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Located on the northern side of the Tyne river, with twin town Gateshead on its south bank, Newcastle is a city whose reputation precedes it. Known for its unrivalled nightlife and rich cultural scene, Newcastle doesn’t do things by halves, so a trip to the city, whether it’s for fun or on business, is sure to be memorable. From the historic centre of Grainger Town, whose classical 19th-century architecture is so impressive that 40 percent of its buildings are listed, to the exciting riverside that has been transformed over the past decades, there are plenty of areas to explore. And if you’re looking for hotels in Newcastle city centre, you can take your pick from Jurys Inn Newcastle and Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside.
Get your bearings
The largest city in north-east England, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (to use its full official name) has had a complex history, first growing in importance during the wool trade of the 14th century, before going on to become a major coal-mining area and one of the world’s biggest shipbuilding hubs. Today, it’s a centre for everything from corporate headquarters to retail, culture and sport, thanks to football club Newcastle United, also known as The Magpies.
This city has so many impressive attractions and must-sees that it’s hard to know where to start. Overseen by the Angel of the North, Anthony Gormley’s iconic 20 metre-high winged sculpture, and with seven bridges over the Tyne – including the Millennium Bridge, which mechanically tilts to allow boats to pass underneath – there are photo opportunities galore. Once you’ve watched the bridge tilt, or wink as some locals put it, be sure to pop into the adjacent Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a converted flour mill.
While you’re there
Culture is not hard to come by in Newcastle. Comedy fans should head straight for The Hyena, a late-night comedy club in the city centre, while those who prefer theatre should book tickets for the Grade I-listed Theatre Royal, which hosts more than 300 shows a year. If you’ve still not had your fill of art, a visit to The Biscuit Factory or Hatton Gallery will prove Newcastle’s credentials once more, and when it comes to nightlife, prepare to get dressed up to the nines and be shown how the Geordies really party.