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.
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.
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.
St Nicholas Cathedral
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.
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.
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.
Winner of the UK Theatre Awards’ Most Welcoming North East Theatre 2016, the Theatre Royal is located on Grey Street in the City Centre. It is said that the Newcastle Theatre Royal is Sir Ian McKellen’s favourite theatre.
Centre for Life
Not far from Newcastle Central station, the Centre for Life (formerly the Life Science Centre) is just a part of the larger International Centre for Life complex. The patron of the site is none other than co-discoverer of DNA, Dr James Watson.
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’.
This National Centre for Children’s Books is the place to go for families interested in children’s authors and illustrators. With exhibits, readings and interactive experiences, it’s the perfect day out for young readers.
North East Art Collective
An art gallery that has “dedicated itself to the talent of the artists from the North East”, the North East Art Collective showcases art in every style and medium from the region.
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.
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.
One of the biggest free museums in the North East, the Discovery Museum is located in an old Co-Operative Wholesale building and is keeping the history of science and industry in the region alive today.
The Great North Museum
Formerly known as the Hancock Museum, the Great North Museum showcases collections primarily from the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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.
The Literary & Philosophical Society
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.
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.
High Level Bridge
The oldest of Newcastle’s existing bridges, High Level Bridge is just slightly upriver from the Tyne Bridge. Today, the High Level still serves pedestrian, road and rail traffic.
Originally an Edwardian shopping arcade, the Central Arcade has served many different purposes in its history, such as a newsroom and art gallery.