2015-03-162015-03-16 Hire a campervan in Newcastle for a UK adventure
Hire a campervan in Newcastle for a UK adventure
Newcastle is a vibrant city on the north bank of the River Tyne, voted the United Kingdom’s top city by the discerning readers of The Guardian newspaper in 2014. The locals, ‘Geordies’ as they are known, are a cheery and resilient bunch, and their almost impenetrable dialect is the closest language to the original 1500 year old Anglo-Saxon remaining in England. With plenty of heritage, and thumping nightlife provided for the student population in the city, a motorhome rental in Newcastle offers something for everyone.
The best deals on Newcastle motorhome rental
At Motorhome Republic, we work with all the top brands from global players to local operators. With over 100,000 happy customers having booked their road trips with us, we have the knowledge and experience to offer a best price guarantee. You can be part of the Motorhome Republic experience by jumping on our easy-to-use website and giving us a few details of your trip. Once we have your city of pick-up and travel dates, we can show you all the available campers for your holiday, with full specifications, and easy to compare prices. Make a choice and book securely online. If you’re still not sure, no worries! Just give our multi-talented motorhome experts a call and they can talk you through any questions, night or day.
Things to see and do in Newcastle
Start with a walk along the river. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is joined to the town of Gateshead on the south bank by seven separate bridges, including the stunning Millennium Bridge.
In the city, the ‘Lit and Phil’ is a concept unique to Newcastle. It stands for the Literary and Philosophical Society, which was established in 1793. Today, it remains in its original building, a private library housing 160,000 books, that looks and feels like a Pall Mall club. You need to be a member to borrow books, but the public are welcome to sit in the leather chairs, buy a cup of tea and biscuits from the servery hatch and browse the periodicals. It has always been a centre for innovation - the miner’s safety lamp was first demonstrated here in 1815. Today, it is a cultural centre for the whole North-East region.
Food, drink and nightlife
Newcastle is a party town, thanks to the resident student population. It is also experiencing a craft-brewing renaissance. A top place to try is the famous Crown Posada, in a grade two heritage listed building, with an elegant Victorian exterior. This award-winning pub captures a perfect atmosphere, where you can chill out listening to the house gramophone while working through the well-tended cask ales. Another welcoming spot is the Free Trade Inn, also right in the action, with a river-front garden.
Put your glad-rags on to take in ‘The Diamond Strip’, with its chic bars and clubs along Central and Collingwood Streets, including Revolution, in a luxurious bank conversion.
Where to Stay in Newcastle
Brockwell Woodis a conveniently located campsite just seven miles from Newcastle in 26 acres of ancient woodland, perfect for you to park up your campervan rental. They pride themselves on a ‘getting way from it all’ dynamic, which goes so far to eschew a flush toilet facility. They cheerfully offer a spade, however! Perhaps make a note to have a fully self-contained camper for this destination. Alternatively, try the Dentwood Park Caravan and Camping over the river at Gateshead.
Road Trips from Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle has a bustling airport, the 10th busiest in the United Kingdom, close to the city. When driving to or from Newcastle, just off the A1 motorway at Gateshead, look out for the artwork. The Angel of the North rises 20 metres above the land, with a wingspan equivalent to a jumbo jet. This popular artwork by Antony Gormley has been there since 1998, and is seen by 90,000 drivers every day. From Newcastle to Edinburgh will take around 2.5 hours, largely following the coast. Penrith is the centre of the Lake District, and should take an hour and a half of driving from Newcastle. Stop for a look at Hadrian’s Wall along the way.
In case you heve some time to spare, you can make your way to the gorgeous Peak District and stop in Leeds and Manchester along the way.
Driving Tips in the UK
They do like roundabouts in Britain, and studies show that they allow traffic to flow better than traffic light controlled intersections. There will be signs before the roundabout explaining which exit to take. Be sure to pay attention so you know where you are going before you get into the flow of traffic.