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Newcastle is top of 18 places that should be on your radar in 2018

The city beat off stiff competition from other top destinations, including Cuba, Wales and Sierra Leone. Photo: ITV News
The city beat off stiff competition from other top destinations, including Cuba, Wales and Sierra Leone. Credit: ITV News

Newcastle has come out on top when it comes to the Rough Guide's list of "18 places that should be on your radar in 2018".

The city beat off stiff competition from other top destinations on the list, including Cuba, Russia and New Orleans, which all made it into the top ten.

Great Exhibition of the North is named as a key reason to visit the city, along with neighbouring Gateshead, next summer. Credit: ITV News

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– Rough Guide

Rough Guide said, "Tourists venturing to Northern England have traditionally made a beeline for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester, but 2018 is Newcastle’s time to shine."

Great Exhibition of the North is named as a key reason to visit the city, along with neighbouring Gateshead, next summer.

The two-month jamboree will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in.

There'll be live music, performance art and insightful exhibitions across the city.

The Rough Guide was also impressed with Newcastle's nightlife and cultural offerings:

Expect also to be bowled over by Geordie geniality (locals are famously friendly) and the city’s nightlife, which is notoriously lively.

"A burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and architectural feats like Tyne Bridge add to the appeal of Newcastle, which is also friendly on the wallet."

– Rough Guide
Great Exhibition of the North is taking place in summer 2018. Credit: ITV News

Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which is leading work to deliver Great Exhibition of the North 2018, said:

We’re delighted to feature at the top of such a prestigious list. Next year we’ll play host to England’s biggest event which will attract and engage audiences from across the UK and beyond, telling the story of Northern England through cutting-edge art and culture, design and innovation.

“The Rough Guide also comments on the famous Geordie welcome, lively nightlife, burgeoning restaurant scene and wider cultural attractions and museums – all of which ensure that visitors for next year’s Exhibition, and indeed all year-round, will enjoy a fantastic experience in NewcastleGateshead.”

– Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive, NewcastleGateshead Initiative