Newcastle, Great Britain

Aug 27, 2019 by

Overview

The metropolitan borough of Newcastle upon Tyne traces its history almost a millennium ago. The city was named after the castle Pons Aelius, a Roman settlement in the Tyne and Wear region, built in 1080. It was once owned by the son of William the Conqueror, and was historically a part of Northumberland. Known simply as the Newcastle to the Geordie, the city of Newcastle had the largest ship building and shiprepairing center in the world. While the industries have experienced decline with the coming of the new age, the city retains its reputation for culture, tourism, and excellent nightlife. 

Fast Facts

  • The city’s inhabitants are addressed as the Geordie. 
  • Newcastle is known to have several icons. This includes Newcastle Brown Ale, one of the world’s leading brands of beer; Tyne Bridge, which has served as host to the most popular half marathon in the world; and Newcastle United F.C., a premier football league team. 
  • The city is part of the English Core Cities Group. It is also the sixteenth most populous city in the U.K. 

Entertainment and Nightlife

The Newcastle Gateshead is home to more theaters than anywhere in the United Kingdom. The highlights include the West End productions of the Sunderland Empire and the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Theatre Royal. The Northern Stage is famous for its theater-making, while the Live Theatre features a diverse range of plays. For underground acts and big-name performances, the Sage Gateshead and the Metro Radio Arena offer versatile performance spaces. Film-buffs are more inclined to the ODEON IMAX screens of state-of-the-art Metrocentre. Numerous independent cinemas, albeit smaller, can be found at the Tyneside Cinema. The city has a festive array for nightlife, starting with the oldest dining room in the United Kingdom, the Blackfriars’Restaurant. Book your Newcastle Hotels with Reservations.com.

Tourist Attractions

One of the United Kingdom’s finest examples of a Northern Keep can be found in the heart of the city. The Castle Keep provides guests with a glimpse of the region’s one thousand years of existence. The keep is a stark contrast against Grey Street’s neo-classical architecture, which has won the Academy of Urbanism’s Great Street Award. Other noteworthy historical attractions include the 2,000 year-old Hadrian’s Wall and Tynemouth Priory, which perfectly complement the region’s collection of galleries and museums. Newcastle’s miles of stunning coastlines provide vacationers with a different dimension of the city. Tynemouth’s beaches have been given the prestigious Blue Flag status, an award that guarantees vacationers with only the highest standards in cleanliness and safety. Newcastle is also the home of the largest shopping complex in the United Kingdom, the Eldon Square, and the largest indoor shopping complex in Europe, Metrocentre. 

Best Museums

The biggest gallery with a rolling program of exhibitions in the world can be found at Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The famous Angel of the North by Antony Gormley sparked the Gateshead’s passion for culture. For smaller galleries, head to the Hatton Gallery. The Hatton has a collection of contemporary and historical art that will delight visitors. The region also has a rich offering of museums, such as the Great North Museum: Hancock.

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