Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire – of shops and nightclubs
Most of us shop at the places we visit but what if there is a place we can visit just to shop? Newcastle-under-Lyme is one such location which can only be described as a paradise for shopaholics. Though, the town was known for its manufacturing capabilities in the 18th and 19th centuries, there has been a strong shift during the 20th and 21st centuries, after the introduction of the Castle Walk. Countless shops, entertainment centres, art and craft showrooms adorn the new street. The town is also a haven for bars and clubs and boasts of a great nightlife.
Getting to Newcastle-under-Lyme
The M6 motorway in the south and west and the A500 in the north and east connect the town to various cities outside like Birmingham and Manchester while the A34 connects it to London. The Bus station in the town centre is convenient for transport within and outside the town. Though the town does not have any railway station, it is in close proximity to the Stoke-on-Trent railway station.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is predominantly a shopping and market centre but there are few attractions in town that are worth checking out. The town is home to numerous lush and stunning parks that are a feast for the eyes. If you are looking to have a great time out with your family, the Queen’s Gardens near the Ironmarket which is the recipient of Horticultural Excellence award and the Brampton Park which houses an art gallery and museum are must sees.
The New Vic Theatre, located outside the Town Centre offers numerous plays, classic, contemporary musical performances and concerts. The Borough Museum and Art Gallery throws a spotlight on the history of the place while also hosting art exhibitions featuring works from local and national artists.
Oddly, for a market town, it has a significant number of sports and athletics clubs. From football ( http://www.newcastletown.co.uk/ ) and cricket to rugby, it boasts of quite a few high-end clubs. Cycle Staffordshire organizes many cycling events and there are numerous Golf courses in Kidsgrove, Keele and Westlands.
Shop till you drop
Dating back to the 12th century, the markets in Newcastle-under-Lyme called ‘The Stones’ are open 6 days a week. These markets are home to over 80 stalls covering products like clothing, farmers market for fresh produce, antiques and other collectibles, furniture and more, available at economical prices.
From jewellers and boutiques to computers, gaming and music, from furniture and carpets to books, your feet will tire from walking into stores.
Hotels and Nightlife
The Borough Arms Hotel ( http://www.borough-arms-hotel.co.uk/ ) is one of the oldest hotels in the region with history dating back to the 18th Century. If you are looking for a more family atmosphere, the Graythwaite Guest House with its Victorian look and homely food is a great choice. For a more contemporary choice you can pick the Holiday Inn on Clayton Road.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is known for its nightlife, Blakey’s Cafe Bar, Revolution & Revolucion De Cuba, Old Brown Jug, The Rigger, The Full Moon and Rare Newcastle are some of the hotspots for a great night out with your friends.
Newcastle-under-Lyme gives a new meaning to shopping and fun, join the town for a great time out with live music and shop till your feet say stop.