A playful region of fun and exuberance, that offers the warmest of welcomes...
- Newcastle upon Tyne, on the north bank of the River Tyne, offers a huge choice of different attractions and experiences. This playful region of fun and exuberance, offers the warmest of welcomes. Both Newcastle and neighbouring Gateshead, on the south bank of the river, are friendly areas. They are connected by seven bridges, creating a single city destination – NewcastleGateshead – that offers a surprisingly large choice of social activities, restaurants and bars, museums, theatres, live music and shopping.
- NewcastleGateshead is among Europe’s leading conference destinations, with an abundance of venues from unique, cultural, historical, urban and rural. The city offers thousands of hotel bedrooms, excellent transport links and a very special characteristic - the cheeky Geordie charm.
- Access to the area is easy. Newcastle International Airport offers direct flights to over 80 destinations, including major European cities, Orlando and Dubai and it takes just 2hrs 45 minutes to reach Newcastle by train from London.
- On the banks of the River Tyne, Sage Gateshead, is an unusually-shaped world-class music and conference venue. The reason for its strange outer appearance is faultless acoustics and Sage Gateshead is an incredible music venue, offering 1,850sqm of exhibition space and accommodating up to 1,640 seated delegates for conferences or meetings.
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the largest conference and exhibition venue in the North East of England. It has a total floor area of 3,960sqm, with external exhibition area of 36,000sqm. The possibilities for outdoor pursuits are outstanding – motorsport displays and circuses have all been hosted here.
Located in Newcastle city centre, Northumbria University offers a variety of flexible and unique meeting and conference facilities as well as centrally located, high-quality, en-suite accommodation. The university's state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities include a wide range of lecture theatres, flat rooms, breakout areas, exhibition and catering spaces. Sport Central, the largest venue on campus, accommodates 2,388 for theatre-style conferences and meetings.
Alnwick Castle, 35 miles north of Newcastle, is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Built as a medieval fortress, it was owned by the Percy family for over 700 years. Now home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, it has featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. The castle’s stunning Guest Hall accommodates up to 280 delegates.
NewcastleGateshead is rich in heritage, with distinguished architecture, theatres, art galleries and museums. The Castle Keep is one of the country’s best-preserved Northern Keeps and the Tynemouth Castle and Priory, with its beautiful views, is around 2,000-years old. Additionally, Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans as a boundary with Scotland, is easily explored on a day trip.
Newcastle’s unique character is fully represented in its vibrant mix of dining options. The choice includes Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall, the UK’s oldest dining hall and Kenny Atkinsons House of Tides, the city’s proud Michelin star restaurant.
For expert help organising your event in NewcastleGateshead, contact NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau