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Newcastle Area Guide

Living in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Newcastle-under-Lyme provides a charming blend of historic roots and forward-thinking town planning.

There is a whole spectrum of property available ranging from terraced, semi-detached and detached houses of all sizes to various flats, apartments and retirement villages in this market town.

The town has an appealing mix of well-known retail chains and well-established independent traders as well as a six-day market. On top of this, there is a wide choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants to try, in addition to sporting facilities and highly regarded educational centres.

Access and Transport

Newcastle-under-Lyme is an excellent base for commuting in all directions, with easy access to the M6 at junction 15 and also access via the A500 providing links to the A50, for travel towards Derbyshire and links with the M1. The town itself has several taxi ranks on Merrial Street, Hassell Street and High Street, a bus station and car parks in and around the town making getting around extremely easy.

Social Life and Culture

For those who like to be out and about in their town, Newcastle-under-Lyme offers a number of venues to be explored. From real-ale and food pub The Lymestone Vaults, to Marloes Restaurant, Bailey’s Vintage Tearoom and the Capello Lounge, there is something to suit all manner of tastes.  As well as traditional English pubs, the town also has the New Vic Theatre, The Brampton Museum and Art Gallery (set in the beautiful Brampton Park) and a choice of music venues.

Areas to Live

Around the town centre, the residential areas of The Westlands, Westbury Park, Clayton and Maybank prove the most popular to live in. There are also some charming villages on the outskirts of Newcastle that provide a more rural experience within reach of the town’s attractions, such as Betley, Madeley and Woore. Residential areas sit neatly surrounding the town and impressive commuter links make travelling for work or leisure a pleasure.

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Schools and Colleges in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Keele University sits a mere two miles to the west of Newcastle-under-Lyme and there is a vibrant student presence in and around the town. There is also a first-rate purpose-built college of higher education. In terms of provision for younger learners, Newcastle-under-Lyme is home to ‘Good’ rated primary schools (denominational and non-denominational) and well-performing secondary schools, including two independent schools.

Sport and Leisure

Along with Newcastle Rugby Union Football Club, the town affords plentiful sporting opportunities for active individuals, including the Jubilee 2 fitness centre, a choice of gyms and the Keele Driving Range. For those more interested in retail therapy over physical exertion, there are retail parks in Wolstanton and Trent Vale and a garden centre in Trentham.

A Rich History

The Brampton Art Gallery portrays the heritage of Newcastle-under-Lyme, dating back to the Roman invasion. Favourite amongst visitors is the Victorian street scene, featuring life-sized shops evoking an era of great prosperity in the town. Keele University itself has a magnificent 19th-century hall, which is a Grade ll listed building. The Star Inn, which stands on the south side of the Ironmarket, is the only remaining medieval structure.

Local Shopping 

The town centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme provides a diverse shopping mix of well-known retail chains as well as independent traders. Wolstanton Retail Park offers Asda, Homebase, Matalan, Marks and Spencers and Starbucks, while Trent Vale Retail Park offers B&M, Iceland, Pets at Home, Halfords, Carpetright, Aldi, Tesco and Mcdonalds. In addition to a garden centre, Trentham Gardens also has a shopping village of small retail outlets.