New Homes in Newcastle
Welcome to Newcastle
From museums to art galleries, play parks and historic sites, Newcastle is a vibrant city often referred to as the capital or the North East. If you’re looking for a place to live with lots of great amenities and cultural attractions, along with excellent transport links, a new home in Newcastle could tick all the right boxes for you.
A quick history
Newcastle dates back to Norman times, when a fort and bridge were built along the River Tyne. A town grew around the castle, and during the war between the Scots and the English, the area flourished as travelling soldiers brought wealth to the town.
In the Middle Ages, Newcastle became a port exporting coal, lead and wool. The city’s first ship was built in the late 13th century, while other industries included rope and leather making. Walls were built around the town at this time, but were later demolished in the late 18th century.
By the early 17th century, Newcastle was one of the biggest and most important towns in the country. The Parliamentarians invaded during the English Civil War, and the Royalists surrendered the city in 1644. The city centre was rebuilt between 1825 and 1840, and many parts, including Grainger Town, were named after the people responsible. The railway line between Newcastle and Carlisle was opened in the 1830s, and the city was connected to London by rail in the mid-19th century.
Business and industry
Newcastle’s traditional industries, including coal and wool, declined in the 20th century, but today the city is home to a wide range of businesses across many different sectors. Major employers in and around the city include Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Grainger Games, the Go-Ahead Group, Greggs, BAE Systems, Accenture, British Airways and the Inland Revenue.
Things to do in the area
If you enjoy a little retail therapy, there are lots of places to go shopping in the city, from Northumberland Street to Eldon Square Shopping Centre. After browsing the shops, you can go for a meal at Newcastle Quayside along the banks of the River Tyne.
For history fans, there are lots of museums in the city including the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum and Seven Stories children’s book museum. If you’re moving to the area with children, family-friendly attractions include the Life Science Centre, the BBC Newcastle tour and the Laing Art Gallery.
If you follow sports, you can watch Newcastle United play at St James’ Park or cheer on the Newcastle Eagles basketball team at Sport Central. Other places of interest in the city include Theatre Royal, Gosforth Park and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Travel and commuting
Whether you’re commuting for work or travelling to see friends and family, Newcastle is well connected by road, rail and air. Gateshead is only five minutes from Newcastle city centre on the Tyne & Wear metro, while Sunderland can be reached in 20 minutes.
If you’re travelling to London, one of the easiest ways to get there is by train which takes three hours from Newcastle to King’s Cross. By rail, Edinburgh is one hour 45 minutes away, while Leeds can be reached in one hour 30 minutes.
When it’s holiday time, Newcastle International Airport is just north of the city centre, either 10 minutes by car or 25 minutes by metro.