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There is plenty to do in this iconic city so we’ve provided some tips to help plan your trip. Whether you simply want to walk the Quayside, explore some of the many historical sites or visit the numerous museums and art galleries the city has to offer, you can find our recommendations below.
With holidays by National Express, you can combine our great value coach travel with hotels in Newcastle. There is so much to see and do during a city break or short break in Newcastle, here is a suggested holiday itinerary:
Day 1: River Tyne Bridges - There are seven magnificent bridges across the River Tyne for you to explore whilst walking along the waterfront. The Gateshead's Millennium Bridge is the world's first and only tilting bridge and is Grade II* listed. After walking along the river, you can enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes along the buzzing quayside.
Day 2: Newcastle Castle - The Castle that gave the city its name was built in the 12th century and is situated in the heart of Newcastle for visitors to explore. Discover the rich history of the city and enjoy the picturesque views from the rooftop.
Day 3: Newcastle Museums - Spend the day exploring the different museums Newcastle has to offer. Learn about the maritime and cultural history of Newcastle at the Discovery Museum, become fascinated by the science exhibitions at the Life Science Centre and discover artefacts and displays at the Great North Museum: Hancock.
The Sausage Emporium
The aptly named Sausage Emporium knows what it does and does it well. The stylish décor combined with the variety of sausage based meals cooked to perfection will have you leaving wanting more.
Check out Chinatown
Newcastle’s own Chinatown has a lot to offer, with authentic cuisine and a wide variety of speciality restaurants. You’ll find it right in the heart of the city, beside St. James’ Park. If you are stuck looking for a place to eat, it is definitely worth having a little wander around.
Wander around the Quayside
The iconic Newcastle Quayside has a wide variety of local restaurants and snugs available for those willing to wander and explore the scenes on offer. You could wander and find a new restaurant here for every meal on your trip, of course accompanied by those stunning Tyne river views.
Newcastle is famous for its night life so, unsurprisingly, there are a huge variety of bars and clubs within the city to suit any and all needs. Below you’ll find our recommendation for just two of our favourites, but there are plenty more to discover should you be on the lookout for hidden watering holes.
Often dubbed as one of Newcastle’s “best kept secrets”, you would be forgiven for missing this little pub. Located under a railway bridge on the waterfront, this cosy bar is the best place in the city to see amazing live music and devour delicious pub grub.
No. 28 toes the line between stylish and being intimidatingly cool. With a vibrant atmosphere and a gorgeous décor, it is no wonder that this bar has won multiple awards for being the best late night bar in Newcastle. Whether you are here for a casual drink in the evening or looking to hang out all night, this is the bar for you.
See local shops in Grainger Town and Market
Grainger Town and Market are a mere second’s walk from each other and offer some of the best local shopping that Newcastle has to offer. Grainger Town has some beautiful architecture and aesthetics to gaze at as you shop in the lovely little shops nestled within. Meanwhile Grainger Market has all the hustle and bustle you could want from a market – you’re sure to find a baffling variety of items here if you are willing to dig through the crowds and succumb to its authentic, if a little hectic, charm.
Eldon Square shopping centre is the commercial hub in Newcastle’s city centre. Containing the full variety of shops you would expect from a large city shopping centre, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Grainger, you can find it in Eldon Square.
St. James’ Park
The historic home of Newcastle United dominates the city skyline; you won’t be able to travel around Newcastle for long without seeing it. The stadium has an excellent tour, with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff we have ever encountered. On the weekends, the atmosphere in St. James’ Park is electric and it’s definitely worth a visit to see the historic club play.
The Tyne Bridges
The riverfront in Newcastle is the primary feature of the city, with everything, including the name, being built ‘upon Tyne’. There are seven bridges that cross the river, creating a truly striking visual, particularly the Gateshead Millennium Bridge with its stunning light displays. Treat yourself to a beautiful walk along Newcastle’s waterfront – you will not be disappointed.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
While not being especially large for a cathedral, St. Nicholas Cathedral has a number of striking features that elevate it to being one of the top destinations to visit in Newcastle. With its lantern tower standing at nearly 200 feet tall, this cathedral is hard to miss. Once inside, you will be treated to impressive architecture and statues that make this cathedral worth the visit all on their own.
Life Science Museum
Offering a fun, interactive and, most importantly, educational look at the science behind everyday life, The Life Science Museum offers a fun and informative day out for all the family. Suitable for all ages, there are always two major exhibitions on offer to captivate the kids.
BBC Newcastle Tour
The BBC Newcastle Tour allows you and your family to learn how the TV shows that they know and love get made, including CBBC favourites such as ‘The Dumping Ground’ and ‘Wolfblood’. There are plenty of interactive elements as well, and your kids will even get to make their own episode of Newsround.
Based around the rich history of the city, the Discovery Museum allows kids to experience history like never before. With plenty of interactive exhibits to have fun with, the Discovery Museum takes everyone on a journey through the ancient history of Newcastle, right the way through to the scientific and industrial changes that made the city what it is today.
Experiencing Newcastle in one day is a challenging, but fun, goal. You should start by finding a café to get some breakfast in by wandering along the Waterfront until you find the one that is just right.
From there, you should get stuck into your first activity of the day, whether it be a tour, museum or even some shopping. Our recommendation is to take the St. James’ Park stadium tour or, if football is not to your fancy, do a bit of light shopping at the Grainger Market and Town.
Then we recommend hitting up the museum or gallery that most takes your fancy. One to watch out for is the Life Science Museum, whose interactive exhibits and live experiments truly make it fun for all the family.
Once the day starts winding down and the sun begins to set, the day should be ended with a night time walk along the Quayside where you’ll see the waterfront lit up in all its glory. From there you can either go to bed/home or sample some of Newcastle’s legendary night life, with our personal recommendation being the Tyne Bar.
Being hidden inside two shipping containers, the Cook House is fast becoming less and less of a secret. The fabulous supper clubs and other dining events make this restaurant a must visit. The food on offer changes pretty regularly so get yourself down ahead of time to spy out the menu and see if the supper club or, other themed food events, are to your liking.
Grey’s Monument Climb
Hidden in plain sight is often where the best gems are and that is absolutely the case for Grey’s monument, located in the centre of one of Newcastle’s busiest areas. However, something even overlooked by Newcastle locals is that you can actually climb up the monument. Once at the top, you will be treated to a gorgeous, panoramic view that is breathtaking to behold.
Offering classic cocktails with a scientific twist, the Science Bar, directly opposite the central station is more than just a novelty bar. The cocktails are delicious and you can draw all you like on the tables with chalk, making for a fun ice breaker or even more fun games with friends.
The Beamish Museum
On the outskirts of the city you’ll find The Beamish Open Air Museum – unique in that the museum itself is the exhibit. It demonstrates what life was like in the North-East during the Industrial Revolution in the Early 20th Century. Of particular note are the costumed staff who bring a bygone era to life.
The Beamish museum also hosts a variety of events, so check ahead of time and there could be even more to discover.
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