LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...
Whilst only obtaining town status at the turn of the century, Ponteland is steeped in history. It’s church was built nearly one thousand years ago and is still operational today. Another key historic feature of the town is the castle. Although destroyed in 1388, Ponteland Castle’s remains have since been converted into a public house, with The Blackbird still serving food and drink and proving as popular as ever.
With a modern, vibrant town centre complemented by cobbled pavements and historic stone houses, Ponteland is a perfect synergy of history meeting modern life. In the town centre you will find modern amenities with a choice of national supermarkets, high street and independent shops. That is why many of the North East’s rich and famous choose to call it home, with many Newcastle United players living in the region.
Newcastle city centre is less than 15 minutes away by car or approximately 25 by bus. From there, travellers can pick up the main East Coast railway link between Edinburgh (journey time approximately 1hr:10mins) and London (journey time approximately 3hr:45mins), with a weekday service of 15 trains per day north to Edinburgh and 13 trains per day south to London. For those wanting to travel further afield, Newcastle Airport is just two miles away.
If you are looking for a slice of city life then you won’t have far to go. One of England’s most iconic and beautiful cities is right on your doorstep, Newcastle is just two miles away, with regular Metro services running from Jesmond Metro station. Once in the city you will find premium shopping, restaurants, culture and more pubs than you could ever need.
Not to mention the beautiful and world-renowned Quayside. Be sure to look up and admire the engineered beauty of the Tyne Bridge - and the infamous fog!
If you want to get active, the local sports facilities are excellent with gyms, golf clubs and artificial pitches nearby. For a watching brief, Newcastle United, or the ‘Toon’ as they are known locally, play their home games at the impressive St James’ Park. A world famous footballing institution, the Magpies are one of the best supported teams in the country.
Similarly, Rugby Union club Newcastle Falcons has been a top flight club for much of its history, regularly drawing sell-out crowds to its Kingston Park stadium. Jesmond is also the home of Newcastle Cricket Club and Northumberland County Cricket club, who compete in the Minor Counties Championship. Newcastle Racecourse is one of the most popular tracks in the country, recently benefiting from investment which saw it develop an artificial flat surface whilst keeping a turf course for jumping. For a more cultured pursuit, there are numerous theatres in Newcastle, including the impressive Theatre Royal and riverside Opera House, offering a wide variety of entertainment. For bigger acts, the Metro Radio Arena has hosted an impressive list of international stars, and the O2 Academy is a regular gig stop for touring bands.