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Newcastle is a capital of history, culture and shopping in the North East. When you arrive in the bustling metropolis, one of the first things you will notice is the character not only of this unique city but also of the locals, who will welcome you warmly with open arms. Whether you’ve visited before, or this is your first trip to the city, there’s something here for everyone!
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Newcastle Station is conveniently located right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to kickstart your adventures.
Newcastle Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. As well as step-free access throughout, you will also find accessible ticket machines, ramps for train access and assistance reaching platforms.
Newcastle Station is well connected to the wider city and beyond thanks to its easy access to the metro and local bus services. You will also find a taxi rank at the station.
For further information about Newcastle Station, check out our station guide.
Newcastle has a thriving cultural scene, with a great choice of museums, art galleries and many other attractions. The world-class art on display in the city can be appreciated at local art galleries such as the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art where you can see seminal works by the likes of Damian Hirst and Yoko Ono. If you prefer your art a bit more classic, then head to The Laing Art Gallery. For history, the Beamish Museum cannot be beaten for an immersive experience.
The city has much more to offer than museums, however. There is also a wide range of theatres, music venues and even cinemas to enjoy. Head to Tyneside Cinema to watch a movie in the opulence of this painstakingly reconstructed 1930s Art Deco cinema.
You’d be hard pressed to find better shopping opportunities than in Newcastle. The city has some of the UK’s largest and best loved shopping malls, with an excellent choice near the city centre. This includes intu Eldon Square and the Metrocentre, the latter of which is the largest shopping centre in Europe.
If you’re looking for something on a slightly smaller scale, the city is also home to the original Fenwick department store, which for decades has held a rightful reputation for high quality. For a range of smaller boutique stores, head to Grainger Town, where you will find some of the more exclusive high street names such as Kurt Geiger.
In the arena of food and drink, the multicultural nature of this thriving city really has to be seen to be believed. Mediterranean cafés and English pubs jostle for space with upscale Chinese restaurants, French fine dining, and even the odd trusty kebab shop. With so much choice, it’s hard to make specific recommendations, but just walk around the pedestrianised streets of the city centre and you’ll see lots of great options.
Newcastle is home to one of the North’s only Chinatowns and it would be remiss not to recommend picking up some Dim Sum while in the area. Alternatively, if you’re all about home-grown, why not try a pint or two of the many locally brewed beers – it’s not just Newcastle Brown anymore!
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