Newcastle Gateshead

Why go there?

On one side of the River Tyne sits Newcastle, and on the other Gateshead – together making up a dazzling Quayside connected by seven bridges. Once an industrial city, it is now a fantastic city break destination, with cultural attractions, shops, and buzzing nightlife.

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Key attractions

The Sage

Architecturally striking, designed by Norman Foster, and situated on the south bank of The Tyne, The Sage offers a diverse programme of arts and cultural entertainment, which includes a vast array of concerts and workshops for all to enjoy.

Website: sagegateshead.com

The Quayside

Once a key part of Newcastle’s industrial heritage, the Quayside, on both sides of the River Tyne, has been transformed into a great place for eating, drinking, taking a scenic stroll or just watching the world go by

Website: newcastlegateshead.com

St. James’ Park

St James’ Park is home to Newcastle United Football Club, and is right in the heart of the city centre. A tour allows a glimpse behind the scenes from the changing rooms to the executive boxes, and traces the history of the stadium and the club from 1892.

Website: nufc.co.uk

BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art

What used to be a flour mill is now the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. Free to visit, it aims to showcase important and innovative art in a unique setting – and to make it accessible to all.

Website: baltic.art

Shopping

Whatever shoppers are looking for, they will be sure to find it in Newcastle. With the large shopping complexes at MetroCentre and Eldon Square, or the beautiful architecture and high quality shops of Grainger Town, there is something for every taste, need and budget!

Website: newcastlegateshead.com

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited Manchester before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Victoria Tunnel

Reopened in 2008, visitors can enjoy a fascinating guided tour of this preserved 19th century wagonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne. Used from 1842 to the 1860s to transport coal from the colliery to the river, it was then converted into an air raid shelter in 1939 to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War Two.

Website: ouseburntrust.org.uk

Newcastle Castle

Dating back more than 1800 years, Newcastle Castle has many a tale to tell, from Norman invasions, medieval times, the Civil War, and time spent as an area for housing and shops. Now restored and renewed, the castle opening to the public in 2015.

Website: newcastlecastle.co.uk

Great North Museum

A great place to get up close to natural history, the Great North Museum has touch screen and hands-on investigations, a planetarium and a life size T-Rex skeleton amongst its exhibitions. There’s also an interactive scale model of Hadrian’s Wall, brought to life by audio displays and a wealth of archaeological finds.

Website: greatnorthmuseum.org.uk

Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum tells the history of Newcastle and Tyneside through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors, focusing on the area’s martime, scientific and technological importance to Britain and the rest of the world.

Website: dicoverymuseum.org.uk

Life Science Centre

Offering a fascinating insight into all things scientific, and a chance to get involved in hand on activities the Life Science Centre promises to teach a thing or two, in a really interesting way – to little kids and “big kids” alike.

Website: life.org.uk

Just a stone's throw away

The following is just a selection of some of the destinations that can be easily reached from Newcastle Gateshead. For many of them using a Britrail Pass is a simple and cost effective way to get around.

Durham

The city of Durham is just over half an hour by train from Newcastle. Packed with history at every corner, with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, the city also has a bustling vibrancy with lively cafes and restaurants.

Website: durhamworldheritagesite.com 

The Alnwick Castle and Garden

Best known for its role in the Harry Potter films, Alnwick Castle is a historical gem and a working castle. Next door is the stunning Alnwick Garden, with its Grand Cascade, Poison Garden and one of the largest treehouses in the world.

 

Websites:
alnwickgarden.com

alnwickcastle.com

Beamish

Ever wondered what it feels like to really step back in time? This living history museum allows visitors to do just that, as it tells the story of life in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s, in a truly engaging and fascinating way.

Website: beamish.org.uk

Hadrian’s Wall

This UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches 73 miles across from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. Dating back to the reign of Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, visitors can see what remains of the ancient settlements and forts, walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, which runs 84 miles from coast to coast.

Website: hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

Northumberland National Park

Home to picturesque valleys, waterfalls and woodland, Northumberland National Park is also home to Kielder Forest, the excavated Roman fort and village of Vindolanda and the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre.

Website: northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

North Pennines AONB

Sweeping valleys, picturesque villages, and the perfect spot for a stroll or a long distance walk, the heart of the North Pennines AONB is just an hour’s drive from NewcastleGateshead.

Website: explorenorthpennines.org.uk

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