A travel journal
to Newcastle upon Tyne by milliebell
Quote: I wish to write a journal of use to both tourists and people coming to move here. Newcastle has a lot to it—go discover.
Of the galleries and museums, the Baltic is world famous. I like the Laing gallery - it has a lot of local artworks and a Tyneside gallery - and the Discovery museum, with lots on local history and science, very interactive and hands on. The castle is fun to visit too. The Baltic has a glass lift and fifth floor glass viewing gallery - on a clear day the views over the city are good from there.
Chinatown is an interesting area, especially at night.
Try to be here on a match day. The sight of thousands of people in black and white shirts making their way up Gallowgate towards St. James park is one not to miss. Just make sure your away before they all come out after the match if your intending on using public transport.
The Hancock museum is also closed for renovation - opening in 2009.
English language courses are available at International House in Chinatown (http://www.ihnewcastle.com/) and Newcastle college (http://www.ncl-coll.ac.uk/).
There are two youth hostels in Newcastle - Albatross backpackers in the city centre on Grainger St near Central Station (http://www.albatrossnewcastle.co.uk/) and YHA Newcastle in Jesmond (http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/hostelpages/69.html). Northumbria university rents out student accommodation during the summer vacation - exact dates vary each year. Check more on http://northumbria.ac.uk/brochure/facilities/acc/ss/?view=Standard. Budget guesthouses and B&B's are clustered along Jesmond road, and Prince Consrt road in Gateshead, while hotels are found in the city centre and at the riverfront. There is a wide range of accommodation for all budgets at the coast in Whitley Bay and South Shields, accessible to the city by Metro.
Buses are provided by Stagecoach, Go Ahead and Arriva. Timetable information can be sought from traveline on 08452608608.
A word of warning for airport travellers - on Sunday the first Metro does not arrive at the airport until 7:30am. Please keep this in mind if booking an early flight and remember time needed for check in. During the week, the first Metro to arrive at the airport is around 7am. A taxi to the airport from the city centre will cost around £15.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom