A Weekend in Newcastle
First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation?
Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the readers of The Guardian consider it the UK’s best city. Here’s how to join the cool kids club and experience this Geordie center for yourself.
Since it’s the major city of northern England, getting to Newcastle is a breeze. National express trains from London take about three and a half hours ($150 round-trip). You could also hop on a quick flight via budget airline Flybe ($100 round-trip), and Bla Bla Car remains a popular option if you’re comfortable road-tripping with a stranger (around $40 round-trip).