Newcastle Port

Although Newcastle has been almost totally redone over the last twenty years or so, one feature that’s changed very little is the famed Newcastle port, which has been in nearly continuous service for close to 2,000 years. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, Port Newcastle was first established during the Roman era to import goods from Italy, Spain and other European countries, which was then transported to the rest of the United Kingdom. Local traders in fish, grain, and raw materials once occupied the quayside almost exclusively, but their spaces are now largely taken up by hotels, fashion boutiques, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants.

Live Marine Traffic – Port of Tyne, Newcastle Port


Once the U.K.’s main exporter of coal, Port Newcastle was forced to reassess and retool all operations during the early 1990’s due to extensive changes in the U.K. mining industry due to environmental concerns. In order to remain viable, local and port authorities switched their emphasis from strictly exporting to importing as well. With the help of investment and a commitment to diversification, the Greater Newcastle area is now among the Top Five in the U.K. for coal imports, as well as seeing a great increase in import cargo such as forest products, steel, grain and other raw materials. This radical overhaul is a major factor in the area’s overall economic rebirth.

The Newcastle Port Corporation oversees the day-to-day operations of the Newcastle Cruise Terminal, which services over a million passengers a year, and is ever-increasing. The overhaul of the port’s entire operation has also had a dramatic effect on the terminals themselves, most noticeably in the new construction and/or refurbishing of facilities in order to better provide services for the thousands of travelers it attends to each day, 365 days a year. From improved and enlarged parking facilities to updated personal amenities for “special needs” clientele as well as new warehousing construction, the Newcastle Ferry Terminal strives to meet every conceivable need with professionalism and top-shelf, elite service. Improved services in the areas of automation, including baggage handling and on-site transport are just a sampling of the many other amenities for travelers, making their experience while visiting the facilities as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

The Newcastle Ferry Port is always looking to the future and continued growth is not only expected but inevitable. To that issue, the Corporation is constantly looking for ways to improve and streamline it’s daily agenda in order to ensure that it will have solutions to expected and unexpected situations before they occur. The Newcastle area has made a tremendous investment into the future, and has seen a significant positive return as a result. Diligent, focused stewardship is essential for the investment to continue to benefit all parties involved, most importantly, the traveler.