One of the great things about Newcastle is how easy it is to visit some of the UK’s other cities. Direct trains to all of these locations means a day or weekend trip, should definitely be on your list of things to do if you decide to come to uni here.
Only an hour and a half away, Edinburgh has loads to see and do – the castle, museums, ghost walks, shopping and of course the zoo, which is only a short bus ride from the city centre. Pandas!
A city steeped in history, there are more traditional tourist attractions like the Viking museum, the city walls and York Minster. But the small, winding streets have a ton of quirky cafes, restaurants and shops to visit. Or if you fancy something a bit more exciting, give the York dungeons a try. It takes just under an hour on the train so it’s perfect for a day trip, especially around the time of the Christmas markets.
An hour and a half away, Leeds offers you a bit more in the way of a modern city life with its shopping, theatres and restaurants. The sociable Yorkshire city has a lot to offer in the evenings too.
Although it takes a little longer to get to London (approx 3 hours), you can get direct trains from Newcastle Central station. Advance return tickets from around £40 means it’s worth planning a few months ahead, and booking a couple of days in the capital to give yourself a chance to explore and make the most of your time there.
It might seem silly to add Newcastle to the list, but often when you live somewhere you don’t bother to get out an about and discover what the city has to offer. Take a few days with friends and play at being tourists. The Baltic, the Discovery Museum, the Quayside, or the Angel of the North, are all great places to start.