Newcastle is a fun, busy town situated in the North East of England on the River Tyne. It's an enjoyable destination for a rejuvenating getaway with its many walking bridges, its peaceful Leazes Park, and its mix of ultra-modern and historic architecture. You'll love the variety of dining choices, including the traditional Asian fare found in Newcastle's Chinatown. Shoppers will adore Grainger Market and Eldon Square, but there are wonderful shops wherever you wander in Newcastle. Don't miss the views from the top of the Castle Keep or the viewing platform at the sleek and shiny Baltic.
The Newcastle area tends to be dryer than the rest of England, with mild winters and cool summers. There's really not a disagreeable month to arrive in Newcastle for a visit. If you arrive in February, you can take part in Chinese New Year festivities, while March is the month to come for the laughs at the Newcastle-Gateshead comedy festival. April follows with a beer festival for travellers who love a pint. The Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August is loaded with family fun, from concerts to knight tournaments. Football fans should check the schedule at Newcastle's St. James Park to attend matches featuring Newcastle United and other clubs.
You'll find tourist information bureaus located at the airport and in Newcastle's city centre. Accommodation is varied: from cheap hostels around £15 all the way to four star double rooms at around £75. The average meal out will be cheaper than in London at £10 or so, while you can enjoy a pint in Newcastle for about £3.20. If nightlife's your thing, you'll find all sorts of fun clubs and pubs in the Bigg Market and Quayside areas.