Newcastle City Breaks by Rail
|Typical Newcastle Rail Breaks rail times to Newcastle (times are approx.)|
|Aberdeen to Newcastle||4 hrs 05 mins||Dundee to Newcastle||2 hrs 50 mins|
|Inverness to Newcastle||5 hrs 05 mins||London to Newcastle||2 hrs 55 mins|
|Berwick to Newcastle||0 hrs 50 mins||York to Newcastle||1 hrs 0 mins|
|Durham to Newcastle||0 hrs 15 mins||Darlington to Newcastle||0 hrs 30 mins|
|Edinburgh to Newcastle||1 hrs 30 mins||Montrose to Newcastle||3 hrs 25 mins|
Founded nearly two millennia ago as a Roman fort, Newcastle upon Tyne is as popular among today’s residents and visitors as it was to the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his followers, who considered the city a prime location in their defense against the Scottish Picts. The city enjoyed a reputation as a major port city in later centuries, and today is known as a centre of cultural, artistic and sports activities and events.
Visitors to Newcastle upon Tyne have a wide variety of sights and activities to choose from, and the city’s convenient and expansive rail service makes it ideal for weekend and casual visits, as well as longer holidays.
The River Tyne is a short walk from the city’s train station, and hikers are rewarded by the iconic Tyne Bridge, a world-renowned suspended arch bridge. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is also famous for its unique architecture.
The Roman ruins are well worth a visit, including remains of Hadrian’s famous wall, just a short walk from the train station. Take note of the Latin signs at the train station, including one directing visitors to what used to be the city’s “vomitorium.” Remains of the city’s 12th- and 13th-century castles from which Newcastle derived its name are here, including the foreboding Castle Keep and the Black Gate.
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas, dating to the 14th century, is well-known for the 15th-century spire which once guided ships along the river. Today, the church is home to effigies dating to the 14th century, as well as 19th-century artwork and embellishments which were added when the church officially became a cathedral. Next to the church is an office building protected by a fantastical creature, known locally as the Vampire Rabbit, which red eyes, fangs and nails.
Newcastle upon Tyne is also home to numerous museums and galleries, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, located in a former industrial building, and The Biscuit Factory, Britian’s largest art store, with a commercial gallery, studio spaces and galleries. Europe’s largest traveling festival, the Hoppings, also takes place here every June.
For the sports minded, Newcastle is well known for its basketball, rugby and football teams, and the city’s St. James Park is the fourth largest football ground in Britain, with seats for more than 52,000 spectators.
The city boasts several shopping districts, from the upscale shops along Northumberland Street to the charming marketplace of Grainger Market. The city is also home to the Metro Centre, Europe’s largest shopping centre and leisure complex.