The port city of Newcastle owes its prosperity historically to industries such as coal mining, the wool trade, and shipbuilding and repair, however the city is these days more likely to be synonymous with nightlife, with the Rough Guide to Britain even naming this aspect of the city as Great Britain’s number one tourist attraction. Revellers arrive on flights to Newcastle to visit the many clubs, pubs and bars of Quayside and Bigg Market areas, as well as the Diamond Strip that stretches along Collingwood Street and Mosley Street. They throng with high-spirited merrymakers every evening, making lively Newcastle one of England’s foremost cities for a fun-filled bar hopping and clubbing trip.
The historic city is also architecturally attractive, with its neoclassical (sometimes referred to as Tyneside Classical) centre of town and medieval street layout (particularly visible in the narrow alleys near the waterfront) as well and newer marvels of engineering such as the Millennium Bridge. Such is the range embodied in Newcastle’s diverse blend of modern and past ages that even sections of ancient Hadrian's Wall and other Roman ruins can be found in the area.