Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, often shortened to simply Newcastle, is the most populous city and metropolitan borough in North East England. It forms the core of the Tyneside conurbation, the eighth most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. It is situated on the northern bank of the River Tyne.
The city developed around the Roman settlement Pons Aelius around a fort was built on a site close to the present Tyne Bridge. The city was named after the castle built in 1080 by William the Conqueror’s eldest son Robert Curthose. In the 14th century, the city grew as an important center for the wool trade and later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the River Tyne, was among the world’s largest ship-building and ship-repairing centers.
Newcastle is renowned throughout Britain for its vibrant nightlife, and its large 42,000-strong student population. Geordies, the people of Newcastle are proud of their city and many are fanatically loyal supporters of the local football team and the local ale.
Attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne
Great North Museum: Hancock
Edwardian Central Arcade
Laing Art Gallery
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 4 – Westgate Road
St Nicholas Cathedral
Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne
Bessie Surtees House
Life Science Centre
The Tyne Bridges
BALTIC – Centre for Contemporary Art
Seven Stories – The Centre for Children's Books
Jesmond Dene Park
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 6 – Benwell Grove
Benwell Roman Temple
Hadrian's Wall - Milecastle 2 - Walker
Hadrian's Wall - Milecastle 1 - Stott's Pow
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 8 – West Denton
Washington Old Hall
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 16 – Whitchester
Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 21 – Halton Shields
Tours and Activities from Newcastle upon Tyne
Latest Blogs from Newcastle upon Tyne
Hadrians Wall - Day 6 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend
The final day, and a journey into the busy city centre and industrial areas of Newcastle and along the River Tyne. This trail deviates from the original route of the wall in a number of places, but delivers a picturesque route along the Tyne into the City Centre, or you can travel along the wall which main leads you straight along Hexham Road.
Hadrians Wall - Day 5 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall
A brief cross over with St Oswalds Way will see you heading Eastward away from Heaven Fields and following closely the line of the wall. The wall was only one part of the infrastructure of Hadrian’s Wall with a defensive ditch also being dug.