More about England
Why Cruise to England?
Known for its lively nightlife, the city also has a dynamic art scene, plus stunning beaches within a short drive
Wrap up warm. Even in summer the north of England can feel on the brisk side
A vibrant city characterized by friendly locals, the River Tyne and its famous football club, Newcastle United
England Cruise Port Facilities?
Cruise ships dock at the port of North Shields, some 8 miles from Newcastle's city center. (Don't confuse this with the nearby Port of Tyne, which is a shipping port used for cargo.) Taxis run to and from the city center, and there is a light rail service called the Metro that connects North Shields to the city center. Best stops for alighting in Newcastle are Haymarket and the Central Station. Please note that the Metro usually stops running at midnight.
The cruise terminal only has a couple of shops and a cafe-bar area, with no reliable Wi-Fi. The adjacent Royal Quays shopping outlet features a variety of shops, plus cash point (ATM) facilities. This is within easy walking distance of the terminal itself.
There's plenty to do in the actual port area of North Shields. Stroll the area around the Quayside, or visit the nearby beach for a spot of local style relaxation. Check out the massive Tynemouth Priory (open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the headland, once one of the largest fortified castles in the United Kingdom. It contains a sedate, cloistered chapel dating from the 13th century and impressive views from the looming battlements out over the beaches and the North Sea itself. An exhibition, entitled "Life in the Stronghold," highlights the Priory's role as a castle, church and artillery fort through the ages.
The Royal Quays shopping outlet is just a 5-minute walk from the terminal and offers shopping, dining venues and bars.
Good to Know?
Pickpockets can be a problem along busy thoroughfares such as Clayton Street, Grey Street and the Bigg Market area. If using a card to obtain cash from an ATM, make sure your pin number is always shielded.
On Foot: There are shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the port, but reaching the city's main attractions will require public transportation or a taxi.
By Taxi: Taxis are always available and metered, unless you agree to a day rate with your driver. Drivers are honest and will be happy to provide you with information on the city during your journey.
Public Transport: The city has many public transport links, including the Metro and a bus service. Stops for both are within walking distance of the port. The main Metro stop for Port of Tyne is Percy Main and the main bus stop for services into the city is outside of the Royal Quays shopping center.
Renting a Car: Although you can rent a car to explore the city, it is not recommended. There are no facilities at the port to leave the car and no collection/drop-off points within a short distance. As most of the city center is pedestrian only, it is best to use a taxi or public transport.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The pound sterling is the official currency. Check www.xe.com for current exchange rates. The city has plentiful ATM machines -- "cash points" in the local slang-- available 24 hours a day.
English, but often spoken with a very strong dialect that is somewhere between Irish and Scottish.