Newcastle Named as One of the Best Second Cities

Newcastle Named as One of the Best Second Cities.
Newcastle has been named as one of the ‘best second cities’ on Earth. A top travel website has praised the city’s ‘astounding architecture and exciting nightlife. has listed Newcastle among 20 cities which, while they aren’t capitals, are still pretty fantastic and well worth a visit. And Newcastle proudly sits alongside the likes of Mumbai, Bruges, and Barcelona on the list with the website full of praise for the city.

“As everyone knows, England is home to an amazingly historic city crammed with astounding architecture and exciting nightlife, and with some cutting-edge restaurant or art installation around every corner – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, of course,” states the article, titled ’20 Fascinating Cities’.

And it also points out a well-known fact that any Geordie who has ever enjoyed a weekend on the beer in the Big Smoke will know. “As an added bonus, this Northern gem of a city avoids London’s eye-watering prices without any compromise of quality and variety of attractions,” adds the summary.

Sarah Green, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) said:

“We are delighted to have been named in the Rough Guide’s top 20 second cities and proud to be the only English city to have made the list. Being named as a top second city alongside iconic destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, Shanghai and Mumbai, is testament to the brilliant people, vibrant culture and rich history which makes our city a great place to visit and a fantastic place to live or to create or grow your business. The strength of the other cities in the list, reflect our ambition for Newcastle to be recognised as being a leading and innovative city on an international stage.”

“This recognition from the Rough Guides is brilliantly timed as it reinforces our staycation campaign and highlights the opportunity to have a fantastic summer break in our compact city – enjoying our culture, great food and easy access to the surrounding countryside and coast. And with a strong calendar of events including the Rugby League World Cup, the Great North Run and the North East International Film Festival as well as many new openings such as Hard Rock Café, INNSiDE Melia hotel and 3Sixty Champagne Bar, I defy anyone not to enjoy a visit.”

Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle

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