Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading publishers of travel guidebooks, has revealed their annual list of the world’s best places to visit in 2018.
Here at Sleeperz Hotels, we weren’t as surprised as some to read that Newcastle, England, beat off stiff competition from destinations such as Cuba, Malta and Malawi – to be named Rough Guides’ #1 place to visit in 2018.
We’ve been blogging, tweeting and posting about Newcastle’s best-bits and city break credentials ever since we opened our 98-bedroom design-led hotel on Newcastle’s Westgate Road, back in 2012.
Rough Guides says that 2018 is time for the Geordie Capital to take centre stage.
The travel publisher told The Daily Express newspaper that:
“Next summer the city – along with neighbouring Gateshead – will host the Great Exhibition of the North, a two-month jamboree that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in.
“Expect live music, performance art and insightful exhibitions at some wonderful venues.”
Newcastle also got the vote because of its famously friendly people and the fact that a visit to the city is easy on the wallet.
TOP-TIME FOR A NEWCASTLE CITY BREAK
A stay at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle starts from as little as £69.99, including a cooked breakfast, in the heart of the city – close to the nightlife – and cultural attractions including Newcastle Castle, Cathedral and The Stephenson Quarter – where ‘Rocket’ – a pioneering steam-powered locomotive was engineered by George Stephenson.
The Great Exhibition of the North is undoubtedly one of the major reasons why Newcastle has picked up this honour.
The exhibition promises to be a fascinating two-month journey through the culture, heritage and art of the former industrial powerhouse of the United Kingdom.
Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination marketing agency 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.”
Newcastle wasn’t the only spot in the UK to make the top 10, with Wales also coming in at number 5 for its UNESCO World Heritage sites and great outdoors.
WALES MAKES THE TOP-10
For visitors to Wales, you can’t beat basing yourself in Cardiff, the capital city. Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is only 500m from Cardiff Rail Station opposite the Principality Stadium – home of Wales Rugby.
Other highly recommended places in the Rough Guides list included the Civil Rights Trail in the US, visiting sites such as Martin Luther King’s birthplace and Woolworth’s store in North Carolina where four black students sat in the “whites-only” seating area in the 60’s.
ROUGH GUIDES 2018 – TOP-10 PLACES TO VISIT
2. Civil Rights Trail, USA
4. Valletta, Malta
8. New Orleans, USA
10. Sierra Leone
You’ll find lots of great ideas for things to see and do in Newcastle in the pages of our blog, along with recommendations for family-friendly breaks, a guide to watching football in the Toon and some of the best day trips you can have for under £30 when you stay at our great value Newcastle hotel.
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