Newcastle upon Tyne, or simply Newcastle – one of the largest cities in northeast England – is a thriving port city with notable culture and nightlife scenes. From its Victorian city centre to Northumbria University and rejuvenated quayside, there's a lot to explore in this ever-evolving metropolis.
You won't have much difficulty finding things to do in Newcastle. First opened in 1837, the historic Theatre Royal and its Edwardian interior is an atmospheric spot to watch pantomime, drama, opera and other performances. For a look at the city's industrial past, stop by the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art to see exhibitions housed inside a converted mill. Or, root on Newcastle United during a football match at St James' Park.
London may have its chic Soho nightclubs, but Newcastle's nightlife scene is equally renowned. With a major university in town, young party-loving crowds are a popular sight after dark – and there are multiple options for revelry. You'll find a high concentration of bars, clubs and restaurants in Bigg Market and Quayside. Alternatively, slip into Sage Gateshead to listen to electronic, rock, hip hop and other musical acts.
Direct train routes between Newcastle Train Station and London King's Cross mean city-goers can reach the former in under three hours. While in the city, the speedy and affordable Tyne & Wear Metro makes travelling between attractions a breeze.