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Newcastle Upon Tyne Travel Guide, United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne - Overview: No.1 tourist attraction of Great Britain

Newcastle upon Tyne is a metropolitan borough and city located on the northern bank of Tyne River. The name of the city comes from the Norman Castle, which was built by Robert II of Normandy in 1980. Historically, the area of Newcastle was once a Roman settlement. The city was also famous for its wool trade. Later, it became a major coal mining area.


Newcastle is the twentieth most populous city of England and a member of the Eurocities network of the European cities and the English Core Cities Group. The climate of the city is a temperate one but Newcastle continues to be warmer than some of the other locations of the same altitude. This is because it experiences the warming influence of the nearby Gulf Stream. It is considered to be the driest cities in the UK, as Newcastle lies in the rain shadow of the close North Pennines.


Newcastle City has population of 189,863 whereas the city’s unitary authority has a population of 259,500. The city has excellent health facilities with the Newcastle Hospitals having the lowest mortality rate in the UK.

Excellent transport network

Newcastle upon Tyne is well connected by road, rail and air. It has the Newcastle International Airport on the northern outskirts near Ponteland and is just 9.7 km from City Centre.  The airport of Newcastle is the fastest growing and tenth largest airport in the country. Newcastle also has the Newcastle Central railway station, which is on the Cross Country Route and the East Coast Main Line. This railway station boasts of being the first covered railway station in the whole world, which was copied all across the country. The city is also connected by major roadways including the A1 stretching south of London and north to Edinburgh, the A69 connecting to Carlisle, the A1058 linking to Jesmond, A19 which heads to Doncaster, Middlesbrough and Sunderland and the A167 that stretches to Durham.

Nightlife in Newcastle

Newcastle also has a good reputation of being a fun loving city having many restaurants, nightclubs and bars. It ranks amongst the top ten night spots in the country and is a popular destination for Hen and Stag parties. The nightlife of Newcastle upon Tyne was once also rated as the No.1 tourist attraction in Great Britain. Some of the wide variety of restaurants in the city includes Indian, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Persian, Spanish, Polish, French, Moroccan, Malaysian, Thai and Chinese dishes. Newcastle also has a 12 screen Empire multiplex movie hall.

So, do pay a visit to the No. 1 tourist attraction of Great Britain and make your stay in UK a memorable one.

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