Newcastle Upon Tyne is a city steeped in history where you’ll find a friendly welcome and plenty to keep you occupied. A survey at the beginning of 2016 by the European Commission found that it was one of the ‘happiest’ places in the UK. Here are just some reasons why it’s a great place to work and live.
- It’s a small city
Newcastle is one of the smallest cities in the UK and you can probably walk from one end to the other in the space of just 15 minutes. That may be why it offers such a friendly welcome and seems more inclusive than other, sprawling conurbations.
- Newcastle’s architecture
If you love historic buildings, Newcastle is a perfect place to set up home. From the glorious Tyne Bridge to the heart of Grainger Town you’ll be living in and around some of the finest architecture that the UK has to offer, including the Theatre Royal and 244 other listed buildings.
- House prices
As in many regions of the North East, house prices are quite attractive. You should expect to pay around £130,000 for a decent sized flat and the average semi-detached is currently fetching around £180,000.
- The surrounding countryside
It’s just a short jaunt out to the countryside and there are some great spots to visit if you live in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Places like Jesmond Vale and Walker Riverside Park are ideal locations for the whole family to enjoy.
- Great beaches
The coast is only 20 minutes away with areas like Whitley Bay and Blackhall Rocks for great days out on a nice summer’s day. There are a number of places like Longsands Beach that are popular with surfers and there are plenty of locations where you can swim and have fun with the kids.
Places like Grainger Market and the surrounding streets with well-known stores make Newcastle Upon Tyne a brilliant place to shop and spend the day. With everything within walking distance you can spend hours in places like Eldon Square Shopping Centre or on Northumberland Street.
- Nights out
There are plenty of opportunities to go out and party in Newcastle. Whether you want a great meal, a trip to a traditional pub or dance the night away in a nightclub, there’s something for everyone. There are local breweries too, such as Northern Alchemy, and, if you want a touch of real Northern atmosphere, you can sit outside at the Free Trade Inn and watch the sun settling gently over the Tyne.
- Good for business
Newcastle is fast becoming a thriving hub for businesses after a decline in industry over the second half of the 20th Century. City administrators have remade it into a great region for start-ups, particularly tech companies, with a focus on promoting green businesses. Newcastle is hoping to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK.
- A great place to bring up a family
Newcastle has always been an inclusive city and recent investment in the infrastructure and a large student population make it one of the most cosmopolitan places to live in the UK. There are great schools and plenty for families to do and see in and around the city.
- Cultural Centre
Finally, Newcastle is a place of huge cultural diversity with a range of theatre and festivals to choose from, including the Chinese New Year celebrations, the yearly beer festival and the Evolution Music Festival. It’s a city where something is always happening and a brilliant place to live.