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Facts & Figures

  • Students rated Newcastle’s universities as best for nightlife on the Which? University guide, launched in September 2012.
  • In 2011 the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art became the first non-Tate venue outside of London to host the most prestigious contemporary art prize in Europe – Turner Prize.
  • Lonely Planet’s Great Britain guidebook (published March 2011) named Newcastle as “the hipster capital of the northeast”.
  • Newcastle was named Most Sustainable City in the UK for a second year running in October 2010 by Forum for the Future. Projects ranging from an electric car hub, with nearly 600 charging points, to an urban bees programme, helped Newcastle to feature strongly in all 13 indicators.
  • Newcastle was voted third best city in Europe (second in the UK behind London) for Nightlife in tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2010.
  • Newcastle was named best UK party city for New Year’s Eve by The Times, 2009.
  • North East England is tipped as a must-see destination by Lonely Planet Blue List 2008.
  • The Sage Gateshead was named as one of the top ten best buildings of the last 100 years in England by The Rough Guide, May 2008.
  • The Angel of the North was named as the UK’s most recognisable landmark in a survey by Travelodge in May 2008.
  • Grainger Town won the Academy of Urbanism’s coveted ‘Great Neighbourhood’ Award 2008 at a ceremony on 9 November 2008 beating off stiff competition from London’s Soho and Dublin’s Temple Bar.
  • Newcastle was voted ‘Best City in the North’ by Daily Telegraph readers in April 2007.