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    A city full of optimism

    Once synonymous with coal and heavy industry, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is these days better characterised by bold riverside architecture and an indefatigable commitment to a good night out. The traditional optimism of the Geordie personality is as much in evidence as it ever was, but then these days its city-break credentials give good reason to be

    cheery – the net result of decades of regeneration has left it with strong hotels, a confident outlook and a handful of world-class attractions. Gateshead, on the opposite bank of the Tyne, is so close as to essentially be part of the same destination, which is further good news for visitors.

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    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
    NE8 3BA Gateshead
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 478 1810
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800
    Tue 1030-1800

    A former industrial building reinvented as a contemporary art gallery, with regularly changing exhibitions and artists ranging from the local to the international.

    Angel of the North

    Durham Road, Low Eighton
    NE9 6AA Gateshead
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 478 4222
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    One of the symbols of the region since its arrival in 1998, Antony Gormley’s unmistakable 20m-high (66ft) sculpture stands a short way out of town.

    Biscuit Factory

    16 Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 261 1103
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1100-1700

    The UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery is a free attraction set over two floors, five minutes from the centre of the city.

    Castle Keep

    Castle Garth
    NE1 1RQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 232 7938
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700

    One of Britain’s most intact examples of a Norman keep, this brooding construction was built under Henry II in the late 12th century.

    Laing Art Gallery

    New Bridge Street
    NE1 8AG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 232 7734
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1400-1700

    More than a century old, this gallery has an excellent permanent collection of art and sculpture, including works by William Holman-Hunt, Henry Moore and John Martin.

    Life Science Centre

    Times Square
    NE1 4EP Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 243 8210
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    Opening times:

    Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat 1000-1800
    Thurs 1000-2000
    Sun 1100-1800

    A ‘pioneering science village’ in what was formerly a rundown area, this is a colourful, contemporary attraction with plenty to keep young and old entertained.

    BBC Newcastle Broadcasting Centre Tours

    Broadcasting House, Barrack Road
    NE2 4NS Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 232 1313
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    Opening times:
    Tours on Tue, Wed and Sat

    An opportunity to look behind the scenes at the BBC’s regional HQ, where various TV and radio programmes are produced.

    Climb Newcastle

    Former Shipley Baths, Shipley Walk
    NE6 2DQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 276 2174
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1200-2200
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000

    A large centre dedicated to indoor climbing, with the main space offering 557 sq m (6,000 sq ft) of climbing options. There’s also an area specifically aimed at kids.

    Seven Stories

    30 Lime Street
    NE1 2PQ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: 0845 271 0777
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    The National Centre for Children’s Books aims to instil youngsters with a love of reading and has a range of exhibitions and performance spaces across seven floors.

    Jesmond Dene

    Jesmond
    NE7 7DA Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
    Tel: (0191) 281 2082
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    This public park, in a wooded valley close to the city centre, has benefited from millions of pounds’ worth of lottery funding. There’s plenty of wildlife, and a Pets Corner too.

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    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.

    Geography

    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

    The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

    More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 63395574

    Population Density (per sq km): 261

    Capital: London.

    Language

    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages (eg Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, etc).

    Currency

    See the individual Money sections within the Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland sections for information on currency specific to these regions.

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700/1800. However, business hours in London can be much longer.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following Monday.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 21. April 2014
    Early May Bank Holiday: 05. May 2014
    Spring Bank Holiday: 26. May 2014
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 25. August 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 06. April 2015
    Early May Bank Holiday: 04. May 2015
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25. May 2015
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 31. August 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Newcastle

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    Nightlife in Newcastle is the stuff of legend, but the activity’s not restricted to the pubs and clubs – arts centres, theatres and concert venues all play their part in the city’s reputation for a night out.

    Theatre Royal

    100 Grey Street
    NE1 6BR Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    A-listed building putting on everything from musicals and drama to ballet and comedy.

    BrewDog

    16 Dean Street
    NE1 1PG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    An obvious port of call for young craft-beer lovers, this has become a hip hangout.

    Tup Tup Palace

    7 St Nicholas Street
    NE1 1RE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    This multilevel nightclub often draws big-name DJs and artists.

    Crown Posada

    31 Side
    NE1 3JE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    A traditional Victorian pub with stained-glass windows, serving up a range of real and cask ales.

    The Cut

    7 Saint Nicholas' Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RE
    United Kingdom
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    Drawing a more leftfield crowd, this nightspot runs various alternative club nights.

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    Restaurants in Newcastle

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    It’s never been easier to eat well in Newcastle – the city’s spread of modern British restaurants, international eateries and lovingly run cafés is one of its key assets.

    Jesmond Dene House Restaurant

    Jesmond Dene Road
    NE2 2EY Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    Garlanded with AA rosettes, this is a classy option for those looking to splurge.

    Artisan

    Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street
    NE2 1AN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    Set within art and craft gallery the Biscuit Factory, this is somewhere to try quality British food.

    Red Mezze

    34-36 Leazes Park Road
    NE1 4PG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Price: Moderate

    There’s traditional Turkish food at this popular and relaxed restaurant.

    Quay Ingredient

    4 Queen Street, Quayside
    NE1 3UG Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Price: Budget

    An independently run coffee house under the Tyne Bridge, serving soups, salads, smoothies and more.

    Sapori Cafe

    21 Starbeck Avenue
    NE2 1RJ Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Price: Budget

    A well-priced and much-loved Italian restaurant, with a good range of pasta dishes.

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    EAT! Out, NewcastleGateshead

    8 – 17 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Fifteen days of eclectic food is celebrated in this increasingly popular annual event. Street food markets, community classes, as well as family-friendly entertainment are organised in a bid to celebrate local producers and cuisine.

    Newcastle Mela

    24 – 25 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Exhibition Park.

    A two-day Asian art, drama and music festival, based around Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindi and other South Asian cultures, offering different music, art and food in the heart of Newcastle. With a line-up including the hottest contemporary Asian acts as well as traditional displays of music and dance it’s an event which appeals to all ages and races.

    Great North Run

    7 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the region.

    Over 50,000 runners take part in the biggest half-marathon in the world starting just outside the city centre and finishing by the coast. The atmosphere is electric and the route, comprised of flats and gradients, is great training for budding athletes keen to accomplish their first race or a personal best. Although the race is probably saturated with runners, it gets bigger every year.

    Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival

    7 – 9 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Village Newcastle Hotel, Cobalt Business Park

    An exciting programme of internationally known artists from the world jazz music scene.

    NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival

    23 November – 31 December 2014

    Venue: Various venues.

    This end-of-year extravaganza brings together Christmas market, festive shopping, magical performances, one-off events and fantastic celebrations to add some sparkle to the festive season and includes parades and a spectacular fireworks display.

    Chinese New Year

    19 February – 5 March 2015

    Venue: Stowell Street.

    Newcastle’s Chinatown is turned into a carnival of colour and noise; festivities culminate with an impressive fireworks display.

    Newcastle Fashion Week

    11 – 17 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    To cement Newcastle’s reputation as the fashion capital of the north, a packed programme of events and activities is planned every year for the Newcastle Fashion Week, including premier catwalk shows, VIP shopping events, industry talks from fashion’s finest and exclusive after show parties hosted at venues across the city.

    Evolution Festival

    26 – 27 May 2015
    Website

    The biggest music festival in the northeast. Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah have all previously played the weekend festival in the quayside area of Newcastle and Gateshead.

    Newcastle Community Green Festival

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Leazes Park.

    The UK’s biggest free community environmental festival.

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    Hotels in Newcastle

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    Offering an assortment of stylish properties big and small, Newcastle’s hotel portfolio is a fitting complement to the city’s buzzing cultural scene.

    Hotel Indigo Newcastle

    2-8 Fenkle Street
    NE1 5XU Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    UK
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    Category: Moderate

    A 4-star boutique with a Marco Pierre White restaurant on site.

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    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Owing to it being an island, the UK is subject to very changeable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heatwaves can occur. For detailed descriptions, see Climate in the respective country sections.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +44

    Telephone

    There are numerous public call boxes. Some boxes take coins, others phonecards or credit cards.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. It is possible to buy a pay as you go sim card from any phone shop or booth.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés and centres in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touchscreen access. Most hotels also offer Wi-Fi, although this may be less likely in more rural areas. The City of London now has free Wi-Fi covering 95% of the Square Mile, whilst London Underground now offers Wi-Fi at station platforms across the network.

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    Shopping in Newcastle

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    Key Areas

    In terms of major shopping thoroughfares, Northumberland Street hosts a broad range of well-known retailers, including the first-ever Fenwick department store, still selling top-tier brands. Elsewhere in the city, Grainger Town has numerous independent shops as well as a choice of international names.

    Markets

    Grainger Market (Grainger Street) is the city’s best-known set-up, a picturesque arcade open 52 weeks a year and selling everything from fresh produce to one-off fabrics. Alternatively, the self-explanatory Sunday Quayside Market runs weekly and sells crafts, jewellery and more, while the first Friday of each month sees a Farmers’ Market at Grey’s Monument in the city centre.

    Shopping Centres

    Eldon Square (Eldon Court, Percy Street) is a large-scale complex that has stood in the city centre for decades, while almost as long-established is the enormous Metrocentre (Gateshead), one of the largest malls in Europe. It has more than 330 shops, stores and businesses.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.

    Clothing

    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

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