Why we love Newcastle upon Tyne
Linked by no fewer than seven bridges around a bustling quayside, Newcastle and Gateshead form one vibrant place to visit. Overlooked by Britain’s biggest sculpture – the iconic Angel of the North, it’s where centuries-old history and heritage meets green innovation. Catch spellbinding shows at Sage Gateshead, enjoy award-winning restaurants and indulge in shops and cafes at the city’s historical heart. Newcastle frequently tops the charts for best place to club, as well as offering fantastic evenings at everything from comedy clubs to classes for mixologists. And for a slower pace altogether – the city has indulgent green spaces and serves as a great base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall.
Tee off into space
Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf hosts indoor crazy golf with an even zanier concept. Take a shot and land a birdie into Jupiter or Mars at this cocktail meets golf bar.
Escape to the country
Take a trip to 600 acres of Gibside scenery, and take in unspoiled views of the Derwent Valley.
Grainger Town and Grey Street
Check out Grainger Market and Theatre Royal in the heart of Newcastle, where 40 per cent of the buildings devoted to shopping, eating and drinking are listed.
Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
Featured things to do
A weekend of microbreweries and food
Discover Wylam Brewery at Exhibition Park's Palace of Arts, a 30-barrel brewery, taproom and kitchen, serving local and vegan foods. Guided tours run on Sundays.Learn more about Wylam Brewery
A sunrise kayak at the North Tyneside coast
Explore the North Tyneside coastline with sunrise kayaking, including the potential to see dolphins. Kayaking is also available at Tyne Bridges and after dark at the quayside.Learn more about kayaking in Newcastle
Uncover the city’s haunted past
Embrace spine-chilling stories of violent spirits, poltergeists, murder and witchcraft, while checking out the city’s dungeons for Halloween.Learn more about haunted Newcastle
Gateshead’s Sage Centre
Hunker down inside Gateshead’s Sage Centre for an eclectic line up of classical, jazz, theatre, poetry or learn a new skill in anything from African drums to Ukulele.Learn more about Gateshead’s Sage Centre
Places to stay in Newcastle upon Tyne
Spy the city’s iconic bridges, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge - and stay in the centre of Newcastle Gateshead’s cultural heart.
Home to the city’s nightlife and a raft of neoclassical buildings, be close to the Grainger Market and its bustling dining and shopping offering.
Found 10 minutes from the city centre, discover a stylish suburb packed with an eclectic mix of quirky boutiques, restaurants and bars.
You can get to the north east of England by rail, sea, and air, making it easily accessible from across Britain. Newcastle International Airport is around 12km from the city and serves more than 80 destinations around the world. A ferry service also connects Newcastle Gateshead to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Newcastle Gateshead can be discovered via an extensive public transport system or on foot, with bike hire also available for those keen to explore on two wheels.
Bus travel is a convenient way of getting around Newcastle and Gateshead, and everywhere in the region is accessible.
An award-winning metro system has 60 stations around Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. Airport connections take just 23 minutes.
Hop on a bike and explore Newcastle Gateshead and beyond from Quayside, with plenty of safe and scenic routes in the Northumberland countryside too.
Want to know more?
Check out Visit Newcastle Gateshead for insider tips and travel inspiration.