Newcastle is a lively, diverse city, known mainly for its nightlife, art, music and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, one of England's core cities and a centre of culture, architecture and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. Home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect. An excellent compendium of Newcastle museums and galleries can be found at http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/
Theatres - the city centre Newcastle Theatre Royal presents more than 380 performances a year. It is the third home (after London and Stratford-upon-Avon) of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other excellent theatres include the Journal Tyne Theatre and the Live Theatre.
Shopping – When staying at the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle Metro Centre hotel the Newcastle Metro Centre is right on your doorstep. The Newcastle Metro Centre is one of the largest shopping centre's in Europe with over 330 stores.
Newcastle is the top shopping destination in the North East of England with a multitude of shops ranging from high-street department stores to designer boutiques. You must visit Northumberland Street, Newcastle's main shopping street, known as the "Oxford Street of the North."
Music venues and cinemas abound – the Newcastle Metro Centre has its IMAX enabled Odeon Cinema. Major music venues include Sage Music Centre, Gateshead Quays, and Metro Radio Arena, is the largest music venue in Newcastle, holding up to 12,000 during concerts.
From the Port of Newcastle it is possible to sail to many North Sea destinations. These include cities in Holland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The ferries are run by DFDS Seaways and Fjordline.
Useful links and distances
Metro Centre (Shopping Centre), Gateshead (0.75 MI / 1.21 KM )
Historic Quayside, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Beamish Open Air Museum (9 MI / 14.48 KM )
Gateshead Quays (Baltic Warehouse, etc.) (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Angel of the North (5 MI / 8.05 KM )
University of Northumbria/Newcastle University (4 MI / 6.44 KM )
Eldon Square, NewcastleCity Centre (4 MI / 6.44 KM )
Life Science Centre, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Newcastle United Football Stadium (4 MI / 6.44 KM )
Metro Radio (Telewest) Arena, Newcastle City Centre (4 MI / 6.44 KM )
Newcastle Race Course (5 MI / 8.05 KM )
Theatre Royal, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Hancock Museum, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Discovery Museum, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI / 5.63 KM )
Wet and Wild Leisure Complex/Factory Shopping (15 MI / 24.14 KM )