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A snapshot guide to Newcastle

Newcastle

The home of the Geordie, Newcastle is the capital of the North. Well-known for its friendly locals and vibrant atmosphere, this welcoming city always offers plenty to see and do, from its active nightlife and thriving music, arts and theatre scene, to its wealth of places to eat and drink around the popular Bigg Market and the Quayside... Enjoy a cup of coffee or a pint of Brown Ale overlooking the iconic Tyne Bridge!

Whoever said it was grim up north was mistaken. Newcastle is the commercial, educational and cultural hub of the North East of England, boasting fantastic transport links to London and Scotland via London North Eastern Railway. In fact, Newcastle Central Station is one of the busiest stations in the whole of Britain. The city also benefits from its own Metro system, linking inner city areas to North Shields, South Shields and Newcastle Airport. There are three main bus companies providing services in the city, as well as access to the A1 motorway, which famously passes the impressive Angel of the North at Gateshead en route to Newcastle.

One of the leading retail centres in the UK, Newcastle has several major shopping centres, the largest being Eldon Square, which houses Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, and Fenwick – famous for its striking Christmas window display each year. The biggest Tesco store in the UK is located at Kingston Park on the edge of the city, while the nearby MetroCentre is the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe! Newcastle also has a strong sporting tradition. Newcastle United Football Club has been based at St James’ Park since the club was established in 1892, while the city even has its own horseracing course and speedway.

There are 74 primary schools and 20 secondary schools in and around the city, with Newcastle College providing further education – winner of the 2018 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. What’s more, Newcastle has two great universities – Newcastle University and Northumbria University – and is frequently recognised as one of the best places in the country for students, who tend to congregate around the Jesmond/Gosforth area.

As for house prices, the overall average price last year was £202,153, which is much unchanged from the situation the previous year, and is lower than the national average. The city’s economy is strongly service-based, in stark contrast to Newcastle’s roots as a major coal mining area and world-leading shipyard. The highest-rated employers include Hedgehog Lab (a global technology consultancy), Northern Gas and Power, Nigel Frank International (recruitment services), Cundall (international multi-disciplinary consultancy providing engineering, design and sustainable solutions for the built environment), as well as the University of Newcastle.

A wonderful place to live and work, Newcastle hosts a year-round calendar of exciting events, and is the starting point of the annual Great North Run, attracting over 57,000 runners to the North East every September.