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Culture and sightseeing in Newcastle

A May 2002 trip to Newcastle upon Tyne by milliebell

Quote: Newcastle is close to my home town, and I visit often.

Culture and sightseeing in Newcastle

Overview

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If you're into partying, Newcastle is the place. There are large college campuses, plus lots of bars and clubs. The Quayside provides several restuarants and bars, whilst the Bigg Market is famous for its pubs and clubs. Shopping is also a popular pastime here! There are some excellent shopping opportunities. Eldon Square is a big indoor mall with many high street name stores. The Metrocentre is one of the biggest in Europe, complete with a roller coaster (which is not remotely frightening). Musuems and day trips out of the city are also good. Quick Tips: The Discovery Museum and the Laing Gallery are free, and so are the musuems of the University of Newcastle. Internet access is...Read More

Kublai Khan

Restaurant

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I ate here before Christmas. This restaurant is Mongolian, but it is very similar to Chinese. Go for the banquet. This offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for each course. The appetiser is at first misleading. There is a wide table range with a huge range of dishes. All of my favourite chinese dishes were there, plus because it was a help-yourself buffet, I was able to try many new ones. There was an extensive selection for vegetarians, and plenty of fish and meat-based dishes. Many people make the mistake of filling themselves up at this stage. But, there is more to come. For the main course, you go to another section. You choose whatever you want on a plate - vegetables, meat, fish, meat substitutes, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Kublai Khan
22 The Side
Newcastle, England
(0191) 221-2203

Chiquitos

Restaurant

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This restaurant is right beside the Warner Brothers cinema complex, opposite Manors Metro Station. It is a lovely place. I have eaten here quite a few times. The starters choice is good, and includes salsa, nachos, salads etc. The main courses are really something. They offer a wide range, like Chili bowls, enchilladas, fajitas, and chimmichangas. The vegetarian ranges are wonderful, far better than the meat-based mains. All mains come with sour cream and a spicy side salad, and extras, like fries, are also available. The fries and cheese are to be recommended. Deserts are a bit hit and miss. Avoid the fried ice cream claim. It does not live up to what it says on the menu! One area where this restaura...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Chiquitos
Warner Brothers Complex
Newcastle, England
(0191) 230-2255

Bimbi's

Restaurant

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This is one of the main fish and chip (fries to American visitors) restaurants in Newcastle. The takeaway downstairs sells the same food cheaper. It is centrally located and easy to find. There is the usual range of dishes - mainly fish, sausage, pies and chips. There is little for vegetarians, though they do some soggy quiches. The restaurant is quite comfortable and service is prompt. One major let down is the staff however. They are quite rude, hurried and unfriendly; they have a tendency to make you feel unwelcome. Do not ask them about alternative vegetarian options unless you really enjoy getting the full brunt of their rudeness. They hate vegetarians with a passion. In some ways I sympathise wi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Bimbi's
Nelson Street
Newcastle, England
(0191) 230-2640

Hot Box Cafe

Restaurant

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This is one of my favorite lunch spots. It is very cheap - pure broke backpackers fare (and a few metro stops from the local YHA hostel), but good quality. There is a varied menu, including burgers, fries, kebabs, and pizzas. My favorite is the salad in pita bread. For only £1.50 this is VERY filling. The salad is in a lovely dressing. If you're really ravenous but need cheap food, have some fries with it. I have never been able to finish that combination. Best of all, the food is good quality, cooked fresh to order, hot, and well-cooked without being greasy. In here, you order your food at the counter, then take a seat. Or you can take it away for the same price. There is no alcohol on sale, just can...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Hot Box Cafe
St Mary's place
Newcastle, England

Metro Centre

Attraction | "The Metrocentre"

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The Metrocentre is one of the biggest indoor shopping complexes in Europe. This is the place to come if you believe the stereotypes that the North of England is all a place of grinding poverty. You will see blatant consumerism that you thought you had left behind when you set off travelling. It is split into four quadrants and two levels - blue, red, yellow and green. For your own sake make a note of which quadrant you enter. Numerous cars have been reported stolen from the car parks and it has turned out that the owners are looking in the wrong place! There are hundreds of parking spaces over several car parks. In addition, the Metrocentre is served by frequent buses and trains from Newcastle ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Metro Centre

Newcastle, England

Gotham Town

Attraction

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This is my parents' favorite bar. I was very impressed when they took me. Despite the name it is not a themed bar. I thought it might be, as Batman and Robin hail from a fictional Gotham City. It is lively but without being crowded. Seating is spread out over several areas and it is quite spacious. They have an extensive cocktails list, the reason for it attracting my parents. My parents swear by 'Brandy Alexanders'. This is STRONG stuff. WARNING - don't try this if you're already loaded with alcohol. Believe me, I have seen a few people suffer badly from this concoction. Ideally, you need to be a fairly hardened drinker. If you're into whisky, look out for a cocktail called 'Mile High'. The cocktails...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Gotham Town

Newcastle, England

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Newcastle is an excellent base for day trips. I will try to give you some insider information here. BEACHES. The best beaches are in Northumberland. Getting there involves a bus trip from the Haymarket bus station (beside Haymarket Metro). My favourite beach is CRESSWELL. It's really sandy, with lovely big high dunes. It can be reached by bus X33 from Newcastle. Sunday and evening service is limited, so check carefully first. NEWBIGGIN has quite a good beach, and is a small former fishing village. It is quite faded and run down now. Try bus 432. SEAHOUSES is very popular, also as a destination for cruises to the Farne Islands. There is a 2 hourly bus service. If you want convenience ...Read More

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milliebell

milliebell
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom