The heart of the north-east, the riverside city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has a proud industrial heritage, and a reputation for providing a warm welcome. In recent years the city has also emerged as one of the country’s leading cultural destinations, and the choice of hotels in Newcastle reflects the area’s diversity, with historic, boutique and contemporary accommodations all available.
A lot more than just the “Geordie Shore”; with a stay in one of the many cheap hotels in Newcastle you’ll have the freedom to explore the city’s exciting nightlife. There are a number of buzzing, VIP clubs in the city, including the exclusive Tup Tup Palace, and fun Florita’s Miami Bar, which has an attractive tropical garden. If you’re after something a bit more traditional, the city also has many old pubs that are worth a look, and the real ales at the Crown Posada are particularly recommended.
A day at the races
Newcastle United are a long-term Premier League fixture, with their home-ground St James’ Park dating back to 1892. A number of Newcastle hotels can be found near the ground, so it’s easy to immerse yourself in the excitement of match day. But if that’s not your speed, have a flutter and check out the fashion at Newcastle Racecourse.
Spend, spend, spend!
The Metro Centre, Britain’s largest shopping and leisure complex, can be found just outside the city. With more than 340 shops, you can spend a whole day browsing through the likes of H&M, House of Fraser, and Debenhams, as well as more exclusive stores like Karen Millen and Apple, before putting your feet up in your cheap Newcastle hotel room.
Blackfriars, housed in a 13th century monastery, could be Britain’s oldest restaurant, and local food traditions are continued and updated in the award-winning Jesmond Dene House. The city is also known for its Italian cuisine, with a choice ranging from Sapori’s simple but deliciously authentic food to the grand surroundings of Portofino’s.
Old meets new
Lying just across the river, the town of Gateshead has made a real name for itself in recent years for its art and architecture, with perhaps its most well-known sight being Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North, which has greeted visitors since 1998. Since then, the area has become a buzzing cultural destination, with the unveiling of the striking Sage concert hall, and the BALTIC Centre, which brings contemporary art to an iconic space from the area’s industrial past.
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