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Travel and Local Information

Delegates will all navigate to Newcastle upon Tyne (by air, rail or road) before crossing the river to reach the conference hotel.

Travel by Air

Newcastle International Airport - Tel: +44 (0) 871 882 1121

Newcastle International Airport is approximately a 20 minute taxi journey from the conference hotel, depending on rush hour traffic. The taxi cost will be approximately £20.

You can view the airport website at www.newcastleairport.com

From the Airport to the Conference Hotel by Taxi

Airport Taxis - Telephone: 0191 214 6969

Airport Taxis are the official taxi service for Newcastle International Airport. Taxis can be booked by calling the above number or by visiting their webpages at www.airport-taxis.co.uk.

From the Airport to the Conference Hotel by Metro and Taxi

There is a surburban railway connection (the Metro) direct from the airport terminal tot he main railway station (Newcastle Central Station).

Tyne and Wear Metro is a light rail system with 60 stations serving Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. The Metro has been rated as one of the country’s most efficient modes of transport and currently carries nearly 40 million passenger journeys per year.

The journey to Newcastle Central Station takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes from approximately 5.44am (Sundays 6.27am) to 11.58pm.

A single fare from the airport to Central Station will cost £3.00 and a return fare will cost £4.80.

For further information on Metro services, go to www.nexus.org.uk/metro

Travel By Rail

National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours) - Telephone: 08457 484950

From the main railway station (Newcastle Central Station) a taxi to the hotel will take 5 minutes and cost around £6.00. Alternatively, the hotel can be reached on foot, via the High Level bridge, after a walk of just over 1km.

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Newcastle via Newcastle's Central Station.

London (Kings Cross Station). Trains leave approximately every 30 minutes to Newcastle Central Station – journey time approx three hours. The main route from Kings Cross to Newcastle upon Tyne is serviced by East Coast Trains, you can find out more information at www.eastcoast.co.uk/

Travel By Road

From The A1, junction with the A184 From the A1 northbound or southbound, take the A184 and continue towards Gateshead. Continue on this road across 2 roundabouts towards Gateshead and at the 2nd set of lights turn left onto the Tyne Bridge approach road. Turn left into Bottle Bank. The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel is on the left.

Sat Nav postcode reference: NE8 2AR

Travel Advice

Traveline - Telephone: 0800 23 23 23

Traveline North East Website For information on local bus routes and times, call Traveline for local travel information for bus and rail services to Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas. Public transport throughout Newcastle upon Tyne is of a high quality and inexpensive to use. There are frequent bus services with local bus companies, however tickets are not interchangeable. Tickets for single journeys and day tickets can be purchased on the bus. Exact fare is normally required. Bus schedules are subject to change and enquiries should be made to Traveline North East prior to your journey.

Sightseeing

Make the most of your visit to Newcastle with some unmissable city highlights:
Discovery Museum
Theatre Royal
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
The Biscuit Factory - Gallery
Laing Art Gallery
Centre for Life
Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas
Holy Jesus Hospital
St. James' Park
Belsay Hall and Gardens
Wallington House
SAGE Philharmonic Hall
The Great North Museum

The Truth About The Weather


5 day Weather Forecast (opens in new window)

Weather in the UK does have quite a reputation, which is largely justified so, if you are not familiar with it, it is worth being prepared (for anything). Realistically, in late June a temperature of 15º Centigrade counts as cold and 30º counts as hot. You might hope for daytime temperatures in the low 20s. However, since we are not very far from the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, rain is likely, but by no means inevitable; in summer there may be thunderstorms and hail is not impossible. Sunny weather is not unheard of; it’s recently become a bit warmer, a bit drier and (perhaps) even more unpredictable.

Download a pocket city map here.

It's a great city to explore on foot. Delegates will find the city not only visually stunning but also very accessible. For longer journeys around the city, there are plentiful buses and taxis always available.

 

Further Information

For further information on Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, please visit the websites below:

http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/

http://www.visitnortheastengland.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle_upon_Tyne

http://wikitravel.org/en/Newcastle_upon_Tyne

A City Guide iPhone App is also available for Newcastle upon Tyne.