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    A city full of optimism

    Once synonymous with coal and heavy industry, Newcastle upon Tyne is these days better characterised by bold riverside architecture and an indefatigable commitment to a good night out. The traditional optimism of the Geordie personality is as much in evidence as it ever was, but then these days its city-break credentials give good reason to be

    cheery – the net result of decades of regeneration has left it with strong hotels, a confident outlook and a handful of world-class attractions. Gateshead, on the opposite bank of the Tyne, is so close as to essentially be part of the same destination, which is further good news for visitors.


    Top 10 sights in Newcastle

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    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
    NE8 3BA Gateshead
    Tel: (0191) 478 1810
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800
    Tue 1030-1800

    A former industrial building reinvented as a contemporary art gallery, with regularly changing exhibitions and artists ranging from the local to the international.

    Angel of the North

    Durham Road, Low Eighton
    NE9 6AA Gateshead
    Tel: (0191) 478 4222
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    One of the symbols of the region since its arrival in 1998, Antony Gormley’s unmistakable 20m-high (66ft) sculpture stands a short way out of town.

    Biscuit Factory

    16 Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 261 1103
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1100-1700

    The UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery is a free attraction set over two floors, five minutes from the centre of the city.

    Castle Keep

    Castle Garth
    NE1 1RQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 232 7938
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700

    One of Britain’s most intact examples of a Norman keep, this brooding construction was built under Henry II in the late 12th century.

    Laing Art Gallery

    New Bridge Street
    NE1 8AG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 232 7734
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1400-1700

    More than a century old, this gallery has an excellent permanent collection of art and sculpture, including works by William Holman-Hunt, Henry Moore and John Martin.

    Life Science Centre

    Times Square
    NE1 4EP Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 243 8210
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    Opening times:

    Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat 1000-1800
    Thurs 1000-2000
    Sun 1100-1800

    A ‘pioneering science village’ in what was formerly a rundown area, this is a colourful, contemporary attraction with plenty to keep young and old entertained.

    BBC Newcastle Broadcasting Centre Tours

    Broadcasting House, Barrack Road
    NE2 4NS Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 232 1313
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    Opening times:
    Tours on Tue, Wed and Sat

    An opportunity to look behind the scenes at the BBC’s regional HQ, where various TV and radio programmes are produced.

    Climb Newcastle

    Former Shipley Baths, Shipley Walk
    NE6 2DQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 276 2174
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1200-2200
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000

    A large centre dedicated to indoor climbing, with the main space offering 557 sq m (6,000 sq ft) of climbing options. There’s also an area specifically aimed at kids.

    Seven Stories

    30 Lime Street
    NE1 2PQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: 0845 271 0777
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    The National Centre for Children’s Books aims to instil youngsters with a love of reading and has a range of exhibitions and performance spaces across seven floors.

    Jesmond Dene

    NE7 7DA Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 281 2082
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    This public park, in a wooded valley close to the city centre, has benefited from millions of pounds’ worth of lottery funding. There’s plenty of wildlife, and a Pets Corner too.

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    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far North of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.


    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

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    Key facts

    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.


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


    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.


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

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Early May BankHoliday: 6 May 2019
    Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 2019
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2019
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2019


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

    All information subject to change.


    Nightlife in Newcastle


    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
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    A-listed building putting on everything from musicals and drama to ballet and comedy.


    16 Dean Street
    NE1 1PG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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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
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    This multilevel nightclub often draws big-name DJs and artists.

    Crown Posada

    31 Side
    NE1 3JE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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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.


    Restaurants in Newcastle


    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.

    Jesmond Dene House Restaurant

    Jesmond Dene Road
    NE2 2EY Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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    Price: Expensive

    Garlanded with AA rosettes, this is a classy option for those looking to splurge.


    Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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    Price: Expensive

    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
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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.

    Sapori Cafe

    21 Starbeck Avenue
    NE2 1RJ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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    Price: Budget

    A well-priced and much-loved Italian restaurant, with a good range of pasta dishes.


    Calendar of events

    Chinese New Year

    5 February 2019

    Venue: Stowell Street

    Newcastle’s Chinatown is turned into a carnival of colour and noise; festivities culminate with an impressive fireworks display.

    Newcastle Mela

    August 2019

    Venue: Exhibition Park

    An Asian art, drama and music festival, based around Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindi and other South Asian cultures, offering different music, art and food in the heart of Newcastle. With a line-up including the hottest contemporary Asian acts as well as traditional displays of music and dance it’s an event which appeals to all ages and races.

    Great North Run

    8 September 2019

    Venue: Throughout the region

    Over 50,000 runners take part in the biggest half-marathon in the world starting just outside the city centre and finishing by the coast. The atmosphere is electric and the route, comprised of flats and gradients, is great training for budding athletes keen to accomplish their first race or a personal best. Although the race is probably saturated with runners, it gets bigger every year.

    Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival

    1 – 3 November 2019

    Venue: Village Newcastle Hotel, Cobalt Business Park

    An exciting programme of internationally known artists from the world jazz music scene.

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


    Hotels in Newcastle


    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
    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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    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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    Phone calls & Internet

    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.


    Shopping in Newcastle

    Key Areas

    In terms of major shopping thoroughfares, Northumberland Street hosts a broad range of well-known retailers, including the first-ever Fenwick department store, still selling top-tier brands. Elsewhere in the city, Grainger Town has numerous independent shops as well as a choice of international names.


    Grainger Market (Grainger Street) is the city’s best-known set-up, a picturesque arcade open 52 weeks a year and selling everything from fresh produce to one-off fabrics. Alternatively, the self-explanatory Sunday Quayside Market runs weekly and sells crafts, jewellery and more, while the first Friday of each month sees a Farmers’ Market at Grey’s Monument in the city centre.

    Shopping Centres

    Eldon Square (Eldon Court, Percy Street) is a large-scale complex that has stood in the city centre for decades, while almost as long-established is the enormous Metrocentre (Gateshead), one of the largest malls in Europe. It has more than 330 shops, stores and businesses.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.


    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK 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 UK 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 UK 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 UK, 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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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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