Newcastle, Durham and Castles of the North – 2 Day Itinerary
The North East of England has a distinctive character of its own. Perhaps it stems from the industrial heritage and modern day vibrancy of cities such as Newcastle and Gateshead, or perhaps it comes from the the historic and iconic castles perched on windswept hilltops. Bursting with heritage and many a story to tell, this itinerary packs hundreds of years of history into two days, for a real taste of the North East.
Getting To Newcastle
Visit Newcastle by air thanks to over 80 direct connections into Newcastle International Airport. The airport also benefits from multiple daily flights to and from hub airports across the world including London Heathrow, Dubai, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin. With a Metro station located at Newcastle International Airport, travelling by Metro couldn’t be easier.
The journey from the airport to Newcastle city centre (Haymarket, Monument or Central Station) takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes from approximately 5.44am (Sundays 6.27am) to 11.58pm.
Travelling to Newcastle by train is fast, direct and frequent from London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester
London King’s Cross – Newcastle – 2 hours 50 minutes
Edinburgh Waverley – Newcastle – 1 hour 25 minutes
Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria – Newcastle – 2hours 20 minutes
Birmingham New Street – Newcastle – 3 hours 15 minutes
For a one off rail trip, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through either ACP Rail, Rail Europe or Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest, most cost effective and relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys, any time of the day and the freedom to explore.
A tale of two Cities: Newcastle and Durham
Castles of the North
For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.