The Castle Keep in Newcastle is one of the finest of its kind surviving in Britain today. It is an ancient monument and a Grade 1 listed building. It sits upon ground previously occupied by the Roman fort Pons Aelius, an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle from which the City takes its name.
The Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum is an impressive reconstructed fortification with a constantly changing offer of exhibitions of jewels, coins, pottery, weapons, armour, and other archaeological finds seven days a week. The fort was first discovered in the late 19th century.
As a world-famous sight, the Tyne Bridge was the world’s largest single-span bridge when it was opened by George V in 1928. Spanning the river Tyne, it connects Newcastle with Gateshead. The bridge's history goes back hundreds of years, when its first prototype was constructed in year 122.
This renovated flour mill is one of the biggest temporary art spaces in Europe with over 3,000 square metres of art, a cinema/lecture space, a library and an archive for the study of contemporary art. The centre presents a dynamic and ambitious programme of changing exhibitions, events and projects, offering something new with every visit. In addition to its four galleries, the building boasts three different food and drink spaces and a shop, making it a place to eat, drink and relax, as well as somewhere to discover new art.
Inside this lush building you will find not only a cinema, but also the Tyneside Coffee Rooms and a bar. Tyneside Cinema offers a unique cinema experience with three different screens called The Classic, The Electra and The Roxy. The space can also be used for conferences and meetings.
This park is located along the Ouseburn River and stretches all the way to the outskirts of Newcastle. Jesmond Dene is perfect for picnics, walking, running or just relaxing. Come here for a family day out and enjoy this scenic park. Located north-east of the downtown area.
On the Quayside you can see happy people strolling along the river. From here it is only a stone's throw to the major attractions in Newcastle such as BALTIC or the Tyne Bridge. There are multiple cafes and eateries along the way, and an abundance of scenic spots for memorable photos.
Just outside Newcastle, the remains of Hadrian’s wall recall the engineering skills of ancient Rome. Crossing rivers and cliffs, the former frontier fortification stretches over 80 miles in the north of the British Island. A visit to the wall including the Roman fort and museum should be planned as a whole day trip.
Explore the secrets of nature in Newcastle’s Natural History Museum, which is one of the best in the UK. Outstanding exhibitions and curious creatures will make you gape. Step in and use the chance to get a close glimpse at peculiar insects and unusual reptiles.
At this museum you can learn everything about steam enginges, locomotives and the history of the railway. If you plan in advance, you can even book a ride on an old diesel locomotive. There is a programme for everyone from grown-up train enthusiast to the little ones.
The Central Arcade is located in a beautiful, historic Victorian building with a stunning facade and no less impressive interior. The arcade is well-known for the variety of upper-range brands represented. Please note that the once operational Tourist Information centre inside is closed.
The Japanese-style decor, the extensive menu and the long tables make this teppan-yaki inspired restaurant an ideal location for big parties. The Japanese food here is claimed to be of superb quality, and watching chefs craft the dishes right before your eyes greatly adds to the overall experience.
Nestled in the heart of the prestigious Gateshead Quays, Raval uses only the freshest of ingredients prepared by a team of culinary masters to challenge the stereotypical view of Indian food in the United Kingdom. Top chefs, handpicked from the cream of India’s crop, bring an unparalleled understanding and knowledge of the art of Indian cooking, resulting in classic cuisine with a contemporary twist.
This is an oasis of calm in a family-run country house-style restaurant, just ten minutes by taxi from the city centre. The British cuisine menu is superb and comes from a highly rated chef, yet this restaurant remains reasonably priced and welcoming to all diners.
This Asian restaurant brings together the best of Eastern cuisine under one roof. Traditional Chinese food as well as authentic dishes from various countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan or Korea can be found on the menu. The friendly staff will take care of you and is happy to tailor the menu to your wishes.
With fresh ingredients and local products this restaurant aims to spread Peace and Love among its guests. The excellent menu holds healthy delights and is a pleasure to the eye and the taste-buds alike. Enjoy the one of a kind dining experience and you will want to come back for more.
Located in UK’s craft and design hot spot, The Biscuit Factory, this place is where hipsters and modern bohemians meet to discuss art, life and everything in between. The outstanding decor and the wooden furniture provide a classy dinner setting, and the wide range of modern cuisine on the menu makes Artisan worth a visit.
If you are looking for excellent food and coffee, all in a lively atmosphere, head to Blake’s. Here you will find a wide selection of home-made food and a vast selection of coffees, beers and teas. A special breakfast menu is on offer, along with salads, sandwiches, jacket potato and more.
Part of the Art Deco Tyneside Cinema, the Tyneside Coffee Rooms are located on the second floor. The coffee rooms which have been around since late 1930s serve delicious food in nostalgic and cosy surroundings. Stop by for a coffee whether or not you decide to catch a show afterwards.
Biscuits, tarts, pastries, cookies – you name it. Near the green trees of Leazes Park and the vibrant area of St. James Stadium you can find a family-run patisserie serving French delicacies. Enjoy the lovely interior with some coffee and tea or take your favourites home. It’s always worth a visit.
Born to become an important point for relaxing, meeting with friends and taking a break from the crowded city centre, The Staiths Cafe is perfectly located on the southern bank of the River Tyne and apart from a stunning landscape, it also privdes fresh food and tasty coffee to enjoy in a special place.
The speaker system at this club is second to none, and weekend club nights certainly do it justice. The events have different themes, and music genres range from breakbeat to digital, electro, hip-hop, r’n’b and indie. During the week, Hoochie Coochie functions as a low-key lounge bar.
This luxurious bank conversion has kept all the original 30 feet ceilings, marble pillars and classic wood features. Revolution is situated just down the slope from the train station and has concreted itself into the Newcastle scene with a high reputation for great music, atmosphere, food and service.
This is surely one of the jewels in the crown of the Quayside scene. Pitcher & Piano takes full advantage of its location overlooking the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and BALTIC, having huge glass walls giving access to stunning views. Inside, it is laid-back, modern and offers a great menu.
This sports bar is dedicated to Newcastle United and serves drinks, food and cocktails. There is a daily screening of matches and you can enjoy a round of pool or darts inside. The family friendly location offers a kids menu and has an outside terrace for sunny days.
This classical cocktail bar boasts with a stylish interior and a high-class atmosphere. Step in and enjoy spicy dishes, fruity drinks and good company. The place offers bookings for private and corporate events and invites you to taste the different wines from their great wine selection.
Restaurant, bar and lounge in one, this place provides the ideal kick start for a night out in Newcastle. Grab a bite, enjoy a fruity drink and heat up in the cosy setting. Located near Central Station, the place has a dedicated crowd of regulars but travellers also frequent this excellent three-in-one nightlife location.
A great choice of pub food and a selection of over 30 different wines alone make The Branding Arms worth a visit. Drop in and grab a bite in the rustic dining room or have your drinks on their dog-friendly terrace. There are lots of events going on in the pub – pub quizzes and on-stage performances being only some of them.
As You Like It provides entertainment and great food across three floors. During day time it is an ideal place to dine with the whole family as they feature a special kids menu as well as a storytelling and colouring programme. In the evening, the restaurant and bar turn into a party hot spot with an open garden terrace and fruity cocktails.
With its dazzling wall decoration and the original furniture, House of Smiths boasts the 50s glamour. The charm of a speakeasy and the diverse clientele of predominantly 20-somethings make this place your number one address for a party night. Note that the place can get crowded, but that’s part of the fun.
Opened in 1977, Eldon Square is a multistory shopping center and holds more than 150 stores of well-known brand names, book shops or electronic stores. Stop by for products of Apple, Adidas and Hollister as well as a number of flagship stores. After an extensive shopping tour you can rest your feet in one of the many restaurants and cafes inside.
Take in the historical heritage of Newcastle in this charming indoor city market. Built around 1830, it used to be the largest of its kind in Europe. Enjoy fresh vegetables, ripe fruit and seasonal produce from the region. Look out for events and craft market stalls on Saturdays.
Art exhibitions, creative design and outstanding crafts are only some of the reasons to visit The Biscuit Factory. This cultural venue is a meeting spot for the hip Newcastle crowd; it gives you the chance to purchase production of the local art scene. Look out for special events and aspiring talents.
This market brings handmade art back to the city. On busy days there are over 20 stalls where you can find numerous products - from fashion to jewelry, ceramics or accessories. Take home some unique designs and support the local craft scene by visiting Jesmond Dene Arts & Crafts market.
The Sage Gatehead is not only a popular music venue, but also has an offer of products that make it worth a visit. This gift and speciality shop will warm the heart of curiosity collectors and souvenir buffs. Inside, you can purchase instruments, toys, fancy kitchen ware or books and CDs for kids and adults alike.
Many would agree that no shopping tour is complete without a new pair of shoes. In the popular Eldon Square shopping centre you can find the number one place for classy footwear. Charles Clinkard holds a variety of brands for everyone and the friendly staff will help you in choose a matching handbag or accessory.
L'Occitane is a top quality French beauty brand formulated with natural, active ingredients inspired by Provençal traditions. The products represent the customs and traditions of the Mediterranean. In L'Occitane stores, you will find everything for body care, from head to toe, as well as friendly and educated staff who will be more than happy to give you advice on your well-being.
If you’re visiting as a Newcastle United fan, it is simply inexcusable to miss this shop. At the Back Page you can get sport memorabilia, books, magazines, pictures, clothing and anything you could wish for as a real football fan. Buy ahead of a big game or take home a personal souvenir, the friendly staff will warmly welcome your visit.
This exceptional record store opened its doors in 2006 and offers customers an out-of-the-box vinyl experience. Step in and get the latest releases or browse through the oldies section. Next to various genres and rare LPs, a huge second hand selection awaits you in the well-stocked store.
Metrocentre in Gateshead is another must for shopaholics, housing more than 360 shops and services and a multi-screen cinema. Nearby there are also a number of markets that are well worth a visit, including the Quayside Market and Arts Market on Armstrong Bridge (both on Sundays).
Thanks to its strategic position close to the ocean, Newcastle is a city offering warm summers and very cool winters. To skip extreme temperatures, avoid July and January which are respectively the hottest and the coldest months of the year. However, the weather here is rather unpredictable, as it often is in the rest of the UK, so if you want to visit Newcastle when the weather is perfect, choose spring as best time to visit the city: temperatures are warm but not extremely hot and the sunny days make the city take on a special kind of charm.
Newcastle airport is located 11 kilometres from Newcastle city centre. Getting to/from the airport could not be easier, as there is a frequent Metro service that will take visitors to Newcastle Central Train Station and to Gateshead in approximately 25 minutes. www.nexus.org.uk There are several buses connecting the airport with Newcastle and surrounding towns like Ponteland. +44 871 200 22 33 www.traveline.info The airport taxis operate throughout the day and pick up and drop off passengers just outside the entrance. The taxi office can be found near domestic arrivals. +44 191 214 6969 www.airport-taxis.co.uk Several car hire companies can be found at the airport.
Getting around Newcastle Gateshead is easy, thanks to the city’s extensive Metro system and a range of bus services. You can buy a Day Rover ticket for adults and for children. It is valid on the Metro, ferry and railway services as well as on almost all local buses. Tickets can be purchased from Metro ticket machines, all drivers of the major bus operators’ services and on-board the Shields ferry. If you are staying for a week you can buy the MetroSaver weekly travel card. The card is valid on Metro, Ferry and local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland. Tickets can be purchased at any Nexus Travelshop, but you need a passport-sized photograph the first time you buy one. There are several Travelshops, including those at the Central Station and Monument Metro stations in Newcastle, and MetroCentre bus station and the Gateshead bus/Metro interchange.
The taxi service in Newcastle is one of the best in the UK. Below is a selection of a few companies: Noda Taxis +44 191 222 1888 www.noda-taxis.co.uk Blue Line Taxis +44 191 262 6666 www.bluelinetaxis.com Airport Taxis +44 191 214 6969 www.airport-taxis.co.uk Dean Taxis, Gateshead +44 191 444 4444 www.deantaxis.co.uk