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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.