Every season, hundreds of Americans travel to Newcastle to watch the lads in action. Below is our guide to helping you get there, what to do when you are in Newcastle and everything you need to know about getting tickets, tours and more! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Getting to Newcastle Upon Tyne
airplaneUnless you want to spend two weeks on a boat or you’re a really good swimmer then the only way to get to England is by air.
Flights from the West Coast take approximately 11 hours and about 5 hours from the East Coast. There are currently no direct flights to Newcastle Upon Tyne. Remember you need a valid passport to enter the UK but not a VISA – unless you plan on an extended stay (just ask Gooch).
There are several ways of getting to Newcastle, here are a few of the more popular routes:
Fly from the US directly to London
Most airlines fly from major US cities to London Heathrow Airport. Cheapest flights can be found on websites such as SideStep or Expedia.
Once at London, the quickest and less hectic way to get to Newcastle is by taking a British Airways flight from Heathrow directly to Newcastle. This takes about 45 minutes and can be cheap if booked in advance.
Alternatively, you can travel by bus from Heathrow to Newcastle with National Express. Although it is cheap, it can take 9 hours + to get to Newcastle and sitting on a bus for 9 hours aint fun.
Finally, if you want to see a bit of England on the way up, there are GNER trains from London Kings Cross to Newcastle. Kings Cross is about an hour away from Heathrow and can be accessed via the London Underground. However the underground can be a little unreliable at times in terms of service.
Fly via another European city
Although there aren’t any direct flights from the US to Newcastle, it can be cost effective and sometimes less hassle than going through London to stop-over in a European city and THEN get a flight to Newcastle Airport. Here are a few common routes:
US to Newcastle via Amsterdam (Netherlands) with KLM
US to Newcastle via Paris (France) with Air France
US to Newcastle via Dublin (Ireland) with Air Lingus
Always be careful about the possibility of missing your connecting flight and then being stuck in a foreign country, although not many of our members would grumble about a day out in Amsterdam…
Don’t worry about not being able to speak the native language in the above countries. All of the airports have information listed in English and there are often representatives there who are fluent in English.
Where to Stay, What to Do
hotelNewcastle city center is approximately 10 minutes away from the Airport. A taxi ride would cost approximately $30 or one can take the Metro (the Newcastle tube system) although this can take 30-45 minutes.
There are several hotels in Newcastle city center which is ideal if you don’t plan on renting a car. Alternatively, there are hotels around the edge of the town which do tend to be slightly cheaper. Access to these hotels though can be tricky if you don’t drive. There are plenty of fun non-football related things to do in the city which is well known for its “party” life style.
Please note – we don’t recommend any of these hotels, they are just what we would call logical choices. If you are looking for reviews of the places list below, click here.
Brittania Hotel – Located right next to the Airport.
Caledonian Hotel – Located in Jesmond, approximately 5 minutes away from Newcastle City Center.
Holiday Inn – Close to the Metro Centre, 10 minutes south of Newcastle.
Marriot Gosforth Park – Located 10 minutes north of Newcastle and close to the Racecouse.
Thistle Hotel – Right in the middle of Newcastle, close to the train station and St. James Park.
Newcastle has plenty of attractions on offer. Here are some of the most popular choices:
Angel of the North – Our very own Statue of Liberty.
Baltic Centre – The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is Britain’s newest national art gallery and the largest of its kind outside London.
Beamish Museum – Excellent open air museum, accessible by public transportation, well worth a visit.
Metro Centre – Biggest shopping center in Europe!
Newcastle Racecourse – Horse racing and its finest.
Tynemouth Priory & Castle – Great day out!
All things Newcastle United
sjpOkay, okay, enough of recommending museums and castles, we know why you’re here. Newcastle United right? It’s the reason you spent thousands of dollars to come and watch 11 men in black and white shirts run around for an hour and a half. Don’t worry, we do it too and with this advice, you can make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Please note, we highly recommend booking tickets in advance of coming to the UK to avoid disappointment.
First thing first, let’s sort you out with some tickets so you can actually get to see them play.
The easiest way to do this is online via the club website. They accept US credit cards although make sure to pick the tickets up at the Box Office (located at the ground) rather than have them mailed to you as trans-atlantic mail isn’t the most reliable.
Alternatively, give the club a call on +44 191 261 1571 (although it can be difficult to get through at times).
Tickets usually go on sale a few weeks before each game. nufc.com post the dates for when tickets are available so keep a lookout.
A couple of thousand tickets are on sale for home games and these can go quickly depending on the quality of the opposition. Away games are trickier to attend as the number of tickets available are drastically reduced and season ticket holders get first refusal.
How to get to St. James Park
St. James Park is in Newcastle City Center and can be accessed on foot, by train (using the Metro) or by bus. Please note if you plan on driving into the city, there WILL BE a lot of congestion on the roads so leave early! Parking can also be limited – and don’t plan on parking near the ground unless you want 50,000 geordies scraping your car!
Tour the ground
If you really want to get to know St. James Park, the club offer a tour of the stadium. It lasts for 90 minutes and costs $20. We’ve done it several times and it is worth the money.
You are able to visit the dressing room, walk around the stands and go pitch-side. You may even bump into a player or two as you walk around the place!
There are several club shops in Newcastle city center but also a huge one at the ground itself. Replica kits are around $60 for the shirt only.
Match Day Activities
Match day in Newcastle is an incredible feeling. The town is absolutely packed full of people who want to talk about football, football and football. Activities can be somewhat limited if you are under 18(!) but a lot of bars will allow children before 6pm. Depending on what you’re looking for, here are some of our choice-picks for pre-match bars in Newcastle. Note, if you want a real review of bars, the Burglars Dog offers a hilarious insight into what Newcastle has to offer.
Shearer’s Bar – Opened a couple of years ago when our number 9 originally announced his retirement. This bar is actually in the ground itself and is the biggest in Newcastle.
Sports Bar – Located close to the rail station, about a 10 minute walk from the ground. This tends to draw a younger crowd, mainly due to the crazy DJ and strippers before kick-off.
The Gate – This is a collection of bars located about 5 minutes away from St. James Park. There are cheap bars, loud bars but certainly no quiet ones!
The Strawberry – Literally a stones throw from St. James Park. The Strawberry is certainly worth a visit but might be best avoided on match day itself due to overcrowding.
Three Bulls Head – About a 5 minute walk from the ground. This bar is always jammed before the game although offers relatively quick service and always has Sky Sports on the TV’s.