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Visit to Newcastle, England

Updated on August 18, 2015

Map of Newcastle

Photo of Birtley Community Church

Snap shot of the friendly church we went to in Birtley.
Snap shot of the friendly church we went to in Birtley. | Source
Angel of the North
Angel of the North | Source

Visit to Newcastle, England

Newcastle is one of the beautiful places I have visited twice in the north east of England. It has lots to offer like the Eldon Square shopping centre, Metro Shopping centre in Gateshead, Newcastle is home to the Newcastle United Football Club, Angel of the North, Newcastle Upon Tyne bridges, and Newcastle airport and many more attractions. I like visiting this place because it has lots to offer to visitors that you want to go back for more. I went twice already and maybe I will go again. The people in Newcastle are very friendly indeed. I went to a small church in Birtley(Birtley Community Church) with my cousin and the people there are amazing, they made us feel welcomed and it just make us feel okay to be there although we are not part of their community and church. Yes, I quite like the Geordies. I am also fascinated by their Geordie language. It has a nice tune to it when they speak.

How to get to Newcastle

Newcastle can be accessed by trains, planes, buses, coaches and by cars if you are prepared to drive a long way. Newcastle has its own airport so if you come from abroad then obviously the plane is the means of travel or even if you are from south, west or anywhere from Europe really. As we come from the south of England, we chose to go to Newcastle by coach as it is the cheapest form of transport for us but we took the train from Brighton, East Sussex to London Victoria and then we walked a few minutes to get to the Coach Station to get the Metro Mega bus to New Castle. You can also use the National Express Coach which also offer a good service but Mega Bus was the cheapest at the time when we travelled. It will take 7 hours up to 8 hours to travel from London to Newcastle. There is a fifteen minute break at the middle of the journey maybe in Leeds where the drivers change over before proceeding to Newcastle. I find it comfortable to travel by coach and quite cheap compared to trains. The trains are faster but we find the fares are too expensive.

Photos taken in Newcastle

a closer photo of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle
a closer photo of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle | Source
Tyne Bridge going into Newcastle
Tyne Bridge going into 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

What to do in Newcastle

There are lots 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. If you like shopping, there is the Eldon shopping square in Newcastle centre but if you want a massive shopping centre, you can go shopping to your hearts delight at the Metro Centre in Gateshead. If you want to see the Angel of the North you can take a number 21 bus from Eldon Square 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.

If you are into 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. If you also like the theatre, there's the Theatre Royal in Grey Street. If you like arts, there's the Laing Arts Centre.

If you are a bus enthusiast then 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 bus companies that serve long distances outside of Newcastle.



Eldon Shopping Centre

Eldon 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. There are also independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants outside the Eldon Square shopping centre.

Metro Centre in Gateshead

If you like shopping then the Metro Centre in Gateshead is the one for you. 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. You could get lost in it. You have to have enough stamina and a real enthusiasm to do it justice. 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 you remember the colour of your parking place.

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

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 average to expensive.

Where to stay in Newcastle

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. It is called William the Fourth Hotel and Pub. The first time I saw a pub being opened at 10 o'clock in the morning and people actually start drinking too. Well, why not if they can afford it and they got nothing better to do.

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      Linda Bryen 21 months ago from United Kingdom

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

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      21 months 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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      Igorotak 21 months ago

      Thank you , Mary for your lovely comment. I am glad you agree with me.

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      Mary Norton 21 months 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.

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      Linda Bryen 23 months ago from United Kingdom

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

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      CrisSp 23 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for the enjoyable trip!

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      Igorotak 24 months ago

      Hi!Peachpurple, yes Newcastle is a good place to go and visit especially the shops. I love the Metro Centre there and Eldon Square as well. Lots of shop to go to. Thank you for your comment.

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      peachy 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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      Linda Bryen 2 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 2 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...

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Anything with shopping and sight seeing would be fun

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      Linda Bryen 2 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.

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      Linda Bryen 2 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 2 years ago from Oklahoma

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

      Interesting hub.

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      Ann Carr 2 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