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Newcastle’s past stretches back 2000 years to an original Roman settlement.

Over the years it’s been through several incarnations, but the one that sticks in everyone’s mind is the era of Newcastle’s coal mines.

In fact, a lot of people still expect Newcastle to be covered in coal dust and filled with grim-faced industrial workers, but that’s far from the truth in this vibrant port city.

Newcastle today is lively and diverse.

Its compact layout and graceful architecture makes it perfect to explore on foot.

Not just a pretty face, Newcastle is also a centre for art, culture and business, but its greatest draw is its nightlife.

Somewhat infamous for its culture of social drinking, Newcastle is a favourite destination for wild nights out on the town.

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  • Spend the day visiting The Great North Museum, this is the place to visit if you want to find out about Newcastle’s intriguing history!
  • Newcastle is known for its vibrant nightlife with places like Bigg Market, Quayside, Jesmond and Grainger Town being the best places to have an unforgettable night!
  • Soak up the great weather in Newcastle by visiting the beautiful Bar Beach, surrounded by rock pools and scenic ocean views that make for a perfect day out!
Pound Sterling
Exchnage Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.06 GBP
Time Zone:
Standard time, UTC +0 (Newcastle is two hours behind South Africa); Summer, UTC +1 (daylight savings time, one hour behind South Africa).
Dialing Code:
00 + 44 + Local Number
Drives on the left
Type G (Frequency 50Hz: Voltage 230V)
Newcastle International Airport

The best time to visit Newcastle would be during May, June, August, September and October months.

These months offer the best weather for sight-seeing.

The most spoken language in New Castle is English.

  • The Grainger Market opened in 1835 and was Newcastle’s first indoor market.
  • Stephenson’s Rocket, which won the Rainhill Trails in 1829 was built in Newcastle.
  • The first public demonstration of the light-bulb was given by its inventor Joseph Swan on 3rd February 1879 at a lecture theatre in Newcastle.

It may be billed as a party city first and foremost, but Newcastle has a lot of refined culture to offer its visitors.

Its galleries and museums are top class attractions, and its historic buildings are both beautiful and fascinating.

The Great North Museum is an absolute must-see and entry is free.

Grainger Town’s streets are a postcard from another time, and the Tynemouth Castle and Priory is both spectacularly situated, and intriguing to explore.

Of course, you’ll want to grab a few pints at one of the famous Newcastle night spots, but consider going to a show or seeing some live music as well.

If you’re there in spring you might even catch the Evolution Festival, featuring local and national rock, indie and dance bands.

As the top shopping destination in the North East of England, Newcastle has plenty to tempt touring credit cards.

Northumberland Street is the main shopping area, but Grainger Market, Eldon Square, the Royal Quays and Old George Yard are just a few of the other options out there.

If you’re visiting at Christmas you’ll love the Continental Christmas Market - the ornaments make wonderful Newcastle souvenirs.

Getting around the city by bicycle is a feasible option, but if you’re saving your energy for seeing the sights, the bus and metro systems are safe and not too expensive.

While owned by several operators, all the public transport is administered by Nexus, and timetables and maps are available on Nexus’ websites for bus, metro and ferry.

Newcastle is a destination that offers culinary experiences which many visitors cannot get enough of.

Pan Haggerty is a famous Northumberland dish which combines thinly sliced potatoes, fried onions and mature cheddar cheese.

It is a dish that many locals swear to be the best dish to have when visiting.

The list below consist of the best restaurants in Newcastle that should be on every visitors bucket list:

  • The Broad Chare
  • Miller & Carter Newcastle
  • The Bridge Tavern
  • Mantra Thai Dining Restaurant
  • COOP Chicken House

The religions that make-up Newcastle include Christianity, Islamic, Hinduism and Judaism.

Locals are extremely welcoming and friendly to new visitors.

This is a very religious city, but not necessarily a conservative city.

Locals know how to let their guard down and have a good time.

Newcastle is a safe city to stay in and visit.

Like many big cities around the world there are good and bad sides, so it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.

Usually during peak-seasons there are incidents of petty crime like pick-pocketing, other than these odd occurrences Newcastle is a city that many new visitors fall in love with.

South African Passport holders do need a UK Visa to visit Newcastle, or anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

The Visa takes at least 10 days to process, so make sure you apply in time.

Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Contact the British High Commission (Telephone:012 421 7500) for more information, in addition to visa applications.

Address: Newsham Lodge Barn, Newsham Lodge Lane, Woodplumpton, Preston, Lanes PR4 0BB

Telephone: (+44) 177 269 11 43


Fax: (+44) 177 269 11 43

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Newcastle
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 173.66
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 55.57
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 45.65
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 19.26
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 147.61

Newcastle International Airport – NCL

Food and beverages:Starbucks, and Caffé Ritazza.

Currency Exchange:Travelex is the official Forex partner of Newcastle Airport and has ATMs and outlets in both Landside and Airside Departures.

Lost luggage:Lost luggage claims should be handled at your individual airline’s lost and found desk. The airport’s Lost Property Office, for items lost within the airport, is contactable on +44 0191 214 3367.

Car hire:Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and National.

Airport hotels:The Double Tree by Hilton is situated a few metres from the Newcastle International Airport Terminal.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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