Newcastle was named after the Norman castle in its centre. However, the city can trace its history back to Roman times. Remnants of Hadrian's Wall exist alongside a medieval cathedral, and impressive Victorian buildings.
The city lies at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, renowned for its glorious unspoilt countryside and rich heritage. The region is at the northern limit of the Roman Empire and has been the location of many border battles with Scotland.
Newcastle has lots to offer:
- cinemas showing mainstream, art-house and foreign language films
- a lively comedy circuit
- galleries and museums with permanent and touring exhibitions
- music venues putting on gigs from a wide range of genres
- theatre spaces offering drama, musicals and dance
- annual seasons from The Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North
The Quayside is a cultural hub bringing together the best of Newcastle and Gateshead.
Food and drink
Newcastle has a huge range of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. Whatever your tastes you'll find somewhere to eat and drink.
Newcastle is great for shopping with a mix of high street brands, independent boutiques and designer labels. There are around 600 shops in the city centre.
St James' Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club, is just a short walk from the University. The city is also home to Newcastle Falcons rugby club and has first-class basketball and ice hockey teams.
Newcastle hosts the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.
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