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Tributes to the Toon: The Best Destination in the World

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Recently, Newcastle’s been named a must-visit place in 2018 by the travel guide Rough Guides, beating out destinations like Malta, Cuba or New Orleans. Wye aye, man!

I am thrilled to say that I’ve spent the past four years in the most coveted destination in the world! I can vouch for the greatness of the Toon and promise that a trip to our beautiful lands will bring you nothing but the warmest memories.


The city takes pride in its unique Northern culture that is so distinct from other areas in the UK. Three hours by train from London will get you to a wonderland of bridges, party-goers and Greggs’ sausage rolls (stereotypes reinforced). But hold on, that is not it – Newcastle has so much more on its menu for any visitor, young or old.

The stunning architecture of the Toon is one thing not to miss. With the towering Grey’s Monument, the iconic Tyne Bridge or Grey Street, which enjoys the highest ratio of Grade I and II listed buildings in the city. So, don’t forget to look up at our cherished constructions and, maybe, take a snap or two.


Love art? Then you’ll love Newcastle! Following a £3.8 million redevelopment, Newcastle University’s very own Hatton Gallery recently reopened, offering a diverse collection of over 3,000 artworks, as well as housing exciting new exhibitions throughout the year. Pop in any time between lectures, it’s completely free!

And if that’s not enough aesthetics for one day, take a stroll to the Laing Art Gallery, just 10 minutes’ walk from campus. Or head down to Ouseburn and browse the crafty delights of the UK’s largest independent commercial art gallery, The Biscuit Factory. You’re spoilt for choice!


The city also offers a modern take on culture, with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage (yes, I know that geographically they are in Gateshead, but it’s only seconds away from Newcastle).

BALTIC, which used to be a flour mill, was converted into a centre for art in the mid-1990s and since then has become Newcastle’s Tate. If you don’t feel like taking in a modern art exhibition, at least stop by the viewing box on Level 5, which offers a fantastic panoramic view of the Toon. Side note: Any respectful Instagrammer has a picture from that viewing box!

Sage, a concert venue and a centre for musical education, is an architectural wonder created by Foster and Partners. Both sites [BALTIC and Sage] symbolise the cultural evolution of what used to be an industrial city. And it is another must-have photo opportunity for any visitor of Newcastle.


When you’re done with sightseeing, there is a booming restaurant scene that will indulge any foodie! Newcastle is a fantastic place to eat, offering a host of excellent dining options. You can have a traditional British meal in the Broad Chare or head for the authentic Chinese to Amaysia.

And I haven’t yet mentioned the atmosphere of friendliness that will wrap you in love and kindness, something that won’t happen to you in London! On top of all this, the Toon is a fantastic place to be a student, but that is a different story…


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