Living in Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne is a vibrant and dynamic city brimming with energy. You are spoilt for choice whatever you enjoy - shopping, dining out or enjoying an evening of entertainment at one of the many theatres, cinemas and music venues across the region.

The city itself is just minutes away from unspoilt countryside and miles of stunning Northumbrian coast - the Lake District is just a two hour drive across the A69. 

Affordable housing, great schools and easy travelling all lead to an enviable lifestyle in the North East of England.

About Newcastle

Newcastle points of interestNewcastle-upon-Tyne has a population of around 280,000 and is the administrative, cultural and education centre of North East England. 

The city is compact and dynamic with a rapid underground transport system and a large indoor shopping precinct - one of the biggest in Europe - drawing regular visitors from as far afield as Scandanavia.

Once a medieval walled town - the base for continuous warfare with the Scots - Newcastle is steeped in history, with architectural remains including the Norman Castle Keep, sturdy towers and parts of the city wall. Spacious Georgian streets and buildings rub shoulders with a modern city. Fifteenth century St Nicholas' Cathedral sits close to the bustling riverside and the seven bridges that span the Tyne.

There are museums, libraries and art galleries, including the Laing with its fine permanent collection of British art. The Theatre Royal is at the hub of a thriving theatre world and is regulalry visited by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Baltic art gallery and Sage music hall sit just across the river in Gateshead. There are also hundreds of friendly pubs and superb restaurants in the area.

Sport is well represented, and the city is home to Newcastle United. General sports and leisure activities include golf, tennis, football, cricket, bowls, squash, riding, rambling, sailing, rugby and angling. Gosforth Park is well-established as Newcastle's racecourse and the Town Moor is the venue for the country's biggest annual fair.

Getting out and about in Northumberland, the wildest and least populated of any English county, is a refreshing experience. Rolling hills and the forest of the Northumberland National Park reach north to the Scottish Border, just two hours drive away. England's finest sandune beaches and interesting fishing villages line the coast. Offshore lie the Farne Islands, famous bird sanctuary and home to thousands of seals. Historic Hadrian's Wall starts in Newcastle and runs to Carlisle and the Lake District.

Just south of the city lies Durham City and its great Norman cathedral. An hour's further drive brings the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and Moors within range of the sightseer.

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Education and housing

Newcastle and the surrounding area offers a mixture of housing with something for every taste. House prices in the North East of England are much lower than most of the rest of the country, but housing in the area still offers quality, prestigious homes.

There are a range of housing types, from modern contemporary riverside apartments on Newcastle's vibrant quayside, to executive homes at Wynyard Village about 30 miles drive south of Newcastle.

In surrounding Northumbria you can find many rural retreats, and the coastal areas provide substantial older character properties - from terraced houses to unique 'Tyneside' flats from the Victorian and Edwardian era.

With a number of excellent state and independent schools, the North East can provide any child with a solid foundation for future career development. 

The city of Newcastle itself is home to two nationally recognised universities:

Both are centres of excellence in medicine and dentistry.

The area is also home to many well-established colleges which offer a wide range of courses from A levels to vocationally based qualifications.

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