day guise as a centre for culture and an ever growing tourist hub.

Newcastle has had to endure an image of being a dull northern industrial city with the decline in the shipbuilding and coal industries. Critics argued it would be difficult for Newcastle to bounce back to the forefront again.

However the past decade or so has signalled a much needed renaissance in Newcastle's fortunes with a new found enthusiasm and confidence evident in the city. The signs of regeneration are there for all to see, the river banks of the Tyne have been re-developed, the Millennium Bridge has become a landmark.

Newcastle has a reputation as one of the best places for night life in the UK and over the past few years a plethora of funky bars and nightclubs have joined the more traditional Newcastle pubs and alehouses. The Geordies as the locals are known have a reputation as friendly and hospitable.

Newcastle is an energetic city with a lot of things going on, there is a calendar of events that lasts for the entire year. The new developments combined with restorations have resulted in a creative surge in the city and there is the feeling of good times ahead.

Newcastle is a good place for walking around and exploring. Visitors can explore the Quayside area and get a great view of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and enjoy a delicious lunch in one of various bars or restaurants in the area.

Jesmond is a suburb located north of Newcastle city centre, the area is leafy and is well known for the Jesmond Dene, a park that includes a wonderful mix of trees, nature and wildlife. The Dene is over 3 kilometres long and provides a place of tranquillity and natural beauty.

The Ouseburn area of Newcastle became well known for its leading role during the industrial revolution on Tyneside. After enduring some difficult times, the area is enjoying a resurgence of artistic and cultural activity with residents including artists and musicians.

Local attractions include Ouseburn Farm and the famous Biscuit Factory.

Tynemouth is located 8 miles to the east of Newcastle on the coast, the area has plenty of seaside character and charm and includes a number of blue flag beaches. In additional to the seaside local attractions include a range of pubs, bars, restaurants and guests houses.

Places of interest in the area include the Blue Reef Aquarium and the Segedunum Roman Fort.

South Shields is located 10 miles to the east of Newcastle city centre, the area is well known as a popular seaside resort with is scenic sandy beaches and scenic natural beauty along the coastline.

Both Sandhaven and Littlehaven beaches are among the finest beaches in the UK offering visitors some splendid views.

The promenade includes a range of amusements for visitors and local attractions include the North & South Marine Park and the all the fun for the family at the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

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