Newcastle Holidays 2021
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England's friendliest city is passionate about culture. Home to first-rate galleries and impressive museums, Newcastle holidays boast endless attractions and activities. Newcastle is also renowned for its delightful blend of new and old, with Victorian beauty rubbing next to industrial conversions. These latter sites have been turned into youthful, trendsetting bars, art spaces and boutiques. It’s the perfect hub to explore the North and its many stunning natural parks.
Newcastle’s crown achievement is this massive grain store conversion. Home to rotating installations and exhibitions, it's an art gallery to rival Tate Modern in London. But it’s also just an all-around impressive space to visit, from its cinema complex to its unmissable rooftop restaurant.
The castle that gave Newcastle its name has been dwarfed by its surroundings. Still, the impressive 11th-century Keep offers excellent panoramas of the city. It’s among the oldest buildings in the city and pre-dates what remains of the old town walls. The interiors do a good job of detailing the history of Newcastle.
This great museum for families offers a fascinating assortment of historic artefacts. Exploring the history of Newcastle from Roman times to the present day, there's plenty of hands-on activities for little ones. Natural history displays are also contained in the esteemed Victorian-period Hancock Museum.
Sir Antony Gormley's iconic sculpture of a remarkable winged human figure hovers over the A1. Commonly seen by those arriving in the city, you can take a trip to the statue for a walk. Follow up your arty instincts with a visit to the Biscuit Factory in the city for local artworks.
Hadrian’s Wall used to stretch through Newcastle. Its last fortification was Segedunum, a Roman fort in Newcastle’s suburb of Wallsend (the end of the wall). You can climb the towers and visit a reconstructed Roman bathhouse here. Although scattered remains of Hadrian’s Wall can be found around Newcastle, the best portions are found in Hexham.
This landmark hotel in the centre of Newcastle is perfectly placed to explore the city. With a stunning rooftop cocktail bar, it's also among the best places to watch the city at night. Rooms are plush and luxurious, featuring plenty of period details and antique furnishings.
This modern hotel is perfect for a city stay. Bright, airy and modern in design, rooms are expertly furnished with strikes of yellow. Even better, it’s located right in the heart of Grainger Town, Newcastle’s historic downtown area.
This stunning Georgian country manor is perfect for those looking to explore the wider Newcastle area. Rooms are suitably opulent, with four-poster beds and delightful country checks. The hotel's major asset is its delectable 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant.
This beautiful little hotel is situated in Hexham. Hexham is your gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, just a short drive or train ride from Newcastle. Explore Northumberland’s great outdoors before returning to The Beaumont for an exquisite meal.
Located just south of Newcastle in historic Durham, this contemporary hotel is among the city's best. It features bright and airy, modern rooms with a delightful indoor pool complex. What's more, it's positioned next to the charming Elvet Bridge with quick connections to the Old Town.
Newcastle is a vibrant city all year round with seasonal attractions. Summer brings the best weather and sees open festivals and events throughout the city. However, during the peak tourist season, you can expect queues at major museums, particularly during school holidays. Autumn and spring can be just as delightful, with cool, crisp weather that's perfect for countryside hikes. Accommodation prices generally dip, yet attractions remain open. Winter is generally cold but dry, with a wealth of festive activities, including a much-loved Christmas market.
Newcastle has excellent road, rail and air connections. Trains run frequently throughout the city's 12-platforms, with cross-country, inter-city and regional lines. Just look out for reduced services on weekends and bank holidays. Newcastle is serviced by a large number of car parks, and you can even opt for park & ride options for day trips. Just be wary of rush hour traffic on weekdays as the city is among the busiest in the North East. As for air travel, you can grab regular flights to London, Aberdeen, Belfast and Bristol. There are also international flights to Paris, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Amsterdam and Wroc?aw, among others, as well as seasonal destinations. Once you're in Newcastle, you can explore the city easily via Metro and bus links.
Newcastle is a prime destination for families, couples, friends and more. It’s as versatile as you make it. Expect first-rate children’s museums with interactive displays alongside alluring historical attractions. What’s more, because of its vibrant dining scene and pretty Quayside vistas, it’s the perfect romantic getaway. Groups are drawn to the city’s unrivalled nightlife, particularly along Jesmond’s Osborne Road. Lastly, outdoor enthusiasts can’t go wrong using Newcastle as a base. You have access to the spectacular Northumberland National Park and incredible coastal walks up to Lindisfarne.
Renowned for its nightlife, dining scene and fine museums, Newcastle holidays are a must for all travellers. Over the past few decades, the city has reinvented itself from its industrial past and morphed into a cultural wonderland. Expect fantastic warehouse and factory conversions, contemporary art spaces and trendsetting bars. To cap it all off, Newcastle is positioned right in the heart of Northumberland. You can explore the historic Viking coast or discover Roman ruins in traversing Hadrian’s Wall.