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Newcastle Quayside | © Mike Smith/Flickr
Newcastle Quayside | © Mike Smith/Flickr

10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Newcastle Upon Tyne

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 1 September 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne is one of the most renowned cities in the country for many reasons, most notably its culture, architecture and welcoming atmosphere. Here are 10 reasons why everyone should visit the famous north-east city.

The Quayside

Arguably the most picturesque location in Newcastle, The Quayside is one of the city’s most bustling areas. Packed with restaurants, bars and cultural hotspots, you’ll definitely want to head here, especially if it’s sunny.

Newcastle is one of the most passionate footballing cities in the country

More than 50,000 dedicated fans head to St. James Park – the home of Newcastle United – every weekend. With the team returning to the Premier League this season, football fans visiting the city may want to check out a game.

Nearby beaches

With its close proximity to the coast, Newcastle is fortunate enough to be surrounded by a plethora of outstanding beaches. Whether it’s family fun at South Shields, a geological adventure at Cullercoats or spotting puffins at the Farne Islands, the north-east is spoilt for choice.

Puffin at Farne Islands, Newcastle

Puffin at Farne Islands, Newcastle | © ianpreston/Flickr

It’s surrounded by natural beauty

Known as the gateway to the north, Newcastle is surrounded by plentiful green spaces and areas of outstanding beauty. Take the stunning Northumberland National Park for example, the most remote from large cities and towns, meaning it really is the most tranquil retreat in the country. Newcastle is also flanked by the North Pennines and North York Moors National Park.

Newcastle is a great base for easy day trips

Gracefully located in the north-east of the country, Newcastle is an ideal city not only for exploring but for using as a base too. Whether it’s the Northumberland Coast, the quaint town of Durham or the Roman remains of Hadrian’s Wall, there are plenty of options to whet your appetite. Newcastle United fans won’t like this, but the city of Sunderland is also easily accessible from Newcastle…

Hadrian's Wall, Sycamore Gap

Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap | © Carole Raddato/Flickr

Its architecture and landmarks

Aside from its most obvious landmark, the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle is packed with interesting landmarks and buildings to discover. For example, Newcastle’s 12th century castle offers splendid views over the city, while Anthony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North statue is located in Gateshead, just outside the city centre.

Newcastle is culturally rich – its museums and galleries prove that alone

Newcastle is home to an abundance of galleries and museums, with some like the Great North Museum: Hancock showcasing the history and heritage of the city. One of the top picks is the Baltic Centre, a truly innovative exhibition centre housed within a famous industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, River Tyne

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, River Tyne | © Mike Smith/Flickr

It’s a foodie paradise

With the likes of Blackfriars – a medieval-themed building dating back to the 13th century – as well as a wealth of other independent restaurants like the rooftop-set Six and the pan-Asian restaurant Sohe in Jesmond – you may struggle to settle on an option!

And the nightlife isn’t bad, either

Newcastle is home to countless pubs, bars and clubs – so many that we’d be here forever if we tried to name them all. For starters though, Digital is highly rated among locals, with music venues like the Cluny consistently great for live music. Take it from us though, Newcastle nightlife is renowned for being up there with the best in the country. Just ask the Geordies.

But most of all, Geordies are just really welcoming

With a great sense of humour and a real welcoming attitude, Geordies are a friendly bunch. A word of warning, though: they love to talk, which can be a problem if you can’t grasp the accent, like!