Travel to Newcastle
For many, the highlight of a trip along the A1 is catching the first glimpse of the iconic Angel of the North several miles in the distance. The 54 metre tall structure dominates the surrounding landscape and proudly acts as the gateway to Newcastle Upon Tyne; a vibrant city perched on the banks of the River Tyne.
Affectionately known as 'The Toon' to the Geordie locals, Newcastle offers an eclectic mix of award-winning museums, world class shopping and a night life to match. So bag yourself a car share and travel to Newcastle for less, leaving you with some extra pounds in your pocket during your stay…
Welcome to Tyneside
For a scenic approach to Newcastle, exit the A1 towards Gateshead and cross the iconic Tyne Bridge for a sweeping view of the city skyline. To your right you'll see the Sage Gateshead concert venue, whilst the striking BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – the largest of its kind in the world - is visible in the distance.
Meanwhile, St James's Park – Newcastle's beloved football stadium – can be seen on the horizon as you enter the heart of the city. The lively Quayside area is located just below the foot of the bridge and is a great place to stretch your legs or grab a refreshment both during the day and into the early hours.
If you'd rather satisfy your hunger for knowledge, however, then make your way to the Life Science Centre
where a 4D motion ride, king size planetarium and a host of scientific exhibitions await. Elsewhere, the Great North Museum: Hancock
features everything from dinosaur skeletons and mummies to an interactive model of Hadrian's Wall.
Shopping and nightlife
Newcastle also ranks as one of the best shopping cities in the UK, boasting no less than two of the largest shopping centres in the land. In fact, the intu Metro Centre is the largest shopping and leisure venue in Europe – and is easily accessible from the city centre. Hop in your car share and take your pick from over 10,000 parking spaces, then spend the day wandering between the 340 plus stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
In the heart of the city, meanwhile, you'll find intu Eldon Square
, home to over 150 high street stores and boutiques. You'll also find plenty of familiar names spread along nearby Northumberland Street
. If you prefer a spot of bargain hunting, however, then hit up Small Change – one of the city's most popular vintage stores.
There's more to Newcastle than shopping, however, and the city's night life is not to be missed. Kick your evening off with a meal and some cocktails at one of the trendy bars and restaurants on Quayside, before heading off to one of the 20 pubs and clubs in the bustling Bigg Market district.