You do not carry coal to Newcastle. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast of England, is so associated with its history as a coal town that the British made a saying that includes the city’s name and the city’s old industry.
But there’s not a lot of coal in Newcastle anymore. The city has been modernized and few places have more lives on weekends than Newcastle and Gateshead. The geordies called by the people of Newcastle know all about making a good party.
Here in Newcastle is organized the world’s most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, here is made the world famous beer Newcastle Brown Ale and here the football team plays Newcastle United.
You can bring exciting historical monuments and ruins, and not least is the city one of the best in the UK when it comes to shopping. We can guarantee that anyone, regardless of age, gender, orientation or interests, can bring wonderful memories back home by investing a few days in Newcastle.
England is much more than London ! And Newcastle is definitely different. Not least, you hear it on the dialect. Here you talk in many ways like the Anglo-Saxons did in the 1000’s. Then you suddenly understand the local dialect so you do not have to be drunk, it keeps you Norwegian! Bairn and hyem are words for children and homes, or child and home, as Londoners would say.
Get to know Newcastle
The whole of Newcastle Tyneside has about 800,000 inhabitants, Newcastle Gateshead has about 450,000 inhabitants, and the city of Newcastle or Newcastle-upon-Tyne, if you will, has about 275,000 inhabitants. Newcastle has names sisters in several places, and you will find another famous city of the same name in Australia.
The Newcastle we are talking about, which is located in Northumberland, England and the UK, can be found on the north bank of the River Tyne. And further south of the river, in Gateshead, lies what was once an independent town.
Today, Gateshead is merged with Newcastle, so many just move to the city center like Newcastle Gateshead.
Newcastle is also a “twin city” with Bergen in Norway.
- Abbreviation: NC
- Country: United Kingdom
The history of Newcastle
Newcastle has its origins as a Roman settlement. Among other things, the Romans built a bridge over Tyne about 150 years AD. The name of the bridge is dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian. Hadrian’s walls can still be found in some places in Newcastle, including along the West Road.
However, the name Newcastle does not come from the Romans, but from a castle erected by Robert II, the eldest son of William the Conqueror, in 1080. In the 16th century, Newcastle became an important trading town, not least for cotton and coal. The port was expanded, and one shipyard after another appeared here. And the heavy industry meant increasing demand for coal. Now neither the port area nor the coal extraction is as it was in its heyday. For tourists, it does nothing, since the port area has now become a cultural center with a pronounced active nightlife in the evening, and the reduction in coal development means cleaner air.
Large parts of Newcastle have an urban structure similar to that of the Middle Ages. Narrow alleys suitable only for pedestrians can be found by many along the river. Stairs from the 1300s that go from the river up to the castle still exist.
Amazing Gray Street!
Newcastle also has its neoclassical center, with buildings dating back to the 1830s. If you walk down Gray Street towards the River Tyne, you know that you are in the street as BBC’s radio listeners voted England’s Greatest Street in 2005. In 2010, Gray Street was also voted the 3rd most beautiful and picturesque street in the UK in a Google Street view -kåring.
Northwest of downtown you’ll find Leazes Park. This huge park has its origins from 1873. In one corner of the park is St. James Park. This is the home ground for the city’s great pride, Newcastle United. This stadium is also a landmark in the city, and while the football club has a bearing on people’s mood and optimism, the stadium building tells you where you are in the city.
South of Leazes Park is Exhibition Park with a pavilion from the great exhibition in 1929. Here you will find the Newcastle Military Vehickle Museum.
East and north of Newcastle
East of Newcastle is another important recreation area, which has now become reasonably trendy, namely Jesmond Dene. We include the Amstrong Park and Heaton Park parks as part of this area.
North of the city is the Northumerberland coal area. This area should have a large part of the credit for the development of the city. Here is also the city’s main shopping street.
Tyne Gorge in Newcastle
Regardless of ‘the Tyne Gorge’, the most important part of town for many tourists is the area between the North Bank and Gateshead. Here you will find Tyne Bridge, another landmark in Newcastle. The bridge was built in 1928. The area houses several other spectacular bridges, not least the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The entire area down by the river has been modernized and you will find galleries, museums and a buzzing nightlife area with restaurants, bars and nice places to see the public.
Northwest of Newcastle you will find Grainger Town, which houses the city’s Chinatown. The new “peacock” or Chinatown entrance gate, if you will, has become a bit of a favorite photo object and a worthy gateway to the borough. The central street in this area is Stowell Street.
Grainger Town is also the historic heart of classic Newcastle. The name comes from city developer Richard Grainger. Here you will find Grainger Market and Theater Royal, as well as Clayton Street and Grainger Street, as well as Gray Street.
The Geordians are largely people of British ethnicity, and many Newcastle residents have their ancestry from Ireland or Scotland. Since the city has a Chinatown, you probably understand by yourself that there is an enclave of Chinese here. More particularly, Newcastle may have the largest proportion of Bolivia immigrants in the UK.
General about Newcastle
The city has a good public transport, both in terms of train, bus, metro and ferries. Main bus stations can be found in Haymarket and Eldon Square. If you have any questions, please visit one of the city’s information centers. Tourist offices can be found on Market Street and Newcastle Quayside.
List of New Castle Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about New Castle is NC which stands for New Castle. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to New Castle, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.