- Newcastle upon Tyne City Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne City Centre, or more commonly Newcastle City Centre or colloquially as The Toon, is the
central business districtof Newcastle upon Tynein North East England.
Haymarket is the northern edge of the city centre bordered by
Spital Tonguesand Jesmond. It is the location of Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Haymarket Bus Stationand the City Pool, and is mainly a business area. The Church of St Thomas the Martyris a prominent landmark in the area opposite the Metro station where the northern end of Northumberland Street, the city's main shopping street, is.
As of 2008, the area around
Haymarket Metro stationis currently undergoing renovation works to modernise the station.
The area surrounding
Manors Metro station, in the east of is the location of buildings and student accommodation of Northumbria University. It is bordered by Bykerand mainly a residential and educational area. The Laing Art Galleryis located here.
Quaysideis the most southern point of the city centre, at the bottom of a hill on the north bank of the River Tyne. The Gateshead Millennium Bridgeand Tyne Bridge, leading to neighbouring Gateshead, are the most prominent landmarks on Quayside. It is mainly a residential and commercial area with hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs towards the Tyne Bridge end. The Newcastle Law Courts are located near the Millennium Bridge.
The path along the river forms part of a cycle route toward
North Shieldsand Tynemouth.
The Central Station surrounding the city's railway stations is known for its bars and clubs. Towards the western end is the city's gay district. The
Centre for Life, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Cathedral, The Discovery Museumand The Journal Tyne Theatreare all located in the vicinity, as is the city's coach station.
Grainger Townforms the area between Central Station, Chinatown and Monument. It was built in the mid 1800s and today is an area of shopping, nightlife and most notably dominant architecture. The Theatre Royal is situated on Grey Street. Towards the south eastern end is the Grainger Marketand The Gate, an retail and entertainment centre. Bigg Market is in the western end of the area and is an area of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.
The area centred around
Grey's Monumentis located in the heart of the city centre surrounded by retail and commercial units. It is the location of Eldon Squareand Eldon Square Shopping Centre, the city's largest shopping centre, with the adjacent Eldon Square Bus Station.
Chinatown is a small district on the western edge of the city centre between Central Station and St James'. It is centred around Stowell Street with a number of Chinese restaurants and the rear entrance to The Gate.The distinctive red arch marks the entrance to the district from St James'.
St James' is a small area surrounding
St James' Park, the stadium of Newcastle United F.C, and St James Metro station. The are a small number of pubs in the area but it is not a major area of residence, business or retail. Behind it is Leazes Park.
Tyne and Wear Metrohas five stations in Newcastle City Centre which are all underground. Running north to south, Haymarket, Monument and Central Station are on both the Green and Yellow lines which run northbound to the Airport or towards the coast via Whitley Bay and southbound to South Hylton or South Shields.
Bus and coach
Newcastle has two bus stations for local and regional bus services. Services heading north generally use
Haymarket Bus Station, whilst those to the south and west use Eldon Square Bus Station. Both bus stations are operated by Nexus. Many roads in the city centre are for buses only or have bus lanes. The QuayLinkservice, with its bright yellow electric buses, has two routes - Q1 from Haymarket to Quayside and Q2 from Central Station to Gateshead.
Long-distance coach services use a separate coach station on St James Boulevard.
Newcastle, known locally as Central Station, is the city's mainline railway station and a principal stop on the
East Coast Main Line- with local, regional and national destinations served directly. Manors is the only other station in the city, but has a very limited service.
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