Newcastle-upon-Tyne Travel Guide

Tourist Guide
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The many bridges crossing the River Tyne are a symbol of this city’s ability to connect history and modern culture, art and science, industry and creativity.

Everywhere you look in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there’s something to admire, and its seven bridges are just the start. This must-visit destination, called simply Newcastle, lures visitors with its Georgian and Victorian influences, bustling markets, iconic landmarks and modern comforts that belie its medieval roots. The city’s multicultural appeal shines through in its cuisine, festivals and traditions.

Things to do in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Start your Newcastle visit at the Tyne Bridge, which connects Newcastle to Gateshead. Spanning the River Tyne, the 1928 bridge may not be as old as much of the city, but its beautiful engineering and connection to destinations outside the city centre make it an enduring landmark. It’s juxtaposed with the contemporary marvel that is the Millennium Bridge, a sleek, modern pedestrian and cyclist bridge.

Get your shopping fix at Northumberland Street, a bustling thoroughfare of independent shops and luxury boutiques. At the adjacent Grainger Town and Eldon Square, you’ll have even more options in the areas’ stylish department stores. If you’re seeking one-of-a-kind items, visit the Victorian-style Grainger Market, where you’ll find everything from fresh produce and seafood to vintage clothing to handmade crafts. Continue your market experience at the Quayside Sunday Market on the riverfront, selling antiques, crafts, local produce and more.

Newcastle’s history and culture

Standing proudly over the River Tyne, Newcastle Castle dates back to the 12th century. Explore the fortress to learn of Newcastle’s storied past and enjoy panoramic city views. From here, make your way to the peaceful retreat that is St. Nicholas Cathedral, known for its stunning Gothic architecture.

Dip into the art and craftsmanship heritage of Newcastle at The Biscuit Factory, one of the largest independent contemporary art galleries in the United Kingdom. It’s a must for art enthusiasts, with its robust collection of works by local and international artists. The city is home to a thriving creative community, producing glassware, pottery, printed items and more.

Dining and nightlife in Newcastle

Fill up on traditional Geordie meals like stottie cakes, savoury sandwiches with creative local ingredients and hearty Sunday roasts wash it down with a famous Newcastle Brown Ale. The local pub culture is deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the city, so be sure to spend a few hours mingling with locals and visitors in one of these sociable venues.

Find all manner of restaurants in the Quayside and Jesmond neighbourhoods and on Grey Street. From quick, casual bites to Michelin-starred restaurants, authentic Italian and Indian street food, these areas of the city are a foodie’s paradise.

When night falls, the city comes alive in the Quayside and Jesmond areas, with their lively bars, clubs and entertainment venues frequented by the city’s 42,000-strong student population. You’ll find live music, comedy shows and theatre performances in transformed factories and warehouses. Check out the Theatre Royal Newcastle and the Tyne Theatre & Opera House for even more cultural options.

Getting around Newcastle-upon-Tyne Travel Guide

Fly into Newcastle International Airport, located approximately 7.7 miles (12.3 kilometres) from Newcastle City Centre. Walking and public transportation are the best way to get around. Hop on the bus, take a taxi, or ride a shared bike or e-scooter to easily visit Newcastle’s many attractions.

Where to stay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Newcastle City Center

Northumberland Street and Grey's Monument are top sights in Newcastle City Center, and you should be sure to explore the fantastic nightlife. Hop aboard the metro at Monument Station or Haymarket Station to see more sights in the area.

Newcastle City Center
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Tynemouth