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Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a diverse city which is reputed to have the best nightlife in the United Kingdom. Known for its sports, music and art, the city is also a popular starting point for walking tours of Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland Coast. Although it was once an industrial centre, today, Newcastle-upon-Tyne has re-invented itself as a hotspot for science and culture. Visitors to the city will also find an excellent range of quality accommodation, from chain and independent hotels to country house hotels, spa hotels and serviced apartments.
Where you choose to stay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne depends on what you're looking for from your break. Groups of friends planning a celebratory weekend might prefer the freedom of serviced apartments, where you'll have your own living and dining space as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Couples might opt for a stay in an independent hotel or guesthouse, while for families with younger children, the larger chain hotels offer all the amenities needed for a relaxing break. If you're really looking to unwind, there are spa hotels here where you can relax with treatments to your heart's content.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne attracts families throughout the year, and no wonder - there are so many things to see and do here. Why not take off on a day trip to Hadrian's Wall to visit the Roman forts, or head for the Life Science Centre, just a short stroll from city-centre hotels and with plenty of exhibits for under 7's. Newcastle city centre is pretty compact and many areas are pedestrianised, so it's easy to get around on foot. On sunny days, get out of the city and head for one of the area's beautiful sandy beaches; some of the most notable can be found at South Shields or Whitley Bay.
Choose a chain hotel or independent hotel in the city centre and you'll find many offer free self-parking, making it easy to reach some of Newcastle-upon-Tyne's many excellent sporting venues. Football fans can head for St. James Park to attend a Newcastle United game, whilst for rugby fans, you can catch the Newcastle Falcons playing at Kingston Park. If basketball is more your thing, the Metro Radio Arena is home to one of the best basketball teams in the country, the Newcastle Eagles. Fancy getting dressed up to the nines? You can always head to Newcastle Racecourse for the day.
Couples, families, groups of friends and business travellers visiting Newcastle-upon-Tyne all have one thing in common - they're all looking for comfortable accommodation offering excellent amenities. Families will find most hotels provide free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast, so there's no need to worry about searching for family-friendly cafés first thing in the morning. Couples might prefer to relax with pampering treatments at spa or golf hotels on the outskirts of the city, or choose a city-centre chain hotel with its own bar and restaurant. Business travellers will find many of the city's chain hotels have 24-hour business centres with high-speed internet and meeting/conference facilities.