Welcome to Destination Newcastle

Visitors Guide To Newcastle

Welcome to Destination Newcastle - your guide to accommodation, restaurants, bars and entertainment in Newcastle Upon Tyne!

If you are looking for Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts or Self Catering in Newcastle we've got all the top places to suit all tastes and budgets.

And once you're here you'll want to know all the Restaurants in Newcastle and all the places to visit.

Stag and Hen parties are more than welcome in a host of Newcastle bed and breakfasts, restaurants and bars and we'll show you all the best!

Gateshead is also home to the Metro Centre - Europes largest Shopping Mall!

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Newcastle Guide

Once you’ve arrived in Newcastle, you’ll need to work out what activities you want to do first. Whether it’s visiting the 02 Academy to see your favourite band or visiting some of the great artistic and cultural attractions on offer, there’s so much to do in this jewel of the Northern crown that you’ll be […]

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Old Pictures of Newcastle – Page 12

Old Pictures of Newcastle

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Newcastle Weather

The weather shown for each day in the three day forecast represents the predominant weather expected on the day in question. This is calculated based on a weighting of different types of weather, so if a day is forecast to be sunny with the possibility of a brief shower, then we will see a sunny or […]

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Newcastle Council News

All the latest News from Newcastle City Council- updated everyday.

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Newcastle Mela

The Mela is a free event, based around Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindi and other South Asian cultures, and is open to anyone who wants to learn more, be entertained and meet new people as well as enjoy different music, art and food in the heart of Newcastle.  With a line up including the hottest contemporary Asian […]

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Newcastle News from the Chronicle

All the latest News and sport from Newcastle Upon Tyne – updated everyday with thanks to the Chronicle.  

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you; please either use the form below or email us: info@destinationnewcastle.co.uk Please note: We are not owned or run by Newcastle Council, as such we are unable to deal with queries relating to council services or tourism. Please contact the council direct on http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/ Image Submissions: We are looking to create […]

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Advertise with Us

A full colour advertisement, featured on every page of the site. All professionally designed for you and including a link back to your website. We’ll also feature you in our directories, include you in emails and other promotional material. The cost is just £300 per year. Great Reasons to Advertise: Greater prominence – appears above basic […]

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The insiders guide to Newcastle

This is Newcastle from the inside out – the lowdown on the hidden gems that you won’t find in every guide book, including the best places to stay, eat, meet and visit, whether you’re on a budget or a blow-out. The best bits First, the places you can’t miss. Head down to the Quayside and […]

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Getting Here

Newcastle Central Station is on the main National Express (Old GNER) and Virgin train lines. London-Newcastle takes three hours, Edinburgh an hour and a half. The Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system connects all major destinations in the city, linking central Newcastle with the airport in 22 minutes and the coast in 30 minutes. […]

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Northern Stage Theatre – What’s On

Facing onto Newcastle University’s student building, and crowned by local artist Cath Campbell’s thrilling installation, Escapology, Northern Stage can be accessed from both Kings Walk and Kings Road.  With a glass wall running the full length of the building, the foyer provides a fantastically light and welcoming reception for all our audiences and visitors. The new […]

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Eldon Square Shopping Centre

Eldon Square is the focus of shopping and dining in Newcastle upon Tyne and is located at the vibrant heart of the City Centre. The Shopping Centre is a must-see for tourist visitors and locals alike and benefits from comfortable transport links from across the region. With over 100 shops, including world famous department stores […]

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Monument Mall

With 15 shops to choose from, Monument Mall shopping centre has everything you need from great value phones to affordable high street fashion. Monument Mall is situated in the very middle of the City. Designed in Classical style to complement the superb architecture of Grey Street which it faces, this modern, light and airy mall […]

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Royal Quays

Royal Quays was one of the first outlet centres in the country originally opening in 1996. With over 50 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique environment, you have all the ingredients for a […]

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Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street is Newcastle’s main shopping street. Its popularity has led to it being dubbed the “Oxford Street of the North” and it’s easy to see why. It’s the home of many famous names and department stores. These include the flagship of the provincial Marks and Spencer stores, Fenwick, BHS, Next, HMV, and many, many more. […]

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Eldon Garden

Linked to Eldon Square is the Eldon Garden Shopping Centre offering an eclectic mix of quality independents and individual high street chains within a unique environment. There are over 30 highly individual retailers with the majority being independent. Together they offer an unrivailed collection of fashion, gifts, home interiors and much more all coupled with a […]

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Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England The 11,000+ seater purpose built Metro Radio Arena Newcastle was opened in November 1995 with basketball, and the first concert, David Bowie, was on Thursday 7th December. Since its opening, the Metro Radio Arena quickly established itself as […]

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Empire Cinema Times – The Gate

Located in The Gate Leisure Complex comprises a wide selection of eateries and leisure bars including Framkie & Benny’s, Nando’s, Wokmania, Pizza Hut. It also houses Aspers Casino. The cinema has 12 screens.              

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Odeon Cinema Silverlink Cinema Times

Located in The Silverlink Shopping Park where major stores include M&S, New Look and Rosebys. For nearby Food and Drink you could try Frankie and Benny’s, Starbucks, M&S Cafe, Macdonalds or Pizza Hut. Silverlink Shopping Park is on the A1058, which can be accessed via the A1 or A19 and there is over 1,500 parking spaces […]

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Silverlink Shopping Park

Silverlink Shopping Park Stores include Argos, boots, comet, currys, mothercare, Next and much more. Located at the Junction of the A19 and A1058. Open late Monday to Friday. Stores include: 1. McDonalds 2. Halfords 3. ScS Sofas 4. Boots 5. Next 6. Mothercare 7. Outfit 8. Argos 9. New Look 10. Frankie & Benny’s 11. […]

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Cineworld Boldon Cinema Times

At Cineworld Boldon Tyne and Wear you can enjoy all the latest blockbusters. A selection of snacks are available, the cinema is located on Boldon Leisure Park. Ample car parking spaces and a location adjacent to Asda Supermarket makes Boldon Leisure Park a regular favourite with both cinema and restaurant goers, perfect for any customer. […]

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02 Academy Newcastle

As well as being one of Newcastle’s top live music venues, the O2 Academy also functions as a club on weekends with a mixture of DJ sets and live bands. To see up and coming, as well as well known acts the O2 Academy is the place to go. With the venue being in the […]

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In 1265 the burgesses of Newcastle decided to supplement the defences of the castle with the building of town walls to protect them from the raids of invading Scots. When completed the walls extended for over two miles around the town and were never less than 7 feet thick and up to 25 feet high. […]

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The oldest part of Newcastle is the Quayside, which was until the nineteenth century, the commercial hub of all Tyneside. Most historical of the buildings in this area of the town are the keep of the Norman castle and the adjacent fourteenth century church of St Nicholas with its famous lantern tower. Until the onset […]

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The New Castle

The `New Castle’ of Robert Curthose was built of earth and timber and was situated on a defended plateau overlooking the River Tyne. It seems to have performed its defensive role well until 1095 when it was seized by Norman barons under Robert De Mowbray Earl of Northumberland, during a rebellion against King William Rufus. […]

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The Seven Bridges of Newcastle

All views of the Newcastle riverside, are of course dominated by the seven famous bridges across the Tyne, which link the city to Gateshead on the south bank of the river. From west to east they are; the Redheugh bridge, King Edward VII bridge, Queen Elizabeth II bridge, The High Level bridge, the Swing bridge, […]

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In 1801, at the time of the first census Newcastle Upon Tyne had a population of 28,000. It grew rapidly. The population of Newcastle reached 53,000 in 1831. The boundaries were extended in 1835 to include Byker, Westgate, Elswick, Jesmond and Heaton. The population of the borough reached over 87,000 in 1851. By 1901 it […]

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By the mid 18th century the population of Newcastle had risen to around 20,000. In the later 18th century the city spread beyond the walls and suburbs were created. In the last part of the 18th century work began on demolishing the walls and the gates at Newcastle since they impeded traffic. Although there was […]

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In 1539 Henry VIII closed the friaries. In 1540 he closed the nunnery. However Henry also founded a grammar school in Newcastle which was incorporated in 1600. In the 16th century exports of coal boomed and it overtook wool as the town’s main export. It is estimated that in 1500 about 15,000 tons of coal […]

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The city of Newcastle Upon Tyne was founded at the lowest place the Tyne could be easily crossed. In 1080 the Normans built a wooden fort to safeguard the crossing. They also erected a wooden bridge. (The ‘new castle’ was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century). Soon a little town grew up in the […]

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