Getting to Newcastle
Newcastle International Airport (NCL) is located 6.5 miles from the city centre. Newcastle is well connected with direct routes from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Dubai.
A taxi from the airport will cost around £20.00 ($27.00) but it is recommended you book a taxi in advance as a new system at the airport requires travellers to wait to be given a taxi on a first come first served basis. Uber also operates in Newcastle.
The Metro is a great way of getting into Newcastle from the airport and will take approximately 25 minutes. It costs £3.15 per person ($4.34) for a single ticket but if you are returning on the same day then it will be cheaper to buy a day ticket for £5.30 ($7.30).
Visitors arriving via train will arrive at Newcastle Central Station.
Every day over 25,000 passengers travel through the station ranking it the busiest in the North East. You can connect to Newcastle’s metro network from here as well as catch a bus or hail a taxi.
Newcastle is well connected by rail and is a major city on the East Coast Mainline linking the city with London to the south and Edinburgh to the north. The trainline is the best place to buy tickets and find times.
If you are travelling throughout Europe by train, it may be cheaper to purchase an Interrail pass.
You can arrive in Newcastle by ferry from Amsterdam via DFDS.
Get all the information you need for your trip to Newcastle by checking out our Planning a Trip to Newcastle guide.
Top Attractions in Newcastle
One of Newcastle’s most recognised landmarks is actually situated in the town of Gateshead 5.5 miles away. The Angel of the North is the most viewed angel structure in the world, being viewed by more than one person every second. Standing 20 metres tall with a wingspan of 54 metres across, The Angel is the work of British sculptor Anthony Gormley. The Angel of the North is free to visit.
Another fantastic attraction in the North East is again not situated in Newcastle but 10 miles away in Beamish, County Durham. Beamish Museum is an open-air museum showcasing life in North East England specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The museum opened its doors in 1972 and attracts over 700,000 visitors annually. Popular attractions at Beamish include the 1930’s town including Sweet Shop, Bakery, Pub, Coal Mine and Farm. Visitors to Beamish Museum can also ride Victorian trams on its very own 1.5 mile long tramway.
The Baltic is a Contemporary Arts museum located on the banks of the River Tyne is the UK’s largest contemporary art institution. The converted flour mill opened in 2002 to great acclaim and boasts a frequently changing calendar of the finest examples of Contemporary Art in the UK. Such is the status of the museum that in 2011, Baltic was the venue chosen to host The Turner Prize, the first time the event had been held outside of Tate London or Tate Liverpool. The event which lasted for 3 months attracted more than 149,000 visitors, more than any Turner Prize exhibition held previously.
For a complete list of things to do in Newcastle and how to book tickets and tours, check out our TotalGuide to Things to do in Newcastle guide
Places to Stay in Newcastle
With over 75 hotels within Newcastle & Gateshead, finding somewhere to rest your weary legs after a day exploring this historic city won’t be hard.
Whether it’s a cheap room in a hostel for a stag weekend or a bath overlooking the Tyne Bridge at night, we have you covered.
We’ve already compiled a list of trustworthy and reputable hotel rooms to suit every budget, so you can be sure that not only are you getting value for money, but you’ll stay in a clean, centrally located hotel with amenities to suit your budget.
For a list of our handpicked hotels in Newcastle to suit every budget then head over to A TotalGuide to Hotels in Newcastle
Getting Around Newcastle
Newcastle city centre is compact in comparison to other cities in the UK so walking around it isn’t too strenuous.
However, there are sharp inclines from the Quayside so you may find yourself needing something a little easier. Fear not, Newcastle is connected by the largest Metro network in the UK (outside of London) so getting around the city and surrounding areas is very easy.
For more information about all the ways to get around Newcastle then head over to our Getting Around Newcastle section.
Best Time to Visit Newcastle
The Summer months of July & August are considered to be the warmest months, however, the North East of England is typically notorious for being freezing in the winter and then inconsistent with warm weather with wet days in the Summer. If you are in need of warm sunshine then Newcastle probably isn’t the best city to visit, but then again, that shouldn’t stop you, there is much more underneath this city that will keep you warm and cosy.
You may have heard the tales that Geordies don’t wear coats on nights out, in fact, you will be surprised that most bars and clubs do not offer a “cloakroom” service. It may be that this breed of hard northern English souls can withstand freezing temperatures, or it could be that the city is so compact that by the time you’ve put your coat on, it’s time to take it off again – you decide.
For more information on yearly weather charts and daily weather updates in Newcastle, click here.
What’s on in Newcastle
Newcastle’s social calendar has everything you need, from world famous acts at the Utilita Arena to up and coming comedians at the Stand Comedy Club. The The Cluny in the Ouseburn also plays host to up and coming music artists in the ever evolving underground scene.
Sport is also huge in the Newcastle as the home to Newcastle United (Fixtures here) and the most celebrated Basketball team in the UK, The Newcastle Eagles (Fixtures here).
From concerts and gigs to exhibitions and football matches, our What’s On Newcastle section is updated daily to keep you in the loop
Nightlife in Newcastle
The nightlife in Newcastle needs no introduction.
With more drinking establishments per square mile than anywhere else in the UK, it’s no surprise that this party city is famous the world over.
You may think that Newcastle is all about beer-swilling Geordies and girls in short skirts, but what makes Newcastle’s nightlife different is the way it appeals to 18 to 80-year-olds, with different parts of the city offering up different drinking experiences. From the carnage of the diamond strip to the sophistication of Grey Street, Newcastle really is the place to let your drinking do the talking.
For a comprehensive list of Newcastle’s best night spots and to get the lowdown on prices, times and dress code, head over to our Newcastle Nightlife Guide 2021 section
Food in Newcastle
Newcastle may be small in comparison to other cities in the UK but it offers up some great restaurants.
Newcastle is home to restaurants catering for all tastes including Italian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish and of course simply delicious British food. If you are looking for a Michelin Star then look no further than House of Tides which opened its doors in 2014.
As you will see on our Newcastle facts page, Greggs was founded in Newcastle, so it’s no surprise that a Stottie commands respect in these areas. A Stottie is a flat, round bread that is simply delicious tucked in between ham and another local delicacy, Pease Pudding.
Those of you participating in the local nightlife may want to indulge in another North East culinary dish, Gravy and Chips.
Quick food, good food or food with a view? Check out Newcastle’s best eateries and book ahead in our Newcastle Restaurant Guide 2021
Newcastle Travel Information
Make sure your trip to Newcastle is safe and hassle-free by checking out the Newcastle Travel Information Guide before you travel.