Newcastle – also known as Newcastle upon Tyne or The Toon to locals – can be found in the county of Tyne and Wear in northeast England. If you are unfamiliar with the city our Newcastle Area Guide gives you an overview of this city.
The county is named after its two rivers Tyne and Wear and outside of Newcastle is home to quayside cities and North Sea beaches, like Tynemouth Longsands. Previously Newcastle was a proud industrial city supported by the coal industry, now its once derelict factories and warehouses are being regenerated for businesses and residents. The most popular tourist attractions still include Hadrian’s Wall built by the Roman Empire. In more recent times The Angel of the North, an iconic contemporary sculpture that overlooks the region has become associated with this northern city.
Getting Around Newcastle
Newcastle is on the northern bank of the River Tyne and seven bridges connects it with Gateshead, a town on the south bank of the river. On the north side you can discover a number of new developments including The Forge, Quay Side Lofts and Hanover Mills.
“The location is perfect, right next to the Quayside and train station, with all shops, restaurants and bars within short walking distance” David T, Verified Resident of The Forge
The heart of Newcastle is Grainger Town, where many of the properties are Grade II or II listed. This is where you will find Grainger Market – Newcastle’s first indoor market and Theatre Royal. Just to the north of the city centre is Jesmond, popular with students and younger professionals it is also one of the posh areas of Newcastle. This is one of the most desirable areas of Newcastle and is where you can find Jesmond Three Sixty by Jomast. Up and coming areas in Newcastle include historic Ouseburn Valley. The once bustling factories and warehouses have been regenerated into a new and vibrant area of the city. Also to the east along the river is a suburb called Byker. This area made its name as the setting of BBC TV series Byker Grove where TV hosts Ant and Dec found fame. It is also home to one of Newcastle’s most well-known housing developments, Byker Wall.
“I like that the train station is close but there is no school nearby for my children” Mosab, Verified Resident of Hanover Mill
“There are some really great bars and nightlife, but the area is still quiet enough at night. The views over the water are great, especially with the sunrise.” David C, Tenant of Quayside Lofts
Newcastle is serviced by the Metro system offering convenient connectivity around the city. Over 60% of the population of Newcastle live within a mile of a station and as you move further from a station house prices reduce. In addition homes closer to stations are worth more and bought and sold less often.
Newcastle has built a reputation as a northern city that offers a variety of cultural and social activities. From museums, galleries, shops and music venues it is also known for a buzzing nightlife and the friendly ‘Geordie’ people. Famous Newcastle residents include pop star Cheryl, the sports presenter and ex-Newcastle United player Alan Shearer as well as Sting, lead singer of the Police rock band.