Cheap hostels and budget accommodation in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Great value hostel accommodation in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Compare and choose from our collection of cheap hostels in Newcastle. Options range from traditional Newcastle hostels with dormitory rooms, to up-market hostels and guest houses, where you will have your own room, to university halls of residence, which are available in the holidays when the students have vacated their rooms.

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Newcastle upon Tyne Visitor information

Newcastle

An Introduction to Newcastle

Newcastle, although originally a Roman settlement, owes its name to the Norman keep built in 1080 and has often been an important city and port through its role in wool trading, coal mining and ship maintenance. Hadrian's Wall spanned the region, bits of which are still present, and was used often throughout the centuries as defence against the Scots or Border raiders.

Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is home to Castle Keep, built by Henry II, the nearby Hadrian's Wall and The Great North Museum. Under the city is Victoria Tunnel and the 2,000 year old Priory is also near the city. Centre For Life is a science museum to be enjoyed by all, whilst the Discovery Museum explores maritime, military and family history. Wallington Hall, though a little further out, is also recommended and has acres of land.

Getting to Newcastle

By Road

Reached by the A1(M) from London in the south and Edinburgh in the north; the A19 from York; the M6 from the south-west and west to Carlisle; and the A69 from Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne.

By Air

Newcastle International Airport operates domestic services to major cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow. The nearest International airport is Leeds Bradford.

By Sea

Car ferry services operate to Tyneside from Scandinavia and Germany. The North Shields International Ferry Terminal at Royal Quays (Tyne Commission Quay) is seven miles east of Newcastle. Bus services run from the terminal
building to the city centre.

By Coach and Bus

National Express operates a regular coach service to and from their Newcastle Central Bus Station, which is about five minutes walk from the Central Railway Station. Mega bus and Arriva run the local bus services.

By Rail

Newcastle Central Station, on the main east coast line, provides excellent rail links to London, Edinburgh and other cities throughout Britain. The station is about 20 minutes walk from the City. The Metro is a light rail service.

History 

Newcastle upon Tyne History

Newcastle

The history of Newcastle dates from about AD120, when the Romans built the first bridge to cross the River Tyne at that point. Hadrian's Wall runs through present-day Newcastle with stretches of wall and turrets visible along the West Road, and at a temple in Benwell.

After the arrival of William the Conqueror in England in 1066, the whole of England was quickly subjected to Norman rule. However in Northumbria there was great resistance to the Normans, and in 1069 the newly appointed Norman Earl of Northumbria, Robert de Comines and his men were killed by the local population at Durham. The Northumbrians again attacked York and destroyed the garrison there. William was again able to suppress the uprising, but this time he took revenge which ended in a devastated region.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Newcastle was England's northern fortress, the centre for mustering armies. The Border war against Scotland lasted intermittently for several centuries - possibly the longest border war ever waged. The Scottish border wars continued for much of the 16th century, so that during that time, Newcastle was often threatened with invasion by the Scots, but also remained important as a border stronghold against the Scots.

In 1715, during the Jacobite rising in favour of the Old Pretender, an army of Jacobite supporters marched on Newcastle. The citizens prepared for its arrival by arresting Jacobite supporters and accepting 700 extra recruits into the local militia. In 1745, during a second Jacobite rising in favour of the Young Pretender, a Scottish army crossed the border led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Once again Newcastle prepared by arresting Jacobite supporters and inducting 800 volunteers into the local militia.

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Universities in Newcastle upon Tyne

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