Flight and hotel Newcastle
Introduction to Newcastle
Located on the northeast coast of England, on the banks of the River Tyne, the city of Newcastle has been around since Roman times and played an important role in Viking England. For centuries, it was one of the country's biggest and busiest ports, and much of Newcastle's industrial heritage buildings are still standing today – though they've been put to a very different use!
What to know before visiting Newcastle
English is the main language in Newcastle, and the currency is the pound. Getting around on package holidays in Newcastle is easy thanks to the metro system – it connects the city with the suburbs, stretching from Whitley Bay in the north to Sunderland in the south.
Newcastle Airport (NCL) also has its own metro station, with regular trains going to the city centre. Flights to Newcastle regularly arrive from cities all over Europe, including Cork and Dublin.
When is the best time to visit Newcastle?
The weather can be very unpredictable in this part of the country, though summers are milder and drier and winters can be chilly and wet. Regardless of when you book your flight to and hotel in Newcastle, you should be prepared for all types of weather.
Every September, the city hosts the Great North Run, a half marathon that attracts top athletes from all around the world, as well as hundreds of enthusiastic amateurs.
What to do in Newcastle
Enjoy the city's lively nightlife on package holidays in Newcastle by joining locals in the bars and clubs of the Bigg Market or the more sophisticated wine bars along the Quayside. If you wish to contemplate the previous evening's celebrations over a full English breakfast, one of the best can be found at Long Play Café, also on the Quayside. It's also a great place to pick up vintage vinyl records.
Head for Eldon Square if you want to hit the shops on your weekend in Newcastle. Make sure to visit Fenwick, a traditional department store. If that isn't enough retail therapy, take your weekend in Newcastle across the River Tyne to Gateshead's Metrocentre, the largest shopping centre in the UK.
Places to visit in Newcastle
There are more than 2,000 years of history to explore on weekends in Newcastle, along with popular local cultural centres.
- Any city breaks in Newcastle should start at the city's castle. Much of the medieval fortress is still standing, and you can enjoy a great view across the river from the top of the keep.
- Take a stroll to the Quayside and across the 'Blinking Eye' footbridge over the Tyne, which takes you from Newcastle into Gateshead.
- On the Gateshead side of the Tyne is the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Housed in a former mill, it is now home to visual and performance art shows.
- Why not take a different route back to Newcastle by walking across the iconic Tyne Bridge, which was first opened in 1928?
- If you want to learn more about the area's heritage, Beamish, an outdoor living museum that recreates streets and houses from Victorian and Edwardian England, is located just a few miles outside Newcastle.
What to eat in Newcastle
Traditional food in North East England is hearty fare designed to fill the stomach. Look forward to dishes such as Pan Haggerty, which is made with thinly sliced potatoes, onions and cheese. The Saveloy Dip, a classic Newcastle snack, is a sausage sandwich dipped in gravy and meat juices before being covered in a layer of pease pudding, another Newcastle tradition. Pease pudding is a spreadable paste made from split peas and often served in stotties (bread rolls) with slices of meat. Wash it all down with a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale – or 'Newkie Brown' locally – and you'll have enjoyed a taste of the North East.
What souvenirs can you bring back from Newcastle?
Newcastle Brown Ale makes a great souvenir of city breaks in Newcastle. You could also buy pint glasses and other mementoes branded with the iconic Newkie Brown logo. Celebrate the area's unique dialect by picking up an English-Geordie dictionary – not only could it help you communicate with the locals, but it makes a fun gift for family and friends back home!