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