Often referred to as Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, this thriving city is one of the most vibrant in England, thanks to its excitable people, innovation for business, and open-minded attitude to art and culture. Despite suffering economically during the industrial shutdown of coalmines and shipping yards, Newcastle has risen like the mythical Phoenix relatively unscathed, and is a modern metropolis of contemporary buildings, trendy bars, and inviting restaurants, particularly round the Quayside, which has undergone a major rejuvenation project. With a vibrant nightlife, fascinating history, and an ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of Northumberland, Newcastle is an exciting experience for visitors to the UK, and an interesting alternative to London and Edinburgh.
Location: Fog on the Tyne
Newcastle is situated in the north-east of England on the River Tyne, made famous by footballer Paul Gascoigne’s cover of Lindesfarne’s pop song “Fog on the Tyne”. The city is well connected by road and rail, and receives international flights in the airport. It is the largest city before Scotland, and often used as a stopover for foreign visitors travelling from London to Edinburgh by car.
Business: Best minds in the business
Gateshead is home to the Newcastle University School of Business, which has a global reputation for producing budding entrepreneurs with bright business minds. The city’s business community also has a special meeting place, the historical Newcastle and Hunter Business Club, where local magnates and impresarios have been gathering for luncheon meetings since 1933. The club hosts guest speakers, crossing a wide range of subjects from politics to sports and management, and to art and entertainment.
Culture: Unique historical experiences
The cultural aspect of Newcastle is often overlooked, namely because one of the most fascinating local tours is underground, and even the locals don’t know it’s there. For a unique experience, try the Victorian Tunnel Tour, which takes you through the subterranean streets of the old city, and is a mysterious eye-opener to its history. You may also want to check out the intoxicating Literary and Philosophical Society, which was established in 1793 and has attracted local alumni ever since. It was here that electric bulbs and safety lamps for miners were invented.
Activities: Shopping, nature, and comedy
The city centre of Newcastle is a mesmerising place to wander around in view of the famous Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge. It has a great shopping scene to explore. If you prefer escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Jesmond Dene Park for a stroll in the tranquillity of the forest, where you find gentle streams and tumbling waterfalls. In the evening, don’t miss the comedy club Stand, which hosts stand-up comedians from all over the country in a contemporary townhouse cellar.