Culture in Newcastle

1. Explore the Quayside neighbourhood

Experience stunning architecture, waterfront pubs and dining, and paved cycling trails in the bustling neighbourhood of Quayside. On Sundays, a farmer’s market featuring pop-up stands of crafts and culinary delights takes over the main road from 9 AM – 4 PM.

 

2. Discover one of Britain's most picturesque streets

Take a stroll down Grey Street and you’ll see why it’s been named Britain’s third-most picturesque street. Home to a myriad of bars and restaurants set among dramatic Neo-classical architecture, it’s the perfect fusion of English charm and modern sensibility. 

 

3. Delve into Newcastle history at Newcastle Castle Keep

Uncover the colourful and grim history of Newcastle Castle Keep (including an unusual tale of a youngster being killed by a flying donkey), and discover what life would have been like for inhabitants at these two astonishingly preserved medieval buildings.

 

4. See a play at Theatre Royal

Catch a play in an unpretentious environment (it was voted the north east of England’s most welcoming theatre) at Theatre Royal & City Hall. Featuring a rotating army of shows, ranging from classic musicals like Mary Poppins to cult-classics like Dirty Dancing, be sure to check the website to see what’s on when you plan to visit.

Angel of the North

5. Try some competitive sightseeing!

Add a little competitive edge to your sightseeing with HiddenCity. Simply sign up online, and you’ll be texted a clue that leads you to a must-see attraction or hidden gem, like a bustling art gallery, quaint cobbled street, or tucked-away tavern. Find the spot to keep receiving more clues—and get a 2-4 hour tour of Newcastle in the process. 

 

6. Find great works of art

From the Angel of the North to Grey’s Monument, there’s no shortage of dazzling public art and architecture lurking on the cobble-stone streets of north-east England. To find it all (and pick up a few unknown facts), download one of the city’s nine art maps and set off on your own walking tour.

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