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Fall in love with the free-wheeling Geordie spirit when you choose one of our Newcastle Upon Tyne hotels near the happening Quayside, international airport, or sports stadiums.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, often shortened to “Newcastle,” is a major regional city in northeastern England. On the banks of the River Tyne, its cityscape is characterized by grand bridges. “Geordie” refers to the nickname for the Northumberland region’s local dialect.
Once the site of a Roman fort, William the Conqueror’s son saw the strategic importance of the settlement’s location and ordered that a “new castle” should be built there, thus leading to Newcastle’s name. It served as an important stronghold throughout repeated conflicts between the English and Scottish due to its location near the Scottish border. During the Industrial Revolution, Newcastle gained wealth and clout thanks to its monopoly on coal shipping and shipbuilding.
Dive into Newcastle’s invigorating mix of old and new by first strolling along the Tyne, checking out the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridge, two landmarks of engineering. The city’s original Castle Keep still stands and is open to visitors, while remains of Hadrian’s Wall have survived within the city as well. Elegant Grainger Town is characterized by 19th century classical streets, among them Grey Street, which is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the country.
From the bubbling nightlife at the Quayside to the famous Angel of the North statue on the outskirts of the city, Newcastle offers a heady mix of entertainment options. Catch a play or film at the Sunderland Empire or Tyneside cinema. Peruse the collection at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, dine in an historic friary, or simply enjoy the miles of pristine coastline that surround the area.
Dial into some superb shopping when you discover Newcastle’s High Street and its range of large malls such as Eldon Square and historic department stores. Metrocentre, the U.K.’s largest indoor entertainment complex, is just a quick shot away. Shop like a Victorian in the stately Central Arcade or try on something more punk on the appealingly cobbled High Bridge street.
Tour the home field of Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park stadium or root for the Sunderland Association Football Club (that’s soccer to American ears) at the Stadium of Lights. If you’re more of a rugby fan, the Newcastle Falcons always put on a good show, or get off the green entirely and take a dip at the U.K.’s biggest water park.
Traveling around the city is simple on Newcastle’s Metro system. Get there via the international airport, major train station, or even hop a ferry from the Newcastle docks to Amsterdam.
After your busy days spent in this enchanting northern city, rest assured knowing that our variety of Newcastle Upon Tyne hotels will have you bedded down in style. We pride ourselves on top-notch service, luxurious amenities, and a price tag that won’t get you down. Choose IHG today.
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