Newcastle (also known as Newcastle upon Tyne) is the largest city in the North East of England. Located in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, Newcastle strands the north bank of the River Tyne and boasts seven iconic bridges crossing the river in the city centre, the great arched Suspension Bridge being the most notable. A former industrial heartland, Newcastle was world renowned for coal exportation, birth of the railways, ship building and marine engineering as a result of its proximity to the North Sea and multiskilled workforce. Today, the city is a vibrant, commercial centre with a city population of 280,000 and a metropolitan population of 1.6 million.
The inhabitants of Newcastle are known as ‘Geordies’ and speak with a distinctive North East of England accent. Geordie is equally the name of the local dialect. The etymology of the name ‘Geordie’ is said to derive from the diminutive form of the name George, a very common forename amongst coal miners in the region. Geordies are reputed for their friendliness and warmth and welcome 20 million visitors annually to the Newcastle / Gateshead area.
Newcastle is one of Europe’s and the world’s leading destinations for nightlife and entertainment. A high concentration of bars and clubs can be found around the Brigg Market and Quayside areas of the city centre to enthral revellers from all corners of the UK, Europe and the globe. Other parts of the central Newcastle offer up-scale clubs and bars, particularly the ‘Diamond Strip’ along Collingwood Street and the ‘Gate’ in heart of the city, an indoor entertainment complex sporting an eclectic range of bars, clubs, restaurants and a 12-screen cinema.
Besides its world renowned nightlife, Newcastle has so much to offer for both visitors and culture aficionados alike. Admire some of the UK’s finest examples of Georgian architecture in Grainger Town where you can imbibe or indulge in retail therapy on Grey Street and Grainger Market. There are certainly no shortage of museums and galleries to peruse. Adjacent to Saint James’s Park (Newcastle United Football Ground), The Discovery Museum is the city’s museum of science and local history with a series of tactile exhibits. Getting around Newcastle could not be easier with a metro system dating from 1980 and an extensive city and regional bus and rail network linking Newcastle to other parts of North East England and the UK.