Visit Newcastle

Visit Newcastle

 

Dukes Cottages lies just 20 minutes from Newcastle City Centre, and 18 minutes from Newcastle Airport.

We are not far from the cities main metro (tube) line which travels around a lot of the city.

Dukes Cottages is ideally located to enjoy both the City and surrounding countryside, and the stunning coastline.

About Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne (also known as Newcastle) is one of the largest cities in England located in Tyne and Wear. Situated North of the River Tyne it used to be known as the county town of Northumberland. There are many sites to see in the city of Newcastle such as the Tyne Bridge, the Discovery Museum and ‘St James Park’ the famous football ground.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a true regional capital that clings to the north bank of the River Tyne that hosts seven city bridges. The most famous of these bridges is perhaps the great arched suspension bridge that carries the A1. The oldest of the bridges is the Robert Stephenson’s high combined road and rail bridge that was erected in 1849.

Between those two bridges is an elegant swing bridge that turns on a central pivot, built in 1876. All the other bridges are 20th century bridges, one carries the metro and over and underground railway system that first opened in 1980.

Running along both sides of the River Tyne is the Metro that connects Newcastle with various historic attractions and the sandy beaches at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, note that the beaches here are no comparison to the quality of the beaches up the Northumberland coast if you head a little further north.

You can make a swift round trip of the area by crossing the river between South Shields and North Shields by boarding the Shields Ferry (open Monday to Saturday 7:00am – 10:50pm and Sunday 10:30am – 5:30pm), just a short walk from the ferry terminals are Metro stations where you can buy a day saver ticket for access to most of the county of Tyne and Wear.

Travelling to Newcastle

Offering scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe the Newcastle International Airport is situated just 5 miles away from the city centre, the perfect touch down for tourists who travel to the city. You can travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro service to get downtown; it travels into Monument Station with the journey lasting around 20 minutes.

Other than the metro service you can also take the Bus or Taxicab to travel into Newcastle’s city centre.

Newcastle Train StationThere is a train service that runs from London to Newcastle and back approximately every half an hour that also stops at Doncaster and Peterborough, the journey usually takes around 3 hours. Up the road Edinburgh is only a one and a half hour train ride away. There are also regular trains that connect the rest of the country including places such as Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Oxford, Manchester, Glasgow, York and many others.

Tickets can be bought from any station on the day of travelling although if you are travelling fairly far to get to Newcastle you are advised to book as much in advance as you can to save on ticket prices.

Geordies

The term Geordie refers to someone who has been raised in and around the city of Newcastle and the accompanying counties of Tyneside. Many people would have heard this term being used to describe the followers and supporters of the Newcastle United Football Club as they are often labelled as Geordies by sport commentators and newspaper journalists. The known rivals of Newcastle United FC, Sunderland were once also known as Geordies, until football rivalry forced the Sunderland crowd to break away from the term in and around the late 1980’s, as they did not want to be associated with Newcastle in any way.

If you have never heard someone speak in a strong Geordie accent before it may come as a shock to you and you may find some words difficult to comprehend. Here we will give you some common examples of spoken terms used in the Geordie dialect: ‘alreet’ (alright), ‘hyem’ (home) and ‘nowt’ (nothing). A lot of the elements of this vocabulary have been inherited from Old English, where as the lower end of the country has updated to Standard English phrases, this could be because the north was not as affected by the Norman Conquest compared to how the south was.

There are a few arguments over where the actual term Geordie originally derived from, all of the theories have little evidence to be able to prove the true origin. Some say that it is because miners in the area used to use lamps named Geordie Safety Lamps that had been designed by George Stephenson around 1895, other mining communities in the surrounding area used Davy Lamps, which made a dissimilarity amongst the communities.