The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

The Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside are now a thriving, cosmopolitan area with bars and restaurants
The Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside are now a thriving, cosmopolitan area with bars and restaurants | © Shahid Khan / Alamy Stock Photo
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With its glittering Gateshead Millennium Bridge alongside a medieval castle, Newcastle Upon Tyne combines historic charm with the vibrancy of a university city. Wander through the Town Moor (bigger than Central Park in New York City) and Quayside before hitting up Ouseburn for cocktails, come nightfall. Beyond, the beaches of Northumberland and historic Durham are easily accessible from these Newcastle holiday apartments – which are now bookable with Culture Trip.

A dynamic northeastern powerhouse packed with showstopping galleries, Victorian architecture, riverside walks and a famously raucous nightlife, Newcastle makes for a rewarding city break. To help you live like a true Geordie on your visit, here are Culture Trip’s favourite holiday rentals in Newcastle, whether you’re keen on a history-rich designer apartment, a stylish suburban escape or a back-to-basics stay in the city centre.

1. Design-led retreat in a protected 1700s building

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A beautiful red-brick, Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, just south of Newcastle’s Central Station, was reborn as a collection of boutique apartments by prize-winning aparthotel specialists Roomzzz. The glammed-up Friar House retains elegant historical elements such as vaulted ceilings and a grand staircase. Dressed in chocolate brown, royal blue or deep purple, the sleekly contemporary apartments range from smart studios with floor-to-ceiling windows to moodily styled two-bedroom suites featuring period detailing.

2. Home comfort apartment on a 19th-century street

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Soaring ceilings, polished wood floors and a gold stone exterior add historical flavour to this light-filled three-bedroom apartment on what was originally one of the busiest thoroughfares in Victorian Newcastle. With a large, cosy kitchen lounge, it has space for up to nine guests (ideal for groups and families). Just up the street, the heritage-listed 1835 Grainger Market is crammed with farm-fresh produce and food stalls. Heaving bars and restaurants fill the surrounding city centre, and the unmissable BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art can be reached within a 15- minute walk.

3. A cosy, super-central base with a balcony


A red-brick apartment building in the heart of Newcastle’s Victorian centre, between Chinatown and Central Station, hosts this homely four-person rental. Enjoy expansive city views from the balcony, and each double has its own bathroom. The Life Science Centre, Discovery Museum and Tyne bridges are just minutes away if you fancy some sightseeing, while the nearby streets and railway arches are packed with brewpubs, cocktail bars, dance clubs and buzzing restaurants (try cheese and charcuterie platters at the French Quarter).

4. Down the rabbit hole: kaleidoscopic party-people pads


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This line-up of lively design apartments in the city centre was created with nightlife-hungry groups in mind. The idea is you’ll be out enjoying Newcastle, so the focus is on buckets of fun and colour packed into snug, kitchenette-equipped spaces for eight to 14 guests. Go for the eight-person, one-room Alice in Wonderland-inspired apartment, where astroturf walls are covered in mirrors, chandeliers and floral wreaths dangle from the ceiling and decorative flamingos await in the bathroom (which has side-by-side twin showers).

5. An antiques haven in Heaton


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A former university lecturer with an eye for interior design is behind this charming vintage-feel, two-bedroom home in the suburb of Heaton, just north of creative Ouseburn. Repurposed antiques (all sourced locally), bespoke furniture pieces and personal book collections fill the ground-floor apartment, which sleeps three. It also has its own patio and prioritises sustainability (with refillable toiletries and eco-friendly cleaning products). Craft-beer pubs, artists’ studios, a community-led farm and the Seven Stories literature museum are on the doorstep.

6. A leafy northern Newcastle stay with a balcony


It’s only a 20-minute Metro or bus ride into central Newcastle from the upmarket northern suburb of Gosforth, where you’ll find this warm two-bedroom residential apartment. A bright, modern base hosting four guests, it has a private balcony, two bathrooms and a large light-flooded lounge kitchen for relaxing. Embrace the wide-open views from the Town Moor and trendy Jesmond with its wonderful weekend market and buzzing restaurants (the burgers at Fat Hippo are legendary).

7. City-centre digs with a balcony


If a super-central, sensibly priced Newcastle base is your top priority, these stripped-back two-bedroom apartments (sleeping five or six) with balconies are just the ticket. You’ll be fully immersed in the city’s Victorian core, drowning in bars, clubs and restaurants. Walk 15 minutes, and you’ll find yourself at the Tyne Quayside, ideal for river walks and bike rides. The Discovery Museum, Life Science Centre and train station are just down the road.

8. Escape to northern Newcastle’s suburbs


It’s all about getting to know local neighbourhood restaurants, bars and boutiques, with a stay in affluent Gosforth, surrounded by rippling greenery, including the 1,000-acre (405ha) Town Moor. Your home-from-home is a fuss-free, modern two-bedroom apartment for three, with a balcony, a well-equipped kitchen and touches of tartan. Easy bus and Metro links zip you into Newcastle’s fun-filled centre in 15 minutes, so you can hit the standout galleries and Quayside restaurants before exploring stylish Jesmond on the way home.

9. Homely studio in a leafy suburb

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A dewy olive green adorns the walls of this cosy suburb home. Sleeping two guests, this modern studio contains the little perks of a hotel (everyone loves fresh towels and shampoo) but also brings you the peace and quiet of your own home. Despite its natural leafy decor, this suburban studio is just a short Metro ride from the thrill of the city and close to local high streets.

10. Contemporary apartment with classic finishes

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At the top of an ornate staircase sweeping around opulent stained-glass windows is this classic-yet-cosy one-bedroom apartment. Sleeping four, it’s conveniently located on the doorstep to popular city attractions, such as Newcastle Cathedral and St James’ Park, and comes equipped with a German kitchen, a Spanish toilet and plenty of plush soft furnishings.

Richard Franks contributed additional reporting to this article.

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