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Northern city lights in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is the sixteenth most populous city in the UK. Newcastle has a rich heritage, fusing old with new, foreign and domestic, offering visitors all they could ask for. The city is usually full of visitors from the around the UK who come to enjoy the great atmosphere and the famous friendly charm of the locals.

Popular things to see and do: Like many cities throughout Europe, Newcastle has a number of small medieval streets which can be very difficult to navigate in a car, for this reason, it is best to explore the city on foot, and explore you must! The architecture is incredibly eclectic ranging from said medieval structure to the famous Tyneside Classical style developed in large part by John Dobson and Richard Grainger in the mid nineteenth century. Don’t forget to stop in on one of the city’s many museums like Discovery Museum, or the Great North Museum.

Culture, Music and Events: Newcastle has a wonderful tradition of theatre, rivalling that of London’s West End. The Theatre Royal is known for hosting the Royal Shakespeare Company and various touring musicals, just to name a few.

Eating out:Tourists are encouraged to explore eateries to discover their own favourite, but of course the section could not be complete without one or two honourable mentions. Blackfriars is quite popular for being the oldest dining room in the country, and it does offer delicious, high quality meals made from local ingredients, they even grow some of their own produce! Sachins is a lovely Indian Restaurant, famous for Punjabi curries.

Nightlife: If you should choose not to see a show after dinner and the local pubs aren’t quite enough, you can try club Digital, and see if their dance scene can’t grab you. Though, the city really does have something to offer everyone.

Where to Stay: Upscale names include Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Seaham Hall and if you really want to be pampered, The Serenity Spa has all your heart could desire in a luxury hotel. Another alternative on the moderate to upscale range is Maften Hall, which is actually a grand manor-style home turned hotel. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, try Staybridge Suites, especially for an extended stay, or hostels like Euro Hostel, if you are travelling with a large group of friends.

Deeper into Leicester: friendly nightlife, chic hotels and extravagant shopping!

Welcome back to our guide to Leicester. In this second installment of our guide to a town thriving with so many different cultures, we will guide you through the best places to hit the tiles, where you can rest your head after a busy day of shopping, sight-seeing, eating, drinking.

Nightlife: Get your glad rags on and take to the city of Leicester for a fun and easy-going night out.  If you love cocktails, and would like to add some variety to your night, then try Hakamou – a cocktail bar with an edge that is very popular with the locals and visitors alike – they offer a choice of over sixty cocktails to excite your taste buds.  For a bit of live music, then head to The SoundHouse Leicester for their open mic night and catch up with the latest talent.

Where to stay:No matter what your budget or taste, finding somewhere nice to stay in Leicester is never a problem. The Premier Inn is always a safe choice, and is family friendly. With comfortable, modern rooms at great prices, this is the perfect place for enjoying the city. If your in Leicester for a special occasion or would like to enjoy a romantic weekend with your partner, then go for some full on luxury at the Hotel Maiyango – a stunning boutique hotel which creates a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere for all its guests.

Shopping: Leicester certainly scores high in our books when it comes to the variety of shops – for all your favourite high street shops, such as Primark, TK-Maxx, H&M, etc, then Haymarket is the place to be. Explore the city a little and you will surely pick up some unique finds in one of the many little boutique or vintage shops in The Lanes. Highcross, which in recent years replaced the former Shires shopping centre, is a Leicester favourite for shoppers to lighten their wallets with a giant John Lewis and many shoe, gadget and clothes shops.

Manchester guide part 2: sleeping, shopping and seeing

And so it is time for our next installment of how to enjoy your perfect weekend break in Manchester. This time we will be focusing  where you can stay, and how to experience the best of Manchester’s rich cultural life, the music and events which you can go and see and most importantly for bargain hunters and fashionistas, where to go shopping!

Culture, music and events: Manchester MEN Arena regularly shows live acts from the international music scene. The Lowry Arts and Entertainment Centre regularly shows theatre and dance, hosting art exhibitions and is even the chosen venue of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent”! The Royal Exchange Theatre shows regular performances of dance, theatre and music.

Bars and clubs: There is no shortage of bars and clubs. You can spend your evening drinking in your own style, from relaxed drinks in The Black Dog Ballroom, to the European bottled beer and vodka at The Cord Bar, without forgetting the venues that cater for the LGBT scene such as Spiritz and New York, New York. For clubbing, The Warehouse Project is a memorable night out with a calendar jammed with live music events, whilst Sankeys has a place in the heart of every Mancunian clubber!

Where to stay: For luxury, head to the historical Palace Hotel, which guarantees comfort and convenience in a central location. For a smaller budget, check out some of the more wallet friendly hotels such as the family friendly Britannia Hotel, located in the heart of the city, close to rail, bus and shuttle links. If it’s more of a backpacker feel that you’re after however, head for a night of shut-eye at Hatters Youth Hostel on New Street, which is Manchester’s backpacker’s favourite.

Shopping:Manchester boasts excellent mainstream and unique shopping .High street brands are available at the Trafford Centre and in the city centre on Market Street, Deansgate and the Arndale Centre. For something different, The Vintage Fair visits Manchester every third week of the month, but Affleck’s Palace remains a permanent fixture for all things eclectic, with 5 floors of unique clothes, jewellery and other decorations!