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Newcastle
Location
Status Metropolitan borough, City
Area 113.44 sq km
Population 259,500
Language English
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP)
Timezone GMT/UTC and BST (Summer)
Tel area code 0191
Overview:

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, popularly called Newcastle, is a port city situated on the River Tyne, in England. It is also the metropolitan borough of ceremonial county of Tyne and Wear. The vibrant city of Newcastle is the 20th most populous in England. Traditionally, Newcastle has been the county city of Northumberland. With a number of world-class attractions, Newcastle is regarded one among the world's new cultural Meccas. The city centre is full of history and boasts the most popular classical buildings in the United Kingdom. Newcastle also houses one of the most successful universities in Britain. The university is highly noted for its teaching and outstanding research facilities.

Geography and Climate in Newcastle

At a latitude of 54.97°N and a longitude of 1.62°W, Newcastle-upon-Tyne lies on the northern bank of the Tyne Valley. The beautiful River Tyne meanders close to the city centre. The area is renowned for its large deposits of coal. Though its rock layers contain mostly of carboniferous rocks, millstone grit and oolite are also available. Newcastle has temperate climate. But compared to some other places located at similar latitude, it is moderately warmer because of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Its position in the rain shadow of the North Pennines makes the city among the driest cities in the United Kingdom.

History:

Newcastle-upon-Tyne was founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. At that time, it was known as "Pons Aelius". A great wall built by Hadrian can still be visible in parts of the city, mainly along the West Road. After the departure of Romans, Anglo-Saxon took the control of Newcastle. The city was known throughout that period as Monkchester. In 1080, Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror’s son, created a wooden fortress and thereafter the city was known as New Castle or Novum Castellum. The city was the country’s northern castle in the Middle-Ages. In the 18th century, Newcastle became the country's major print centre after London, Oxford and Cambridge. And, it was also the world’s greatest glass producer. In the 19th century, it was the largest shipbuilding centre in the country.

People and Culture of Newcastle

According to the 2001 census, the unitary authority of Newcastle has a population of 259,500. Among these, White ethnic people are at 93.1%, Pakistanis at 1.9%, and Indians at 1.2%. The city also has Chinese and Jewish populations. The population includes a diverse range of peoples, cultures, and religions. Newcastle is largely Christian at 70.6%, with Islam at 3.6%. The majority people (16%) have no religion. The local dialect is Geordie, which reflects Newcastle’s virtues and vices. Presence of numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs make it a fun-loving city in the country. Every June, Newcastle celebrates “The Hoppings”, reputedly the largest traveling fair in Europe. Ever year, the Royal Theatre situated on Grey Street hosts performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

People Culture in Newcastle

According to the 2001 census, the unitary authority of Newcastle has a population of 259,500. Among these, White ethnic people are at 93.1%, Pakistanis at 1.9%, and Indians at 1.2%. The city also has Chinese and Jewish populations. The population includes a diverse range of peoples, cultures, and religions. Newcastle is largely Christian at 70.6%, with Islam at 3.6%. The majority people (16%) have no religion. The local dialect is Geordie, which reflects Newcastle’s virtues and vices. Presence of numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs make it a fun-loving city in the country. Every June, Newcastle celebrates “The Hoppings”, reputedly the largest traveling fair in Europe. Ever year, the Royal Theatre situated on Grey Street hosts performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tourism in Newcastle

Newcastle boasts lots of wonderful tourist attractions, which include monuments, landmarks, and historic buildings. Major attractions are Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, the Angel of the North, Bowes Railway, Segedunum, Discovery Museum, Museum of Antiquities, and Newcastle Military Museum.

Transport in Newcastle
Newcastle has an excellent public transport system. The bus network is managed by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive. The city is by many major roads, which include A1, A19, A69, and A167. It is a major railway station on the East Coast Main Line and Cross Country Route. About 10 km from the city centre is Newcastle International Airport, which presently handles more than five million passengers per year.



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