The port city of Newcastle owes its prosperity historically to industries such as coal mining, the wool trade, and shipbuilding and repair, however, the city is now more likely to be synonymous with nightlife. Party-goers come to Newcastle to experience the many clubs, pubs and bars of Quayside and Bigg Market, as well as the Diamond Strip that stretches along Collingwood Street and Mosley Street.
The historic city also features neoclassical (sometimes referred to as Tyneside Classical) architecture in the center of town and a medieval street layout (particularly visible in the narrow alleys near the waterfront), paired with newer marvels of engineering such as the Millennium Bridge. Even sections of ancient Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman ruins can be found in the area.
Although rain may occur throughout the year, Newcastle is one of the U.K.’s driest cities due to the rain shadow of the North Pennines. The region’s temperate oceanic climate is comparable to that of others in England. June and July are generally the warmest and driest months, while January and February are often the coolest.
Tourism in Newcastle peaks from June to September when the weather is most likely to be warm and dry.
January and February are typically the coldest months in Newcastle, and therefore, they are the low season for tourism, as the weather is less favorable. This is reflected in accommodations and travel costs and availability.
Newcastle’s downtown is relatively compact with many pedestrian-friendly areas. Most tourist sites are easily reachable on foot. However, the city also has a public transportation network including a metro system, buses and rail services to surrounding towns.
Newcastle Airport (www.newcastleairport.com) is located in Woolsington six miles northwest of Newcastle’s downtown. Durham Tees Valley Airport (www.durhamteesvalleyairport.com) is also accessible, and located near Darlington in County Durham, around 33 miles south of Newcastle.