Newcastle is a 'canny' fun filled city, with a heritage dating back over 2,000 years. Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle is famous for many things including the iconic image of the many bridges across the River Tyne.
Easy to Get Around
- Tyne and Wear Metro connects the city centre with Jesmond, Gateshead, Sunderland and the coast in under 30 minutes.
- Newcastle Central Station is on the East Coast mainline and well connected to all the major cities across the UK. London is just 3 hours by train.
- Newcastle International Airport is just 6 miles north of the city with regular domestic and international flights to 90 destinations.
- Daily ferry from the International Ferry Terminal at North Shields (7 miles) to Amsterdam.
- Major roads in the area include the A1, stretching north to Edinburgh and south to London; the A19 heading south past Sunderland and Middlesbrough to York and Doncaster and the A69 heading west to Carlisle.
Culture & Entertainment
- Taking pride and place situated on the western edge of Newcastle City Centre, is the the Metro Radio Arena draws in many crowds with top acts like Robbie Williams.
- The Sage Gateshead is the home of jazz, world, classical, dance, brass bands and more.
- At the Theatre Royal enjoy fantastic musical and acting performances
- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
- The Art Deco Tyneside cinema shows an eclectic range of new, cult, international and old-time classic films.
- The Gate cinema and leisure complex boasts a 12-screen cinema alongside a range of restaurants, bars and clubs all under one roof.
- The Metro Radio Arena plays host to major music tours in addition to basketball and ice hockey.
- The O2 Academy and the City Hall complement a range of smaller venues
- With four theatres in the city and numerous art galleries you're guaranteed a culture fix. Many of the museums and galleries in the city are free entry. If you have a spare hour or two why not head to
- Discovery Museum and discover Newcastle's history; the Great North Museum is a spectacular natural history museum; learn all about life at Life Science Centre or climb the 132 steps to the top of the Castle Keep for unrivalled panoramic views across the city.
- The Gateshead Millennium Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists now links the Quayside area, with its many pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, to Gateshead Quays and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Above the Quays, Norman Foster's The Sage Gateshead offers a wide range of musical events from jazz and world music to performances from the great orchestras.
Lots of Shopping
- Eldon Square is located at the heart of Newcastle City Centre and has more than 150 shops.
- Northumberland Street is the main shopping street leading to Grainger Town, the historic heart of the city, based around the classical streets built by Richard Grainger in the 1830s and 1840s.
- You'll find a colourful blend of restaurants, galleries, vintage stores and record shops on High Bridge.
- The Metrocentre, in Gateshead is Britain's best and Europe's largest shopping and leisure complex. It's easy to get to by public transport and there is free car parking.
- Newcastle United Football Club is based at St James' Park, right in the heart of the city.
- Newcastle also boasts successful rugby union, basketball and ice hockey teams.
- Newcastle Racecourse, just to the north of the city centre, hosts over 30 race days each year.
- Across the river, Gateshead International Stadium is regular host to international athletics
Famous People from Newcastle
- Ant & Dec
- Cheryl Cole
- Hank Marvin
- Jimmy Nail
- Ross Noble
- Rowan Atkinson
For information about living in and around Newcastle, contact one of our local Newcastle branches.