When is the best time to visit?
Although rain may occur throughout the year, Newcastle is one of the UK’s driest cities due to the rain shadow of the North Pennines. The region’s temperate oceanic climate is comparable to that of others in England. June and July are generally the warmest and driest months, while January and February are often the coolest.
Tourism in Newcastle peaks from June to September when the weather is most likely to be warm and dry. Bookings are at their highest so it is advised to book your flight to Newcastle in advance of your trip to get the best deals. Different events are held in the city each year, usually around June, August and February, with the aim of promoting local produce and food industry talent, North East hospitality and delicious healthy food for all the family. International Craft Beer Festival brings together over 50 leading craft breweries from around the world to Newcastle's Boiler Shop to provide an outstanding selection of over 200 National and International cask and keg beers. The festival, held in October, also features 'meet The Brewer' and world class DJs. If you're not the biggest beer drinker, fear not, there is also an artisan cider cellar, gin bar and some delicious street food on offer.
January and February are typically the coldest months in Newcastle, and therefore, they are the low season for tourism. Best months to find cheap flights to Newcastle and accommodation if you don’t mind the cold.
Take a cheap flight to Newcastle and see the port of Newcastle which historically owes its prosperity to industries such as coal mining, the wool trade, and shipbuilding and repair, however, the city is now more likely to be synonymous with nightlife. Party-goers come to Newcastle to experience the many clubs, pubs and bars of Quayside and Bigg Market, as well as the Diamond Strip that stretches along Collingwood Street and Mosley Street.
The historic city also features neoclassical (sometimes referred to as Tyneside Classical) architecture in the centre of town and a medieval street layout particularly visible in the narrow alleys near the waterfront, paired with newer marvels of engineering such as the Millennium Bridge. Even sections of ancient Hadrian's Wall and other Roman ruins can be found in the area.
Newcastle used to be an industrial powerhouse but has been reborn as the cultural centre of northern England. Long ago, it was the start of Hadrian’s Wall, remnants of which can still be seen in the area.
Quayside, where Newcastle meets Gateshead, is the location of many iconic landmarks. Built in the 1920s, the Tyne Bridge is the most recognisable among them, while the more recent Millennium Bridge sits nearby. The Baltic is a superb five-story building that was once a flour mill but now houses modern art galleries, restaurants and excellent views. The most recent addition to the area is The Sage Gateshead, an unusual looking structure that houses a state-of-the-art performance space and conference centre. Many runners flock to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run in September -- part of the route runs all around Quayside.
For a nature escape head a few miles east to where the Tyne meets the North Sea. The South Shields area has a number of picturesque parks looking out to sea with numerous statues and monuments among the greenery.