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Visiting Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Updated on July 10, 2018
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Linda loves to travel to different places whenever she gets the chance and the money saved to spend. Bournemouth is a great place to see.

Visiting Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK is one of the beautiful places to visit in the north east of England.

It has lots to offer like the Eldon Square shopping centre, Metro Shopping centre in Gateshead, Angel of the North, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne bridges, Newcastle airport, a massive library, Laing Art centre, Gate Complex, Theatre Royal, Hotels, B&B's, Bars and Restaurants and many more attractions. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK is home to the Newcastle Football Club too.

Newcastle has lots to offer to visitors that you want to go back for more. The people in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne are very friendly indeed. The natives speak a strong Geordie accent. I love hearing them speak in their accent. It is quite different and lively.

How to get to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,UK can be accessed by trains, planes, buses, coaches and by cars. Newcastle has its own airport so where you come from abroad then it is easier to travel there by plane.

Coming from the south of England, we took the train from Brighton, East Sussex to London Victoria first and then we walked a few minutes to get to the Coach Station to get the Metro Mega bus to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is better to check and compare Mega bus fares and the National Coach Company fares. Sometimes both companies offer good deals on fares. One fare maybe higher than the other.

The National Express Coach also offers a good service but Mega Bus was the cheapest option at the time when we travelled. It will take 7 hours up to 8 hours to travel by bus or coach from London to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne but it's worth it. There is a fifteen minute break at the middle of the journey, in Leeds where the drivers change over before proceeding to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and vice-versa. Time for passengers to buy some snacks and go to the toilet too after 3 to 4 hours journey. It is quite comfortable to travel by coach or bus and cheaper compared to trains.

The trains are faster and convenient to use to travel to Newcastle but the fares are too expensive. The trains are the best option when you want to get to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quicker.

Photos taken in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

A closer photo of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle
A closer photo of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle | Source
Gateshead Interchange in Newcastle on the left of the roundabout.
Gateshead Interchange in Newcastle on the left of the roundabout. | Source
This is Newcastle's biggest Library with glass windows
This is Newcastle's biggest Library with glass windows | Source
The Angel of the North
The Angel of the North | Source

Things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

There are plenty to do in Newcastle like shopping, visiting places nearby like Sunderland, Whitley Bay, South Shields, see the different Tyne bridges like the Queen Elizabeth the second bridge, Redheugh bridge, Mellinium bridge, Swing bridge, and a few more bridges which are interesting to see.

To those who enjoy shopping, there is the Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle but if you want a massive shopping centre, you can go shopping to your hearts delight at the Metro Centre in Gateshead. It is a massive shopping centre with a big car park. It contains all the different big shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

If you want to see the Angel of the North you can take a number 21 bus from Eldon Square shopping centre to the little quiet part of Newcastle called Birtley. Angel of the North is situated on the North of Birtley. I find the Angel of the North very interesting to go and see. It is made of brown looking metal. I think or it is just varnished to make it look like brown wood. It is a massive Angel looking structure and it attracts a lot of visitors taking photos and also you can enjoy the scenic view surrounding the Angel of the North.

To those who enjoy the night life, the Gate Complex is a popular night life destination in the city with a cinema, and lots of different restaurants, cafes and bars.

To those who enjoy variety of shows, there's the Theatre Royal in Grey Street.

If arts is your interest, there's the Laing Arts Centre with different arts display for you to see and enjoy.

For bus enthusiast, there are three bus companies that provide services to Newcastle like the Arriva North East, Go North East, and Stagecoach Northeast. You can take as much photos of different buses to your hearts content. They also have two bus Stations in Newcastle, the Haymarket bus station and the Eldon Square bus station. The Mega Bus and the National Express are the two main bus companies that serve long distances outside of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Angel of the North

Angel of the North
Angel of the North | Source

Eldon Square Shopping Centre

Eldon Square Shopping centre is the biggest shopping centre in the heart of Newcastle with 150 shops or more from expensive to cheap shops. Fenwick and House of Fraser are the biggest shops there but there is Debenhams, John Lewis, Body shop, Top Shop, Boots, M&S, Primark, and other popular shops.

Lots of restaurants, cafes and bars to eat at and have a rest before shopping again. There's a map in the mall in case you get lost in the shops as the shop is massive. There are also independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants outside the Eldon Square shopping centre. There is a lot of posh hotels and not so posh hotels to stay in, B&B's, guest houses and inns that cater for accommodations. Some of the hotels are reasonable in prices really.

Map of Newcastle

Metro Centre in Gateshead

The Metro Centre in Gateshead is a haven for shoppers. This is the biggest indoor shopping centre that I have ever been to and one day is not enough to get to all the shops you want. It is massive that you could get lost in it. There are apparently 350 shops which includes the major high street shops like Debenhams, House of Fraser, M& S, Monsoon, Gap, Next and many more, it is just too many to mention.

Parking is free at the Metro Shopping Centre and there is plenty of it but you have to make sure you go early when there is sales because you might be scratching for somewhere to park. Parking lots are colour coded so you won't forget where you park your car, so make sure to remember the colour of your parking place.

Alternatively, you can use the bus to get to the Metro Centre. There is a regular shuttle bus from the City Centre(Monument and Central Station) or from Gateshead Metro Station or you can use the train too.

Attractions include the Metroland(Europe's largest indoor theme park), Megabowl - an indoor bowling alley, a Multi-Screen Cinema, more than 50 restaurants and cafes.

Metro Centre is one of Newcastle's number One attraction in the North East of England. I think this shopping mall is a shopaholic's dream with all the shops from cheap, average to expensive ones.

Where to stay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Like anywhere in the country, Newcastle has lots of hotels, bed and breakfast places, and Guest houses to stay. When we first went to Newcastle, we stayed in a pub with a bed and breakfast facility which was really good in Birtley. The food was delicious and also they give you generous portions of it. When I got my plate, I was like surprised because it looks like a serving plate for two people. The portion looks more than what you pay for.

For us, we stayed with my cousin who was living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne at the time we visited. She acted as our tour guide as we did not know where to go best. It was a lovely trip and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.

Visit to Newcastle

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Louise for your lovely comment. I do recommend Newcastle because it has so much to offer.

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      Louise Powles 

      6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've never visited Newcastle, but would like to. I live in the south of England, so tend to visit London a lot. But Newcastle is certainly on my list of places to visit up north!

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      Linda Bryen 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Rabadi for reading my hub and also for the follow. I will definitely check out your hubs.

    • Rabadi profile image

      2 years ago from New York

      Wow beautiful! I enjoyed this hub, keep them coming and I am now following you :) , check out my latest hub when you get the chance.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Welcome kababayan. We often go to Great Ayton so we are very familiar with Newcastle. Good to see you are happy there.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you CrisSp for reading my hub. Hope you liked it.

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      CrisSp 

      2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for the enjoyable trip!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, that is a wonderful place to visit and relax, awesome pics

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! Maureen, hope you are okay too, I am fine thank you and thank you very much for reading my hub about Newcastle and thank you for commenting again. I just love going there as it is a nice place and people there are so nice as well. I love there Geordie accent.

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      travmaj 

      3 years ago from australia

      Hi Linda - I've never been to Newcastle but I can see that I ought to. One of these days! Ive been as far as the Angel of the North - that is so impressive. Thank you for telling us about the city.

      I do remember meeting people with a Geordie accents, love the dialects in England. Hope you are well - best wishes coming your way...

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you peachpurple for visiting my new hub. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Anything with shopping and sight seeing would be fun

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Ann for your kind comment. Yes, I am from Brighton, East Sussex. I like the Geordie accent and their dialect up north is quite interesting to hear. I just like going up there in Newcastle.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Larry, thank you for visiting my new hub and thank you for your kind comment. I did not know there is a Newcastle where you live.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I live near Newscastle, but it's the one in Oklahona:-)

      Interesting hub.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      I love Newcastle. My grandfather was from there and he had that lovely lilt in his voice. Geordie is a wonderful dialect but not that easy to understand!

      The Angel of the North is impressive, isn't it? My visit included a must-do trip over the Tyne bridge (did you know that was the precursor of Sydney Harbour Bridge?).

      Incidentally, I'm from near Brighton so I was interested that you started your journey from there!

      Useful hub for those who visit and don't have a car too.

      Ann

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