Newcastle City Break
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For 2020, the first citybreak of the year will be in Newcastle upon Tyne, jewel of the north-east. City breaks are a great way for OutdoorLads members to visit cities in the UK they may never have been to and maybe would not visit alone. Come and join us.
Situated on the northern bank of the River Tyne, Newcastle is the most populous city in the area, 277 miles north of London.
In large parts, Newscastle still retains a medieval street layout. Narrow alleys or 'chares', most of which can only be traversed by foot, still exist in abundance, particularly around the riverside. Stairs from the riverside to higher parts of the city centre and the extant Castle Keep, originally recorded in the 14th century, remain intact in places.
There are several museums and galleries in Newcastle, including the Centre for Life with its Science Village; the Discovery Museum a museum highlighting life on Tyneside, including Tyneside's shipbuilding heritage, and inventions which changed the world; the Great North Museum; in 2009 the Newcastle on Tyne Museum of Antiquities merged with the Great North Museum (Hancock Museum); Seven Stories a museum dedicated to children's books, the Side Gallery historical and contemporary photography from around the world and Northern England and the Newburn Hall Motor Museum.
At the heart of the city is the 1000-acre Town Moor; larger than London's Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath combined, and even larger than New York's Central Park, the town moor dates back to the 12th century, with the land tenure and its use being regulated by an Act of Parliament.
The above text is freely adapted from Wikipedia, the full Newcastle page being accessible here.
A quick overview of the weekend.
Arrive late afternoon on Friday, all go out for a meal on the Friday evening.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, we can either join a local ODL walk, find a free walking tour, or go on the hop-on, hop-off bus around the city.
Saturday afternoon, free time to visit your own choice of attractions.
Saturday evening, pub meal out, possibly linking in with local ODL social.
Sunday morning, free time before check-out at 10am (please note, Newcastle Central YHA does not currently offer a late checkout).
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Photo Credits: 1) Phil Brown 3) Quayside, Newcastle by Tom Page, and 4)Grey Street, Newcastle by Jimmy McIntyre all used under the creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
What to bring
Bedding is provided at the YHA, but you'll need a towel as well as your usual overnight kit.
Food & drink
No food or drink is provided.
Food and drinks are available in the hostel, but generally we will be going out to eat.
Unlike other cities' YHAs, this one does not currently have a self-catering kitchen.