NewcastleGateshead has an enviable line-up of festivals and events this year, with a summer of celebrations and London 2012 Olympic Games activity combining to make it one of the UK’s stand-out city break destinations in 2012.
Recently described by the Lonely Planet at the ‘hipster capital of the northeast’, NewcastleGateshead plays host to Olympic Football at St James’ Park, an exciting line-up at unique, urban music festival Evolution, EAT! NewcastleGateshead - one of the country’s most acclaimed food festivals, and Bridges Festival - a free, two day celebration on the banks of the Tyne.
The twin cities of NewcastleGateshead has become one of the UK’s most popular city break destinations thanks to its world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture. Coupled with its famous ‘Geordie’ welcome, NewcastleGateshead is one of the most exciting and dynamic destinations in Great Britain.
United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank), NewcastleGateshead is home to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, one of the UK’s leading contemporary art galleries, The Sage Gateshead, an international home for music and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge – the world’s first and only titling bridge.
A compact and walkable destination, NewcastleGateshead can be seen on foot but it also boasts a light railway system providing quick and easy across the city and to areas including the beautiful Tynemouth coastline. Accessible by car, rail, sea and air, NewcastleGateshead has excellent transport links and is only 3hrs from London by train and 90mins from Edinburgh by train.