Newcastle Travel Guide
Newcastle is a city in the north-east of England, which for most Norwegians is known for two things – the football team Newcastle United and the extensive coal city that has been an important part of the city’s history and economy for many years. Today, the city has become a small city, with most of the modern facilities and a lot of festivals and such.
With just over 280,000 inhabitants, Newcastle is not a very large city, but large enough for both to happen here. England’s climate is not known to be the most hospitable, and therefore most tourists visit the city during the summer months, which corresponds to the Norwegian summer. Newcastle is also an eldorado for shoppers, and far cheaper than the capital London in most respects.
Recommended hotels in Newcastle
- Maldron Hotel Newcastle-Are you in Newcastle to watch Newcastle play a home game at St James’ Park? Then this hotel is for you! Here you live just two minutes walk from the football stadium in a beautiful and modern hotel. The central location also makes this hotel ideal for those who want to explore the city.
- Malmaison Newcastle- Malmaison Newcastle is centrally located and has large beautiful rooms and very good service. Popular hotel that gets very good feedback from guests. Offers on-site spa, fitness center and free WiFi.
- Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle– Centrally located hotel 7 minutes walk from Quayside. High quality rooms and extremely nice staff.
Travel to Newcastle
During the summer, it is possible to take a direct flight to Newcastle from Oslo Airport, but it will also be possible to fly to Edinburgh and then take a train ride of one and a half hours down to Newcastle city center. The official currency in the United Kingdom is the British pound, and at the time of writing, one pound is equivalent to just over ten Norwegian kroner.
Newcastle is an optimal destination for you who think London is too expensive. The prices of both dining and drinking are significantly lower here, the same goes for shopping. This means that Norwegians will find it reasonable to live here, even though prices cannot compare with many Eastern European cities. It is considered safe to travel as a tourist in Newcastle, but the city has grown into a large “party city” and consequently there is a lot of noise at night. You can drink the tap water well.
Hotels and restaurants in Newcastle
Finding a centrally located hotel in Newcastle, which has well over a hundred hotels in the city center, is rarely a problem. The standard varies, and you mostly get what you pay for, so you can prioritize how much the accommodation means to you. If you travel outside the high season, you can get a nice stay at one of the luxury hotels for a reasonable price.
British cuisine is not particularly known for its exotic contributions, but for drunken Newcastle tourists, a typical “English breakfast” will be a perfect start to the day. The entertainment city of Newcastle has hundreds of nightclubs and restaurants or bars that focus on having a good stay, and consequently the restaurants are located next to the city center and serve very varied menus.
Attractions in Newcastle
Many Norwegians travel to Newcastle for a simple reason – to see their favorite team in action at St James Park. This may be tempting for many, but the city also has some cultural attractions and sights to offer.
We mentioned in the introduction that Newcastle was an excellent shopping destination, and it’s in Eldon Square that it all happens. With over 140 different shops, it is the UK’s largest shopping center complex, and here you will find many gorgeous shops at prices that are far nicer than in London, for example.
The name of the city comes from the extensive castle Keep Castle, which was built as far back as the year 1168. It is a historic landmark that gives you a feeling of traveling many centuries back in time, and the castle has played an important role for the city history time and time again. The castle is also haunted, according to some sources, so a trip here is definitely exciting.
Metro Radio Arena
Newcastle has grown as a real entertainment city, and then Metro Radio Arena is in the driver’s seat for this. It is the largest concert arena in the North East of England, and several world-renowned artists perform on stage every year. In addition, various sporting events and comedy shows are also arranged here – perfect for you who are visiting for a long weekend.
Blue Reef Aquarium
The entire city’s official aquarium will be exciting for you who want to see tropical fish alive. Or how about an encounter with a seal? The Blue Reef Aquarium is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, where you can also see a unique animal species in miniature tapas from the Amazon rainforest.
Centre for Life
You have certainly wondered how man came into being and why we are here, and you may get answers to some of these questions if you visit the Life Science Center. Here you are taken on a comprehensive story through human evolution, where you learn, among other things, how humans have managed to live in the desert for many thousands of years, or how the Eskimos evolved to cope with the Arctic climate.