Newcastle is the Number 1 Place to Visit in the World in 2018
The words parochial and provincial, traditionally, have negative connotations. Being too proud of where one comes from can be controversial territory. Similarly, for any region, over time, local history and the great achievements of the past can become caricatured and condensed down into sets of crude, unfair stereotypes. Contrary to common characterisations, the North does not remain trapped in the horizon of Coal Mines and Shipyards. Nor, it seems, are we any closer than Kevin Keegan was to supplanting our well-worn, industrial trope with its Europe-conquering, footballing equivalent.
In our bid to be named ‘European City of Culture’ back in 2008, Newcastle came a close second. And frequent accolades of “Best Nightlife”, whilst probably true, are no compensation and undersell Newcastle’s other virtues. However, natives can feel justice has been served: as Newcastle has been nominated the “Best Place to Visit” by The Rough Guide 2018! To put this into some sort of context, The Rough Guide’s authors scour the whole world to determine the 18 best places to visit, “from trekking routes and historical trails to underrated cities and conservation success stories.
Herein, we’ve all some thanks to attribute to the work done by the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. From 22nd June 2018, spearheaded by the NGI, Newcastle will host the Great Exhibition of the North: the biggest event of the year in the whole of the UK, it will be “a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences,” – so, not just Coal Mines or Shipyards.
And, for people travelling to the biggest event of the year hosted in the Best Place to Visit, one “that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in,” where more felicitous to stay than Jesmond Dene House: home to physicist Sir Andrew Noble – business partner of industrialist Lord Armstrong?!
Be proud of Newcastle and with good reason! #getnorth2018