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    Car hire in Newcastle – An industrious city

    Newcastle Upon Tyne (commonly known as Newcastle), is located north of London, on the northern bank of the River Tyne and is the regional capital of North East of England. A powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, the status of city was granted to Newcastle in 1882, as it was an ideal base for building the ships and steam trains that powered the era. Nowadays the city is considered the business and social hub of the North-East and is world-renowned for its nightlife and iconic Geordie Shore.

    Newcastle is a great place to hire a car and travel through the city and surrounding areas for a long weekend. Walk across the Tyne Bridge, an iconic symbol of Newcastle and down to the Castle Keep, located in the historic city centre, where you will have fabulous views of the city and the bridges. Visit Newcastle Cathedral and be in awe of its beautiful stained glass. Enjoy a game of football watching Newcastle F.C play at their home of St. James Park. Alternatively, if you fancy some shopping and eating then wander down Grey Street where you will find the original Marks and Spencer's Penny Bazaar, surrounded by galleries and a variety of cafés or take a stroll in Fenwick. You can enjoy some Earl Grey tea at Grey’s monument before climbing the 164 steps to the top. Spend a couple of hours at the Great North Museum: Hancock, for hands-on exhibits and, if you want to learn more about Newcastle and Tyneside, visit the Discovery museum for more interactive exhibitions.

    Drive your car hire in Newcastle over the bridges to see The Angel of the North, located south of Gateshead, or visit the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art located in the historic building over the bridge. Alternatively, drive out through the British countryside for about 40 minutes and you will find Chester's Roman Fort near Hexham, where you will find a part of Hadrian's Wall along with a well-preserved Roman cavalry fort. Drive up with your family to the Jesmond area where you can have a picnic in Jesmond Dene or visit their petting zoo.

    For longer stays, try driving down to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, a recreation of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life with costumed staff, trams and buses. Or drive East in the summer for an awesome waterpark experience at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park. If you like the beach life, you can also drive a little further to Tynemouth or South Shields.

    A car rental in Newcastle is an excellent way of exploring this part of the UK. Booking a car hire from Auto Europe is one of the best and most affordable car rental alternatives on the market. Thanks to our long-standing experience, we can help you organise your itinerary and find a suitable car. For help with your reservation please contact our reservations team on +44 123 3225 114. You can see what customers have thought about our service on the car hire reviews in Newcastle page.

    How is the traffic in Newcastle?

    Driving in Newcastle is similar to driving in any other busy UK town. It is not advisable to drive through it during rush hour. It lies at the beginning of the A1 (the main road from London to Edinburgh), and the A69 (this is the east-west route to Carlisle and the M6). The A1 bypass road surrounds the city centre taking much of the through traffic out of the city. Visit Auto Europe's driving information page to learn more about regulations in the UK.

    Where can I park my car hire in Newcastle?

    Parking is available both on the street and in car parks. Newcastle has 8 city centre multi-storey car parks and 47 surface car parks, as well as over 2,200 on-street parking spots in the city centre. Charges apply every day, and you can pay at the ticket machine on the street. Please check the machine for specific details. There are plenty of multi-storey car parks to choose, and all are signposted. With the city’s Alive after Five initiative, all council operated multi-storey car parks are free after 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. Please check the tariffs before entering the car park and bear in mind that the machines do not give change, so try to carry as much change as possible.

    Newcastle Airport

    Newcastle Airport is the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom and is located about 6.5miles north-west from Newcastle city centre. It serves the city of Newcastle as well as the greater Tyneside area, Northumberland and Wearside. It is served by major airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair and TUI. You can get to the airport by car through the A1 or by metro, that is connected directly to the terminal.

    Newcastle Airport (NCL)
    Address: Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8BZ, United Kingdom
    Official website:
    Phone number: +44 (0) 871 882 1121

    What to do in Newcastle

    Newcastle is one of the oldest cities in England and has much to offer to anyone who wishes to visit. Take a stroll down its rich history-filled streets and marvel at all there is to see. Here's what not to miss in Newcastle:

    • Newcastle Castle: The castle was built on the site of a former fortress that gave the city its name. The whole structure has not survived, but it is still possible to see the Castle Keep, the Black Gate and the main fortified tower. The original fortress was used by the Romans to guard the banks of the River Tyne.

    • Gateshead Millennium Bridge: Is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge crossing the River Tyne designed by WilkinsonEyre and opened in 2001. Not only does it open to let ships and boats pass underneath, but it also opens on special occasions or for tourists. To find out the bridges opening schedule, you can check the time tables on either side of the bridge.

    • Quayside: Walk along the Quayside along the north bank of the River Tyne and the south bank in Gateshead across the water. Here you’ll find places of entertainment, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes.

    • Discovery Museum: Is housed in the old co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford house and it was the first science museum opened in the UK outside London. Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle, with three floors of temporary exhibitions and The Newcastle Story that focuses on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to the UK and the rest of the world.

    • St James’ Park: Is home to the Newcastle United FC, it’s the eight largest football stadium in England. Take a couple of hours to watch a match, and feel the energy only more than 50,000 fans can build up.

    • Northumberland Street: A major shopping street in the city, it is home to a wide range of different retailers, banks and cafes.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Newcastle

    When you rent a car in Newcastle, you get the freedom to explore not only the city itself but all of the surrounding areas, and Auto Europe provides you with the best selection and competitive hire prices:

    Hadrian’s Wall

    Stretches across the north of England for 84 miles and some of it can be visited from Newcastle.

    Chester’s Roman Fort

    Was a fort on Hadrian’s Wall, it was built in 123AD, just after the completion of the walls and it’s considered the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort along Hadrian’s wall. There is a museum on the site, housing finds from the fort and other places along the wall.


    A roman fort that was used to guard Hadrian’s Wall. Built in 122AD, the fort was established as a garrison to protect the easternmost end of the wall. It houses a museum that includes a full-scale reconstruction of part of Hadrian’s Wall.

    Angel of the North

    A contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley and completed in 1998. It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 66ft tall with a wingspan of 177ft.

    Beamish the Living Museum North

    Is an open-air museum and a recreation of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life with costumed staff, trams and buses.

    How to get around Newcastle

    Your car hire in Newcastle will take you wherever you need to go, but if you’d rather not drive everywhere, Newcastle is very well served in terms of public transportation:


    Newcastle Central Station is one of the busiest in Britain. From there, serviced by several different train operators, you can get trains to and from London, Scotland, Yorkshire, Midlands, South West, Manchester and Liverpool.


    The city is served by the Tyne & Wear Metro, that covers most of the region. It can take you to the Airport as well as Tynemouth, North and South Shields and Sunderland. The Metro consists of two lines: the Green line, that starts at the Airport and ends at South Hylton, and the Yellow line, starts at St. James and ends at South Shields.


    Three main bus companies service the city: Arriva North East, Go North East, Stagecoach North East, with two major stations in the city: Haymarket and Eldon Square. Exact run times depend on the route, so be sure to check timetables in advance.


    Newcastle is served by several no car cycling lanes. The traffic-free C2C cycle route runs along the north bank of the River Tyne to North Shields and Tynemouth as well as Hexham. The city has a growing culture of bike usage and is home to a cycling campaign called: Newcastle Cycling Campaign” that works towards turning Newcastle into a predominant cycling city, modelling after Amsterdam and Copenhagen.


    For international travels, Newcastle International Ferry Terminal at North Shields runs services to and from The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

    Taxi and Uber

    Newcastle is well served by Uber and Taxi services. Be sure to download the Uber and the Budget Taxis apps.

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