Book a Newcastle hotel and explore the grand Victorian streets of the city whose Tyne Bridge was the model for Sydney Harbour Bridge and where shirtless Newcastle United supporters cheer on their team in the depths of winter.
At the Discovery Museum you’ll find the 19th-century Turbinia, the one-time fastest ship in the world. You can also try out your own light bulb jokes, as the object was invented here by Joseph Swan.
Art and museums in Newcastle
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a 1950s grain warehouse, attracts names like Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. The Laing Art Gallery has Pre-Raphaelite masters like Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt. At the Centre for Life you’ll hear talks by astronauts and learn the importance of bogies.
Quirky things to do in Newcastle
When this Roman city was founded by Emperor Hadrian citizens worshipped Apollo and Mars. Nowadays the gods wear black and white. A tour of St James’ Park stadium takes in the changing rooms where the mighty Shearer laced his boots. For families at Seven Stories there are kids’ storytelling sessions.
Events in Newcastle
If you book your Newcastle hotel in June, you’ll be in town for the Hoppings, said to be the largest travelling fair in Europe, taking over Town Moor. The city’s Science Festival in March has power tool races and lessons on how to speak chimpanzee.
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Attractions in Newcastle:
Summer Season: daily 10am-5pm
Winter Season: Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm Nov 2012 - Apr 2013; not Mon or Fri (various dates)
Apr-Sep: Thu-Mon 11am-4pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Tue or Wed (annual)
Castle daily 11am-5pm
Grounds daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Nov 2012 - Feb 2013; Weekends only (various dates)
What's on in Newcastle:
08/06/2013 to 24/06/2013
29/06/2013 to 29/06/2013
21/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
20/07/2013 to 22/07/2013
08/07/2013 to 08/07/2013
30/06/2013 to 30/06/2013