Travel around Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, usually referred to as Newcastle, is the most important city in the north-east of England. This port city is located on the banks of the River Tyne and has become renowned as a regional and national hub for culture, commerce and nightlife.
Every year tens of thousands of people visit Newcastle to sample the warm welcome of the local ‘Geordies’, as well as the chance to explore the region surrounding the city, which includes the rugged landscapes of Northumberland and the historic Roman ruin of Hadrian’s Wall.
There are strong road and rail links connecting Newcastle to the rest of the UK, and Arriva bus services cover the whole of the city, as well as journeys further afield to Berwick Upon Tweed, Alnwick and Blyth.
The Romans were the first people to build a bridge across the River Tyne and use the area as a base from which to oversee the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. When the Romans left Britain, the area became known as Monkchester, and became part of the kingdom of Northumbria, before being renamed as Newcastle from 1080 onward.
The strategic location of Newcastle drove successive monarchs to develop it as a military stronghold throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, and from 1530 onwards, the growth of the coal industry propelled Newcastle to its enduring status as a major city.