Newcastle Mini Guide
Once you have rented a car in Newcastle there are many fine sights to see in the surrounding countryside such as Hadrian’s Wall (built by the great Roman emperor) and he Northumberland Coast. Newcastle, being an old Roman settlement, also has an ancient Roman fort at Segedunum which is worth visiting. Newcastle has its own airport, Newcastle International from where you can fly to and from Europe and some other destinations like Dubai
The Rhino car rental offices are easy to find and from there it will only take you 15 minutes to arrive in the city itself. You will also not miss the incredible and imposing Angel of the North statue, a modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, as you drive into Newcastle and whichever direction you are coming from there are easy to follow signs directing you to Newcastle city.
However you may wish to take advantage of the many park and ride facilities on offer and these are listed in the National Park and Ride Directory. Then you may choose to walk, or even hire a bicycle as there are some cycle routes and plenty of places to lock your bike up.
Having built up a reputation as a first class cultural destination there is no end of museums and galleries to visit in Newcastle. Try the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery or the Shipley Art Gallery.
No visit to Newcastle would be complete without going to see the local football team. Despite having had a mixed, and some would say poor, recent record, the popularity of the club has always exceeded its league position and Newcastle supporters are widely regarded as some of the most passionate in football. There is also the Newcastle Falcons rugby club here where Johnny Wilkinson plied his trade.
Newcastle has lots for the visitor to see including the iconic Tyne Bridge, often thought of as Britain’s answer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These days the brilliant engineering and design of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge nearby is equally renowned.
Guided walks along the River Tyne take place daily and the city improvements have made the walks a popular way to see the attractiveness of this city on the Tyne. A short distance outside the city and easily reached by hire car is the Angel of the North statue, initially reviled but now revered.