The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Newcastle

Kelly Bradshaw

Known for its varied range of culture, history, exceptional food and drink, Newcastle is home to some of the UK‘s most popular tourist attractions. Below is a list of the top ten things to do and see in the lively city of Newcastle.

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock

Bridge, Museum

Great North Museum: Hancock

Built in Newcastle as a natural history museum to house the expanding collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Great North Museum: Hancock is a popular family destination offering a variety of exhibitions and expert talks, as well as courses and activities for children. With an exciting variety of features including The Living Planet and the world of the Ancient Egyptians, this magnificent museum is sure to provide an insightful and illuminating experience. Price: admission is free Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm Watch out for: the planetarium show, which takes visitors on a journey through time and space Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 208 6765

Laing Art Gallery

Art Gallery, Bridge, Shop

Laing Art Gallery

Founded in 1901, this ancient gallery displays outstanding historic and contemporary artwork as well as a learning space, shop, café, and an area exclusively for younger children, making it the perfect family day out. Hosting a generous variety of exhibitions, which trace the origins and legacy of art movements, as well as celebrating the work of local renowned artists, Laing Art Gallery is an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to experience an afternoon of exceptional culture. Price: mid-range Opening hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm Watch out for: Café Laing – a cosy coffee shop offering a range of tasty bites New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 232 7734

Laing Art Gallery | © dvdbramhall/FlickrLaing Art Gallery | © dvdbramhall/Flickr

Theatre Royal


Theatre Royal

Established as one of England’s leading theatres, Theatre Royal is an ancient and magnificent building which was built during the 1700s. Described by Sir Ian McKellen as one of his favourite theatres, Theatre Royal maintains an impressive reputation. With neo-classical interiors and a vast range of performances including family shows, drama, West End musicals, comedy and ballet, Theatre Royal provides something to suit all entertainment tastes. Price: mid-range Opening hours: box office Mon-Sat 9am-8pm Watch out for: the theatre’s offering of afternoon tea which adds a touch of luxury to the experience 100 Grey Street, Newcastle, +44 115 989 5555

Theatre Royal | © Bill Henderson/WikicommonsTheatre Royal | © Bill Henderson/Wikicommons

Eldon Garden Shopping Centre

Eldon Garden Shopping Centre

Offering a tempting selection of premium lifestyle and fashion brands, boutique shopping and café bars, Eldon Garden Shopping Centre is a highly renowned and praised tourist attraction. Described as an inspirational retail destination offering visitors a unique environment, Eldon Garden Shopping Centre is beautifully decorated and provides a tasteful shopping experience. With a generous variety of facilities, the shopping centre caters to a range of styles and preferences. Price: mid-range to luxury Opening hours: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm Watch out for: the Espresso Lounge which creates a relaxing environment for visitors during shopping Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 261 0117

Eldon Garden Shopping Centre | © Bill Henderson/WikicommonsEldon Garden Shopping Centre | © Bill Henderson/Wikicommons

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

With a history dating back to almost 2,000 years, this ancient building has much to communicate to tourists who are hoping to delve into the city’s back-story. Offering a fantastic learning program which is equipped with modern facilities, Newcastle Castle provides a truly insightful and educational visit. Aimed towards informing the public on the city’s heritage and medieval history, Newcastle Castle is the perfect place to visit for a day of interactive learning. Price: budget Opening hours: 10am-5pm Watch out for: exciting upcoming events which include murder mysteries Black Gate & Castle Keep, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 230 6300

Newcastle Castle | © stu/FlickrNewcastle Castle | © stu/Flickr

St Nicholas Cathedral

Building, Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral

Built during the 1000s, this ancient building offers an array of rich history. Aimed towards supporting the bishop’s mission and teaching and pastoral ministry, St. Nicholas Cathedral is a magnificent building which offers spectacular views of the city. Warmly welcoming visitors from all backgrounds, tourists are invited to use the cathedral as a means of worship, for exploring the cathedral’s treasures of monuments, and as a retreat from the lively city life. Price: admission is free Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.30pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 7.30am-6.30pm Watch out for: The Lantern Café, which offers a range of light bites, homemade cakes and coffee St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 232 1939

Jesmond Dene

Jesmond Dene

A narrow wooded valley acquired during the 1850s, this beautiful tourist attraction offers visitors a different side to Newcastle. Boasting a generous variety of wildlife such as rabbits, parrots and ducks, Jesmond Dene provides a perfect relaxing day out for the family. Offering a vast range of greenery and flowers as well as a series of waterfalls, Jesmond Dene creates a tranquil and memorable experience for those who appreciate what nature has to offer. Price: admission if free Opening hours: open at all hours Watch out for: a pair of mute swans which are often found swimming by the nature reserve Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 440 57 20

Jesmond Dene | © Paul Robson/WikicomonsJesmond Dene | © Paul Robson/Wikicomons

Blackfriars Restaurant

Restaurant, British

Blackfriars, Newcastle, Newcastle
Courtesy of Blackfriars

Known for its distinctive variety of exceptionally tasting food, Newcastle has much to offer hungry tourists. In particular, the highly praised Blackfriars Restaurant offers a fine selection of traditional British food, and has been described as one of the city’s most recognised restaurants due to its receiving of several awards, such as the Taste of England. Offering succulent dishes, such as braised beef, cured duck ham and mini crab cakes with sweet chilli sauce, Blackfriars Restaurant produces a touch of sophistication and elegance. Price: mid-range Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12am, Sun 12pm-4pm Watch out for: saffron, brie and almond tarts Friars Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

St James' Park


The home of Newcastle United football club, this magnificent stadium is one of the city’s leading landmarks. With an incredible capacity of over 52,000 visitors, as well as hosting major football matches, St. James’ Park has also been used as a rugby venue and charity football events, and has even been used as a set for film and reality television, making it an incredibly popular tourist attraction. Price: mid-range Opening hours: dependent on events Watch out for: the stadium also hosts a variety of rock concerts during the year Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 844 372 18 92 St James’ Park | © Brian Hargadon/Flickr

Madame Koo

Madame Koo

With extravagant décor and a vast range of fruity cocktails, Madame Koo is one of the most popular bars and nightclubs in Newcastle. From traditional well-known cocktails such as mojitos, piña coladas and daiquiris, to frozen drinks and champagne cocktails, visitors of Madame Koo are sure to be spoilt for choice. Visitors who sign up to the club are also entitled to £100 worth of food and drinks, making Madame Koo the perfect place to visit for an affordable night out. Price: mid-range Opening hours: Wed 9.30pm-3am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 9.30pm-3am Watch out for: frozen raspberry and strawberry margaritas 36 Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, +44 191 261 82 71 By Kelly Bradshaw

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.


Holiday Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article