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.
Newcastle's reputation as a party city precedes it – the buzzing nightlife is a big draw for students, a magnet for stag and hen dos, and a reason for the locals to get out and about. Bars and clubs line the lively Osborne Road and Collingwood Street, the playground of local celebrities.
If you're after a quiet, intimate night out at the weekend, you’ll need to head further off the beaten path. Chinatown is a sound option for eating out, while the Quayside presents a more upmarket environment with a good number of eateries. You'll still encounter crowds and may pay a premium for drinks and nightclub entry, but it's less frenetic here than downtown.