Student City Guide: Newcastle
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For those willing to venture north of the Watford gap, there are a wealth of great cities to be discovered in the north of England and Newcastle is amongst the best. Culture, craic and great clubbing - what more could an adventurous student want? Where to go sightseeing Walking upstream along the Tyne takes you towards the Byker area of Newcastle – made famous by Byker Grove. It's a quirky area with lots of artists' studios and nice pubs, as well as a thriving city farm underneath the Byker Bridge. If it's warm, the beaches at South Shields are a short bus ride from the city and boast an aquarium as well as some cracking fish'n'chips and the usual seaside attraction. On a rainy day, Newcastle has some surprisingly good museums for such a small city. The Hancock museum has some impressive taxidermy on display and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art across the river regularly hosts big-name shows. Both have free permanent collections and the cafe in the BALTIC comes highly reccomended. Where to eat Next to the Centre for Life museum, near the train station, A Taste of Persia delivers authentic food at a very authentic price. Serving two courses for just £6.95 in happy-hour, it's some of the best food in the city. For more of a cafe atmosphere, check out the Cafe Du Vie on Saville Row, serving excellent coffee as well as baguettes and a stellar French onion soup. St Sushi has two outlets in the centre and offers a range of boxes as well as a made to order sushi menu, so you can spend as much or as little as you want.
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