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Newcastle-Gateshead travel guide

Newcastle-Gateshead - where urban cool meets Geordie warmth

Learn everything about Newcastle-Gateshead from its unique landmarks to its vibrant and cosmopolitan attractions.

Memory of Newcastle-Gateshead

"What a brilliant experience. Stunning architecture, lush landscapes, but what struck my partner and I the most was the friendliness of all the locals. Have stayed in a few places but have never been so taken aback by the friendliness and warmth of so many people!"

Heather, Christchurch, New Zealand

Centre of cultural excellence

In the North East of England, Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the River Tyne coming together at the dazzling Quayside. Awash with restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and must-see tourist attractions including the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North, Newcastle-Gateshead is the perfect holiday destination for sampling the best of North East England.

Culture & heritage

Newcastle-Gateshead is known throughout the world as a vibrant centre of cultural excellence. Cutting-edge attractions and historic buildings are animated with fabulous events and festivals, parks and gardens are blooming, and world-class sport is available for all to enjoy. Almost 2,000 years have left their mark here – in buildings, bridges and the broad sweeping streets.


Newcastle-Gateshead is full of must-see attractions. Don’t miss the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art , a free gallery with great changing exhibitions. The Castle Keep is another of the city’s must-sees. It’s built on the site of the 11th century, wooden ‘New Castle’ built by William the Conqueror’s son – and from where the city takes it’s name, the view from the battlements is well worth the climb.

Top daytime must-do's

Top night time must-do's

See cutting-edge art with free entry at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art .

Visit the Sage Gateshead and enjoy the electric atmosphere.

Stand at the feet of the awe-inspiring Angel of the North .

Check out Gateshead Millennium Bridge - at night the coloured lighting is spectacular.

Check out the art in the Biscuit Factory .

Watch your favourite band, artist or sports team perform at Metro Radio Arena .

Enjoy a day at the races at Newcastle Racecourse .

Visit the Theatre Royal – the northern home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Catch a comedy show at the beautiful Journal Tyne Theatre .


North Easterners have a canny eye for the original, and value for money, something reflected in the astonishing range of shops and boutiques. Both Eldon Square in Newcastle City Centre and MetroCentre in Gateshead have big high-street names and major department stores. Label lovers should head for the shops in Princess Square in the heart of the city, and in the side streets you’ll find individual boutiques for picking up that one-off bargain.

Music & nightlife

Newcastle-Gateshead is known on the music and nightlife circuit as having the best atmosphere in Britain, and people come from far and wide to sample it. World-famous DJs play in award-winning underground clubs everyday of the week with anything from indie and dance to retro and house on the playlist.

Buy before you fly

To make your trip to Newcastle easier, you can buy tickets to attractions, travel passes, and much more at our online shop, and avoid the queues. For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .

Newcastle Facts

England's North Country
Closest airport
Newcastle Airport
Football club
Newcastle United F.C
Famous locals
Sting, Rowan Atkinson
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