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Nestled on the edge of the River Tyne, Newcastle has a distinctive skyline, a vibe all of its own and an accent that can’t help but charm. Those who’ve visited remark on the energy and vibrancy that the city somehow exudes.
Jonathan is far from alone in having been captivated by Newcastle. Indeed, the city has been named by Rough Guides as the best place to visit in 2018 – not just in the UK, but in the world. And with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the globe, they should certainly know!
Rough Guides has flagged up Newcastle’s cultural credentials and superb gourmet scene, amongst other things. With restaurants voted among the top in the UK and an extensive craft beer scene, the city has much to offer those who enjoy outstanding culinary experiences.
It was no coincidence that Newcastle was chosen to host the first Great Exhibition of the North this year, which will be one of England’s largest cultural undertakings. The exhibition – and the city itself – is attracting hordes of tourists.
Newcastle is also known for attracting students in their droves, again in part due to the city’s superb lifestyle offering. The latest WhatUni student choice awards saw Newcastle University and Northumbria University placed second and fourth respectively in the ‘best city life’ category.
Rough Guides has also praised Newcastle for its architectural feats. A host of regeneration projects have given the city some cutting edge buildings that both honour its industrial past and create a distinctive, contemporary city that is proud to compete on the global stage.
Now, with the city’s tallest ever crane installed over the August bank holiday weekend, Newcastle’s skyline is on track to become even more exciting. The new residential building known as Hadrian’s Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in the city, delivering 162 capital quality residences backed by exceptional shared social spaces. The development will ensure the continuance of the architectural innovation for which this stunning city is becoming known around the world.
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