A true regional capital in every sense, this vibrant North Eastern location is one of the most popular city break destinations in the UK. Positioned on the north bank of the shimmering River Tyne, lively Newcastle boasts an array of attractions including dynamic nightlife, sensational shopping opportunities and endless cultural lures. Travellers from all walks of life will fall in love with this terrific Tyneside city and receive a warm Geordie welcome.
Flight frequency: Daily
Currency: GBP (£)
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the UK, Newcastle has gained a sterling reputation as a choice city break destination. Named after the impressive Norman castle in the epicentre, the city can trace its fascinating history all the way back to Roman times. Newcastle is peppered with graceful Victorian buildings and medieval marvels, including a majestic cathedral, making it a perfect destination for architecture buffs. The city is one of the cultural hubs of the North, featuring a superb crop of museums and art galleries, and the spectacular design feat that is the Newcastle City concert hall. The residents of Newcastle – or ‘Geordies’, as they are affectionately known – are a friendly, welcoming bunch with a one-of-a-kind dialect that is a close descendant of the Anglo-Saxon language. Watched over by the awe-inspiring Angel of the North, one of the most iconic structures in the UK, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable stay in this most fun-loving of cities.
Foodies will find a sensational selection of global restaurants awaiting them in Newcastle, headed by some of the UK’s top chefs. Don’t miss out on the famous Chinatown, which offers delicious East Asian cuisine. Landmark Oriental on Stowell Street is one of the tastiest and most popular restaurants in the area. Why not pop into a cosy pub after your meal and enjoy a bottle of famous Newcastle Brown Ale with the locals? This north eastern metropolis has been voted among the Top 10 European cities for nightlife, with a host of attractions to suit every taste and budget. Party people will have a ball exploring the paradise of bars, clubs and casinos, while live entertainment lovers can witness some world-class international artists perform live on stage at the phenomenal Metro Radio Arena.
There are endless opportunities for shopping addicts to get their fix of retail therapy, as Newcastle boasts hundreds of sensational shops, bespoke boutiques and designer outlets. The area around Grey's Monument and Grey Street is expanding fast, with a wealth of fashion and jewellery shops in the beautiful Central Arcade. If you’re after an all-encompassing shopping experience, treat yourself to a trip to the Metro Centre in nearby Gateshead, where you'll find everything from Apple to Zara.
The Quayside is the city's cultural focal-point, boasting the sensational Sage Gateshead music centre and the Baltic art gallery. Movie buffs will find a cornucopia of cinemas screening mainstream, art-house and foreign language films, while the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has a huge presence in Newcastle, offers plenty of exciting stage showings across the annual seasons. For football fans, a trip to the city is the perfect opportunity to visit the legendary Newcastle United Football Club. If you fancy a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, catch your breath in Jesmond Dene, a picturesque public park at the east end of the city. This calming rural idyll is a heavenly haven of woodland and waterfalls.
One of the busiest airports in the UK, Newcastle Airport is well-equipped with a variety of transport options to help you get quickly and easily to and from your destination. The airport is located only 5 miles away from the city centre.
IATA code: NCL
Name: Newcastle International Airport
Address: Newcastle International Airport, Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 8BZ.
Telephone: +44 (0)871 882 1121.
There are plenty of parking options at Newcastle Airport, so you’ll find something to suit you whatever the duration of your stay. You do not need to pre-book, but you might save money by making a reservation in advance.
Although Newcastle Airport does not have its own dedicated train station, the efficient Metro system means you can easily access the rail network. You can travel direct to Newcastle Central Station on the metro. There are also various bus routes across the city that will take you to and from the airport.
The official taxi service for Newcastle Airport is Airport Taxis, the only organisation permitted to pick up and drop off immediately outside the terminal building. You’ll enjoy a professional, reliable service, and can pay using cash, cheque, or any major credit card.
If you’re planning to travel extensively around Newcastle, you will probably be looking to hire a car. You can do so with our partner Avis, who are located on the ground floor, opposite domestic arrivals.