Newcastle is the cosmopolitan capital of the North East. Famous for its welcoming character, with the University at the heart of the city, it’s a great place to live.
Newcastle was named after the Norman castle in its centre. However, the city can trace its history back to Roman times. Remnants of Hadrian’s Wall exist alongside a medieval cathedral, and impressive Victorian buildings.
Newcastle lies at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, renowned for its glorious unspoilt countryside and rich heritage. The region is at the northern limit of the Roman Empire and has been the location of many border battles with Scotland.
Newcastle is great for shopping with around 600 shops in the city centre.
The Quayside is a cultural hub bringing together the best of Newcastle and Gateshead. The Sage Gateshead music centre and the BALTIC art gallery share the river with many bars, cafes and restaurants.
Newcastle has lots to offer:
- mainstream, art-house and foreign language films
- a lively comedy circuit
- contemporary art at BALTIC and the traditional but eclectic Laing Art Gallery
- the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum and the Centre for Life
- rock, jazz, hip hop, R&B, salsa, cabaret, classical or folk can all be found at Newcastle venues
- a huge range of bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes
- fine theatre spaces offer drama, musicals and dance with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North staging annual seasons
St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club, is just a short walk from the University. The city is also home to Newcastle Falcons rugby club and has first-class basketball and ice hockey teams. Newcastle also hosts the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.
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