The UK Travel: 15 Compelling Reasons to Make Newcastle the Newest Addition to Your Bucket List

Newcastle upon Tyne is a city known mainly for its industrial heritage, delicious brown ale, vibrant nightlife, and distinct ‘Geordie’ dialect. To us, it’s certainly one of the highlights of the North of England but why should you put in on your bucket list? We’ve put together a list of facts to convince you to visit our wonderful, colourful corner of the UK, close to your perfect accommodation in Newcastle, PREMIER SUITES.


The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. Opened for public use in 2001, the award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineer Gifford. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ due to its shape and its tilting method. In terms of height, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is slightly shorter than the neighbouring Tyne Bridge and stands as the sixteenth tallest structure in the city.

Did you know the Millennium Bridge was the world’s first swing bridge? The bridge is fondly nicknamed the blinking eye bridge due to the shape. The city actually has 7 bridges across half a mile of the River Tyne.


English Icon or the Angel of the North designed by Antony Gormley
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.

In 2016, the beautiful Angel of the North Statue was decreed an official English Icon by the Government. It was built in 1998 by sculptor Anthony Gormley to commemorate the two centuries of coal mining in Newcastle and as a symbol of our hopes and fears.


Hadrian's Wall Newcastle upon Tyne
Hadrian’s Wall (Newcastle upon Tyne) – 2019 All You Need to Know Before You Go (with Photos) – Newcastle upon Tyne, England | TripAdvisor

Hadrian’s Wall, which was built on the orders of the Roman Emperor of the same name, was once a defensive fortification dotted with Forts and spanning a huge 73 miles. It is one of the largest Roman Artefacts still standing today and has earned its badge as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the walls are still visible in Newcastle.


St James Park, home of the Premier League club  Newcastle United F.C. is one of the oldest football stadiums in the UK and has a capacity of over 52,000 people.


Ant and Dec meet Prince Charles in Newcastle
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Some of the world’s best comedians, singers and presenters hail from Newcastle. Among those are a renowned comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson (aka. Mr. Bean), former Girls Aloud singer turned reality TV judge Cheryl Cole and award-winning presenting duo Ant and Dec.


Snow in Newcastle
Newcastle Gateshead Quayside in Winter

It may not sound very attractive, but Newcastle is known as the coldest city in the UK! Luckily due to our geographical position and being in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, we are also the driest with less rainfall than anywhere in the UK.


Locals are called Geordies because the city was the only one in the North East that supported George II during the rebellion of 1745.


Friendly people in Britain
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The Geordie accent that we are so famous for has been voted one of the friendliest in Britain.

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Newcastle Town Manor
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Newcastle Town Manor, located in the city just 20-minutes’ walk from PREMIER SUITES, high-quality serviced apartments in Newcastle, is larger than most of the parks in London, including Hyde Park (363 acres) and Hampstead Heath (790 acres).


Windscreen wiper invented in Newcastle
Windscreen viper

The windscreen wiper was invented in Newcastle, proving we have some very innovative residents!


Ginger hair, Tyne area Newcastle
Dress Fashion Red Hair Ginger Woman Female

The North East has the greatest variety of ginger hair in the world with over 47 shades in the Tyne area.


Mosley Street Newcastle upon Tyne
by LVNWtransFoto Mosley Street Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Mosley Street was the first street in the world to be illuminated by electric light.


The largest shopping complex in Great Britain. The MetroCentre in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England. Short drive from Newcastle
The largest shopping complex in Great Britain. The MetroCentre in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England.
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The Metro Centre, a short drive from your accommodation in Newcastle, is one of Europe’s top 10 largest shopping malls and has a fantastic variety of shops and outlets.


Newcastle university
Newcastle University peaks in global subject ranking IC: Newcastle University

Newcastle University is officially one of the best universities in the world, ranking in the top 1% according to QS World rankings, it’s also said to have the best student nightlife in the UK.


Cadbury Wispa, Newcastle
Cadbury Wispa Chocolate Multipack 4 X30g IC: Chocolate – Tesco Groceries

Newcastle also has some of the best food in the world (we may be biased about this one!). The energy drink Lucozade was invented in Newcastle. The beloved Cadbury chocolate bar, Wispa was launched here and Gosforth was home to the first-ever Greggs Bakery in 1983.


Accommodation in the United Kingdom can be hit and miss with many properties promising a lot but delivering little. If you are looking for a serviced apartment in Newcastle that offers great value for money, enough space to comfortably house a family and a perfect central location then look no further than PREMIER SUITES Newcastle. Contact our friendly reservations team today to check availability and remember to book directly for access to our exclusive special offers.


Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for PREMIER SUITES Newcastle, an exemplary traditional hotel alternative offering bright and spacious serviced apartments for locals and travellers. Travel and lifestyle make up a big portion of what she mostly writes about. For her, the beauty of this world is worth-sharing and appreciating.

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