Newcastle upon Tyne travel guide

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You're Going to Love Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is a city of contrasts. Dating back to the second century, it retains many historical sights, which stand side by side with the modern world. Hadrian's Wall was built to span the width of England and protect the northern border of the Roman Empire, and there are still parts intact today in and around Newcastle. The Roman fort was replaced by a Norman 'new castle' in the 11th century and later a castle keep, which, along with the Black Gate, still stands on the banks of the River Tyne.

The fascinating history of Newcastle is apparent throughout the city, with various architectural eras visible. Ultra-modern buildings blend in seamlessly with the ancient, creating a mismatched combination that keeps sightseers interested at every turn. Newcastle has something for everyone, from museums, art galleries, and the Theatre Royal to a plethora of restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.

With a unique English dialect, the people of Newcastle are referred to as Geordies and considered among the friendliest in the country - you will be warmly welcomed wherever you go. Newcastle is paired culturally with the neighboring city Gateshead, which is located across the river. Many entertainment venues, including the Sage Gateshead concert hall and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art are on the riverside, linked by bridges to Newcastle.

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When to Visit Newcastle upon Tyne

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Summer is the most pleasant time of year to visit Newcastle. July and August see temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and very little - if any - rain.

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Where to Stay in Newcastle upon Tyne

The majority of hotels are located near the river, usually up the hill that leads to the city center and overlooking the river from a height. Try the Copthorne Hotel or Malmaison. Budget hotels, such as Holiday Inn or Hotel Indigo, tend to be in the city center or surrounding areas, such as Jesmond or Gosforth.

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Shopping Streets

Shopping in Newcastle is centered around the Eldon Square shopping mall, which has all the major UK chain stores, as well as the surrounding streets, like Northumberland Street and Grey Street. There are department stores, including Fenwick and John Lewis, which are about on par with US prices.

Groceries and Other

Fenwick and Marks & Spencer have food halls offering groceries and ready-to-eat meals. Prices tend to be higher than at regular grocery stores, such as Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Waitrose, which are in or around Eldon Square. A loaf of bread, milk, and eggs will each cost £1-2.

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C$ 79.06
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Where to Eat in Newcastle upon Tyne

Chinatown is located on Stowell Street; here, meals cost around £10. Restaurants are generally dotted around the city and offer a wide range of cuisines. A three-course meal at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will cost around £40 per person. The menu includes a range of steaks and classic French dishes with a modern twist. A meal from the set menu at Simply Greek Tavern will cost £18 per person, and the offering includes beef stifado and chicken souvlaki.