Accommodation and travel ideas in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle has been called the 15 minute city; it has all the cultural depth of any large city in the UK, but its relatively small geographic area means you can walk to anywhere in Newcastle in 15 minutes! It owes its name to a Norman keep built in 1080 and has since been a crucial port city for wool trading, coal mining and ship maintenance. Hadrian's Wall began in Newcastle, and parts of it still remain today. The wall spanned the country and played a crucial role in British military history. The town is now famous for its pioneering quayside regeneration and the architecture, culture and art that goes with it.
What to do in Newcastle
With the size and history of the city, Newcastle is brimming with attractions. There are two cathedrals, a 12th century stone castle and its famous 'Black Gate', along with the remnants of Hadrian's Wall. The Quayside and the Tyne bridges are also popular visitor spots. Alongside these historical locations, Newcastle also boasts the enormous Eldon Square Shopping Centre, some of the best theatres in the North of England, and one of the countries most historic football stadiums, St James's park.
Where to stay in Newcastle
As one would expect, Newcastle contains a large variety of accommodation including hotels, apartment flats and B&Bs in and around the city centre. There are some more rural options in the neighbouring towns and villages, with easy access to the city if needed.