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Living And Working In Newcastle

Joanna Clare

Newcastle is in North East England, situated on the northern bank of the River Tyne and only just under nine miles from the North Sea. It is the largest city in the North East and is often affectionately known as ‘the toon’ as that's how the locals pronounce town!

Because of its close proximity to the North Sea, the climate is what is known as oceanic, with winters that can become quite cold and wet, and summers that can also be rainy yet fairly mild.

With its distinctive ‘Geordie’ accent, there can be no mistaking when you have arrived in ‘the toon.’ It is a hugely interesting place to be with a fascinating past that spans back many years and this is depicted by the many wonderful architecture. From the Middle Ages to the Tudor period, the Stuarts to the Victorians ~ Newcastle is literally steeped in history. Each building has its own story to tell of invasions, sieges, religions and royalty or simply of life and the characters who resided there.

In days gone by, there was strong emphasis on railways, coal mining and ship building but now Newcastle which is an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse, has been spectacularly transformed into one of Britain's leading cities. It is now a strong commercial, retail and cultural hub but also with a major focus on many sectors. These include technology, energy, manufacturing, logistics, finance, education, medical sciences and healthcare, offshore and marine and creative and digital and corporate services. It was recently recognised as being the smartest city in the UK due to the city’s commitment to being pioneers in technology and the city is recognised on a global scale.

The economy is boosted by tourism and is worth billions of pounds which supports thousands of jobs. Recently, Newcastle was voted the ‘best place to visit in the world’ and also has been voted ‘the friendliest city in Britain’. It continues to be at the forefront of the battle against climate change and towards net zero, being one of the world's leading cities in this field.

Schooling is considered excellent and attracts families to certain areas of Newcastle because of this and Newcastle University is highly respected.

For sporting fans, Newcastle United's football team, or the ‘Magpies’, has huge support and their stadium is St James Park which has a massive seating capacity for a little over 52,000 spectators.

Saunter along the quayside and soak up the culture whilst admiring the modern  Millenium bridge, visit one of the very many museums and galleries, enjoy the atmosphere in Grainger Market, marvel at nature in Jesmond Dene or step back in time in the castle on which the site gave Newcastle its name. Eldon Square's impressive shopping centre with its many shops set on two floors offers the ultimate shopping experience. The Arcade is well worth a visit too, which is a magnificent piece of Edwardian architecture and has several shops situated within.

Newcastle is renowned for its exciting and vibrant nightlife with so much variety on offer. Bars, restaurants, cocktail bars and clubs all flourish here in this city that rarely sleeps.

Slightly further afield is the wonderful and world famous Beamish ~The Living Museum of the North, Northumberland National Park and of course all of the stunning coastlines that are nearby. Newcastle really does offer the unique combination of city, coast and countryside with something for everyone.

Newcastle International airport has flights to over 80 direct destinations and handles several million passengers each year. Major road connections and direct and swift rail services to London make travel extremely easy with an average train time lasting as little as three hours.

The ‘canny’ people of Newcastle are very warm, down to earth, hard working, friendly and generous to a fault. It is undoubtedly the very characters who live and work here that make it the wonderful city that it is.

Looking for a Career in Newcastle? We are hosting a careers fair at St James' Park on Wednesday 22nd February, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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