20 Must-Visit Attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne

Washington Old Hall, Newcastle
Washington Old Hall, Newcastle | ©
Whether you’re in Newcastle for a day, a week or because you’ve moved there for good, you can’t afford to miss out on these top attractions in the city.

Newcastle Castle

Not that new anymore, this Medieval structure is what gives Newcastle its name. First built by the son of William the Conqueror, it’s now open to visitors from 10am to 5pm.

Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ, United Kingdom

Newcastle Castle Keep

Newcastle Castle Keep | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Quay and Quayside

The place to go for pubs, clubs and restaurants, the Quay is now also a modernised hub of arts, music and culture in the city. Check out the Quayside market on Sundays.

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newcastle Quayside | © James Cridland/Flickr/

Newcastle Quayside | © James Cridland/Flickr

Biscuit Factory

Art Gallery, Building, Shop, Theater
The Biscuit Factory
The Biscuit Factory | © Biscuit Factory/Facebook

As of 2002, The Biscuit Factory is a contemporary art gallery and events space. In its history, the building has been a warehouse and carpet shop. People looking for biscuits have to go elsewhere.

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St Nicholas Cathedral

Cathedral, Church
Newcastle Cathedral
Newcastle Cathedral | © Daniel Birkett/Flickr
The central Cathedral for Newcastle, St Nicholas dates back to the same Norman period as the castle that gives the city its name. St Nicholas is the patron saint of boats and sailors, which suits Newcastle with its river and docks.
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Victoria Tunnels

Victoria Tunnels, Newcastle
Victoria Tunnels, Newcastle | © Jake Cook/Flickr
Originally built for transportation of coal, the 3900m Tunnel is now open to tour groups interested in the history of the once-forgotten tunnel. The tour includes sonic and visual effects to create an immersive historical experience.
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Tyne Bridge

Over 7000 tonnes of steel went into this 389 metre bridge that serves motorists using the A167 road to get around the city. One of the city’s most iconic structures, the bridge is often decorated throughout the year to commemorate events.

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle © El Ronzo/Flickr

Grey’s Monument

Atop a 40m-high column stands a statue of Charles Grey, Prime Minister from 1830-1834. There is a viewing platform for people to have a better look at the statue and the cityscape. The monument is the one referenced in the Maxïmo Park song ‘By The Monument’.

150 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AF, United Kingdom

Grey's Monument | © Gareth Milner/Flickr

Grey’s Monument | © Gareth Milner/Flickr

Whitley Bay

Just 10 miles from Newcastle, at the mouth of the Tyne, is the seaside town of Whitley Bay. As well as the beach, attractions include the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Stephenson Railway Museum and Hadrian’s Wall.

Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear NE26 1TP, United Kingdom

Whitley Bay | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Whitley Bay | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Jesmond Dene Park

A wooded valley that’s teeming with wildlife, including the Red Squirrel, Kingfisher and other birds. A strong example of 19th Century landscape design, Jesmond Dene Park is great for those looking to get into nature.

Jesmond Vale, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2JY, United Kingdom

Jesmond Dene | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Jesmond Dene | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Grainger Market

Once the largest covered market in Europe, the Grainger Market is now a Grade I listed building that houses a modern trading experience with small businesses offering their wares 52 weeks a year.

Grainger Market, Nelson St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AW, United Kingdom

Grainger Market, Newcastle

Grainger Market, Newcastle | © Newcastle Libraries/Flickr | © Newcastle Libraries/Flickr

The Literary & Philosophical Society

Literary & Philosophical Society
Literary & Philosophical Society | © Freddie Phillips/Flickr
Claiming to be “so much more than a library” is bold, but the Literary & Philosophical Society has many roles alongside the loaning of books. They have an events programme, a music library and 160,000 books.
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Washington Old Hall

The ancestral home of the first President of the United States, Washington Old Hall is now operated by the National Trust. Visitors can explore the inside of the Old Hall or the orchard of heritage apple trees in the gardens.

The Avenue, Washington NE38 7LE, United Kingdom

Washington Old Hall, Newcastle | ©

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