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Old 28-04-2005, 08:38 PM
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Newcastle Travel guide

Newcastle United v Palace (Saturday 30th April 2005)

St.James Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4ST
Main Telephone No: 0191-201-8400
Ticket Office: 0191-261-1571

TICKETS
There are still some tickets available on general sale £30 for adults, £25 senior citizens, £16 for under 16s. Tickets limited to 2 per person.

The away fans are now housed in the Sir John Hall Stand in the North West corner of the ground, on level seven – the top tier of the stand. The away allocation is now up to 3000 for Premiership games. There is a climb of 14 flights of stairs to get to the away section & the view is a long way from the pitch, although it is still good. You may want to take binoculars and if you suffer from vertigo, the advise is don't go! The views across Newcastle as well as the stadium itself are pretty good. Leg room & height between rows is also good, as is the space on the concourse. Reports suggest that the stewarding is quite strict – so behave yourselves!!

Information for Disabled Fans :

Wheelchair Spaces: 8 - 13 spaces for away Disabled toilet facilities in the main concourse areas of stadium. Steward assistance on request. Sir John Hall Stand.
Booking: essential. Tickets – 9.00 for disabled person, 25.00 – 50.00 for helper
Blind facilities: 22 allocated seats in the North East Corner. All elevated and covered with commentary provided. Ambulant disabled – 81 covered positions for home & away fans in the Sir John Hall, Newcastle Brown stand. Helpers sit adjacent.
Contact for disabled issues – David Pattison – 0191 201 8400


Coaches – Depart 6am cost £38 guests, £30 Eagles Gold, £34 season ticket holders & members.

GETTING TO THE GROUND

TRAVELLING BY CAR :

From the M25 join the M1 (northbound). At junction 32 take the left hand lane to join the M18 (the North and Doncaster). At junction 2 branch left and at the roundabout take the first exit
to join the A1(M) signposted to The North. In eight miles at the end of the motorway join the A1 and then in a further 31 miles rejoin the A1(M). At junction 49 (A1/A618) Dishforth Interchange go forward on the A1 and then in a further 24 miles at the junction with the B6275 go
forward to join the A1(M). At the end of the motorway go forward on the A1 and in four miles
branch left to join the A184 (Newcastle, Gateshead). After one mile take the right hand lane to join the A189 then cross Redheugh Bridge. Keep forward (signposted City Centre) and at the
traffic lights go straight ahead (City-North). At the next traffic lights proceed forward again (City-North, Ashington). At the T-junction turn left, then at the next traffic lights turn right. At the roundabout take the first exit and Newcastle FC is on the right after one mile.
Alternatively Follow A1, A68 then A6127 to cross the Tyne. At the next roundabout, take the first exit into Moseley Street. Turn left into Neville Street, then right at the end for Clayton Street and then Newgate Street. Then turn left for Leazes Park Road.
Another alternative is to stay on the A1 until exit for Westerhope – leave the A1 straight over 2 roundabouts & follow signs for Royal Victoria Infirmary. Parking is available here in a multi storey car park.
By Road from West:
Take the A69 towards the City Centre. Turn left into Clayton Street for
Newgate Street, then left again for Leazes Park Road.
By Road from North:
Take the A1, then follow signs for Hexham until you get to Percy Street
then turn right into Leazes Park Road.

A useful tip from Nigel Croucher:

Please advise any fans that come up the A1(M) there is a 50MPH limit on
the A1(M) at the Washington service Area on the County Durham / Tyne &
Wear boarder the local police have mobile speed cameras working in this
area and are handing out lots of tickets I would hate to think of any
poor Palace fan having to fork out for a fine on top of all the other
match costs..

Another alternative is to drive to Gateshead metro station (exit A1 at Gateshead sign, road number A184 I think, then turn right at roundabout, go straight for about a mile and turn right at mini-roundabout). There is a multi-storey car park right next to the metro station and Monument metro station is just two stops.

PARKING :

There is street parking available nearby, or it might be more sensible / convenient to try the city centre multi-stories which are well signposted. There is apparently parking for away fans at
the Blood Transfusion Centre in Barrack Road.

Building work at Gallowgate has also meant that other public car parks have been closed, further limiting the choice. Like most British cities, on-street parking is available round the edge of the centre, but the threat of car crime and changing parking rules is an ever-present one.

Parking Suggestions:

Near the Telewest Arena.
Off the Westgate Road - top end.
Past the Royal Victoria Infirmary beside the University/Exhibition Park.
At the Railway Station - limited space and expensive.
Multi-storey car parks on Dean Street and near Haymarket bus station.

There are car parks at the ground - however they are strictly for permit holders and there's no pay on the day public access to them.


TRAVELLING BY TRAIN :

There are no train tickets left via Chris & Gildo and prices are generally now £88 for a return.
There are engineering works on the return journey requiring a 15 minute bus replacement service.

From the train station -
To get to the ground, you may either take the metro direct to the ground (one stop- St.James), or walk as follows (half mile – 15 mins):
Route via the city centre: Come out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and head right onto Grainger Street. Follow this road up to the second set of traffic lights (at Pizza Hut). This will out you at the top of the Bigg Market - Drinker's Paradise! You should have met a throng of black and white shirts by now, but failing that, bear left onto Newgate Street and follow the road all the way around to the roundabout with Gallowgate. Following this road all the way round will lead you straight to St James Park and the away fans' section'.

If you're feeling lazy, you can get buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from station), up to the ground. The fare should be about 50p.


Direct route - Come out of the station and cross the street in front of you, and up the alley to the left of the bakers. This take you past a pub called The Forth and bring you out at Clayton Street. Cross straight over and continue up the final section of the alley. You are now on Westgate Road.

To your right is a paper shop and immediately past it is a paved walkway which stretches up the hill - at the top of this you will be able to see the ground to your right. Either continue towards the ground or deviate right, which is Stowell Street, home of the local Chinese community and numerous fine eating establishments.

Away supporters are currently housed in the North West corner, following
the Direct route described above brings you to the South West side of the ground (or South East if via City Centre).

Continue to walk along the road that winds along to the ground and
then walk underneath the new offices/stand with the ground on your
right. The away turnstiles are past the main entrance at the top of the
incline.

Away buses / coaches tend to park immediately to the North of this point.

BY PLANE
There are flights to Newcastle, prices vary depending on airlines & timings. The airport is 7 miles from the city centre. If coming from the airport use the metro system, alight at Haymarket or Monument Stations and follow the crowds or change for a metro to ST James Park Station.. Journey takes around 23 minutes.


EATING AND DRINKING :

The ground is one of the few in the country that is literally right in the centre of town. You are no more than 10 minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre.

St. James Park is located right in the city centre, with all shops, etc. within half a mile.
Many fans tend to favour the pubs opposite & around the railway station – “A head of steam”, “The Lounge” and “O’Neills” are recommended, but in some cases it’s no colours and no children.

There is a large footie-friendly pub in Barrack Road (near the away parking), 10 mins or so walk up hill away from the ground – The Leazes Inn 0191 221 1588. Large family orientated pub, big screen TV, 2 pool tables, one snooker table, darts, table football, and full menu (served 12-5 weekends). Children’s menu / outdoor play area, large car park.

'The Cushy Billet'- (Brewers Fayre), families welcome

The Bridge Hotel – Castle Garth (By high level bridge) 0191 232 6400 – Family orientated pub, views over the river. Menu with meals from 1.99, served 12-2. 3 TV’s Open all day from 11:30

The Akenside Traders – The Side 0191 269 3011
Modern –style city centre bar with 6 TV’s. Bar meals served to 2:30, snacks to 5. Disabled facilities. Open all day

The Duke of Wellington – High Bridge 0191 261 8852 – Sandwiches & bar meals. TV. Open all day.

The Crown Posada – The side.

Idols has strippers and is apparently popular with home & away fans.

The Strawberry, Rosie’s bar and The Newcastle Arms are all home pubs.

FOOD:
Charlies and Wok this Way on Gallowgate offer eat as much as you can buffets for about 4:50 . Gourmet Grub on Leazes crescent do good sandwiches and salads. St Andrew’s Street near Rosie’s Bar is the Butter Fingers takeaway with pies, quiche and sandwiches. Newgate Street and the Bigg Market have the usual Wimpys and MacDonalds.

Inside the ground the mince pie seems the best bet (though the one I had at the England game there recently was cold!) other pies are available, as well as burgers & hot dogs. Chips are sold & are good.. Cheese and onion pasty not bad apparently. Coffee and Hot chocolate recommended. Alcohol is also served within the ground

Matchday programme - available from local newsagents 24 hours before kickoff, from street vendors Price £3.

For those making a night of it:

The best place for a night out is the Quayside – there are loads of bars down there. You should go over the swing bridge (pedestrian bridge) to Buffalo Bills, on the Gateshead side. You can eat there and it is open until 12:30am (no charge). Great place to have some fun. Opposite Buffalo Bills is a good Italian known as La Riveria. The Tuxedo Princess is a ferry which has been converted to a night club & is very popular



If you want to go bar hopping then go over the swing bridge to the Newcastle side and all along the river are bars – be prepared to queue though.

There are also loads of good hotels along the quayside if you haven’t already booked. For more accommodation in Newcastle – here are a few possibilities – but there are loads in the Newcaslte area – and lots in Jesmond too which is a short distance from the city centre. However any accommodation is at a premium as it’s a bank holiday weekend. You may choose to stay near the airport or even in Sunderland which is only a metro ride away, or not too much if a few of you share a taxi. Another option is to stay in Whitley Bay – only 25 minutes away on the metro & also has a lively nightlife.

AVENUE HOTEL
2 Manor House Road
Jesmond
NE2 2L0
t: 0191-281-1396
f: 0191-281-6588
Single: £25pn

It's about 10 minutes walk to West Jesmond Station, and from there about 15 minutes on Metro, change at Monument.

BRIGHTON GUEST HOUSE
47-49 Brighton Grove
Arthur's Hill
NE4 5NS
t: 0191-273-3600
f: 0191-226-0563
Single: £16pn

Easy for Football Ground, at either end of Brighton grove you can catch
a bus to right outside the stadium, or about 10-15 mins' walk. To get to
the hotel from the ground, head towards the mini-roundabout next to a
petrol station, and turn left into Stanhope Street (to the left of Black
Bull PH). Either catch any bus along Stanhope Street, or walk to the end
of Stanhope Street, and Brighton Grove crosses to the right.
This can get quite lively – being taken over by a Palace crowd. That as well as having a few Magpies as well, makes for an exciting stay.

BRANDLING HUEST HOUSE
4 Brandling Park
Brandling Village
NE2 4QA
t: 0191-281-3175
Single: £23pn

It's possible to walk to Football Ground, or alternatively it's about 10
minutes from Jesmond Metro, then change at Monument for St. James's.

HANSEN HOTEL
131 Sandyford Road
Shieldfield
NE2 1QR
t: 0191-281-0289
Single: £24pn

2 minutes' walk from Jesmond Metro dtation, then change at Monument for St. James'. Alternatively, frequent buses will take you into City Centre (nos. 300, 305, 306, 307, 1, 38) and then it's a short walk to Football Ground.

JESMOND PARK HOTEL
74-76 Queens Road
Jesmond
NE2 2PR
t: 0191-281-2821
f: 0191-281-0515
Single: £24pn

About 15 minutes walk from West Jesmond Metro Station. From there,
change at Monument for St James's Park (~15mins)

LYNNWOOD GUEST HOUSE
1 Lynnwood Terrace
off Westgate Road
Fenham
NE4 6UL
Single: £16pn

About 15mins. walk from Football Ground along Westgate Road, then
Corporation Street (next to Brewery). Alternatively frequent buses from
stop in Brighton Grove (nos. 39, 40, 82, 83, 84, 684, 685).

MINERVA HOTEL
105 Osborne Road
West Jesmond
NE2 2TA
t: 0191-281-0190
f: 0191-281-2294
Single: £23pn

About 5-10 mins. walk fromWest Jesmond station. Then by Metro to
Monument, and change for St. James' (~15 mins)

PORTLAND GUEST HOUSE
134 Sandyford Road
Shieldfield
NE2 1DD
t/f: 0191-232-7868
Single: £18
(for directions see HANSEN HOTEL)

ROSEBERRY HOTEL
2 Roseberry Crescent
Jesmond Vale
NE2 1ET
t/f: 0191-281-3363
Single: £22pn

About 15mins walk from Jesmond Metro.

THE BELLE GROVE
Belle Grove Terrace
(cnr of Ancrum St and Richardson Rd)
Spital Tongues
t: 0191-232-5837
Single: £20

10 minutes' walk from St James's across the Leazes Moor. Turn right out
of stadium, and at Roundabout (Black Bull PH) Turn right into park
gates. Follow driveway to end, and take the left-hand fork through
wooden gates. Follow right across the Moor, and Belle Grove should face
you at the end of path.

For more information try To view the link you have to Register or Login which has a wealth of information – too much to include it all on here!
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Thanks. Parking at the Blood Transfusion Centre. Hopefully after climbing 14 flights of stairs a stop off before the journey home will not be required.
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Top stuff as ever Janet, thanks.

I assume the Palace fans are seated in those seats up near Edinburgh somewhere!!! Just to let everyone know that in addition to allowing walking time to the ground it does, in fact, take an age to actually reach your seats too!
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Re: Newcastle Travel guide

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Originally posted by lightweight
A useful tip from Nigel Croucher:

Please advise any fans that come up the A1(M) there is a 50MPH limit on
the A1(M) at the Washington service Area on the County Durham / Tyne &
Wear boarder the local police have mobile speed cameras working in this
area and are handing out lots of tickets I would hate to think of any
poor Palace fan having to fork out for a fine on top of all the other
match costs..

Please, please, please let me remember this tomorrow morning!!!
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I am reliably informed by a friendly Geordie that O'neill's opposite the station is the pub of choice for the away fans.
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