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Tyneside Cinema
For real movie buffs the Tyneside Cinema is a must see. As well as offering free tours this is a fully functioning and fully licensed cinema so you can catch a classic movie while enjoy an ice cold beer along with a range of luxury snacks.

Metro Radio Arena
A great venue which has played host to some amazing acts. Recent and forthcoming gigs include Arctic Monkey, Cirque du Soleil, and er… Gary Barlow(?).

Newburn Hall Motor Museum
Petrol heads might enjoy this “stunning collection” of cars from yesteryear. Being a distance from the city centre this is a trip for those that really love their motors.

O2 Academy
Another fantastic live venue, with a reputation for the hottest gigs in town. Recent & upcoming acts include; The Goo Goo Dolls, Bowling for Soup, Zane Lowe, Scouting for Girls, Basement Jaxx.

Millennium Bridge
Situated near the popular Quayside district the Millennium Bridge has rapidly become one of the city’s most famous landmarks, not only is it a self cleaning bridge (cunningly designed to pick litter off itself… no really it does!) but also worth a view after dark as some good lighting has created something really quite impressive.

Newcastle City Hall
Newcastle really is spoilt with some great live venues. Recent and upcoming acts at the City Hall include; Lee Mack, Paul Weller, Jason Manford, Russell Brand, Motorhead, Jimmy Carr.

Castle Keep & The Black Gate
The New Castle is clearly a major part of the cities history and a stones throw from the main bars and shops in the city centre. Like many old buildings the Castle & Black Gate hold more than their fair share of secrets, intrigues and unexplained phenomena. It comes along with its own ghosts and history of the “Black Gate Strangler”.

Getting out and about...

As well as good bus, and rail travel Newcastle has its own underground system the Metro

Local public transport is operated by Nexus and you can find full journey timetables on their website.

Getting there...

By Air - Newcastle airport flies to and from a number of UK locations including;

  • London (Gatwick and Heathrow)
  • Southampton
  • Exeter
  • Newquay
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Belfast

By Rail - Average rail journeys

  • London (Kings Cross)– 3hrs
  • Liverpool (Lime Street)– 3hrs, 45mins
  • Manchester (Piccadilly)– 2hrs, 45mins
  • Cardiff– 6hrs, 45mins
  • Bristol –6hrs
  • Norwich -5hrs
  • Glasgow – 3hrs
  • Carlisle – 1hr, 40mins
  • Leeds – 1hr, 30mins
  • Birmingham – 3hrs, 30mins

Newcastle Station (NCL) is managed by East Coast. Any rail journeys can be planned via Trainline.com

By Road - Average car journeys

  • Nottingham – 2hrs, 11mins
  • Swansea – 5hrs, 35mins
  • London – 4hrs, 41mins
  • Liverpool – 2hrs, 57mins
  • Bath – 4hrs, 56mins
  • Sheffield – 2hrs 16mins
  • Birmingham – 3hrs, 18mins
  • Southampton – 5hrs, 20mins
  • Colchester – 4hrs, 42mins
  • Dundee – 3hrs, 25mins

8 Amazing things Newcastle gave the world

Greggs bakery was founded in Gosforth, Newcastle in 1951. Incredibly there are now more Greggs shops in the UK than there are McDonalds. So as a nation we are indeed eating all the pies.

The windscreen wiper was invented by the Newcastle United photographer Gladstone Adams in 1908 as he drove through a storm on the way home from a Newcastle cup final.

Gazza. Footballing genius and scorer of one of the finest goals ever to grace Wembley Stadium the former Magpie keeps close ties to his hometown.

Newcastle Brown Ale or Newkie Brown reached it’s peak in the 1990’s when it was the UK’s most distributed alcoholic drink it was originally launched in 1927 by Colonel Jim Porter who spent three years developing its liquidy brown goodness.

Despite claims by Thomas Edison it was Newcastle that came up with the bright idea of the light bulb with Gateshead’s Sir Joseph Swan claiming his invention in 1878.

Viz Magazine, famous for giving us the ‘rotund ladies of ill repute’ and the brainchild of Chris Donald, Viz keep its ethos funny and simple "We pride ourselves on the fact that you're no cleverer when you've read Viz. You might have had a few laughs, but you've not learnt anything".

Orignally called “Glucosade” Lucozade was created in a small chemists in the city centre by local pharmacist WW Hunter.

Cheryl Cole

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