|Cheapest price||S$ 1,076||From Singapore to Newcastle upon Tyne|
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.
Although rain may occur throughout the year, Newcastle is one of the UK’s driest cities due to the rain shadow of the North Pennines. The region’s temperate oceanic climate is comparable to that of others in England, and the summer months of June and July are generally the warmest and driest and winter months of January and February often the coolest.
Tourism in Newcastle peaks during the summer, from June to September, when the weather is most likely to be warmest and driest.
Winter, particularly the coldest months of January and February, is Newcastle’s low season for tourism, as the weather is less favourable, and this is reflected in accommodation and travel costs and availability.
As Newcastle city centre is relatively compact and many areas are pedestrianised, most tourist sites easily reachable on foot without the need for transport.
However, the city also has a public transport network including a metro system and buses as well as rail services to surrounding towns.
The Tyne and Wear Metro offers routes from Newcastle Airport into town, as well as routes from central terminals such as Haymarket, Monument, St James, and Central Station to locations such as Northumberland Park, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Gateshead, North and South Shields, and Sunderland.
The Arriva North East and Stagecoach companies offer bus services in Newcastle and toward other towns and cities, with main bus stations at Haymarket and Eldon Square.