Newcastle-upon-Tyne port of call is the best choice for the most rapid entry into the North Sea or the Baltic. Traveling to the heritage coastline—famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and sand dunes—from Newcastle-upon-Tyne cruise port is very convenient. The port of Tyne is situated quite near to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has its own International Passenger Terminal located very close to the Newcastle International Airport. From the summer of 2007, Newcastle has been included as the main port of call for the Norwegian and Fjords cruises of Thomson Cruise Lines. For the most part of the year, Newcastle has a temperate climate; however, it is warmer than other places located at approximately the same latitude due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.
Steel Wheels at 36 Saint Mary’s Place is well-known for several reasons, one of them being the vote it received from the New Musical Express as the best record shop in Newcastle. Do pay a visit to this shop as it has a vast and interesting collection of old and deleted CDs. Northumberland Street is the central shopping area of this city. This street was once voted the most expensive shopping street to rent in the United Kingdom, outside of London. Newcastle also houses several other shopping centers, including the conventional Grainger Market, considerably new-age Eldon Garden and Monument Hall Complexes, and the Newgate Center. If you like shopping at high-end stores, stop by Ath-Leisure at 10 Northumberland Street, which specializes in trendy branded clothing and accessories for the youth.
Things to See
The breathtakingly majestic Bamburgh Castle sits atop a bluff just above the North Sea in Northumberland. This famous castle has featured in a number of movies over the years. The Gateshead Millenium Bridge that recently opened up on one side of River Tyne is already very popular and is also known as the “blinking eye” mainly because of a unique mechanism it uses to open. The Blue Reef Aquarium at the Grande Parade is the only one of its kind in the whole of Tyne and Wear. It has a number of loyal local visitors and has recently opened a new exhibit of seals.
Restaurants and Bars
A relatively new restaurant in Osborne Road is El Castano. Step through the doorway and you will be greeted by a typical Spanish theme and beautiful terracotta tiles. If you are a fan of Teppan Yaki restaurants in which chefs personally prepare dishes of your choice on a hotplate at your table, Fujiyama at 35-39 Bath Lane is for you. It is a memorable experience to see the chefs handle sharp knives with expertise and cook meals right in front of your eyes.
One of the most popular bars in the whole of the city center is The Bacchus—a pub that had been named the Tyneside Pub of the Year 2009. It offers a wide selection of ales and beers, and serves a menu with reasonably priced items around 13:00. If you are in the Haymarket or Gallowgate area, do not miss Soho—a recently opened bar, which serves a good selection of beers and offers great food between 10:00 and 19:00.