An industrial engine room now reshaped as a party capital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is an evocative city of many different guises.
The beating heart of the Northeast exudes energy and charisma, offering good times, rich cultural heritage, iconic urban views and a trademark Geordie welcome.
Food and drink
With origins dating to the 13th century, the award-winning Blackfriars claims to have the UK's oldest dining room. Sitting at a heavy wooden table, you can enjoy traditional cuisine in the former refectory of this Grade I-listed friary – great for a special dinner out.
The age-old dish of pease pudding – thick, boiled split peas – originated in these parts. Traditionally served with ham, the versatile ‘Geordie hummus’ can be eaten hot or cold, on a plate, in a bowl or on a sandwich.
Newcastle Brown Ale
A favourite on Tyneside since the 1920s and a breakout stateside hit, 'Newkie Brown' is one of the city's most famous exports. Long-associated with the industrial working classes, this dark, full-flavour brew has a loyal army of fans who appreciate its mild, bitter tones.
Geordie comfort food
Newcastle delicacies are big on taste, but typically even bigger on calories. In the birthplace of bakery chain Greggs, traditional dishes include the saveloy dip (an elaborate sausage sandwich), pan haggerty (cheesy potatoes), singin' hinnies (rich, lardy griddle cakes), and – a more recent addition – the chicken parmo. Just ask a Geordie.