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Why Newcastle (UK) is perfect for a Weekend Getaway

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Did you know that Newcastle ranks as the 15th UK city most visited by visitors from overseas? The city is home to countless bars, pubs and clubs – so many that I’d be here forever if I tried to name them all.

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Famous for its Geordie accent and nightlife, this vibrant city is one of the top stag party destinations in the UK and one I would highly recommend.

While its party persona needs no introduction, here are a few reasons Why Newcastle is perfect for a weekend getaway.

Best of The Beaten Track

When most people think of Geordieland, they probably picture its most obvious landmark, the world famous Tyne Bridge. But, there are other impressive buildings and landmarks to discover in the city.

For example, the Victoria Tunnel offers the opportunity to discover the city’s historical underground tunnel. Newcastle’s 12th-century castle offers splendid views over the city, while the magnificent Sage Gateshead, a truly unique music venue, is one of the best places to hear live music.  

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No trip to Newcastle is complete without a visit to the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art that offers stunning views from the top floor. Housed in a former flour mill, Baltic is the best place to spend hours, enjoying the acclaimed modern art.

The Scintillating Nightlife

The infamous Newcastle’s nightlife isn’t just for the weekends, with two universities in town – the bars and clubs are jumping most nights.

Diamond Strip, the area between Central Station and the bottom of Grey Street, is perfect for a stag do in Newcastle. All the bars here attract party lovers who aren’t afraid to splash out on their drinks. Most of them end their night in clubs such as Digital or Livello or perhaps Tup Tup Palace – Newcastle’s World Famous Boutique Nightclub.

For a much cheesy night out, the infamous Bigg Market is worth checking out. It is filled with bars and clubs, located close together in the city centre.

The Bridge Tavern – the jewel in the Quayside’s crown has its own on-site micro-brewery where you can enjoy your pint under its secret roof terrace.

Restaurants in Newcastle

Newcastle houses many restaurants that have happy hour in the early evening, so you certainly won’t go hungry. Eating out on a budget is a doodle for frugal foodies as the city has the highest ratio of restaurants per resident of any city in Northern England.

The Grainger Market in the heart of the city offers everything from pizzas to tasty and filling burritos at a very affordable price. For food on the go, you can’t beat the tasty chicken and sides from “COOP Chicken House”.

The city’s revered chefs take advantage of the abundance of high-quality local produce.

You will find sensational seasonal menus at Newcastle’s Michelin star restaurant, House Of Tides run by none other than Kenny Atkinson.

The Aspers Casino of Newcastle

Newcastle is full of surprises for the curious crowd who come to the city all year-around. The Aspers casino of Newcastle is one of them.

Located close to the main shopping area, it is one of the 3 casinos of the city. It has 70 electronic terminals and 20 slot machines, along with many types of table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Punto Banco, Three Card Poker, Casino War and the Wheel of Fortune in a luxurious red and grey decor.

This leisure destination in Newcastle offers packages, gifts and special events to entertain everyone.

Getting There and Around

Tyne and Wear Metro is the best way to get around Newcastle-Gateshead. Connecting the city centre with Newcastle International Airport and coast, the metro has been rated as one of the UK’s most efficient rapid transport systems.

Being close to the coast means you can easily get to Newcastle-Gateshead by boat.

Newcastle is extremely easy to get to from London by local train, it takes around two hours, and scenery along the way isn’t bad, either.