Newcastle upon Tyne often called as Newcastle, is a rich historic city with a dramatic landscape along the banks of the river Tyne. Located in North East region of UK the city has an approximate population of 26,000 people. The city's origin can be traced to the Roman period during the first century AD and takes its name from the Norman Castle built by William the Conqueror's eldest son in 1080. Despite many economic declines, the city saw buzzing industrial sectors during the Industrial revolution especially the industries of wool, coal and armaments prospered. Later the city became a world leader in shipbuilding. The city today is one of the major cities in UK with a mixture of old and new buildings. The medieval Cathedral of St Nicholas alongside modern housing bears a testimony to this. The city of Newcastle also offers enjoyable tourist facilities to explore. The city features dominant landmarks that include Norman Castle and Earl Grey Street. The attractions in the city range from the Theater Royal, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Metro radio arena to the City hall, which had seen famous performers from around the world.
Today's Newcastle is home to Europe's famous and largest shopping centers - Eldon Centre and Metro Centre. With small and big shopping malls, the city is a Mecca for shopoholics from all over the country. One of the trendiest cities of UK, Newcastle, is famous for its nightlife. You can choose from theatre, ballet, classical concerts, cabaret and innumerable bars and clubs with live bands. Apart from shopping and nightlife, the city is a hub for art lovers with galleries like Laing Art Gallery, Hancock Museum, Beamish open air Museum. You can avail tourist information of Newcastle from Newcastle city council or its website. Alternatively check out the Newcastle Tourist information centres at major areas of the city, including one at the airport and one at the Metro station. Newcastle Tourism Visitor Information is situated in the heart of the Civic Precinct on Hunter Street. Tourism in Newcastle is on the upswing, what with it being listed as one of the favored destinations in the UK. With its impressive contemporary architecture and other tourist attractions, it is little wonder that Newcastle is a must-see on the list of visitors to the UK. There are excellent Newcastle tourist board information outlets in different parts of the city. They provide a tourist with updates on tourist attractions, restaurants, nightclubs and travel. You can pick up local maps at the Newcastle tourist board offices.