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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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Northumberland: Including Newcastle, Hadrian's Wall and the Coast (Bradt Slow Travel)

By Gemma Hall

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2019-03-05
Paperback (296 pages)

Northumberland: Including Newcastle, Hadrian s Wall and the Coast (Bradt Slow Travel)
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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.
This new edition also celebrates Northumberland's many connections with the USA, from the shepherd that rescued US Air Force plane crash survivors in the remote Cheviot Hills to presidential connections (George Washington and Bill and Hilary Clinton), local American football teams, eminent 19th-century painter Winslow Homer, Rapper Sword Dancing, and the so-called ‘Geordie Doughboys', the men who left the northeast of England before World War I and enlisted in the American army.
Northumberland is well-known for its beaches, castles, wildlife, islands and desolate upland scenery and remains for the most part wonderfully crowd-free. It is the ultimate place in England to get away from it all. It 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, perfect for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, families, and those interested in Roman archaeology, industrial heritage and medieval castles.

Hadrian's Wall Path (Trail Guides)

By Anthony Burton


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.

Newcastle Heritage Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar)

Heritage, England

Newcastle Heritage Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar)
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  • Size: Square
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Step back in time with this stunningly nostalgic black and white wall calendar. With photography ranging from the 1960s right back to the early twentieth century, you'll get a real sense of Newcastle's heritage. This fantastic city has always had so much to offer. Take a look into its past with this calendar. The datepad features previous and next month's views.

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

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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.


  • 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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Tyneside: A History of Newcastle and Gateshead from Earliest Times

By Alistair Moffat

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Released: 2006-11-28
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Tyneside: A History of Newcastle and Gateshead from Earliest Times
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Tyneside bursts with pride—not a swaggering conceit but the most obvious, warm, and pungent sense of civic pride in Britain. Tynesiders know who they are and everybody else does too. And yet there exists no comprehensive history of the place. Not since the middle of the 19th century has there been a detailed treatment of the remarkable story of how Tyneside was made and how it came to look, sound and behave the way it does. That glittering tale is recounted here, from the retreat of the icefields 10,000 years ago, through the coming of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the glories of Northumbria, the stunning achievement of Bede of Jarrow, the building of the New Castle in 1080 and the dangerous beginnings of the coal trade to the dizzying growth of the Industrial Revolution, the trials of the football team and its heroes, and the renewals of the 21st century. All this and a welter of supporting detail, color, anecdote, tradition, and good, solid, scholarly popular history can be found in this substantial history of Tyneside, Gateshead, and the River Towns. This is the intriguing tale of a unique, magical, and dynamic place, and the remarkable people who made it.


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