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Car Hire in Newcastle

Car Hire in Newcastle upon Tyne

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Victorian elegance and various industries have made their mark in Newcastle upon Tyne. You will find a mix of heritage and urban sophistication here, though, with its vibrant nightlife, energetic student population, and deep-rooted traditions. The Geordies, as locals here are called, also have their own dialect, which go back to the old language of the Anglo-Saxons.

Where to hire a car in Newcastle upon Tyne

Going around the city with a car can be a convenient option, especially if you have a detailed itinerary that involves going on day trips to the surrounding area. Various car rental companies are available in Newcastle, such as Avis Car Hire, Budget Car Hire, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar Newcastle – Car Hire, Hertz, and Thrifty Newcastle Upon Tyne. Other local and independent operators can also be found here, allowing you to consider a variety of options.

When renting a car, an International Driver's Permit (IDP) is often not required for tourists driving in the United Kingdom. It might be better to get one just in case, which can be useful if your driver's licence is not in English. You will also need to think about getting an automatic or a manual transmission. If you choose a car with an automatic transmission, be sure to book one ahead of your departure date.

What to expect when hiring a car from Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle, surrounded by main roads, can be hard to navigate in times of traffic jams. You will find it easier to check out the surroundings, though, due to these roads that will allow you to connect to various communities. The routes A1, A184, A167, A692, A1300, A1(M), and A194(M) all turn to other roads that lead to Gateshead, Washington, Sunderland, Whitley Bay, Blyth, Ashington, Consett, Castleside, Stamfordham, Ponteland, Wideopen, and many more.

There are toll plazas for each tunnel, both of which are located on the northern side of Tyne. You will be asked to pay the toll after passing through the tunnel, while other cars travelling south will have to pay before entering. Toll payments can be made in cash or with a prepaid permit. Change is not available in the toll lanes, so be sure to pay the exact amount only. Congestion charging is not available yet, but you should allot an amount in case of additional expenses on the road.

One-way systems and narrow country lanes are part of the driving life in Newcastle. Many of these lanes have frequent pull-outs called 'laybys', though, which lets a vehicle pull over and let the other car pass. The narrow lanes are easy to drive on, but you will need to pay additional attention to what is ahead of you and do not drive fast when you cannot see far ahead. These roads are often not very busy, but if you do see an approaching car in the distance, look for the nearest layby to pull over and let the other driver pass.

Cycling is also usually done in many of the side roads, so be sure to watch out carefully to maintain safety. Once you reach your destination, there are several options available for parking, from on-street parking and car parks to Park and Pay and Park and Ride schemes in the city. You should look for a hotel with its own garage, though, for better convenience.

Getting to your destination

Sunderland
This city by the sea features beautiful beaches and countryside views, as well as a number of cultural landmarks from theatres to museums. Newcastle at the mouth of River Wear also features an underground music scene, as well as a number of fascinating landmarks such as the National Glass Centre and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Get on A167 from Queen Victoria Rd and B1318. Take A167(M), A184, A19, and A1231 to High St W in Sunderland. Drive to West St to reach your destination. Going here can take around 30 minutes, if the drive is taken in good traffic conditions.

Washington
A town in the City of Sunderland, this part of the region features the Old Hall, which was said to be built by William de Hertburn. Visitor attractions include the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Nature Reserve and the Washington F Pit Mining Museum.

To get here, head north on Queen Victoria Rd and take A167(M), A184, and A195 to Emmerson Terrace in Washington. Continue on Emmerson Terrace to your destination. You can from Newcastle and then arrive in 20 minutes, if traffic continues to flow smoothly.

Durham
When going here, you will find one of the most beautiful churches in England. The Durham Cathedral with its stunning Romanesque design, as well as the standard motte-and-bailey fort structure of Durham Castle can be found here. There is also the Crook Hall to see, a medieval hall with 1.6 hectares of charming small gardens.

Drive in Gateshead from St James' Blvd and A184 and then take A1(M) to A690 in Durham. Take exit 62 from A1(M) and drive to A690 to reach Durham. The estimated travel time going here can take around 30 minutes, if there are no traffic disruptions along the way.

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