Many of England’s bigger cities such as London, Manchester and Liverpool often grab the headlines when it comes to tourism but the Northeastern city of Newcastle deserves a mention in this list. This vibrant mixture of working-class values and forward thinking has created a city with friendly people, plenty to do and see and the best nightlife in the country. Without further ado, here are our top 3 reasons that you should be visit the home of ‘The Geordies’.
Newcastle is a city that really knows how to party and is the most popular city in the UK for stag-do’s and hen party’s for this reason. The main areas of Newcastle for living it up are in the city’s Bigg Market, an area with over 25 bars and nightclubs, and the city’s Quayside, a long stretch along the river where you will find plenty more clubs and bars. The bars in the city range from sports bars, relaxed bars, bars that have their own micro breweries, promotional bars and even it’s very own gin bar, the range is incredible.
Newcastle’s culture is deeply rooted in it’s ship-building past and a history of innovation, the city is where the light-bulb was discovered, the first locomotive was built and the metro system was Britain’s first light railway. Today, Newcastle continues to innovate and look forward and this can be seen in places such as the Centre for Life, a Science research facility and a museum and The Sage music auditorium where they not only play music but also teach and expand musical knowledge. The heartbeat of the city is inside it’s many markets and it’s two universities that give the city a real student feel.
The River has dominated the city in terms of it’s way of life for years, these days they no longer build ships on the River but the bridges that connect the city with neighbouring Gateshead have become an iconic part of the Newcastle landscape. Rich in culture, innovation and as a result of the ebb and flow of international sailors and tradesmen throughout the years, the city is now a rich tapestry of people of many religions, creeds and backgrounds.
In the centre of the city sits St. James Park, home to Newcastle United FC and arguably the largest ‘church’ in the city. Football is incredibly important in this part of the World and if you can manage to catch a game at the stadium then you will witness for yourself the immense and boisterous atmosphere that the home support bring to a game. The team have had a topsy-turvy few years in terms of success but that has never stopped more than 40,000 turning up each Saturday to watch the ‘magpies’ in action. Football is far more like a religion than a sport in Newcastle and if you are in luck, then you may be able to go and join them all in prayer.
Bonus reason: You’re a stone’s throw away from Scotland! If you think the Geordie accent is hard to grasp, good luck with Glaswegian – but a trip up north to ‘Bonny Scotland’ is well worth the small amount of time to get there and enjoy what this wonderful culture has to offer.