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City of reinvention

Newcastle has had its ups and downs but it keeps on bouncing back and reinventing itself. The northeast’s biggest city makes a lively contrast with the medieval castles, ruined abbeys and wide open spaces of the northeast’s hinterland. It gets its name from the New Castle built in 1080 by the eldest son of William the Conqueror, but the city as it stands today is overwhelmingly a creation of the industrial age. The original castle is long gone, and little remains of the second castle, built a century later by Henry II. To its natives, though, it’s just ‘the Toon’.

Vibrant energy
Queen Victoria is said to have kept the blinds down while her royal train passed through Newcastle on the way to and from Balmoral – she favoured sweeping, romantic views of Scottish bens and glens over the new industrial grandeur of the age of steam. So she missed the view of the bridges and the river, and passed up the chance to visit a place of vibrant energy – then and now – and one of the friendliest of northern cities. She would certainly not have been amused by today’s young revellers enjoying the wealth of Newcastle’s nightlife.

Recommended in Newcastle

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Hotel du Vin Newcastle

Stylish hotel in the former Tyne Tees Shipping Company maintenance depot.
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Malmaison Newcastle

Decor with a 'wow' factor in a prime location overlooking the river.
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House of Tides

Dynamic innovation at this casual restaurant, set on the Newcastle quayside.