The Compact Beauty and Leisure in Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, shortened as Newcastle is a hoary city in the North West England with river Tyne adding charm to the place. It used to be a great ship-building and trading centre and during the industrial revolution coal-mining activities took place here. But with the decline of such industries, today the city is largely a business and cultural centre, nonetheless, retaining its forward position. The Tyne Bridge has its own unique charm.
The Anglican St.Nocholas and the Roman Catholic St.Mary’s are two cathedrals with more than 500 years history. The quietude, magnificence, grace and piety they exude are noteworthy for the religious minded. Those who are aesthetically inclined will love the exterior elegance and interior beauty of both the structures. Church of St.Thomas, the Martyr is another great landmark in the realm of religion.
With the decline of industrial manufacturing activities, Newcastle is now renowned for its retail and services sector, contributing substantially to the income of the nation. Eldon Square Shopping Centre occupies a pride of place in the shopping arena. The concept of Department Store was popularised by Bainesbridge, now known as Johan Lewis store. The Northumberland Street is often referred to as “the most expensive street” but the variety and quality of goods that can be had here is quite remarkable. Eldon Garden and Monument Hall are other places renowned for the wares they provide for the eager customers. Its suburbs also boast some fine department stores.
There has been considerable attention to the Newcastle as a centre of night life and it has added to its fame in the recent decades. Dozens of restaurants, clubs, pubs and dancing halls make the place much desirable for the visitors and the people in and around the locality. Recently there has been much spurt in Hen and Stag parties.
Big Market and Quayside are two great attractions in refined night life catering to food, ale, singing and dancing. “The Gate” is a new addition to this glittering list which has many restaurants, bars and also a cinema complex to entertain the multitude.
One is surprised at the variety of food items that can be had in Newcastle: English, Continental, American, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Spanish delicacies and wholesome food are available in plenty catering to the multifarious tastes.
Theatre Royal, The Journal Tyne, Live Theatre and others are leading theatres staging dramas to sustain the cultural moorings of the place, much appreciated by the visiting public as well.
There are plenty of fairs and festivals throughout the year in New Castle. A notable event is the celebration of the Chinese New Year with great fanfare. Besides, there is NewcastleGateshead festival, a local spring festival celebrated with great enthusiasm. North East Art Expo is another festival dedicated to art and design fields. There are other festivals like Family Fun Day and special days for Far East countries as well adding flavour to the general atmosphere of carnival.
There is plenty of music production and notable groups record their concerts which are marketed throughout the world. Among the prominent names in this genre are The Lighthouse Family, Deep Dish and Adam Freeland. Metro Radio Arena has a capacity to seat 11,000 persons and hosts a number of prestigious events. 02 Academy Newcastle is a new addition to the list of famous music halls in the city.
The Discovery Museum, Newburn Hall Motor Museum, Laing Art Gallery are some of the finest museums catering to the intellectual stimulus.
From star hotels to budget hotels there is plenty of accommodation to satisfy the refinements and tastes of different visitors. People in charge of Hospitality business take care to make the visitors feel happy with the environment. Transport is no problem either.
Though relatively a small place, Newcastle too has much to offer by way of entertainment and sight seeing.