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Newcastle

The Quayside area is the symbolic and historic heart of the city - 17th century merchants' houses mingle with Georgian and Victorian classical architecture as well as lots of excel…

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Newcastle in detail

Newcastle stands on a steeply sloping site on the left bank of the River Tyne. It is a lively and cosmopolitan city with a heritage stretching back 2000 years. The Quayside area is the symbolic and historic heart of the city - 17th century merchants' houses mingle with Georgian and Victorian classical architecture as well as lots of excellent restaurants.

The Norman Castle, dating from 1168 overlooks the area and the town was once ringed by walls and towers begun in 1265, parts of which can still be seen around the city. The most famous views are of the six bridges across the Tyne - the most famous yet youngest (1925-8) is the Tyne Bridge (the coathanger) prototype for the much larger Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932).

Other sights of interest include Bessie Surtees' House consisting of two 16th and 17th century merchants' houses on Quayside, Earl Grey's Monument in the very centre of the city and St Nicholas Cathedral with its glorious crown spire.In the surrounding area you will find sandy beaches with impressive castles and little fishing harbours along the coastline, while inland you can visit the open moorlands and wooded valleys of the Northumberland National Park. Other sights worth visiting include large sections of the Roman Hadrian's Wall, Hexham Abbey, Alnwick Castle and further afield the wonderful Norman Durham Cathedral on its rocky outcrop above the medieval city below.Originally a station (Pons Aelius) on the Roman Wall, Newcastle's foundation is attributed to Robert Curthose (eldest son of William the Conqueror) who built the first castle here in 1080, around which the city grew.

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Cruise from Newcastle with Thomson, Fred Olsen and more; Experience the cities of Russia, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden or the warmth of cruises to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

A cruise from Newcastle is easily accessible by rail or road from most locations in Northern England or Scotland, and the port is well equipped for anyone who needs parking while on cruises departing from the port.

You can cruise from Newcastle with many of the leading providers including Fred Olsen and Thomson Cruises and the terminal has a wide range of modern facilities to enjoy before your departure.

Popular destinations to cruise from Newcastle include the Fred Olsen Scandinavian tour.

Any cruise from Newcastle can be easily reached by road or rail

By Train: Newcastle Central Railway Station is well connected by most UK rail links and is a 20 minute taxi journey away from the port.

By Car: From the city centre follow the A1058 towards the coast and follow signs to the port to reach your cruise from Newcastle.

 

  • Time Zone GMT 0
  • Currency Pound (£)
  • Language English
  • Population 280,000

Newcastle Weather

  • Temperature
  • Rainfall

temperature degrees centigrade

Jan
3
Feb
3.5
Mar
5.5
Apr
6.5
May
9.5
Jun
12.5
Jul
14.5
Aug
14.5
Sep
12.5
Oct
9.5
Nov
6
Dec
4

rainfall in mm

Jan
59
Feb
46
Mar
37
Apr
41
May
50
Jun
50
Jul
62
Aug
68
Sep
55
Oct
56
Nov
65
Dec
50