Must-Visit Attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Millennium Bridge soars over the Quayside area of Newcastle, known for its nightlife
Millennium Bridge soars over the Quayside area of Newcastle, known for its nightlife | © eye35 / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 August 2020

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.

The Biscuit Factory

Art Gallery, Building, Shop, Theater
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The Biscuit Factory has been a contemporary art gallery and events space for nearly two decades, however its past lies in much more industrious pursuits. In its history, the building has been a warehouse and carpet shop but now offers some of the best art in the area.

Jesmond Dene Park

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Jesmond Dene
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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.

Tyneside Cinema

Cinema
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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.

Beamish

Museum
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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.

Angel of the North

Architectural Landmark
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Angel of the North statue, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
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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

These recommendations were updated on August 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.