Newcastle

For the uninitiated, Newcastle is all about coal and industry – the lifeblood of modern civilization but not that interesting for tourists.

First things first: get rid of all those notions. You won’t find a trace of coal dust anywhere and what little industry there is left is safely confined to the suburbs not mentioned anywhere in these pages. These days, Newcastle is superstylin’, a cool urban centre that knows all about how to take care of itself and anyone else who comes to visit.

Yet, thankfully, Newcastle has built this new reputation as a hipster capital on a set of deep-rooted traditions and mores embodied by the city’s greatest strength: the locals. Geordies are a fiercely independent bunch, tied together by history, adversity and that impenetrable dialect, the closest language to 1500-year-old Anglo-Saxon left in England. They are also proud, hard-working and indefatigably positive – perhaps their greatest quality considering how tough life has been.

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