cutting edge redevelopment of the Quayside, the reasons to visit Newcastle keep growing
year on year.
Add to this the fact that it has won the title of ‘The UK’s Most Sustainable City’ twice
in a row and it is easy to see why Newcastle is becoming the destination of choice for
holidaymakers seeking an eco-friendly city break in the UK.
Despite being a city built on a strong industrial heritage, Newcastle has continued to
inspire other cities around the world with its commitment to everything green. From the
preservation of its parks to its electric car scheme; from its urban bees programme to its low
emissions, carbon conscious tourists are flocking to the North East’s capital for city breaks.
With so much on offer, all that remains is to book a Newcastle hotel - Millennium &
Copthorne are a good option – and get yourself up the Toon! Here is a rundown of eco-
friendly holidaying in Newcastle.
Newcastle hosts its very own annual Green Festival – a free community festival of
live bands, workshops and activities centred around green issues and social justice
and run entirely on green power sources.
Now in its 17th year, it runs over 2 days in early June at Leazes park and is a great
event for holidaymakers looking to combine the fun of a festival with the serious
message of how to live more responsibly.
Life Science Centre
The Life Centre is a cutting edge institution in Newcastle city centre, which combines
a museum, theatre and exhibition space with a forum for research into issues in life
sciences. It is currently host to Wasted, an interactive exhibition that demonstrates
what happens to waste when it leaves the home and tackles the wider issues of the
impact of waste on the planet’s ecosystems.
Ramble up to Hadrian’s Wall
History, nature and rambling enthusiasts will all find something to enjoy at Hadrian’s
Wall. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed around 120AD to ‘keep
out the Barbarians’ and every year it continues to draw thousands of visitors keen
glimpsing a relic from Britain’s Roman past.
The Heritage trust that runs the site it has been awarded a Green Award Bronze medal
for its commitment to sustainable tourism, which is especially impressive given that
the site is unguarded.
Hadrian’s Wall, courtesy of Ewan Munro
Where to stay
The closest Newcastle hotel to the Green Festival site at Leazes Park is the Sandman
Signature Hotel. It is excellently located in the city centre and allows festival goers to walk
to the park, as well as most of the other attractions in the city centre.
For proximity to Hadrian’s Wall and sheer comfort, Hedgefield House is hard to beat. It is a
beautiful Georgian Mansion set in award winning gardens 4 miles outside of Newcastle city
centre. It is ideal for walkers and cyclists wanting to be out in the fresh countryside air, yet
close enough to the action.
If you are looking to trade in a Newcastle hotel room for something a bit closer to nature,
camping offers an eco-friendly option and Newcastle has some excellent campsites.
Chief among them is Belvedere Camp Site, which is on the Hadrian’s Wall trail and offers
panoramic views of the Pennines.
How to get around
The city has many green ways to get around.
•Cycle hire is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via Scratch Bikes, which operates has
around 20 easy to use docking stations dotted across the city.
•The Metro and Quaylink operate ultra low emission services which not only help reduce
the impact on the environment, but they are cheap and convenient ways of getting around the
•Newcastle city centre is compact enough to navigate on foot, especially if you are staying
centrally. It is recommended you take a stroll around the Toon to experience it fully.
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