Whether you’re in Newcastle for a day, a week, or even if you’re a bona fide local, there are plenty of top attractions that you can’t afford to miss out on in this vibrant and exciting city. From history and culture to some utterly modern treats, let us take you through some of the top places to visit next time you find yourself up in the North of England.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Shop, Architectural Landmark
The place to go for pubs, clubs and restaurants, the Quayside is now also a modernised hub of arts, music and culture in the city. Check out the Quayside market on Sundays and the area’s party atmosphere on Saturday nights.
Building, Historical Landmark
Not that new anymore, this Medieval structure is what gives Newcastle its name. First built by the son of William the Conqueror, the castle is now open to visitors from 10am to 5pm. Take the kids down at the weekend to make the most of the educational offerings.
St Nicholas Cathedral
The most northern Cathedral in the country, St Nicholas dates back to the same Norman period as the Newcastle Castle. St Nicholas is the patron saint of boats and sailors, which suits Newcastle with its huge river and numerous docks.
Over 7,000 tonnes of steel went into this 389m (1,276ft) bridge. One of the city’s most iconic structures, the bridge is often decorated throughout the year to celebrate key events.
Originally built for transportation of coal, the 3,900m (12,795ft) Victoria Tunnel is open to tour groups interested in the history of the once-forgotten tunnel. The tour includes sonic and visual effects to create an immersive experience.
Winner of the UK Theatre Awards’ Most Welcoming North East Theatre four years in a row, the Theatre Royal is located on Grey Street in the city centre. It is said that Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is Sir Ian McKellen’s favourite theatre.
Centre for Life
The Centre for Life (formerly the Life Science Centre) is 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 (131ft) column looms a statue of Charles Grey, the UK Prime Minister from 1830-1834. There is a viewing platform at the top, offering guests an excellent look at the beautiful cityscape.
Museum, Art Gallery
The 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 bookworms.
North East Art Collective
An art gallery that’s dedicated to championing talented artists from the North East, the North East Art Collective showcases art in every style and medium from the region.
Just (16km) 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 endangered red squirrel, kingfisher and a wide array of local birds. The park is a strong example of 19th-century landscape design, offering visitors an excellent space to escape the urban sights and experience some of the area’s nature.
One of the biggest free museums in the North East, the Discovery Museum is keeping the history of science and industry in the region alive today.
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 bustling, modern trading experience nearly two centuries after it first opened.
Literary and Philosophical Society
Claiming to be “so much more than a library” is bold, but the Literary & Philosophical Society has many roles. They have an events programme, a music library and 160,000 books.
Washington Old Hall
Historical Landmark, Building
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 and most striking of Newcastle’s bridges, High Level Bridge is just slightly upriver from the Tyne Bridge. Today, the High Level still serves pedestrian, road and rail traffic – and it’s viewed as the most important historical work of engineering in Newcastle.
Based in the Quayside area, Live Theatre brings an excellent schedule of performances to the city, including live comedy, new plays and other interesting events.
Art Gallery, Shopping Mall
Originally an Edwardian shopping arcade, the Central Arcade has served many different purposes in its history, from newsroom to art gallery.
One of the top independent cinemas in the country, Tyneside Cinema offers its guests a whole host of interesting titles to sink their cinephile teeth into. With specialised seasons running throughout the year as well as some of Hollywood’s biggest titles, this is a must-visit for film fans.
Taking what you expect of a museum and turning it on its head, Beamish is a living, breathing experience. Giving its guests the opportunity to experience an authentic taste of what life would have been like in a Victorian village, as well as in the 1940s and 1950s, it’s an excellent way of learning about some of the local history.
St James’ Park
Home to one of the best-known football teams in the country, St James’ Park is a local treasure in Newcastle. As one of the biggest stadiums in the country, it’s an excellent destination, even on non-match days, with an excellent tour available for visitors.
Angel of the North
A beacon of the North, the synonymous sculpture has become a local treasure – located just outside Newcastle in Gateshead. Originally built in 1998 by artist Antony Gormley, the towering Angel of the North has been a landmark for the region ever since.
Additional reporting by Nicholas Grantham
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