Visiting Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
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
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
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
Have you ever visited the Angel of the North in Newcastle?
Visit to Newcastle
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© 2015 Linda Bryen