* <drink name="The Union Rooms" alt="" address="48 Westgate Rd." directions="opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station" phone="+44 (0) 191 2615718 " email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Cheap drinks.</drink>
* <drink name="The Telegraph" alt="" address="Orchard Street" directions="" phone="+44 (0) 871 917 0007" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Situated at the back of the station with a great roof terrace.</drink>
* <drink name="The Union Rooms" alt="" address="48 Westgate " directions="opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station" phone="+44 (0) 191 " email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">drinks.</drink>
* <drink name="Centurion" alt="" address="Neville Street" directions="" phone="+44 (0)191 261 6611" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An impressively designed bar and restaurant based in the restored Victorian waiting room of the Central Station.</drink>
* <drink name="Centurion" alt="" address="Neville Street" directions="" phone="+44 (0)191 261 6611" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An impressively designed bar and restaurant based in the restored Victorian waiting room of the Central Station.</drink>
Newcastle is a lively and diverse town, known for its nightlife, art, music and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, it is one of England's core cities and is a centre of culture, architecture and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. The town is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.
Newcastle was founded around 2,000 years ago as a Roman fort called Pons Aelius along Hadrian's Wall - a ruin of which still exists at Segedunum (A short walk from Wallsend Metro station.) The city developed into an important port and was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. As heavy industry declined, Newcastle's fortunes took a dip. The city has now re-invented itself as a cultural centre and Science City, and is possibly one of the trendiest places in the UK.
Newcastle International Airport , which offers scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe and also Dubai, is located 9.7 km (about 6 miles) north-west of the city. Travel options into the city centre include:
Most travelers find that the Tyne and Wear Metro is the best all-round option for getting downtown. The journey to Monument station takes about 20 minutes and costs £3.60.
Bus services are operated by Stagecoach  between the airport and the city centre.
Taxis are readily available outside the airport and it costs about £15 to get to the city centre.
By car the distance to the city centre is 9.7 km (about 6 miles) and takes up to half an hour to get in. There are several car rental firms with offices in the airport terminal building, although you'll generally pay a premium over downtown rates. See "By car" for car rental listings.
Newcastle Central Station is also served by the Tyne and Wear Metro system, for frequent services into the Newcastle suburbs, and other destinations in Tyne and Wear.
In the UK, tickets can be bought on the day at the station using cash or debit/credit card, but it is invariably cheaper to book in advance. Times and fares information is available from National Rail, +44 8457 484950, or the station booking office.
Newcastle upon Tyne is well signposted from the north, south and west. The city lies at the joining of the A1 (the main East Coast route from London to Edinburgh) and the A69 (a major east-west route to Carlisle and the M6). The A1 bypasses the city to the west.
There are a number of 'park-and-ride' National Park and Ride Directory  points around the city to avoid the hassle of parking in the city centre. From these points, the Metro or bus will take you into the city for between £1 and £3. Otherwise, there are over 10,000 spaces in the city centre, though for stays of more than a few hours this may prove expensive. Generally, parking in the city centre costs between £1 and £2 per hour, while parking about 10 minutes walk from the centre will set you back about £0.50 per hour.
Also check out Parkopedia.com  - a website that allows users to search and compare parking rates and locations for commercial and private parking facilities in Newcastle upon Tyne .
Avis, 7 George Street, Newcastle, NE4 7JL, ☎ +44 0870 6086350, . Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 8am-1pm, closed Sunday. Avis car rentals are also available at the Newcastle airport
National, 90 Westmoreland Road, Newcastle, NE1 4DZ, ☎ +44 0191219 9102, . Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 8am-1pm, closed Sunday. National car rental is also available at the Newcastle airport
Newcastle Coach Station is located at the southern end of St James' Boulevard, near the Centre for Life and is just a short walk from the centre of town. National Express is the main intercity operator, offering regular services to several UK towns and cities. Most National Express tickets include free travel on the Metro system , but check this out before you board the Metro.
North Shields, 7 miles east of the city centre, has daily ferry connections to Ijmuiden in Holland. Special buses run from the Central Station to the ferry terminal and are charged at a premium.
Taxis are available from outside the Ferry Terminal operated by EastCoast Taxis . A taxi from the Terminal direct into Newcastle city centre is £11.50 for up to 4 passengers.
Chained up near Newcastle Civic Centre.
Newcastle is a reasonably cycle-friendly city. There are a number of places to lock a bike up in the city centre and cycle lanes exist (though these are often shared with buses or taxis). A few Metro stations also provide secure storage for bicycles, but note that only fold-away bicycles are permitted on Metro trains. Unless you're touring the UK on pedal power, the best use for a bike is to explore the Quayside, Ouseburn and Jesmond Dene areas, travel to out-of-town attractions or head off to more distant places such as Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice on the coast.
The Sustrans  National Cycle Network Route 1 (East Coast) passes through Newcastle from the North to the South.
Tyne Bridge Bike Hire, The Guildhall (Quayside), NE1 3AF, +44 (0) 191 2772441, (firstname.lastname@example.org),  10AM-5PM (7 days in summer, weekends only in winter).
Quaylink services run every few minutes between the city centre and the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. Single fares are 80p and the distinctive yellow livery makes the service easy to recognise.
An extensive and efficient network of bus routes radiate out of Newcastle into the surrounding towns and suburbs. Though the services are operated by several different operators they are coordinated by Nexus, Tyne and Wear's transport authority. Maps and timetables can be found on the Nexus website , though it may be easier to use a personalised journey planner such as Transport Direct.
Newcastle city centre is relatively compact and is therefore easy to navigate on foot. Many areas are pedestrianised. Being on the banks of the River Tyne, some areas slope quite steeply. Buses and taxis are fairly cheap and plentiful should this pose a problem.
Newcastle and Gateshead walking directions  can be planned online with walkit.com  walking route planner.
The city has a well-run and efficient Metro system, the Tyne and Wear Metro . Day tickets cost anything up to £4, depending on the time of day and destination. This is useful to access the suburbs, airport, rail station and coast.
If you're staying within a single zone, a one-zone return ticket (£1.80) offers great value, as it allows unlimited Metro travel within that zone all day.
There are two lines - the green line runs north-south between the airport and South Hylton via central Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland, while the yellow line runs between St. James Park and South Shields via central Newcastle, Gateshead, North Shields and the coast. Both lines run parallel through central Newcastle and Gateshead and the yellow line crosses itself at Monument station which is handy if for example you're travelling from North Shields to Gateshead it is quicker to travel the 'wrong' way to Monument and change onto a southbound Yellow train as the line takes a very indirect route. There are interchanges with the national rail network at Central, Manors, Heworth and Sunderland. Ticketing is based on the honour system - buy a ticket from the vending machines at the station entrance (coins only, although change is given) and keep it for the whole journey until you leave the system as there are inspectors at station entrances and exits as well as on board the train.
Regional rail services are regular and offer quicker access to nearby towns such as Durham, Sunderland, Hexham and Corbridge. Details are available from National Rail Enquiries  or Northern Rail .
A view from Millenium bridge over the river Tyne at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The River Tyne is a short walk from the station, and has a pedestrian path on the near side reminiscent of the Queen's Walk in London. There are also city walks along the river, running from May to November. Information can be found at the Tourist Information Centre, near the Monument Metro station.
The Tyne Bridge, a good example of a compression arch suspended-deck bridge famous the world over.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, acclaimed worldwide for its physical and aesthetic beauty. Tilting times are announced regularly at the Gateshead Council web site .
Remains of the the Castle Keep and the surrounding castle garth , the "new castle" of the city's name. Parts of it were built in the 13th century.
The remains of the Roman fort at Segedunum, a short walk away from the Wallsend Metro  stations. In fact many of the signs at the metro station have been translated into Latin, including the aptly named Vomitorium.
Central Arcade, a beautifully preserved traditional shopping arcade, which houses the Tourist Information Bureau and Windows of the Arcade, one of Newcastle's oldest music shops.
Grainger Town is the beautiful and historic heart of the city. Based around classical streets built by Richard Grainger between 1835 and 1842, some of Newcastle upon Tyne's finest buildings and streets lie within the Grainger Town area of the City center including Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. Grey Street was voted as England's finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC Radio 4 listeners.
Grey's Monument located at the heart of Grainger Town is a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838. The wide base of the monument is a popular spot for people-watching, and often acts as a venue for buskers (most notably Apu with their Andean music), religious speakers and political activists/protesters.
St Nicholas Cathedral is worth visiting during opening hours.
Walk around Newcastle's Chinatown centered on Stowell Street in the city center, it contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants and shops, and has its own Chinese arch.
The Angel of the North, a modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, is just a short drive from Newcastle city centre in Gateshead.
There are remains of Hadrian's Wall, a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of England, in the west of the city and further out in Northumberland.
The Vampire Rabbit is a gargoyle located above the door of an office block next to St Nicholas's Church. It's a strange mystery which has remained unsolved for a number of years.
Galleries & Museums
Vases by Jon Lewis on display at the Biscuit Factory.
Opus Art, West Avenue, Gosforth, +44 (0) 191 580 0112 , M-Sa 9AM-5PM. Opus art gallery is a modern art gallery where you can appreciate and buy masterpieces of contemporary art from artists including Damien Hurst, Andy Warhol and Dan Baldwin.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, +44 (0) 191 478 1810 (email: <email@example.com>) , Daily 10AM-6PM, except Tu 10:30AM-6PM. Constantly changing modern art exhibits are the hallmark of this gallery, located on the banks of the River Tyne in one of Newcastle's landmark industrial buildings. Admission is free.
The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, +44 (0) 191 261 1103 (email:<firstname.lastname@example.org>) , Tu-Sa 10AM-8PM; M and Su 11AM-5PM. Britain's biggest original art store is 35,000 square feet with two floors of exhibition space and artist's studios. The commercial gallery sells paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and glass by contemporary artists hailing from all over the world. Admission is free.
The Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, +44 (0) 191 222 6059 , M-Sa 10AM-5PM. An art gallery located on the campus of Newcastle University that was founded in 1925. Admission is free.
Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead,+44 (0) 191 477 1495 , M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. Popular art gallery in Gateshead. Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of art and design on show in the friendly surroundings of the Shipley. Over the last 25 years the venue has become established as a national center for contemporary craft and has built up one of the best collections outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. Admission is free.
Centre For Life, Times Square, +44 (0) 191 243 8210 , M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. This 'science city' in the centre of Newcastle has interactive exhibits that kids of all ages will likely enjoy. The facility houses a state of the art research facility, the Life Science Centre, where its scientists are the first people in Europe - and only the second in the world - to get a license for stem cell research on human embryos. There is also an interactive museum that looks at DNA, the human body and the origins of life, as well as a visitors center. Admission prices depend on your age, whether you are a UK tax payer and if you want to make a charitable donation. Expect to pay anywhere from £5.30 to £8.00. Children under 4 are free.
Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, +44 (0) 191 200 7146 , 11AM-4PM. A museum where visitors can re-live the glorious days of the steam railway. Admission is free.
Tynemouth Castle and Priory Tyne and Wear, Tynemouth . Daily 10AM-5PM. The Tynemouth Castle and Priory is a fortress and religious site that is perched on a rocky headland overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. Admission is £4.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and £3.40 for concession.
The Journal Tyne Theatre.
The Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street +44 (0) 191 244 2500 (email:<email@example.com>) . The theatre is an easy walk from the city centre or the train station (it is closest to the Monument station on the Metro). Opening in 1837, the Theatre Royal presents more than 380 performances a year. It is the third home (after London and Stratford-upon-Avon) of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which usually does several shows there in the autumn.
The Journal Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, +44 (0) 844 493 4567 . This Grade 1 listed building is both beautiful and functional, with a capacity of up to 1100. It has played host to an assortment of events from opera to theatre shows, from comedy to pantomimes, concerts to conferences.
Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, +44 (0) 191 232 1232 . This theater focuses on producing new works by writers from and/or living in the North East of England. Live Theatre has its roots in the identity of the North East of England but creates and presents work that is both challenging, popular and of relevance to all.
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, +44 (0) 191 230 5151 . Formally the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Located on Newcastle University's campus, features a range of independent performances.
The People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, +44 (0) 191 275 9875 (email:<firstname.lastname@example.org>) . The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country. The theatre stages up to 12 productions a year in its newly refurbished main auditorium that holds 500 seats.
Newcastle upon Tyne Shows. Listings for all of the major music and theatre shows in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.
Sage Music Centre, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, +44 (0) 191 443 4666 . Attend a concert at this newly finished venue in Gateshead, a short walk to the other side of the Tyne. If you can't go to a concert, just go in as it is certainly worth seeing.
Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, +44 (0) 844 493 4567 . This is the largest music venue in Newcastle, situated in the south of the city centre near the Centre for Life.
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, +44 (0) 905 020 3999 (25p per min.) (email:<email@example.com>) . A large venue featuring big-name musical acts from the UK and around the globe.
The Hoppings, the largest travelling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June.
The 'Evolution Festival (formally known as Orange Evolution and Freevolution) is a free music festival held on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides every Spring Bank Holiday since 2005. It has performances from local and national rock, indie and dance bands.
The annual MELA held every August bank holiday weekend is a celebration of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine, music and art.
The city hosts popular Chinese New Year celebrations every year, and in 2008 launched a greater series of events in addition to the usual festivities.
At Christmas the city centre has decorations, the large department store Fenwick hosts a famous window display and there is a Continental Christmas Market.
The city has recently begun to host a summer gay pride event called Northern Pride.
Attend a Newcastle United football game, at St. James Park near the University of Newcastle. St James's Park is the fourth largest ground in the country, with a 52,000 capacity. Only Manchester United's Old Trafford, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Wembley are bigger.
Attend a Newcastle Falcons game (Rugby Union) at Kingston Park in the suburb of Kingston Park in the north of the city.
Attend a Newcastle Eagles game at the Metro Radio Arena, one of the country's most successful basketball teams the club achieved a "clean sweep" of trophies, including the BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and Championship "double".
Attend a Newcastle Vipers ice hockey game at the Metro Radio Arena.
Attend a Newcastle Diamonds Speedway meeting at Brough Park Stadium located in Byker in the city's east end.
Attend a Greyhound meeting at Brough Park Stadium 
Attending a Horse Racing meeting at Gosforth Park . Located in the north of the city, Newcastle Racecourse attracts top jockeys and hosts the prestigious Northumberland Plate, one of the richest two-mile (3 km) handicaps in the world.
Attend an Athletics Meeting at Gateshead Stadium, just across the river from Newcastle. Many of the world's top Athletes compete at Gateshead, which hosts the British Grand Prix. In 2006, Asafa Powell equalled the then world record of 9.77 seconds in Gateshead.
Attend a Gateshead Thunder game (Rugby League) at Gateshead Stadium.
Empire Cinema, ☎ +44 (0) 871 471 4714, . Shows all the latest blockbusters.
Side Cinema, 1-3 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, ☎ +44 (0)191 232 2208. A small, artsy, 50 seat cinema showing independent films.
The Star and Shadow, Stepney Bank, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 0066, . Situated in the battlefield area of Newcastle, this cinema is run entirely by volunteer members. The aim is to show a truly independent film program as cheaply as possible, as well as providing a venue for artists and musicians of all varieties.
Odeon Cinemas, 38 Russell Way, ☎ +44 (0) 871 224 4007, . Located in the Metrocentre in Gateshead, showing all the latest popular films and rivaling the Empire Cinema.
There are two universities in Newcastle:
Newcastle University, +44 (0)191 2226000  is one of the most important and respected universities in the UK and Europe, near the city center. An easy walk from the Haymarket metro station, their small Museum of Antiquities is open to the public.
Northumbria University, +44 (0)191 232 6002 , another very good university with more of a focus on vocational courses such as fashion, design and IT, also near the city center. It also incorporates Newcastle Business School. The Northumbria University Student Union is a popular venue for visiting bands.
As with the rest of the UK, European Union nationals have the right to work without a UK work permit, but most other nationalities require one. Newcastle's economy is buoyant at the moment and supports most types of businesses, so it is possible to find a job in a reasonably short period of time. There are a lot of call centers in and around Newcastle which provide an easy supply of short term work. It is seldom difficult to find employment in Newcastle's many pubs, clubs and bars.
The Grainger Market.
Northumberland Street — Newcastle's main shopping street is the most expensive outside of London in terms of rent, making it a top shopping destination.
Old George Yard — Features design stores and vinatge clothing shops.
Grainger Market A recently restored indoor market dating from 1835. It is a lively working market that includes the Victorian Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar.
There are three department stores - Fenwick (one of the largest department stores outside of London), Marks & Spencer and John Lewis (still popularly referred to as Bainbridge's) .
Eldon Square shopping centre is situated in the center of Newcastle, boasting a wide array of shops and currently undergoing major expansion.
The Metro Centre is a 15 minute bus or train ride from the city center to Gateshead. Constructed in the 1980s and expanded in the early 1990s and again in 2005, this is Europe's largest shopping center and leisure complex. Parking there is plentiful and free, but traffic can be heavy, so make use of the frequent public transport links.
Royal Quays is an outdoor complex consisting of outlet stores in nearby North Shields with a range of shops. It is accessible by the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Italian food at Zizzi.
Newcastle is home to a thriving and creative dining scene that has something to offer to just about any budget.
Newcastle has plenty of restaurants to suit those with a tighter budget. Look in the Quayside or near Central Station for a good deal. There are also many takeaways in Newcastle upon Tyne  which will offer a meal for even less money, usually of the same quality standards. Expect to pay around £8-£15.
La Toscana Ristorante, 22 Leazes Park Rd, +44 (0)191 2325871 . Reasonably priced Italian fare; set menus are available.
Francesca's, Manor House Road, +44 (0)191 2816586. M-Sa 12PM-11PM. Fantastic and cheap Italian in Jesmond.
Pani's Cafe, +44 (0)191 2324366 . M-Sa 10AM-10PM. Another great Italian joint on High Bridge Street that offers free Italian lessons.
Uno's Restaurant, 18 Sandhill, +44 (0)191 2615264. Yet another Italian offering, this one in Quayside.
El Coto, 21 Leazes Park Rd, +44 (0)191 2610555 . Spanish restaurant serving up tapas, paellas, vinos and of course, sangria. Sometimes features flamenco nights; check website for scheduled events.
Koh I Noor, 26 Cloth Market, +44 (0)191 2325379. Old-fashioned Indian curry house with specials that include a starter, curry, rice and a cup of coffee for under £10.
Lau's Buffet King, 44-50 Stowell Street, +44 (0)191 2618868 . Su-Sa 11:45AM-10:30PM. Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet, offering a choice of over 60 dishes.
Bangkok Cafe, 39-41 Low Friar Street . Authentic Thai restaurant, reasonable prices. Claims to use only the freshest ingredients, and no MSG.
Stowell Street — In the city center you can find Newcastle's Chinatown which contains many Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants.
Pizza Express, 10 Dean Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1PG, ☎ +44 (0)191 221 0120, . Sun-Thurs: 11:30am - 22:30pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am - 23:3pm0. For well-priced, freshly prepared pizza and a simple Italian menu and wine list.
Cafe Royal, 8 Nelson Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 5AW, ☎ +44 (0)191 232 0664 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 (0)191 2614509). Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm, Sun: 10pm - 4pm. A casual yet elegant eatery that serves up European fare with an emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients.
Zizzi, 42-50 Grey Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6AE, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 8360. Mon - Sun: 11am - 11pm. Italian food served in a charming environment
La Tasca Newcastle Grey St., 42 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6AE,, ☎ +44 (0)191 260 3533 (email@example.com), . Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 11pm, Fri– Sun: 12pm – 12am. Tapas and other Spanish cuisine in an informal setting.
Blue Coyote, 54-56 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SF, ☎ +44 (0)191 222 0130, . Tex-Mex and fresh ingredients along with a festive environment and full bar.
Marco Polo, 33 Dean Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1PQ, ☎ +44 (0)191 232 5533 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Mon - Fri: 12pm - 11pm, Sat: 12pm - 12am, Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm. The Italian food at this eclectically decorate and very popular restaurant often commands a line out the door. Book in advance.
Blackfriar's Restaurant, Friars St, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 5945, . Mon - Sat 12pm - 2:30pm & 6pm - 11pm, Sun 12pm - 3:30pm. Housed in a 13th century monk's refectory features a menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes with a twist.
Rasa, 27 (5 mins walk from the Millenium bridge), ☎ +44 (0)191 232 7799, . Mon - Saturday 12pm to 3pm for lunch & 6pm - 11pm for dinner. Authenic South Indian food inspired by the well-spiced home cooking in Kerala.
Grainger Rooms, 7 Higham Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 8AF, ☎ +44 (0)844 567 2462, . Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm. For leisurely meals crafted from local ingredients. Well-regarded by locals and travelers alike.
Sachins, Forth Banks, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 9035 (email@example.com), . Mon - Sat:6pm-11:15pm, closed Sun. An upscale and contemporary restaurant serving all natural Punjabi food.
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road (One and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre.), ☎ +44 (0)191 212 3000.
Treacle Moon, 5-7 The Side, ☎ +44 (0)191 232-5537.
Floritas, Collingwood Street. Miami-themed restaurant and bar. Check out the live music regularly scheduled live music.
Landmark, 20 Stowell Street, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 0882, . High class Chinese dining.
A pint of beer.
Newcastle is (in)famous for its culture of social drinking, and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties. The Bigg Market, the Quayside and, more recently, the Central Station area with its "Diamond Strip" of new upmarket bars, are the centres of nocturnal activity in Newcastle, though you'll find a wealth of bars and pubs all around the city.
Newcastle is home to Newcastle Brown Ale, called by the locals Broon or 'Dog'. There are a significant number of local breweries producing real ale that is widely available and of good quality. Brewers to look out for include Mordue, Wylam and Big Lamp.
A no-holds-barred area where you won't find much in the way of culture, but you will find a lot in the way of drink. A selection of bars are as follows:
City Vaults, 11-13 Bigg Market, City Centre, ☎ +44 (0) 191 221 0850. M-W-Th-Su noon-1AM, Tu-F-Sa noon-3AM.. This spacious club features three bars, different music in different rooms, and big screens for showing football on match days. Topless dancers and scantily clad bar staff abound. As if all that wasn't enough, they serve food, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, and curries.£2-5.
Kiss, 18 Cloth Market. Su-Th noon-11PM , F-Sa noon-1AM. Lively and loud, this pub/club is always busy. The DJs spin a mix of dance, house and club music, and the crowd guzzles energy drink cocktails. Pole dancers on Fridays and Saturdays.£2-5.
Boom, 14-16 Newgate Street, City Centre, ☎ +44 (0) 191 269 3021. M-W 7PM-11PM, Th-F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM (last entry 12:30AM), Su 7PM-12:30AM. This pub's 90s themed decor and tunes will carry you back in time and onto the dance floor. Like most Bigg Market bars, it gets crowded.£2-4.
Blackie Boy, 11 Groat Market, ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 0730. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. A dimly lit traditional pub with a stylish, upmarket feel, it gets stormed by a younger crowd at weekends.£2-5.
Idols, Newgate Shopping Centre, ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 3887. M-Th 8PM-midnight, F-Sa 7PM-2AM (may change due to football), Su 8PM-12:30AM. Tucked away downstairs in the shopping centre, the main attraction at the bar are the girls dancing on it. After a couple of discount cocktails and some retro music to get you in the mood, you might feel like joining them. If you can take your eyes off the singing, dancing staff, you can watch football. Idols shows every Newcastle United game live.£1-3.
Pop World, 14 Bigg Market, ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 0058. Closed Tu. M-W-Thu 7PM-11:30PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. A fun, flashy bar. The turntables are the room's centerpiece, with DJs playing vintage pop hits. There are multiple screens, making it a great place for match days. Karaoke weekly.
Rewind, 31 Groat Market, ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 0924. M-Th 7PM-11PM, F 7PM-1AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 7PM-12:30AM. This popular, seductively lit and stylishly furnished bar features a different soundtrack practically every night, with DJs playing anything from 80s hits to indie music.£1-3.
There are many bars around this area, including:
North, Old Ticket Office, Neville Street (close to Central Station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 222 0646. M-Sa noon-1AM, Su 5PM-midnight. This bar is trendy and modern, with DJs every night, playing jazz, hip hop and reggae. They also serve paninis and salads... or just have a drink and get free bar nibbles! A little uppity at night, so dress like a fashion model and bring some women with you.£2-4.
The Forth Hotel, 17-23 Pink Lane, City Centre (near to St Mary's Church and Central Station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 6478. M-W noon - 11PM, Th-Sa noon - 1AM, Su noon-midnight. A popular and cosy bar with a great selection of real ales, imported beers and wines. Listen to jukeboxes, DJs or live music.£2-4.
The Head of Steam, 2 Neville Street (50 yards from Central Station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 230 4236, . Su-Th noon–2:30AM, F-Sa noon-3:30AM. On the first floor, you'll find a wide selection of real ales, lagers, cider, wine and spirits in a comfortable atmosphere. In the basement is a live music venue showcasing up-and-coming bands on most nights. Stop in for a pint and you might hear the next band to make it big. The cover charge is usually £4-5.£2-4.
Tokyo, 17 Westgate Road (opposite the station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 1122, . M-Th 4PM-midnight, F 4PM-1AM, Sa 1PM-1AM, Su 1PM- midnight. A stylish, modern venue with an elegant rooftop garden bar and a good selection of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers. Gamblers will love their "dice club", 4PM-8PM nightly. Roll an even number and win 2 drinks for the price of one; roll a six and win a free round!£4-6.
The Union Rooms, 48 Westgate Road (opposite Royal Station Hotel, near the Central Station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 5718. M-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM, Su 9AM-midnight. This large, busy pub is part of the Wetherspoon's chain, which specializes in cheap, friendly food and drinks. Curry Nights, Quiz Nights and great drink specials every night. There's a small outdoor seating area (open until 6PM daily) where smoking is allowed.£2-4.
Clear, 8 Pudding Chare (near to the Revolution Bar, close to Bigg Market and Central Station), ☎ +44 (0)191 261 7001. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 6PM-12:30AM. This smart, bright bar is The Telegraph's younger sister, with a good selection of shooters and popular with a young crowd. Wednesday through Saturday, DJs play indie, rock n' roll, electro house and more. On other nights, enjoy their jukebox.£2-4.
The Telegraph, Orchard Street (on the corner of Orchard Street and Forth Street, behind Central Station), ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 8991. M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-10:30PM. A local favorite at the back of the station, with a great roof terrace for sunny days, they serve beers, cocktails, wines and food. DJs Thursday- Sunday, live bands on Wednesdays, and occasional Monday quiz nights.
Centurion, Neville Street, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 6611. An impressively designed bar and restaurant based in the restored Victorian waiting room of the Central Station.
O'Neill's, 38 Neville St, ☎ +44 (0)871 917 0007. Irish pub popular with stag/hen parties.
Again, packed full of bars, some of them are:
The Crown Posada, 31 Side, ☎ +44 (0)191 232 1269. The bar dates back to 1880 and is well preserved. It is an unusually narrow pub with stained glass windows. This is one of the best places in central Newcastle to try 'real ales' from local breweries.
Bob Trollop's, 34 Sandhill, ☎ +44 (0)191 261 1037. Another very old pub in one of the oldest building in Newcastle, excellent vegetarian food.
Flynn's, 63 Quayside, ☎ +44 (0)191 232 7218. Very cheap trebles, often overrun with hen/stag parties.
The Akenside Traders, 3 Akenside Hill, ☎ +44 (0)191 230 3465. A chilled out pub during the week with a small group of regulars this bar becomes a wild party on the weekends.
The Cooperage, 32 Close, ☎ +44 (0)191 233 2940. One of the oldest buildings in town, this 14th century timber-framed building is a lively pub on the Quayside.
Stereo, 102 Quayside, ☎ +44 (0)191 230 0303. Great dance party on Sundays.
38, Exchange Buildings, ☎ +44 (0)871 917 0007. Slightly off the Quayside with an interesting decor.
Hoko-10, 16 Dean Street, ☎ +44 (0) 191 211 1107. Japanese influenced bar with live music on Tuesdays.
Pitcher & Piano, 108 Quayside, ☎ +44 191 232 4110, . Situated in a huge glass fronted building, great to watch the river. Centrally located and popular.
A few laid back alternative bars are based here:
The Tyne, Mailing St., ☎ +44 (0)191 265 2550, . A down-to-earth bar a little way out of the centre by the Ouseburn. Has a great beer garden.
The Freetrade Inn, St. Lawrence Rd., ☎ +44 (0) 797 327-9203. Another fantastic bar by the Ouseburn.
The Cluny, 36 Lime St, ☎ +44 (0) 191 230 4474. Great local and national live bands, lovely beer garden.
Yet another popular drinking area for locals and students, some bars include:
Bar Bacca, Osborne Rd., ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 6325. Popular with students and stag/hen parties.
Osbornes, 61-73 Osborne Rd, ☎ +44 (0) 191 240 7778. Features an outdoor beer garden.
Bar Blanc, 38-42 Osborne Road, ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 5126, . A popular wine bar with associated hotel.
Berlise, 102 Osborne Road, ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 1358. A tiny bar that can be one of the quieter bars on the strip.
The Lonsdale, Lonsdale Terrace, ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 0039. A traditional pub with good food that can lack warm ambiance.
Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, ☎ +44 (0)191 281 3010, . A eclectic bar with live music and performances.
Bar Polo Restaurant and Bar, 61 Osborned Rd, ☎ +44 (0) 191 240 7777. Fine dining and drinking.
Centre for Life/Pink Triangle
Newcastle has a thriving gay scene. Most of the area around the Centre for Life is packed full of bars, a few are:
Camp David, 8-10 Westmorland Road, ☎ +44 (0) 191 222 0606. Good music and nice roof terrace.
The Dog & Parrot Ltd, 52 Clayton St West, ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 6998. Cheap drinks and live music on the weekends.
Baron and Baroness, Times Square, ☎ +44 (0) 191 233 0414. All night dancing atmosphere.
The End, 78 Scotswood Rd, ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 6536.
The Loft, 10a Scotswood Road, ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 5348. Popular gay venue with a roof terrace.
The Yard, 2 Scotswood Road, ☎ +44 (0) 1912322037. Located in the heart of the Newcastle gay district.
Twist, Bio Science Centre, ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 7676. Colorful and lively bar.
@ne, 1 Marlborough Crescent, ☎ +44 (0) 191 260 3841, . A high end bar and club.
Powerhouse, 7-19 Westmorland Rd, ☎ +44 (0) 261 5348. A traditional gay dance club that is open to all.
Other assorted bars
As stated before Newcastle is full of bars and pubs, a few others are:
Luckies, 14 St Mary's Place, ☎ +44 (0) 191 2323893. Popular with students, near both universities with drink specials and regularly scheduled live music.
The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Lane, ☎ +44 (0) 191 2612154. A 'soul bar' with a wide clientele who appreciate the free jukebox.
Popolo, 82-84 Pilgrim St, ☎ +44 (0) 191 232 8923. A fairly new, stylish bar offering quality cocktails and continental beers.
The Hancock, 2a Hancock S, ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 5653. A student bar next to both universities.
Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge, ☎ +44 (0) 191 261 1008. This traditional pub with a modern interior is popular with the after-work crowd.
The Bar at the Brandling, Brandling Village, ☎ +44 (0) 191 281 0067. Popular with students and pretty much everyone else thanks to its great prices, happy hour games, and the fact that it's a great pre-party option.
Bar 55, Pilgrim, ☎ +44 (0) 191 230 5569.
Albatross Backpackers In!, 51 Grainger Street,Newcastle Upon Tyne,NE1 5JE, ☎ +44 (0)191 2331330 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 (0)191 2603389). The Albatross is large youth hostel located near the Central Station that is housed in a 150 year old bank£16.50-22.50 per person.
YHA Newcastle, 107 Jesmond Road,Newcastle upon Tyne,Tyne & Wear, NE2 1NJ, ☎ +44(0)845 371 9335 (email@example.com, fax: +44(0)845 371 9336), . YHA Jesmond is 5 minutes walk from Jesmond metro station and is easily accessed from the city centreprices start at £17.95 per person.
Jurys Inn Newcastle Hotel, (Located close to the International Centre for Life, Central Station, Eldon Square and St James's Park football stadium), ☎ +44 (0)191 201 4400, . £59.
Premier Travel Inn (Newcastle City Centre (Millenium Bridge)), City Road Quayside,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2AN (Situated in the city centre on the corner of City Road (A186) and Crawhall Road.), ☎ +44 (0)870 238 3318 (fax: +44() 0191 232 6557), . Premier Travel Inn is cheap and pleasant, 2 locations located on or near the Quayside, 1 location in the city centre, 2 locations adjacent to the airport and 1 location near the Metro Centre.about £70 per room.
Travelodge (Newcastle Central), Forster Street, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 2NH, ☎ +44 (0) 871 984 6164 (fax: +44(0)191 261 7105), . The listed location is closest to the city center. If full, check the additional 3 locations dotted about the Newcastle/Gateshead area.Prices start at about £80 per room.
Britannia Hotel, Ponteland, Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE13 8DJ (adjacent to the airport), ☎ +44 (0)871 222 0028 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44(0)871 222 7716), . A business hotel equipped with wireless internet and a 400-person conference hall.prices begin at £100.
Newcastle Marriott Hotel MetroCentre, Gateshead, NE11 9XF (Located about 10 minutes from Newcastle's vibrant downtown, near the Newcastle Airport.), ☎ +44 191 493 2233 (fax: 44 191 493 2030). Overall, the hotel delivers the comfort and convenience one can expect from a large chain hotel at the price.Rooms start at about £60..
Hotel Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road Kenton, NE3 3HZ, ☎ +44 191 214 0303 (H1118@accor.com, fax: +44 191 214 0633), . Rooms start at about £80
Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DH (The hotel is located adjacent to Central Station), ☎ +44 (0)191 232 0781 (email@example.com, fax: +44 (0)191 222 0786), . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12pm. The Royal Station hotel was opened by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1858. Victorian architecture on the outside, the interior of the hotel was recently refurbished and caters to those on business and pleasure travels.Double rooms from £65..
Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ (Located near the Quayside), ☎ +44 (0)191 233 1010 (fax: +44 (0)191 233 1234), . Double room for £120.
The Grey St. Hotel.
Jesmond Dene House and Hotel, Jesmond Dene Road,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2EY, (Jesmond Dene House is one and a half miles north of Newcastle city centre), ☎ +44 (0)191 212 3000 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 (0)191 212 3001), . A leafy boutique hotel, no two rooms are alike. Meals at the restaurant come highly recommended as well.Double rooms from £175.
Newcastle's local telephone code is 0191, the telephone code for the UK is +44.
There are two tourist information centres  (+44 0191 277 8000 mailto:email@example.com) in Newcastle city centre. There is also a tourist information kiosk near the check-in hall at Newcastle Airport.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle is generally quite a safe city to stay in. As with all cities around the world the main aspect is to use one's common sense and to keep a low profile. Beware of the usual nuisance of petty theft in crowded places. The Bigg Market, the Quayside and 'The Coast' can get pretty rowdy on Fridays and Saturdays, however, they are nevertheless still safe. Take care after a big derby match (in general any football match where Newcastle Utd is involved) - though there has been no significant violence for some years, emotions tend to run high amongst supporters. Considering the population the crime in this city is generally lower than other cities the same size in Britain.
Newcastle folk are generally very friendly and safe. In fact, Newcastle is renowned throughout Great Britain for its 'family-like atmosphere'. A peculiarity among Geordies is that they can be found to wear t-shirts in the middle of winter, so just go with the flow - tourists are spotted by how much clothing they wear.
Places to visit around Newcastle:
Cathedral in Durham.
Alnmouth and Alnwick
The historic town of Alnwick is about a one hour drive north of Newcastle. Alnwick Castle, used in numerous films, notably the Harry Potter films and Robin Hood with Kevin Costner, is worth a visit. The castle is also home to the Alnwick Gardens. Bus services to Alnwick depart from Haymarket and are operated by Arriva. The train can also be used from Newcastle central station, but only as far as Alnmouth station, where a connecting shuttle bus is provided to Alnwick town centre. The shuttle departs shortly after a train arrives, but if you've time to spare, you could take a look at the picturesque village of Alnmouth, which is home to several traditional British pubs and small arts and gift shops.
The cathedral city of Durham is a roughly 15 minute train ride from Newcastle Central Station. Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are the main attractions, and together are one of the UK's World Heritage Sites. Durham University, on whose grounds the Castle sits, is also worth a visit.
Beamish Open Air Museum
About 25 minutes by car, or 50 minutes by bus, is the Beamish museum. Beamish tries to show what life was like in a typical northern town in the early 20th century — much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to 1913. Aside from the main town however there is also the manor house and the railway which are based on 1825. Tram and bus services operate around the museum, and there are a number of interactive displays and tours such as a dentist surgery and coal mine.
Bede's World offers an insight in to the extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede (who lived from 673-735AD). There is an interactive Age of Bede exhibition in the a newly constructed museum building, the Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Paul, medieval monastic ruins, an Anglo-Saxon herb garden, rare breeds of animals and recreated timber buildings on Gyrwe, an Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm, a café within the historic Jarrow Hall as well as a museum gift and book shop. 
Rothbury and Cragside
The attractive village of Rothbury and the historic house and grounds at Cragside are also worth a visit. Cragside was the first house in the world to be powered completely by electricity. A special bus service operates from Newcastle city centre during the summer, details are normally posted on the Northumberland County Council website . Otherwise, either can be reached in about 40 minutes from Newcastle by car.
There are many sites along Hadrian's Wall which are easily accessible from Newcastle. A special bus (number AD122) runs from Newcastle along the length of the Wall's path. The bus service runs year-round, with a tour guide on Sundays and Public Holidays during summer months. A reduced service operates during the winter, check with the operator, Nexus , before travelling.
Hexham and Corbridge
The historic town of Hexham is about 30 minutes by car or train, and 40 minutes by bus. The smaller village of Corbridge is slightly closer, but can be used an intermediate stop on the way to Hadrian's Wall sites such as Vindolanda and Housteads. Both Hexham and Corbridge sit on a section of the River Tyne.
Sitting within the Northumberland National Park, about 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Newcastle is Kielder resevoir and forest. A number of activities are possible here such as abseiling, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. A special bus service operates from Newcastle city centre during the summer, details are normally posted on the Northumberland County Council website .
There are several beautiful villages and coastlines along the Northumberland coast which are well worth a visit. Warkworth and Bamburgh are particular noteworthy for their castles and tea rooms. Both are easily accessible by car, or by bus from Newcastle Haymarket. Druridge Bay country park offers one of the most outstanding beaches in the country, and includes a lake, which is often used for watersports. The holy island of Lindisfarne is easily accessible from Bamburgh.
East of Newcastle, set along the mouth of the river Tyne, Tynemouth is easily accessible by Metro, and boasts an impressive Priory, some nice shops, tea houses and beautiful beaches. Tynemouth long sands even has a cafe on the beach! Perfect for a warming hot chocolate in the winter, or summer ice creams!
Wet-n-Wild Water Park
Located in nearby North Shields, near the International Ferry Terminal, is the UK's largest water park, Wet-n-Wild. The park is indoors so there's no need to worry about bad weather!
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