13 July 2008


is a city in Tyne and Wear, England. It is located along the north bank of the River Tyne and was formerly the county town of Northumberland.

The city was founded in Roman times under the name Pons Aelius. The medieval Latin name is Novum Castrum super Tynum (Newcastle upon Tyne).

The city is the 20th most populous in England; the larger Tyneside conurbation, of which Newcastle forms part, is the 6th most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom. Newcastle is a member of the English Core Cities Group and (with Gateshead) the Eurocities network of European cities.

Newcastle and the surrounding areas offer lots of activities and sights for locals and tourists alike. Shopping facilities in the city centre and the locality are superb. Being a compact city, you can get everything you want at places all within short walking distances. Better still, prices are generally cheaper that other big cities in the UK. Moreover, all the major high-street names are represented on Northumberland Street and in Eldon Square, together with a large number of other department stores and smaller specialist outlets, stocking more designer brands than you can shake a stick at. People come from all over the UK and even from the Continent to shop here.

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