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Newcastle upon Tyne


Newcastle upon Tyne is a city on the North bank of the River Tyne in Northwest England. As of 2006, Newcastle had an estimated population of 259,536. The city lies within a larger urban area known as Tyneside, and people from this area are known throughout the United Kingdom as "Geordies".


Key Facts about Newcastle upon Tyne


Here are some facts about Newcastle upon Tyne:
  1. Newcastle upon Tyne, often referred to as simply Newcastle, is a city in North East England located on the North bank of the river Tyne, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from the North Sea coast.

  2. The city gets its name from a castle built in 1080 by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, who was William the Conqueror's eldest son.

  3. People from Newcastle and the surrounding areas, are nicknamed Geordies.

  4. Historically, Newcastle's economy was based upon the wool trade, and later coal and shipbuilding. Today, however business management, education, high technology, retail, culture, and tourism are the main economic drivers.

  5. Road transport links to the Newcastle area include the A1, the A19, the A69, the A696, the A68, the A167, and the A1058.

  6. Newcastle Central Station is a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line rail route, and the Cross Country Route.

  7. Within Newcastle and the Tyne and Wear region, the Tyne and Wear Metro provides easy travel with a system of suburban and underground railways.

  8. Newcastle International Airport is located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) West of the city center. It serves both domestic and international routes, and is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK.

  9. Each year, Newcastle hosts one of the world's most popular half marathons, the Great North Run. It has hosted the event since it began in 1981. In recent years, this event has attracted more than 50,000 runners annually!


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Books about Newcastle upon Tyne


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Northumberland (Slow Travel): including Newcastle, Hadrian's Wall and the Coast Local, characterful guides to Britain's Special Places (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel series))

By Gemma Hall

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2019-03-29
Kindle Edition (296 pages)

Northumberland (Slow Travel): including Newcastle, Hadrian s Wall and the Coast  Local, characterful guides to Britain s Special Places (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel series))
 
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This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's best-selling, comprehensive guide to Northumberland including Newcastle, Hadrian's Wall & the Coast remains the reliable source of information for discovering the far northeast of England, an area which is home to Europe's largest area of protected night sky - and England's first Dark Sky Park, a 572-square-mile expanse in Northumberland National Park.
Now including over 40 walks along beaches, over hills and through valleys, as well as dedicated chapters on Northumberland National Park, Hadrian's Wall, the coast and Newcastle, among others, Bradt's Northumberland including Newcastle, Hadrian's Wall & the Coast is the ideal companion for a successful visit.
Northumberland is well-known for its beaches, castles, wildlife, islands and desolate upland scenery, but despite all the attention and accolades ('most tranquil county', 'darkest night skies in England', 'Best UK County/Region [Silver Award']), Northumberland remains for the most part wonderfully crowd-free. It is the ultimate place in England to get away from it all, where you can walk all afternoon over moorland and not meet anyone, skinny-dip in lakes, or picnic on pristine sands with no one else around. Northumberland is also home to Hadrian's Wall, 'the most important Roman monument in Britain' (English Heritage), while heritage enthusiasts will find a number of world firsts and unique museums such as Tanfield Railway, where you can marvel at 19th-century steam engines in the oldest engine shed in the world.
Bradt's Northumberland encourages visitors to slow down and explore the green lanes, footpaths, rivers and cycle trails that link Northumberland's 'Castle Coast' with the heather-topped hills, Roman fortresses and villages of the interior. A guide to Newcastle is found in the chapter on Tyne & Wear. Local knowledge of historic towns, heritage sites, wildlife-watching spots and countryside walks, and words and tips from local heritage experts make this an authoritative guide - and as much an entertaining armchair read as a practical guide, perfect for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, families, and those interested in Roman archaeology, industrial heritage and medieval castles.

Newcastle: Notebook for Student Travel to Newcastle England UK (Study Abroad Travel Notebooks Series)

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Paperback (150 pages)

Newcastle: Notebook for Student Travel to Newcastle England UK (Study Abroad Travel Notebooks Series)
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7.44" x 9.69" blank composition notebook with "Newcastle" on navy colored front cover in clean grey text script.

Carry and use this journal composition book for recording your reminders of travel or study abroad in Newcastle England UK - use it for jotting down highs / lows, reminders, to-do lists or any general purpose for school or home, or, better yet, as your master to-do list for preparing for a study abroad, exchange or tourism trip to Newcastle UK.

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  • Perfect notebook for class, school and college for students preparing for (or remembering!) a trip to Newcastle England UK. Ruled white exercise book with grey lines and margin.
  • Each page features standard wide-lined paper, perfect for elementary students and older.
  • Standard 7.44 x 9.69 inch composition notebook size with Wide Ruled Paper, these exercise books are perfect for on-the-go or in the kitchen drawer.
  • At 150 pages (75 sheets), this is a slim volume that will fit in most backpacks, carrier bags or lockers.

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Travels through History: The North-East of England

By Julian Worker

AG Books
Released: 2019-03-04
Kindle Edition

Travels through History: The North-East of England
 
Product Description:
Stand on the Roman Wall at Housesteads fort and look north. The rolling hills would have hidden plenty of potential dangers 1,900 years ago.

When you stand alone with the wind whipping over the landscape and with the clouds scudding across the sky it's humbling to realise someone, not so different from you, would have almost certainly stood where you are now and looked in the same direction all those years ago. What would their thoughts have been? It is fun to imagine.

This is a book for independent travellers to the North-East of England.

The urban areas covered range from Newcastle with its iconic bridges across the River Tyne to smaller gems such as Durham with its magnificent Norman cathedral.

Transport aficionados can read about Shildon and Darlington where the railways began. Lovers of modern architecture can discover The Angel of the North and the lesser-known Goddess of the North.

Explorers can find Roman ruins in abundance, lovely market towns, and small villages with a Brigadoon feel to them. These places are set within vast swathes of open countryside that haven't changed since The Romans looked northwards from Hadrian's Wall nearly 2,000 years ago.

Newcastle upon Tyne DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Newcastle upon Tyne, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

By Younghusband European City Notebooks

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (144 pages)

Newcastle upon Tyne DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Newcastle upon Tyne, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)
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This UK City Notebook is designed to inspire listmakers, curators and travelers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and to journal the dickens out of their time in the city. This city notebooks is a do it (all) yourself notebook crafted for independent travelers and thinkers!

Newcastle upon Tyne is a brilliant city! Which begs the question, why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there unforgettable, fun, and organized, eh?

You hold in your hands a journal and city guide re-invented for listmakers, curators, travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook can help you keep all your important information about Newcastle upon Tyne organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Newcastle upon Tyne has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time with boots on the ground in Newcastle upon Tyne! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city — which is why it's your diy city guide.

Make your time in the city more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by making Newcastle upon Tyne DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Newcastle upon Tyne, England your newest and trustiest sidekick.

Historic England: Newcastle: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series)

By Paul Perry

Amberley Publishing
Released: 2018-07-01
Paperback (96 pages)

Historic England: Newcastle: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series)
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This illustrated history portrays one of England’s great cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Newcastle’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the unique Historic England Archive, the nation’s record of 12 million photographs, drawings and publications, ranging from the 1850s and the earliest days of photography up to the present day.Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of England's most historically significant cities, with a proud heritage dating all the way back to Roman times. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade in the fourteenth century and later became a major coal mining area but it was the famous River Tyne that brought real wealth and prestige to the city with the development of shipbuilding and ship repair work. Historic England: Newcastle shows the city as it once was, from its streets and alleys to its famous shipyards and iconic bridges. This books helps you discover its remarkable history.

Hadrian's Wall Path (Trail Guides)

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Hadrian s Wall Path (Trail Guides)
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Since it opened in 2003 Hadrian' s Wall Path has become one of Britain' s most popular long-distance paths. Its 84 miles are a convenient week' s walking, shadowing for the most part the historic line of Hadrian' s Wall in its spectacular progress across the superbly wild landscape of the north of England. Starting in what used to be Tyneside' s shipbuilding heart, and joining Newcastle in the east with Carlisle in the west, it takes you via the extraordinary Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads, close to handsome towns like Hexham and Corbridge, to finish on the lonely shores of the Solway Firth with views of Scotland. This is the official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Natural England which administers the path and waymarks it with its familiar acorn signs. Comprehensive and engrossing, it is the only companion you need.


 
 
 

 
 
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