If you think this city is grim and industrial, your perceptions are decades out of date.
Thanks to the unfailing affability of the Geordies, this is regularly voted England's friendliest city.
Flying into London's busiest airport can be unpleasant. Why not try one of these options instead?
The industrial grime has gone and in its place are hip cafes, great art and architecture and a wealth of history.
Craig Platt discovers a surprising city enjoying a resurgence.
In windswept Northumberland, Max Davidson traces the rise and fall of an empire.
There's more to Newcastle than just football, beer, curry and chips.