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Inspirational Locations Every NCL English Student Should Know

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For anyone looking to study English, Newcastle has tons of hidden gems to get you inspired. Some locations around the city seem like they were made just for Literature students and, as one myself, I’d love nothing more than to share my top inspirational hotspots with you.

Lit & Phil Society

First opening in 1825 and housing over 160,000 books, the Lit & Phil is the largest independent library outside of London. As Hemingway said ‘There is no friend as loyal as a book’, and for an English student, this is the perfect place to make some loyal friends!

The Quayside

Some of the best ideas are created alongside water and with such a lovely view at the Quayside, and English student is going to be inspired.


If a river isn’t enough to get an English student thinking, Newcastle also has beaches! Just a short Metro ride away, the best of Newcastle’s beaches has to be Tynemouth. Take a look at the markets on a Sunday, then walk along the beach and read your book. What is a good novel without the symbolic use of water?

Jesmond Dene

Speaking of water, Jesmond Dene also has a lovely stream. Living close to so much greenery as an English student is ideal. Think tweeting birds, contemplation and fresh air to clear the head.

Grey Street

Take a walk down the iconic Grey Street and see Monument. The buildings and architecture here will take you back in time to a period of cobbles and gowns.


If you’re willing to go a little further, fifteen minutes on the train out of Newcastle is Durham. Take a trip into Bronte-esque aesthetics.

Barter Books

Another trip out of the city will take you to Alnwick. Barter Books is any English students dream. Complete with open fires, a café, 40-murals, a model railway and of course, shelves and shelves of cheap, second-hand books!

When you move to Newcastle as an English student you won’t be able to resist feeling inspired to read, take in the history and maybe even write something of your own.


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