Newcastle upon Tyne is a large port city in Tyne and Wear (metro county in North East England), located approx 166 km (103 ml) south of Edinburgh (Scotland) and approx 446 km (277 ml) north of London. Port of Tyne is on River Tyne, and approx 14 km (9 ml) from North Sea. By urban population (around 300,000), Newcastle is North East England's largest city. By metro population (around 1,65 million) Tyneside (conurbation) is ranked UK's 8th largest - following London, Manchester, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Glasgow, Liverpool, and South Hampshire.
Port Tyne is the gateway to England's northernmost region Northumbria. The city attracts tourists with its modern infrastructure, architecture, entertainment options, classy atmosphere. The city is served by Newcastle Airport, located approx 10 km (6 ml) from downtown (near Ponteland). The main airport-city connection is the Tyne and Wear Metro (railway system) with travel time around 20 min. By annual passenger traffic (around 10 million) the airport is ranked UK's 10th largest and connects Newcastle to over 90 global destinations.
Port of Tyne Newcastle
Port Newcastle as facilities comprises all the commercial docks on River Tyne. Its Gross Value Added for 2018 was GBP 700 million. Port's shipping operations support around 14,000 North East England jobs. Port's cruising season is May through September. Most popular itineraries are Norwegian Fjords and Russia-Scandinavia.
Port's growth started in the 13th century. Back then, Newcastle was ranked England's 6th largest export port, with the country's principal exports at that time being wool, timber, coal, dairy products, fish, salt, hides. Much of the shipping trade was with countries in Baltic Sea (mainly with Germany). Fronm the 16thcenturyy onward, port's growth was mainly based on coal export.
In late-19th century, port's river channel was deepened to 10 m (32 ft). Then were also built the two main piers (North and South), Tyne and Albert Edward Docks, and Northumberland county was formed. In 1928 was opened Tyne Commission Quay (now Northumbrian Quay) at North Shields, where was handled the cargo shipping trade with Bergen Norway.
Port of Tyne Authority manages the port since 1968. Port's current-day trade is based mainly on UK-made cars export. The port has 2 car terminals, 1 cruise terminal (Northumbrian Quay) and 1 ferry terminal (North Shields). Regularly scheduled cruiseferries connect Newcastle with Amsterdam (Holland). Currently, the company DFDS Seaways offers 7 weekly crossings to Amsterdam, with travel time 16 hours. As alternatives to this route are offered crossings between Harwich and Hook of Holland, as well as Hull-Rotterdam and Hull-Zeebrugge (Belgium),
All cruise vessels dock at the North Shields ferry terminal's pier (adjacent to Royal Quays Marina). Port's cruising business adds approx GBP 55-60 million and creates over 1700 related jobs for UK's North East economy. The cruise port's 2017 schedule had the all-time highest number of ship calls - 50. For comparison, in 2016 this number was 44.
Season 2017's scheduled cruise ship calls were 52, including 19 port-transit itineraries and 33 turnarounds (roundtrips) to Baltic and Mediterranean destinations, like Iberia, German waterways, Russia (St Petersburg) and various UK-based itineraries (around Britain and Ireland). Among port's 2017 largest customers were the companies Fred Olsen, CMV Cruise And Maritime Voyages, AIDA, Disney. Newcomers docking in the region were NCL Norwegian and TUI. In 2017, the port handled around 120,000 cruise passengers and 600,000 cruiseferry passengers (DFDS SEAWAYS). Containership trade volumes increased by 8% (mainly manufacturing parts, recycled materials, raw tea export to Canada). The port now handles over 40% of UK’s total raw tea import.
In June 2018 was announced port business growth, following the completion of investment projects at South Shields (started in 2017) of over GBP 100 million. South Shields new facilities can handle now larger volumes of wood pellet. Also updated were port's infrastructure and equipment. By automotive trade (number of cars exported from here) Port’ of Tyne is ranked UK’s 2nd largest (after Southampton).
Newcastle cruise terminal
Newcastle upon Tyne cruise port terminal is located in North Shields, adjacent to Royal Quays Marina. The facility has 2 berths and can handle liners with LOA length up to 300 m (985 ft). Terminal's max passenger capacity is 2000.
Port Tyne cruise shipping traffic is around 800,000 per year. The terminal building has 700 seats, 6 check-ins, luggage handling facilities, Wi-Fi, cafe, shop, tourist information, ATMs (cash machines), short-term and long-term parking. Taxi and bus shuttle services to downtown and Metro are also available.
Newcastle cruise terminal is located approx 13 km (8 ml) from downtown. Newcastle Airport is approx 24 km (15 ml) from the cruise terminal (30-min drive distance). The airport serves direct flights from Southampton, Bristol, London (Heathrow, Stansed, Gatwick), Birmingham, Aberdeen (Scotland), Belfast (Ireland). Central Station is approx 15 km (9 ml) from the terminal. Near the cruise port are located a beach, Tynemouth Castle (overlooking Tynemouth Pier), cafes, shops. Parking costs GBP 9,50 per night.
Newcastle tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Tyne Bridges: there are six, best known are three of them. The High Level Bridge is the oldest one and dates from the 1850s and was designed by Robert Stephenson. The second oldest, Swing Bridge, dates from 1876 and its designer is Sir W. G. Armstrong. The bridge that is the symbol of Newcastle is Tyne Bridge. Its official opening was in 1928 by King George V. It used to be the bridge with the largest arch until it was surpassed by the Australian Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- Quayside/Sandhill: great place to wander among old small houses, interesting shops and welcoming restaurants. The district is near High Level and Tyne Bridges. You can also find several historic buildings (for example – the Merchants’ Court and Guildhall).
- St Nicholas Cathedral: located on Mosley Street. The cathedral was built in the period 14th -15th century. It gained it cathedral status (of parish church) in 1882. The building impresses both by architecture and interior.
- Queen Victoria Memorial: located on St Nicholas Square. Its author is Sir Alfred Gilbert and it dates from 1900.
- Chares: the Old City is to the Tyne Bridge’s east. Most popular attractions are the Trinity House and the Custom House.
- Trinity Maritime Centre: located on Broad Chare. Explore the history of the city and its port.
- Church of All Saints: dates from the 18th century. It is neo-Clasical work of David Stephenson.
Port Newcastle cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Newcastle, Port of Tyne, England. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Newcastle cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Newcastle, Port of Tyne, England.
If you lose the Newcastle location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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