What you should know before hiring a car in Newcastle
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|Newcastle International Airport (NCL): 5 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Newcastle: practical information
Where to rent a car in Newcastle
Arriving in Newcastle upon Tyne for a holiday along the Northumberland coast? If you've booked tickets from London, you should also make a car hire comparison in Newcastle so you've got wheels to get you around the area. Getting from Newcastle to Hadrian's Wall or the coast, even to Edinburgh, is easiest with a Newcastle rental car. At the airport you will find Alamo Rent A Car, National and Avis in the Arrivals Terminal. Alternatively you can hire a car from the city centre as well. Avis is located on George Street and National is on Westmoreland Road.
Driving in Newcastle: parking and other tips
Coming into Newcastle by car, you will notice the city's Park & Ride points which can be useful to use instead of batting with the nuisance of city driving. From any of these points you can take either a bus or metro into the city centre, costing you £1 - £3. In the city centre however, there are more than 10,000 parking spaces. These can become quite costly if you plan to park long-term, more than a few hours. Parking costs around £1/hour but if you park just 10 minutes walk away from the city centre you will find plenty of parking as cheap as 50p/hour.
Newcastle, being locating just off of the A1, is a perfect place to start a trip to England's northeast. For many travellers, it's the base point for trips to Edinburgh, Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland coast. Welcome to your northern Newcastle holiday!
Road trips from Newcastle: what to do, what to see
Durham will take around 30 minutes to reach from Newcastle. It's a stunning cathedral city, noteworthy for Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, one of the UK's World Heritage Sites. The Durham University is also very beautiful. Durham is the only city outside of London with a congestion charge so better leave your Newcastle car hire at a Park & Ride station and enjoy the city on foot.
Hadrian's Wall is one of the most popular sites in this part of England. It's seeped in culture, heritage and especially history. The wall and the monuments along it are well-preserved thanks to English Heritage. You can make an entire day out of visiting the Roman Fort and museum and hike along the trail to Housesteads. Entrance to the fort is £5. The wall was originally constructed in the second century AD so as you can imagine only parts of the wall are still standing today.
Northumberland Coast features several beautiful coastal villages worth visiting. Warkworth and Baburgh both have castles and quaint and very traditional tea rooms, great places to warm up on a cold day. If it's hot and sunny, head to Druridge Bay for the beach, one of the best in this part of the country. Don't miss the island of Lindisfarne too!