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Introduction

This lively and vibrant port city in the north east of England boasts a diverse and varied culture. Home to multiple art galleries, great restaurants and the most theatres of any other city in the UK, Newcastle has quickly evolved into cultural hub.
Visitors to this part of the north east can get the best of both worlds. If you fancy a change from Newcastle’s bustling, cosmopolitan centre then can quickly escape to the plush rolling hills and green countryside of Northumberland, only a short drive away.
There’s also plenty in store for history buffs – given that the city is located close to the eastern section of Hadrian’s Wall. The city centre itself is home to Castle Keep, one of the country’s brilliant examples of a Northern Keep. Take a trip to Grainger Town to admire the contrasting neo-classical architecture.
Expect an oceanic climate that tends to be comparatively milder than other locations at similar latitudes. Temperatures tend to hit the early twenties during warm UK summers in July and August.

Ideal car

Economy
An economy car is perfect for city driving in Newcastle, but it’s also great for day trips to Northumberland National Park and the various coastal attractions on offer in the area.
Driving in Newcastle
Road Driving Side: L
Urban Speed Limit: 30 mph
Rural Speed Limit: 60 mph
Motorway Speed Limit: 70 mph

Driving in Newcastle
  • Road Driving Side
    L
  • Urban Speed Limit
    30mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    60mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    70mph

Highlights & Hotspots

Take cultural trip to Newcastle’s great North Museum and explore the natural history exhibits in this stunning neoclassical building. A great place for families, you’ll see the Egyptian mummies and Samurai warriors as well as the dinosaurs! The museum has lots of hands-on exhibits for kids to get involved.
Art lovers will revel in a trip to the fantastic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art boasts installations and exhibitions from some of the world’s biggest contemporary artists.
A trip to the misleadingly named Biscuit Factory is also a great place to visit for art enthusiasts. As one of the UK’s biggest art shops you’ll be able to buy sculptures, paintings, glassware as well as furniture.
See the darker side of this cultural city by taking one of the infamous ghost tours. Starting at the Castle Garth Keep, you’ll take a tour of Newcastle by night with a ghostly guide who will tell you spine-chilling tales of the city’s history.

Important things to note

Navigating your way through Newcastle can be confusing as there are a lot of one-way systems. It’s recommended to plan your route before setting off, or use a GPS navigation system.
Beware to exercise a good level of personal security, as you would in any major city, as petty theft can occur in crowded areas.
The city centre can be a rowdy place on Friday and Saturday evenings and especially so following a big football match.
Ideal car: Economy
An economy car is perfect for city driving in Newcastle, but it’s also great for day trips to Northumberland National Park and the various coastal attractions on offer in the area.

Attractions to drive to

Airport Information

Newcastle International Airport is located approximately 6 miles north-west of the city centre and is accessible via the A1 trunk road and A696 dual carriageway.