Last year I visited Newcastle for the first time because I wanted to catch Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibition. I only had time to grab a couple of hours to explore the city after the exhibition and left feeling like I’d seen only a tiny fraction of what it has to offer.
While I wait to find time to re-visit Newcastle, I have been speaking to other bloggers about what attracts them to Newcastle and visiting the north of England. Blogger Catherine Lavinia thinks the city has a huge amount of offer visitors and especially students who are looking to study in a city which manages to be hugely cosmopolitan but also still affordable.
This guest post is thanks to Catherine.
This dynamic city in the heart of North East England is a hub for the scientific community and culture and home to the famous Life Science Centre. The town boasts a rich history and an abundance of ancient castles.
Newcastle is one of the clearest examples of the mixture of old and new. Castle fortress, medieval cathedral and elegant Georgian-style houses in the streets stretching down to the river give silent witness to the ancient and rich history, while recently constructed buildings reflect the modern trend and style.
Newcastle is a city with a great variety of entertainment. It has everything for recreation: many art galleries and theaters including the wonderful Theatre Royal. The world-famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge is also located in Newcastle. Shopping enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by one of the largest shopping centers in Europe located on Eldon Square in the center of Newcastle.
The city has so many galleries, bars, restaurants and music clubs which are especially noteworthy so you’re never short of ways to occupy your time. If you are here to relax, there are also many parks where you can spend time just enjoying nature or organising picnics with friends and some great beaches close-by where you can go on a sunny day to enjoy the scenery. The city also has the benefit of being so compact that you can get to any point of it in less than 30 minutes.
Newcastle makes a real difference from other cities in the UK in terms of “price-quality” of life: you can give yourself a very decent standard of living here. Newcastle University accommodation and the cost of goods and services are almost twice as cheap as in London.
The fortunate few know that the city is known as the best place for students, as the two world-famous universities and a college attract a large number of students to Newcastle. It is a relatively inexpensive city for student life that provides numerous discounts for students.
Here are a few more facts that will show some of the hidden gems of the city:
– Newcastle University is part of the Russel Group Association for the best research-intensive universities;
– Newcastle University is pleased to offer individual attention and growth conditions for each student. Most of the teaching process takes place in small groups, which makes it quite easier to get used to the learning environment and become better acquainted with all the teachers and fellow students.
– The most cosmopolitan city in the UK is located just 3 hours from London
– Newcastle International Airport allows you to reach the major cities in the UK and Europe
– Don’t miss the Angle of the North which was created by artist Antony Gormley in 1998, it’s 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across!