Proud Geordie moment as Newcastle named number 1 place to visit in 2018

This week I am chuffed to ribbons to see my home city of Newcastle crowned in glory as THE place to visit in 2018.

The Rough Guide 2018 has placed Newcastle at number one in its newly-published list of the top “18 places that should be on your radar in 2018”.

It’s really exciting to see that it’s not just Newcastle’s past successes which won the judges over but a celebration of the region that has yet to come.

A key reason highlighted by the Rough Guide to visit Newcastle is a free showpiece event next summer, The Great Exhibition of the North.

The guide describes the upcoming family-friendly Great Exhibition as a “two-month jamboree that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in”.

Another reason is our next-door neighbour Gateshead and the combination of assets between the two which have seen 2018 hailed as “Newcastle’s time to shine”.

Other highlighted assets include Newcastle’s buzzing restaurant and cultural scene, nightlife and my fellow Geordie people ourselves (we’re a reet friendly bunch you know!).

I’m a proud Geordie and I’m bloody biased but Newcastle really is a cracking city with lots to offer visitors of all ages.

So what makes Newcastle so bloody great then?

We’ve got world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture and of course seven amazing bridges at the stunning Quayside.

Tyne Bridge Newcastle Quayside
The famous Tyne Bridge with the Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge in the background

Newcastle is home to the world-famous Newcastle Brown Ale and maker of stotties and pasties Greggs and of course our one and only football club in the city – Newcastle United.

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Stotties – A stottie cake or stotty is a type of bread that originated in North East England. It is a flat and round loaf, usually about 30 centimetres in diameter and 4 centimetres deep, with an indent in the middle produced by the baker

My fellow Geordies (people of Newcastle) are famously friendly and we could probably talk the back legs off a donkey.

We’re also famous for braving freezing temperatures in minimal clothing to have a good time (cheers for promoting the stereotypes Geordie Shore) but Newcastle is so much more than a good night out.

We’ve got an International Airport, great public transport links, buses and the Metro and you can walk round the city in about 20 minutes.

You’re only a short journey (by bus, Metro or car) from award-winning stunning beaches and lovely countryside walks.

You can find out more about what’s on in Newcastle and Gateshead here. 


If you haven’t visited my lovely home city then make 2018 the year you rectify this. Honestly pet you won’t regret it!


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  1. You’ve convinced me! I’ve only been to Newcastle twice – and many moons ago at that. Loved the place – and the people were awesome – the friendliest I’ve ever met (and that’s coming from a Northerner!) Still got to make it back to Hull, so guess I’ll just carry on up the coast ……

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