|Newcastle city centre|
|Newcastle International Airport (NCL): 5 mi from city centre|
Newcastle, being such a short distance away, is easily reached for cheap. Newcastle International Airport (NLC) is well-connected to the rest of the UK and Europe.As with all low cost airlines, it's best to book your flights at least 3 months in advance, the earlier the better if you want the cheapest deals.
Newcastle Upon Tyne is a popular city break any time of the year but visitor numbers do tend to jump once the nice weather rolls around along with the summer months.
Direct flights to Newcastle from London take 1h 20min.
Newcastle Upon Tyne isn't the dusty old coal town it used to be. Today, it's buzzing. The locals, independent-thinking Geordies, are friendly... if you can understand their thick accent! You'll be surprised how much there is to discover while on holidays in Newcastle.
Bridges: Spilt in two by the Tyne River, this city features some pretty astonishing bridges. The most famous is Tyne Bridge, built in 1925, at the same time as Sydney's Harbour Bridge. Nearby is the High Level Bridge from 1849. It was also the world's first road and railway bridge. The newest bridge is the Millennium Bridge which has won several awards for its design.
Castle Garth Keep: Wondering where Newcastle got its name? You can find it hiding somewhere behind the train station. What remains of the city's "new castle" is a chapel. From the roof, you can see all of the Tyne bridges.
Newcastle United FC: Like everywhere else, Newcastle also loves their football. The NUFC is at St James' Park and tickets sell out quick! If you want to see real Geordie spirit, catch a game between Newcastle and their arch-enemies, Sunderland.
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There is a wealth of hotels in Newcastle. Further away from the city are many bed & breakfasts, some in very historical homes. For something cheaper, try Jesmond. While Gateshead is across the river, there are also many hotels in the area, a short metro ride away from all the action. For a bed along the seaside, try Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and North or South Shields.