There’s nothing like stretching your legs and getting a bit of fresh air, and the picturesque waterside walks in Newcastle are ideal for this. The Seven Bridges—Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge, Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge, King Edward VII Bridge and Redheugh Bridge—provide picture-perfect views across the River Tyne and the city as a whole.
Newcastle’s Walk of Fame is set along Quayside, which is arguably the most iconic area of the city. Featuring the likes of Alan Shearer, Ant & Dec, Sir Bobby Robson and Sting, how many names can you spot?
Situated in Gateshead, around a 15-20 minute drive from central Newcastle, is the most famous piece of public art in the UK, Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North. The statue is taller than four double-decker buses stacked on top of each other and stands proudly overlooking the A1 road, which leads in to the city.
Angel of the North, Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 433 3000
One of the most beautiful spaces in the north-east of England, Jesmond Dene is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s city centre. Here you’ll find plentiful green space for picnics; a monthly arts-and-crafts fair on Armstrong Bridge; the free-entry petting zoo, Pets’ Corner; and the ruins of Newcastle’s longest standing religious building, St Mary’s Chapel.
Another example of Newcastle’s free-to-enter museums is Great North Museum: Hancock. Established in 1884, this museum delves into the region’s natural history and ancient Roman civilisation legacies, such as Hadrian’s Wall, Ancient Greece and much more.
The Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 208 6765
This free-admission farm is perfect for the kids. A working farm firmly in the heart of Newcastle’s local community, Ouseburn offers a brilliant learning experience and the chance for children to meet popular farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep and goats.
Ouseburn Farm, Ouseburn Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 232 3698