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    A city full of optimism

    In the 19th century, coal mining, shipbuilding and locomotive manufacture were Newcastle upon Tyne’s main industries. With the decline of those industries, the city had to make a new start, and since the 1990s, Newcastle has become a hub of the electronics and automotive industries and also established itself as a center of culture. Some magnificent townhouses still remain as witnesses to the heyday of industrialization and today, their facades cleaned up and restored, they enjoy monument protection, are treasured as gems of architecture and used, for example, as cafés and pubs.

    There are also some bold new structures on the Newcastle skyline, however, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – an art and culture quarter –, the Sage Concert Hall, and also a seventh bridge over the Tyne River, the spectacular Millennium Bridge, a tilt bridge connecting Newcastle and Gateshead. Its vibrant and eclectic music and club scene also plays a part in making the university city of Newcastle one of the most attractive short-break destinations in the north of England.

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    The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is located on the Gateshead side of the Tyne River

    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
    NE8 3BA Gateshead
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    daily 1000-1800

    This large cultural center occupies a former flourmill on the Gateshead side of the Tyne. It has no collection of its own, but features changing exhibitions. As well as art, the BALTIC boasts a stage, a movie theater and a rooftop restaurant.

    Grey’s Monument

    26 Grey Street
    NE1 6AE Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    The monument to the Earl of Grey stands in the heart of Newcastle’s old-town quarter, on the corner of Grey Street and Grainger Street, arguably Newcastle’s most attractive streets. Among the architectural gems to be found here are the Theatre Royal and Grainger Market.

    Angel of the North

    Durham Road, Low Eighton
    NE9 6AA Gateshead
    United Kingdom
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    This steel sculpture by Antony Gormley was erected on the site of a disused coal in 1998 and still towers majestic there on the southern bank of the Tyne, 20 meters tall and 54 meters wide. It stands as a symbol of the area’s industrial history and of hope for the region’s renaissance.

    Biscuit Factory

    16 Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    daily 1000-1700

    This vast gallery is located in Ouseburn, a former industrial, working-class district that’s now home to many artistic types, so that cafés and studios abound here. In the Biscuit Factory, which really once was just that, the art is not just on display, but in many cases available for visitors to purchase and take home.

    Castle Keep

    Castle Garth
    NE1 1RQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700

    A fortress occupied this strategically ideal spot even in Roman times, and the Normans also had a castle here. The stone Castle Keep has only existed in its present form since the 12th century, however. Most of the rooms inside and also the dungeon are open to visitors.

    Laing Art Gallery

    New Bridge Street
    NE1 8AG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1630

    This museum’s collection consists mainly of British artworks, including oil paintings, water colors, ceramics and jewelry. The Northern Spirit Gallery on the ground floor shows regional art from Tyneside.

    Life Science Centre

    Times Square
    NE1 4EP Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1800
    Thurs 1000-2000
    Sun 1100-1800

    This interactive museum has become one of Newcastle’s most popular attractions. In addition to its prime focus, life sciences, the center also has a planetarium and a space zone, a stage and an interactive laboratory. Suitable for adults and families with children ages from around age five.

    Tyne Bridges

    NE2 4NS Newcastle upon Tyne
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    Seven bridges span the Tyne and together form the city’s landmark. The iron structure of the Tyne Bridge erected in 1928 is the mightiest of them all; the High Level Bridge of 1850 stands out for its two levels; the Swing Bridge of 1868 is hydraulically powered, and last of all came the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a filigree pedestrian bridge that tilts around its own axis to allow ships to pass.

    Seven Stories

    30 Lime Street
    NE1 2PQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    On its seven floors, the National Centre for Children’s Literature stages changing exhibitions of works by children’s book illustrators and also offers workshops. Someone regularly reads exciting or amusing stories in the reading room under the roof. The program caters for families with children of all ages.

    Climb Newcastle

    Former Shipley Baths, Shipley Walk
    NE6 2DQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Bouldering is a form of climbing that’s done without harnesses or ropes, where climbers never venture beyond a height from which they cannot jump down. Climb consists of two indoor bouldering halls: The Pool in Byker and The Valley in Ouseburn. Both have climbing walls with different levels of difficulty.

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    Country overview

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country is proud of its traditions – there are even four national soccer teams here – so make sure you don’t refer to all of the islands’ inhabitants as “English”!

    The British have a unique cultural history: They have the oldest democracy in modern times, produced some of the foremost European writers, have a past as a colonial power and, last but not least, their royal family. They are also world famous for their particular form of humor even if it is not fully understood or appreciated everywhere. To this day, the islands’ inhabitants indulge in the luxury of occasionally affecting eccentricity – and politically, too, they go their own way, as evidenced by their departure from the EU (Brexit).

    Not just politically, but also economically and culturally, London, the capital, is the country’s epicenter. For true wilderness, visit the rugged Scottish Highlands, which are snow-covered on the higher slopes and often inaccessible. Art-loving Edinburgh is a dream city, and hikers and whiskey fans feel the pull of the Hebrides. Visitors to Wales flock to dynamic Cardiff and the industrial city of Swansea in the south and to the rugged rocky slopes of Snowdonia in the north. The progressive and vibrant city of Belfast lies on the other side of the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland.

    Geography

    The British landscape can be divided into two kinds of terrain – highlands in the north and lowlands in the south. The highland areas are found in Wales and parts of the midlands and the north, and the highest mountain is Scotland’s Ben Nevis (1343 meters). The Scottish highlands boast unique and for the most part deserted landscapes with fjords, lakes (lochs) and moorlands.

    The Lake District in the northwest of England is famous for its beautiful lakes and fells. The lowlands consist of sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and vast, pleasant river landscapes. In the southeast, the North and South Downs extend down to the famous white cliffs of Dover.

    Sandy beaches and rugged cliffs are the main features on the Scottish east coast, while further south, rocks, shale, dunes and sandy beaches dominate the coastline.

    The Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney off the coast of Normandy – also belong to Great Britain.

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    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.

    Language

    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland.

    Currency

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.

    2020

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Good Friday: 10 April 2020
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2020
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2020
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2020
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2020

    2021

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Good Friday: 2 April 2021
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2021
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2021
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2021
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Newcastle upon Tyne is home to 280 000 people, roughly 50 000 of whom are students at its two universities. That makes Newcastle a young city with a music and culture scene that profits from plenty of experimentation outside of established routines – on the edge of town, in Ouseburn, for example:

    Where the chimneys of industry once sent smoke spiraling skywards is home to artists and musicians today. Newcastle and Gateshead, the city on the opposite bank of the Tyne, have long grown together. So let’s head out now to discover the many different attractions the North of England’s art and party city has to offer.

    The following tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Newcastle for yourself!

    8:30 a.m.: Vermont Hotel

    Castle Garth
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ
    United Kingdom
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    This imposing building near the medieval fortress, once Northumberland’s county hall, has now been converted into a luxury hotel. As such, it combines the grandeur of the 1930s with modern-day comforts. Although stunning rather than snug, the hotel’s location is unbeatably convenient and also offers a fantastic view of the Tyne bridges and the Quayside promenade.

    9:00 a.m.: Greggs

    735 Grainger Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE
    United Kingdom
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    As a counterpoint to your night at an opulent hotel, it’s time for breakfast at a bakery chain – but not just any bakery: Greggs. Although there are Greggs shops all over England today, the first were opened in the Northeast. That’s why the branches up here (and only here!) also stock stotties, a local specialty. Stotties – the locals don’t pronounce the middle “ts”, by the way – are fluffy, round white loaves, almost like huge bread rolls. Greggs will also serve you half a stotty, and in most cases, that’s ample.

    10 a.m.: Quayside

    Gateshead Millennium Bridge
    Shore Road
    Gateshead NE8 3BA
    United Kingdom
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    Newcastle is not a very large city, which is why most places are within half an hour’s walking distance. Our city tour takes us first to the Quayside promenade along the riverbank. Seven bridges span the Tyne and we pick the Tyne Bridge, which dates from 1928, because from here, we have the best view, including The Baltic Center for Contemporary Art and The Sage concert hall and event center on the Gateshead side, and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the first tilt bridge of its kind in the world.

    11 a.m.: Ouseburn und Northern Print

    Stepney Bank
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP
    United Kingdom
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    The gallery opens:
    Wed – Sat 12:00 -16:00

    Continuing east to Ouseburn, we come to the former working-class and industrial district where Newcastle’s reincarnation as a city of culture began. Artists already began moving into the disused buildings in the 1980s. Today, you will find a number of excellent galleries here, including the Biscuit Factory (thebiscuitfactory.com) – which really is housed in a former biscuit factory – and the Northern Print. The latter shows works by international graphic artists. Book ahead (northernprint.org.uk) if you would like to try your hand at producing some artwork of your own at the gallery’s studio.

    2 p.m.: Kiln

    4 Hume Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LN
    United Kingdom
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    For a snack in an unusually creative atmosphere, we pay a visit to Kiln, a restaurant and coffee shop, where they serve Mediterranean fare and coffee specialties in ceramics produced by Korean artist Jun Rhee at the pottery workshop next door. The Kiln also has a shop selling ceramics.

    4 p.m.: Tyneside Cinema

    10 Pilgrim Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG
    United Kingdom
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    This is an excellent place to take the weight off tired feet for a while: The cinema first opened as a news-reel theater in 1937, but today it airs an ambitious program of classics and independently produced movies. Its patrons include the likes of pop stars Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park) and Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) as well as famous film directors, like Mike Figgis and Mike Hodges.

    7:30 p.m.: The Cook House

    Foundry Lane
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LH
    United Kingdom
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    Anna Hedworth is a famous food blogger who has just published her first cookbook. She started off cooking at a stylish little container restaurant, but now she runs this amazing restaurant inside a massive brick building – and the food is truly fantastic. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, though.

    10 p.m.: Bigg Market

    Bigg Market
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UN
    United Kingdom
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    If you have any energy left, carry on to the Bigg Market, a square close to the cathedral. This is the city’s party mile, where locals and tourists indulge in some serious partying and may occasionally be a bit drunk, too. On the weekend, pub crawls are popular, with sometimes thousands of people moving from one pub to the next.

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    It’s never been easier to eat well in Newcastle – the city’s spread of modern British restaurants, international eateries and lovingly run cafés is one of its key assets.

    Six Rooftop Restaurant

    South Shore Road
    NE8 3BA Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Luxurious

    Guests at the Six dine on modern British cuisine while enjoying the Tyne view. The menu here is centered on seasonally available local produce.

    Artisan

    Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Luxurious

    Set within art and craft gallery the Biscuit Factory, this is somewhere to try quality British food.

    Red Mezze

    34-36 Leazes Park Road
    NE1 4PG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Moderate

    There’s traditional Turkish food at this popular and relaxed restaurant.

    Quay Ingredient

    4 Queen Street, Quayside
    NE1 3UG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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    Price: Budget

    An independently run coffee house under the Tyne Bridge, serving soups, salads, smoothies and more.

    Fratello’s

    Jesmond Road
    NE2 1PR Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Budget

    Fratello’s serves traditional Italian dishes and pizza. It is located in Jesmond, at the more upmarket end of Newcastle’s entertainment mile.

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    Hotels in Newcastle

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    Newcastle offers a wide range of accommodation from luxury hotels in Victorian villas to modern hostels behind glass facades. If this is your first time in Newcastle, it’s best to book a room somewhere central, close to the main attractions – in the Quayside district, for example.

    Walkers and golfers would do better to take a hotel in Gosforth or a little further north, closer to the hiking trails and golf courses.

    Jesmond Dene House

    Jesmond Dene Road
    NE2 2EY Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Luxurious

    Jesmond Dene is a gentle valley in the northeast of the city, bordering Armstrong Park, in which a former stately home now houses this luxury boutique hotel. All rooms and hotel facilities are well appointed and offer a high standard of comfort in a cozy atmosphere. The hotel’s amenities also include conference facilities and a restaurant.

    The Townhouse Hotel

    1, West Avenue
    Gosforth
    NE4 4ES Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Luxurious

    If you’ve ever dreamed of spending the night in a Victorian mansion, this ten-room boutique hotel in Gosforth could be for you. Faithfully restored to its former splendor on the outside, inside, it features a bold, modern design.

    The Cumberland Arms

    James Place Street
    NE6 1LD Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    This comfortable bed and breakfast is ideal for guests who enjoy a night out and takes its name from the pub on the ground floor. From here, it’s just a short walk to the restaurants in the Quayside area.

    Hotel Indigo Newcastle

    2-8 Fenkle Street
    NE1 5XU Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    A member of the Indigo chain, this hotel has 148 rooms done out in an interplay of clean, bright colors and graphic, black-and-white-patterned wallpapers that create a delightfully quirky atmosphere. The hotel is close to the neoclassical Grainger Town, Newcastle’s old town.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    15, Westgate Road
    NE1 1SE Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Budget

    This budget hotel is not luxurious, but it does rejoice in a colorful interior and boasts a central location. Its 99 rooms are largely identically appointed, and only the family rooms have an additional bunk bed. The hotel provides complete access for travelers with limited mobility.

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    Nightlife in Newcastle is the stuff of legend, but the activity’s not restricted to the pubs and clubs – arts centres, theatres and concert venues all play their part in the city’s reputation for a night out.

    Theatre Royal

    100 Grey Street
    NE1 6BR Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    A-listed building putting on everything from musicals and drama to ballet and comedy.

    BrewDog

    16 Dean Street
    NE1 1PG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    An obvious port of call for young craft-beer lovers, this has become a hip hangout.

    Tup Tup Palace

    7 St Nicholas Street
    NE1 1RE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    This multilevel nightclub often draws big-name DJs and artists.

    Crown Posada

    31 Side
    NE1 3JE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    United Kingdom
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    A traditional Victorian pub with stained-glass windows, serving up a range of real and cask ales.

    The Cut

    7 Saint Nicholas' Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RE
    United Kingdom
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    Drawing a more leftfield crowd, this nightspot runs various alternative club nights.

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    The Hoppings

    June 19 – 27, 2020

    Venue: Town Moor

    Founded in the late 19th century as a temperance fun fair to provide family entertainment as an alternative to the wanton carousing on the sidelines of the popular horse races. The Hoppings are still held every year, these days with some 300 rides and booths at which – times have changed – beer is also served.

    Newcastle Mela

    August 25 – 26, 2020

    Venue: Exhibition Park

    “Mela” is the Sanskrit word for meeting or assembly. During this Mela, musicians, dancers and other artistes come together to party. Most hail from Asian cultures and the Mela is all about celebrating diversity and having a good time.

    Great North Run

    September 13, 2020

    Venue: Throughout the region

    Over 50,000 runners take part in this race, the world’s biggest half-marathon. The start line is in the city center, the finish line on the coast. Flat stretches alternating with ascents make the course a fantastic challenge for all athletes.

    Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival

    October 30 – November 1, 2020

    Venue: Village Newcastle Hotel, Cobalt Business Park

    Internationally acclaimed jazz musicians come here for themed concerts, such as “Ragtime and Music Hall Eccentricities” or “Saxes and Swing Guitars.” The program also includes the presentation of the Young Talent Award in memory of the festival’s initiator, Mike Durham.

    Harvest Festival at the Beamish Museum

    October 2020

    Venue: Beamish Museum, Durham

    A visit to this charming open-air museum is recommended at any time of the year. It’s particularly appealing at harvest festival in the fall, when colorful decorations adorn the restored manor house and the Pit Village chapel.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +44

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Newcastle

    Key Areas

    Northumberland Street is where international fashion labels have their stores. Fenwick department store opened here in 1880 and today sells designer fashions, accessories and perfume products, and also has a food court. The boutiques around Princess Square stock British and international fashions. On Stoddart Street in Ouseburn, the Biscuit Factory gallery (thebiscuitfactory.com) runs a department store selling contemporary art.

    Markets

    People have been buying provisions at Grainger Market (Grainger Street) since as far back as 1835. The wonderful, classical-style indoor market houses over 100 stands displaying foods, delicatessen and other goods (closed Sundays). On Sundays, the Quayside Market is held on the banks of the Tyne, with stands selling a wide variety of goods, including handicrafts and jewelry.

    Shopping Centres

    A large shopping complex has been developed on Eldon Square (Eldon Court, Percy Street), part of which is the intu Eldon Square (intu.co.uk/eldonsquare) with its more than 100 stores. Also located here is the Central Arcade, a shopping passage inside a building dating from 1837 that’s well worth seeing. The Metrocentre in Gateshead (intu.co.uk/metrocentre), an industrial estate boasting more than 300 recently established stores, supermarkets and companies is not as picturesque as the Central Arcade, but positively huge by comparison.

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    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Temperate climate, damp and warm in the summer, wet and cool in the winter. Due to its island location, the United Kingdom has extremely changeable weather. A great deal of rain falls on the west coast and on high ground, and it’s colder and windier on the north coast. The southeast is sunnier than the north and has less rain. The southwestern part of the country has the mildest climate.

    The best time to visit is high summer although even then, relatively low temperatures and rain are always a possibility, especially in the northern regions. Southern England’s seaside resorts are at their best in July and August.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    When first introduced, you extend your right hand and say “Pleased to meet you” or, a little more formally, “How do you do?” For friends and acquaintances, the usual greeting is “hello” or “hi” or the slightly more formal “Good morning/afternoon/evening!”

    Hosts appreciate chocolates or a bottle of wine. If invited to dinner, wait till everyone has been served before starting to eat. If you accidentally bump into or get in the way of a passerby on the metro or on the street, it’s polite to say “sorry”; begin a request for information with “excuse me.” It is the tradition in Great Britain to form and line and wait, overtaking (queue jumping) and pushing are frowned upon.

    Clothing

    Casual clothing is acceptable, but more elegant clothing is often expected in nightclubs and restaurants.

    Jeans and sneakers are not permitted in some discotheques; other nightclubs have other dress codes, depending on their clientele.

    In public

    Topless bathing is permitted on some beaches and tolerated in some public parks.

    Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the United Kingdom.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the United Kingdom is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The United Kingdom is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years. Travellers visiting the United Kingdom during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the United Kingdom, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

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