I’m starting my first travel post about a city that’s very close to my heart. It’s the city I spent 3 years of my university life in, a city that I consider my second home and a city that never disappoints every time I visit. Amongst many people, Newcastle has a reputation for being a party city- one for stag/hen nights and rowdy birthday celebrations. And it’s true that this does happen there, but it’s also a city of beautiful architecture, stunning parks, shopping, fantastic restaurants and beautiful beaches. Newcastle has so much to offer everyone and I’m so glad I chose to make it my home.
It’s going to take a few blog posts to cover everything I want to say about Newcastle, but we’ll start with the city centre. I lived right in the centre of town for two out of the three year I was at university for, and having everything on the doorstep really meant I could make the most of my time. I’m massively into eating out so for me, hunting down the best places to eat was a must when I first arrived. I can highly recommend Nancy Bordello’s for a relaxed, casual feel. This place does amazing food (burgers, burritos, pizzas- that kind of thing) and some of the nicest cocktails I’ve ever had. It’s all really cheap but the quality’s great and the staff are all really friendly. It’s only a 5 minute walk from the city centre and 2 minutes from Manors metro station, so it’s perfectly situated whether you’re in the city centre already or travelling in by metro. Many a day and night was spent in here, and it never disappoints- I highly recommend you visit if you’re ever in the area.
Once you’ve eaten and drunk your way through the menu, the quayside is only a 10 minute walk away, and this in itself is well worth a visit, both at night and during the day. Sundays are a good day to visit if you want to have a wander round the market and there’s usually some sort of boating activity going on on the Tyne. Whilst you’re there, you’ll also be able to snap a photo with one of the seven bridges (yes seven! I couldn’t believe it at first either) that cross the river in the city centre. If you hang round long enough, you’ll be able to see the millennium bridge tilting to let boats through (take a look at the Gateshead council website if you want to know actual times). There’s also an artificial beach on the quayside in the summer, so if you don’t fancy taking the 30 minute metro ride to the actual beach, then you can always catch some sun on the quayside.
I’ll leave it there for today, there’s so much more I want to say about Newcastle, but I’ll save it for another blog post. It’s honestly one of my favourite cities and throws up new surprises every time I visit. I highly recommend you take a trip there if you haven’t done so already.
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