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Why Newcastle is the New UK Hotspot

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Newcastle is probably the most famous city in the north of England, renowned not only for the distinctive accent of the locals, the great nightlife, but also the culture and the architecture. In fact, The Rough Guide 2018 even named Newcastle as the must-visit destination of the UK. When visiting this stunning city, you will be spoiled for choice for places to visit, things to do and places to find delicious food.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

 

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is made up of a museum, art gallery, and the Winter Gardens. The museum holds a collection dating back to 1846, with galleries covering the shipbuilding, pottery and glass-making industries as well as covering the Anglo-Saxon period of the city. The Winter Gardens is home to over 2000 plants which are in a glass rotunda; here you can have a bird’s eye view of the plant life by taking a trip across one of the three walkways.

Newcastle United Tour

Newcastle is a huge footballing city with Newcastle United being the most popular team. St James’ Park, the team’s home stadium, offers visitors to take a tour of the ground and get a chance to take in the stunning views of the city from the rooftop; an experienced guide will take you up on the roof and across the walkway – which sits 150ft up off the ground. You will also be given binoculars if you wish to use them to take in the panoramic views.

Newcastle Castle

The castle, from which the city takes its names, has undergone some extensive restoration work in the last few years. Only small parts of the castle remain of what used to be quite a large fortress. Visitors can explore exhibits which will take them on a historic trip of the castle’s past, where you can learn of the impressive but violent past of the building. Tickets start at around £6.50 for adults and £3.90 for children with children under 5 going free.

Theatre Royal

If you are looking for some culture as well as some family entertainment then this is the place to go. The Theatre Royal was built during the 1700s with stunning neo-classical interiors. Here you can take your family to see anything from ballet, comedy to incredible musicals. The theatre also offers afternoon tea if you want to be a little fancier.

The Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel, built between 1839 and 1842, runs for over 2.5 miles under the city. Before steam-powered railways, the tunnel was built for wagons to transport goods across the city. Once the tunnel was no longer in use as a wagonway, it was used as a place of shelter during the bombing raids of World War II. Here you can now book a two-hour volunteer-led tour around a 700m section of the tunnel.

Eat and Be Healthy

Newcastle has a huge array of great places to eat, drink and stay overnight. If you are with your family and are looking for good food but in a more casual setting, why not try Cal’s Own; this stunning pizzeria cooks the pizzas in a handmade wood oven giving them that authentic Italian feel. Another more casual option which is kid-friendly is the Fat Hippo Underground; here you will find great burgers and some of the best craft beer. If you want to spoil yourself and go somewhere a little more expensive then why not try the Michelin-starred restaurant House of Tides; although pricier, you will find delicious and creative combinations like sea bass with fried chicken wings.

If you are a health-conscious traveller then there are plenty of ways to keep fit. Newcastle has a few great parks, such as Town Moor park, where you can go for a brisk walk, cycle or a run. As well as many great indoor gym options, there is also the more adventurous ways to keep fit like Go Ape where you can swing from treetops and climb rope ladders hanging from the trees. 



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