AWAY DAYS: Newcastle travel information
24th April 2015
Newcastle United v Swansea City
Saturday, April 25 (3pm kick-off)
Address: St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
Telephone: 0191 201 8400
What's it like? Swans fans are in the North West corner of the top tier on the far side of the Sir John Hall Stand. The concourse is big with a fair choice of pies, with burgers and hot dogs. There are TVs showing the game being played with separate refreshment areas which serve alcohol.
Pubs and grub - The ground is in the middle of the city. There are plenty of pubs to choose from, but most away fans use pubs around the trains station. The 'Head Of Steam' (NE1 5EN) 'The Lounge' (NE1 5EN) and 'O'Neills' (NE1 5DF) are all recommended, but some will only admit fans if colours are covered and none admit children. Nearby is 'The Union Rooms' (NE1 1TT), a Wetherspoons pub. There's the 'Bodega' on Westgate Road (NE1 4AG); it's in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has a friendly atmosphere. Closer to the ground and round the corner from China Town is 'The Newcastle Arms.
Flights - Newcastle Airport is seven miles from the city centre. The easiest way in is by Metro. The airport has a Metro station next to the terminal. There are regular trains with journey time of 23 minutes, £3.40 for a single or £4.60 for a day-saver ticket giving unlimited travel on the Metro system for one day. Change at Monument Metro Station for a Metro to St James' Park.
Parking - For parking, avoid the city centre at all costs. There are loads of pay and display car parks around, including the Royal Victoria Infirmary (NE1 4LP). Parking here is in a multi storey and allows a quick getaway after the game. You can head for Heworth, near Gateshead adjacent to the A184. It has a Metro Station and a long term car park where you can park your car for £1.40, then catch the metro to the stadium.
By train - The train station is half a mile from the ground and takes ten minutes to walk. Come out of the station, cross the zebra crossings and go up Pink Lane. Cross Westgate Road, go up Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right onto Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end, bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie's Bar, under the Chinese arch then left up Gallowgate. The ground is on the right.
Three trains get you there before kick-off, leaving Swansea at 5.28am, 6.28am and 6.47am for the seven-hour journey. The 5.32pm and 5.44pm are the only trains back.
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