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Newcastle upon Tyne

The City

Newcastle skyline as the sun sets

Newcastle skyline as the sun sets

The city of Newcastle is the largest conurbation within the county of Tyne and Wear. It has a long industrial and maritime history, with shipyards beside the Tyne. The city is based on an old Roman settlement. The city is now more focussed on culture and commerce as the older industries have dwindled.

Getting There

Newcastle has good transport links. The main station is a key stop on the East Coast Main Line (served by East Coast Trains and other companies) and there are frequent trains into Newcastle from Edinburgh to the north and York and London to the south.

Tyneside has an extensive metro system with lines pushing out into Gateshead, the suburbs, the coast and as far as Sunderland.

There is also a good bus service around the city.

Get Carter

some of you may know that the 1971 film Get Carter starring Michael Caine was predmoninantly shot around the Newcastle are (including into Gateshead, Hebburn and Wallsend). I’ve only visited a couple of the film locations but intend to try to see more on my next trip to the city.

If you’re interested in the filming locations see this YouTube video series about the Get Carter locations.

Newcastle upon Tyne Pubs

Bacchus

Bacchus - full review

42-48 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
Tel: 0191 261 1008
Large, modern and spacious, city centre bar in the backstreets behind the Theatre Royal. Close to Monument Metro station. The pub is all in wood - panneling and floor. It's a bit like an old style cinema but actually is apparently designed to ... Read full review of Bacchus

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Bodega Bar

Bodega Bar - full review

125 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4AG
Tel: 0191 221 1552
Large and spacious pub next to the Journal Tyne Theatre on Westgate Road - about 500 yards from the Central Station. It's also close to the St James metro station. The pub is very traditional - wooden floors and panneling, but the central ... Read full review of Bodega Bar

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Centurion Bar

Centurion Bar - full review

Grand Central Station, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DG
Tel: 0191 261 6611
Cavernous and ornate bar attached to the Central Station in Newcastle. The Centurion is effectively part of the station and it is possible to exit straight onto the station platforms. Outside the other is the main cab rank for the station - ... Read full review of Centurion Bar

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5


Crown Posada

Crown Posada - full review

31 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 3JE
Tel: 0191 232 1269
Small narrow bar near the top of the steep street simply called Side which leads down to the quayside. It's close to Central Station and Monument Metro stations. The Crown Posada is very much in the traditional style, with lots of wood and ... Read full review of Crown Posada

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5


Kings Manor

Kings Manor - full review

132 New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AG
Tel: 0191 209 0355
The King Manor can be found slightly outside the eastern end of the city centre - close to Northumbria University and Manors metro station. It's a basic street-corner pub with a locals feel but it is also opposite Northumbria University so ... Read full review of Kings Manor

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5


Lady Grey’s

Lady Grey’s - full review

20 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AQ
Tel: 0191 232 3606
Large one roomed bar behind the Theatre Royal and close to Bacchus. Also close to Monument Metro station. My memories of Lady Greys are slightly fuzzy as I'd experienced closing time at 2 other city centre pubs before arriving here sometime ... Read full review of Lady Grey’s

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Mile Castle

Mile Castle - full review

Westgate Road & Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU
Tel: 0191 211 1160
Enormous Wetherspoon's/Lloyds No 1 close to Newcastle Central station. The pub has an old exterior but has been extensively modernised inside. I guess being in the city centre and close to the station the Mile Castle has quite a mixed ... Read full review of Mile Castle

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5


New Bridge

New Bridge - full review

2-4 Argyle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6PF
Tel: 0191 232 1020
The New Bridge can be found slightly outside the eastern end of the city centre - close to New Bridge Street and Manors metro station. My first Newcastle pub. It's definitely a locals pub, with one long bar to the right as you enter from the ... Read full review of New Bridge

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Newcastle Arms

Newcastle Arms - full review

57 Saint Andrew's Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5SE
Tel: 0191 260 2490
One-room locals pub in the Chinatown area of Newcastle city centre. The interior is larger than you might think from the outside. It's basic with lots of wood and many mirrors on the walls. The bar is over to the right with seating areas to ... Read full review of Newcastle Arms

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5


Eating in Newcastle

Haven’t eaten at many places, but the Pizza Express on Dean Street was good – if you like that sort of thing.

Staying in Newcastle

I found the Premier Inn, Newcastle Central (New Bridge Street West) was very good, and very reasonably priced.

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