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1. History of Newcastle
The Romans built a bridge and fort on the site of Newcastle in around 122 AD and this became part of what is now Hadrian’s Wall. In 1080 a wooden fort called the “New Castle” was built and in the 13th and 14th centuries, the town walls were added. Trading began to develop in the area and by the end of the 14th century its port was used for shipping coal from across the re...Read more
2. Now in Newcastle
From the 1990s to today, Newcastle has been undergoing regeneration. A mixed-use historic urban quarter has been created in the city centre, the Theatre Village and China Town area has been renovated and the West End of the city has regenerated, among other projects. This work is still continuing. A lot of the employment in the city is in the retail and service industries and t...Read more
3. Events in Newcastle
Gateshead International Stadium hosts many national and international events, including international athletics, rugby and many major rock and pop concerts. St James’ Park is home to Newcastle United FC and hosts many major football fixtures. There are many festivals on the annual calendar, including the TUSK music festival, the Ignition music festival, Made in Poland Festiva...Read more
4. Attractions in Newcastle
The Life Science Centre has exhibitions and interactive displays as well as special events and science shows. Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be seen at Hexham, to the west of the city and at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum in the Wallsend area of the city. Castle Keep is a Norman stone castle keep in the city centre and is a Grade I listed buildin...Read more
5. Things To Do in Newcastle
Football fans can have a guided tour of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park and learn all about the history of the club. The Namco Funscape is a centre containing an arcade, bar and pool area, 18 bowling lanes, a dodgem track and a soft play area. The Great North Museum: Hancock, has mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium, a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and much more....Read more
6. Business in Newcastle
Newcastle has developed an Alive After Five scheme, which sees shops staying open until 8pm on weeknights and 7pm on Saturdays. The aim is to provide people an opportunity to shop after they finish work. The main shopping centres in Newcastle upon Tyne are Eldon Square, one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complexes, and the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.
7. Transport in Newcastle
The main train station is Newcastle Central Station and services run from here to many major UK cities. The A1(M) goes through Newcastle and Gateshead, linking the area to London, the south, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the Lake District and, via the M6, to the south and west of England. Newcastle International Airport has flight...Read more
8. Entertainment in Newcastle
Theatres in Newcastle upon Tyne include the Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, The Journal Tyne Theatre, Live Theatre, The People’s Theatre, Newcastle Opera House, Newcastle Playhouse and Boulevard. Venues for live music include the Jazz Café, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Hall, The Sage, the O2 Academy and many other smaller venues and bars. There are plenty of cinemas in N...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Newcastle
The Gateshead Angel of the North is Britain's largest sculpture, and was designed by Antony Gormley for Gateshead Council. It is made of steel and weighs 200 tons, is 20m high and has a 54m wing span. Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world’s only tilting bridge. It is a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists and tilts up to form an arch for boats to pass under; this usually ha...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Newcastle
People from Newcastle are referred to as Geordies. There are two theories about where this comes from. One is that is was taken from George (Geordie) Stephenson, the mining and railway engineer from the north east. Another is that it was a term of abuse used by the Scottish Jacobites in the 1745 Rebellion, because those defending the town of Newcastle against them were supporte...Read more
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