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    Anyone from newcastle or knows a bit about the area? Im looking to go to the metro centre and will book into a hotel for the weekend (2nt stay). Want a hotel thats nice, clean, comfortable and fairly near to the metro centre or an area where there are things to do. We'll be taking our daughter whos almost 3, so the thing that concerns me is keeping her entertained... so if anyone knows anything around the area that would be of interest any ideas would be appreciated... especially for in the evening?

    Ive looked on the metro website and they have links to hotels in the area, cheapest is around £30 per night which is good, but those hotels are like travel lodges and have nothing in them, so unless i was sure there was things to do in the area id preffer a hotel with something in it, ie bar, swimming pool, resturant...

    I have post in the last couple of weeks ideas for caravan holidays as i was thinking something like haven would be good for the wee one, but hubby doesnt fancy it, and he really wants to visit the metro centre.

    thanks for any help given. Carol x

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    You could try the hilton!

    I went to Newcastle not long ago. Stayed in the City Inn apartments which was like prob a 5 min taxi journey to the train station. Metro Centre is only probably less than 10mins on the train from there. Theres nice restaurants and shops in the town too you could check out. Dont know anything for the wee one though.

    Or what about visiting Berwick upon Tweed. Theres a nice beach there and nice scenery. Always nice weather too and theres something for your girl to do also.

    Theres a few hotels near the MetroCentre, not sure of the names though. Google it, also theres not really a lot to do with kids at the Metrocentre any more. They've got rid of Metro Land and replaced that with bars and restaraunts. Only thing to do there is shop, cinema or ten pin bowling. The Metrocentre isn't that far away from the city centre so I would suggest getting a hotel in the town itself, then use the train service to go to the Metrocentre, its like 3quid return for an adult fare and it drops you off and picks you up right outside. Plus you'll have more choice of things to do.

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    I was looking at berwick but the week im going its full price, so costing £175 for caravan for the 3 days but im only actually going to be there 2nts so its a bit expensive when u look at it that way. I really fancy berwick tho!

    No more metro land??? I didnt know that! Thanks for letting me know Claire... tbh metro centre is selfishly for ourselves to go shoppppiiingggg But obv we will only be there one of the days so plenty time to take her some nice places, i guess maybe cinema or something in the evening if thre are any in the town centre...

    I'll check the hilton again but Im sure last time i looked it was quite expensive like when i compare it to the £175 id pay for Berwick haven...theres no other holiday park type things in Berwick isnt there not??

    Newcastle city centre is probably a bit better than the Metrocentre as far as stuff to do and has more hotels and tons of shops.

    Getting between them is fairly easy as you can either get the train from Newcastle central station or grab a transfare ticket and get the metro from Newcastle to Gateshead Metro station and the X66 super shuttle bus (at the gateshead metro station) straight to the metrocentre. I think a bus (maybe the 100) goes straight from Newcastle to the metrocentre.

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    Tbh with the wee one we would prob travel around by car ...especially in the evening.. i'll have a look at hotels in centre too thank you, rep added for you call.... any more suggestions keep the rolling in thanks!!

    Forgot to add I live in Gateshead and used to work in the Metrocentre.

    It's okay as far as shopping centres go I suppose. Newcastle has most of the same shops as well as other big department stores and has the added bonus of large parts of it's shopping (highstreet, ect) in pedestrian only outdoor areas, so nice and airy. It also has tons of restaurants, bars and a large cinema in The Gate complex up near Stowell Street (chinatown).

    You can do a google maps search like this

    maps.google.co.uk/map…c=H

    and it gives you all the nearby hotels and their location. Where it says 'monument' (M just below Eldon Garden) is Greys Monument and is probably the centre mark of stuff to do in Newcastle. Above that is the Highstreet and Eldon shopping centre and below is tons of bars and restaurants.

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    Forgot to add I live in Gateshead and used to work in the … Forgot to add I live in Gateshead and used to work in the Metrocentre.It's okay as far as shopping centres go I suppose. Newcastle has most of the same shops as well as other big department stores and has the added bonus of large parts of it's shopping (highstreet, ect) in pedestrian only outdoor areas, so nice and airy. It also has tons of restaurants, bars and a large cinema in The Gate complex up near Stowell Street (chinatown).



    Sounds like I can shop till I drop anyway I think it def sounds better to stick to the centre of town as there may be more choice of places to eat and things to do... thanks for that

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    maps.google.co.uk/map…c=H

    Brilliant id have never thought of doing that ! Browsing through the hotels now x

    Nah no more MetroLand. But if you are planning on staying in Newcastle and want things for kids then you could always go to the seaside, they're not too far away, they have rides and stuff. Or theres a sealife centre, or WetnWild for swimming, slides etc. When I was little my parents always took me to South Shields, which I don't think would be too far to travel, theres loads there to do and a very nice beach.

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    All the hotels in the centre are costing £200+ even the holiday inn express is almost £200! If I was to pay that id be aswell staying at Berwick me thinks??? Ouuff this is so difficult!

    carol123;4663216

    Sounds like I can shop till I drop anyway I think it def sounds better … Sounds like I can shop till I drop anyway I think it def sounds better to stick to the centre of town as there may be more choice of places to eat and things to do... thanks for that



    The two main shopping parts (though technically connected) are the Eldon Square shopping centre that runs through a series of hollowed out buildings (so as not to ruin the look I suppose) right round the monument and the main Highstreet.

    I say they are connected because the Fenwicks, M&S and John Lewis (amongst others) are part of both. As well as these you have tons of little shops down side streets and big indoor market on the opposite side of the monument. Also if your feeling intelligent you can go down to the Quayside and visit the Baltic gallery or the Sage Music centre.

    http://www.hadrians-wall.org/%5CUploads%5CGallery%5CM590B2%20Roger%20Coulam%20River%20Tyne%20&%20Gateshead%20Quayside.jpg

    Dome thing in the background is the Sage and white bridge to the right is a pedestrian bridge that crosses from the Newcastle side.

    Where the map says 'Newgate Shopping Centre' is closer to the bars and restaurants but still within a minute of the shops. Don't know if the Hotels are cheaper there.

    I'm from the toon too , there the Mariot Hotel just a minutes walk from the Metro Centre .Theres also 2 hotels at the Team Valley which is just 2 minutes from the Metro Centre ,one's a Travel Lodge and theres a small one behind the Wagon Team Inn close by .These are situtated very close to the A1 for easy access to Newcastle and to the roads North or South in case you want to do a bit sightseeing .

    Yeah its not cheap, I'm from Durham which isn't far away from Newcastle and stayed in Newcastle couple of weeks back with a friend and we found it hard finding something that was below 200quid, we were booked to stay at the Jurys Inn which was costing over 200quid for 4 nights, but luckily I went on Expedia and found that the City Apartments had an offer on and we got that for about 190, was really really nice too. Theres not a lot of cheap places to stay in Newcastle, its a big shame it doesnt have an etap cos thats the hotel I use when I go to Glasgow and its only 30quid a night.

    not sure of the prices myself but this might be worth a look. ]Where to stay 08/09. Laterooms.co.uk & Priceline.co.uk might find you better deals. I'd always check reviews on tripadvisor.co.uk too. You might find ]city guide of interest.
    Like most people have said you might be better off staying on the Newcastle side of the river, metrocentre has hotels near it but not much else around.
    There is city pool in the city for swimming if the hotel you choose doesn't have one.

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    Ungreat;4663791

    http://www.greystreethotel.com/hotel-offers.phpDon't know if that helps? … http://www.greystreethotel.com/hotel-offers.phpDon't know if that helps? Others may have similar.



    looked at that one already, nothing for my dates on that offer unfortunatley, im looking at hotels maybe a bit away from ythe centre to keep cost down a bit, holiday inn newcastle upon tyne looks nice, and has a pool in it... its £153 for the 2nts room only, which is reasonable...but thinking it may be a bit far out from things

    Did a google map search for 'inn' in Newcastle and it shows a Premier Inn just a few streets from the Highstreet

    maps.google.co.uk/map…=16

    If you switch the view to Satellite you can get a good idea of how close it is in relation to the monument (monument metro and monument mall) and the main Highstreet (Northumberland street). It's actually closer to the Highstreet than I usually park the car.

    Edit:

    I did a holiday inn search and if the one you have chosen is the one on bridge street you are seconds from the highstreet and if you have chosen the one on Waterloo square you are just along from Central station and maybe a minutes walk from the restaurants and bars and maybe a couple more from the shopping.

    If the waterloo square is the one you are using then you only need to head on foot towards central and about half way turn onto Clayton and follow that up to Newgate (last junction before eldon with a jessops on the corner). At this intersection you can turn left for The Gate complex with cinema, bars, restaurants and casino turn right for the Bigg Market and Quayside with restaurants and bars or continue on for the Eldon Square shopping centre and highstreet.
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