Welcome to Newcastle

Known for its nightlife, shopping and friendly locals, Newcastle is a fun, and culturally rich city. No matter what you enjoy there is something for you; from 38+ museums and galleries, to 265+ drinking establishments, the beach or the Northumbrian countryside, no matter what the time or what the mood, you will find something you love. 

Did you know that Newcastle is actually the smallest big city in the world, meaning you could walk across the whole city centre in as little as 15 minutes!! Even if that seems like too much for you, there are transport links all across the city to get you where you want including the local beaches or countryside, all within a half an hour journey.

 If you're visiting or thinking of moving here, you might want to brush up on your Geordie (the local dialect). Geordie isn't just an accent, there are actually hundreds of unique words and phrases that you will hear around the region. Some that may come in useful are 'Hyem' (pronounced yem) meaning home, 'canny' which means pretty, nice or good, and, 'Toon' which means town, specifically Newcastle city centre.

Some of Newcastle's most famous exports include Ant & Dec, Cheryl Cole, and, Greggs, the bakers, which originated and is still HQ'd in the city. Newcastle is also the city with the most Greggs' - with 31 in total, you won't need to travel far to get your pastry fix.

Above all of this, Newcastle is consistently voted one of the friendliest places in the UK- it is almost guaranteed that you will get a warm welcome from whoever you meet.

Top Attractions:

  • The 7 Bridges of the Tyne 

  • Hadrians Wall

  • Newcastle Castle 

  • Grey’s Street and The Theatre Royal

  • Eldon Square shopping centre

  • Greys monument

  • Laing art gallery 

  • Museums - The Hancock, Discovery, & Life centre

  • Hard Rock Cafe 

Our Personal Favourites:

We are all big fans of Newcastle here at NGU Homesales & Lettings. Below are our top recommendations of things to do and see while you’re here:

Visit Grey Street for beautiful architecture and culture right in the city centre. Once voted ‘Britain's most beautiful street’ it is littered with grade 1 & 2 listed buildings including the Theatre Royal and Grey’s Monument - this is where you’ll learn why it got the name…

During the holidays the Christmas markets are a must! The streets of Newcastle are filled with hot food stands, market stalls and Christmas cheer. It's a busy time but lots of fun. 

If you like markets, we also love a Sunday morning stroll along the quayside market; amazing food and the view of the famous bridges on a crisp morning is pretty special.

Just a short Metro journey away is the coastal town of Tynemouth; known for its gorgeous beaches and bouncing high street, it is a foodie paradise - you won’t believe this natural beauty is so close to the city. 

Best Schools in the area:

Primary Schools- 

There are 90 primary schools in Newcastle. The top rated are:

West Jesmond Primary School NE2 3AJ

St Catherines Primary School NE2 1PS

Canning Street Primary School NE4 8PA

Secondary Schools- 

There are 30 secondary schools in Newcastle. The top three highest rated schools are:

Royal Grammar School NE2 4DX

Newcastle High School for Girls NE2 3BA

Dame Allan's Senior School NE4 9YJ

A- Level Schools & Colleges-

Royal Grammer School NE2 4DX

Gosforth Academy NE3 2JH 

Newcastle College NE4 7SA

Universities-

The city has two major universities – Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

Newcastle University ranks in the top 125 universities in the world and is also a founding member of the Russell Group. In 2022, Newcastle ranked first in the UK and eighth in the world for sustainable development in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Northumbria University is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework. The University is also ranked in the top 25 in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with nine out of ten graduates working or studying six months after graduation.

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