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Want to have a good weekend in Newcastle-what should I see?
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How do you like your weekends?

drinking? then go to the quayside or the bigg market
theatre/music? then go to the Sage (in Gateshead) or Theatre Royal
museums/galleries? then go to the discovery museum, laing art gallery, great north museum (formerly Hancock) and the Baltic. All of these are free
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How do you like your weekends?

drinking? then go to the quayside or the bigg market
theatre/music? then go to the Sage (in Gateshead) or Theatre Royal
museums/galleries? then go to the discovery museum, laing art gallery, great north museum (formerly Hancock) and the Baltic. All of these are free
Can I eat fresh fish and newkie broon ale anywhere?

Where are the best bits to look around generally? Does it have bits as bad as Moss-side, longsight etc?
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Can I eat fresh fish and newkie broon ale anywhere?

Where are the best bits to look around generally? Does it have bits as bad as Moss-side, longsight etc?
there's nowhere bad like Moss-side, there is nothing like a gun or knife crime problem as seen elsewhere. Its one of the safest cities according to the Police in that respect.

The worst parts would be Scotswood/Benwell/Elswick in the West, and Walker in the East, but if you're visiting for a weekend, I don't know why you'd be going there, as they're just plain boring suburbs.

They're not that bad, they are some of the poorest areas yes, but if you go through, and don't provoke people, you should be fine. If you have long hair and are male, expect some stick from the kids, but if you look big, you'll be okay. You won't be attacked randomly, just don't go round showing off expensive stuff.

Any pub will sell Brown Ale. From the 'traditional' pubs like The Strawberry right outside the stadium where you'll probably find a lot of middle aged men arguing about the current state of Newcastle.
Other good bars would be Goose on Percy Street and some people might recommend The Dog and Parrot near Central Station.

For fish and chips, you're going to find the best stuff at the Fish Quay in North Shields, and that's about 20 minutes from the centre by Metro. Most chip shops in town are the typical greasy kebab shop types. If you don't want to go to the Fish Quay for your fish and chips, Gorman's is good, but that would involve a 10 minute bus ride to Denton Burn or Fenham.
If by fresh fish you mean unbattered fish, then you'll probably find some nice food at Pitcher and Piano on the Quayside, which itself is a nice place to eat and drink. Or any other restaurant in Grainger Town or by the river will be decent.
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there's nowhere bad like Moss-side, there is nothing like a gun or knife crime problem as seen elsewhere. Its one of the safest cities according to the Police in that respect.

The worst parts would be Scotswood/Benwell/Elswick in the West, and Walker in the East, but if you're visiting for a weekend, I don't know why you'd be going there, as they're just plain boring suburbs.

They're not that bad, they are some of the poorest areas yes, but if you go through, and don't provoke people, you should be fine. If you have long hair and are male, expect some stick from the kids, but if you look big, you'll be okay. You won't be attacked randomly, just don't go round showing off expensive stuff.

Any pub will sell Brown Ale. From the 'traditional' pubs like The Strawberry right outside the stadium where you'll probably find a lot of middle aged men arguing about the current state of Newcastle.
Other good bars would be Goose on Percy Street and some people might recommend The Dog and Parrot near Central Station.

For fish and chips, you're going to find the best stuff at the Fish Quay in North Shields, and that's about 20 minutes from the centre by Metro. Most chip shops in town are the typical greasy kebab shop types. If you don't want to go to the Fish Quay for your fish and chips, Gorman's is good, but that would involve a 10 minute bus ride to Denton Burn or Fenham.
If by fresh fish you mean unbattered fish, then you'll probably find some nice food at Pitcher and Piano on the Quayside, which itself is a nice place to eat and drink. Or any other restaurant in Grainger Town or by the river will be decent.
Thanks. Whats it like to live there generally? Mix of people? Very working/middle class? Diverse?
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The best places to look around will be around Grainger Town, which is the around Grey Street, Dean Street, Mosley Street, Market Street and around Grey's Monument:


You'll find some nice shops and cafes round this area.
For shopping, you'll want to be in Eldon Square and Northumberland Street, and the next best place for looking about will be the quayside:
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Thanks. Whats it like to live there generally? Mix of people? Very working/middle class? Diverse?
Its very diverse. There's the middle class areas just north of the city in Jesmond and Gosforth, where there's loads of classy restaurants bars and shops. There's also lots of students around here.

Then there's the poorer areas, some of which I've mentioned. The poorer places are next to the river and it gets more affluent as you leave the river (excluding the centre)

Then a bit further out there's the upper class areas of Darras Hall and parts of Ponteland, where all the footballers live.

Big mix of people, although I don't think its as ethnically diverse as other cities in the country. There's lots of diversity in the west, where there are lots of mosques, temples and churches, but there are fewer minorities in the east.

Students live all round the city, I don't think there's a suburb where there isn't a lot of them.

Its very compact and small, it would take no more than 20 minutes to walk the width of the centre, and about 30-45 to walk the length of it. Its all relatively clean and well kept and everyone is friendly. Although, like everywhere, there are the odd few people worth avoiding.

It gets ridiculously busy around the monument and Northumberland Street on weekends.
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