Why visit Newark?
After years of being seen as the poor relation to nearby New York City, Newark has come to be recognised as a major tourist destination in its own right. It has become an important centre for the arts, with galleries like Aljira carving out distinctive niches for themselves in the city's alternative arts scene. Newark is also the location for a wide range of festivals celebrating poetry, music and film.
The city's attractions include Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange. The National Park Service now preserves this site, centred on Edison's home and laboratory. The more traditional Branch Brook Park provides an oasis of calm just a mile or so from downtown Newark. This is the site of the United States' largest collection of cherry trees: more than 4,000 of them provide a spectacular display every April.
Nearby is the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, built to a French design. Its attractions include 14 Italian bells and over 200 stained glass windows. As well as performing its religious function, the cathedral plays host to regular concerts. Its acoustics are especially well suited to performances by symphony orchestras. Gospel and jazz music also have long traditions in Newark: Sunday brunch at The Priory, in West Market Street, is not to be missed.
How far is the airport from city centre and which airlines fly to Newark from UK?
Newark Liberty International Airport, which is situated about four miles southeast of the city centre, is Newark's main international hub. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both operate direct flights to Newark from London Heathrow. Alternatively, you can fly with Air France from Manchester or Birmingham with a stop in Paris.
How to get to city centre from the airport?
The simplest way to get from the airport to downtown Newark is by taxi. Drivers charge a flat fee according to your destination; these journeys require you to make a reservation. Allow about $10 for this trip, though a little more if you are staying out of town. Another option is to travel by train: Newark-Liberty station sees regular services operated by NJ Transit and Amtrak. The airport has a monorail system, AirTrain Newark; a transfer from AirTrain to Newark-Liberty station is $6. The cheapest but least comfortable option is to take a bus.
What are the visa requirements for British and non-EU nationals?
Most British Nationals will not require a visa to visit the US for up to 90 days, provided that they comply with the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program. Those who have previously been deported from the US, or who have ever been arrested, will need a visa. People from a few non-EU countries, including South Korea and Taiwan, may also travel visa-free. Most other nationalities will require a visa.
How to get around Newark?
Public transport in Newark is the responsibility of New Jersey Transit. From its hub at Penn Station, the relatively small Newark City Light Rail system operates two lines. The bus service is more extensive, with buses running to almost every part of the city. Taxis, which can be hailed on-street in the downtown area, charge metered fares
what’s the best time to visit Newark?
The ideal time to visit Newark is in late spring or early autumn, when afternoon temperatures are generally in the low 20s and nights are cool but not cold. Newark can be uncomfortably hot and humid in mid-summer, with July temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 degrees. Newark's winters are cold and harsh, with freezing nights and heavy snowfalls.