Newcastle upon Tyne, England

As the 12th most visited city in the UK, Newcastle & Gateshead may not be on the tip of everyone's tongue when it comes to visiting. But for those that do, then they’ll find everything from Culture, History, World famous architecture as well as world-renowned universities. Newcastle is more than just football and nightlife, it is the centre of the North East and with it comes an insatiable charm you’ll not find anywhere else.

What to see?

Why not start your trip off doing something XXXX and visiting the world’s most viewed angel sculpture in the world at The Angel of the North with time still left to put your cultural hat on and visit Baltic, a 2,600sqm contemporary art centre which is one of only two locations outside of London to hold the Turner prize.

 

Newcastle has many icons, but the Tyne Bridge is its spiritual symbol. (History) its nightlife is electric

 

There’s more to life in these parts than just Newcastle United and a drinking culture that attracts stag and hen do’s every weekend. Visit the most viewed angel sculpture in the world at The Angel of the North, put your cultural hat on and visit Baltic, a 2,600sqm contemporary art centre which is one of only two locations outside of London to hold the Turner prize. If you’re visiting between spring and the early summer months then you’ll also see the largest inland colony of Kittiwakes in the world. 

Click here to see our top 5 things you have to see in Newcastle?

 

Angel of the North

Why not explore history and visit Hadrians Wall & the Sycamore Gap made famous in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves or explore Newcastle’s coal mining past with a visit to the Victoria Tunnel?

If you want to shop until you drop then look no further than Europes’ largest shopping centre, Metrocentre in Gateshead or Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre. Football fans will be attracted to St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United. If there is a match on, then why not put on your black and white stripes and a

ttend a game, click here for information on how to get tickets.

There is so much to do in this beautiful city, click here to see more.

Things to do?

Blessed with some of the UK’s best beaches and the darkest area in Europe on its doorstep, Newcastle and the North East has become a place to call home for thousands of visitors. We’ve written many sections to help you find inspiration, whether you’re visiting for a weekend or are on business here for a month. 

Click here to see our Top 5 things you have to do in Newcastle?

If you need a dose of inspiration on what to do and what not to miss then why not check out our ready made itineraries? Check out the most popular attractions and see what’s on when you’re visiting.

We’ve already created a handy guide on Nightlife here

Make your trip even better with a TotalCity Pass. It gives you 25% of entry, food, drink, and shows. Take advantage of our email alert system here to get even more offers that are valid when you’re visiting.

Getting here

Newcastle Airport is around 25 minutes away from the city centre, you can find flights here. If you are coming in by air then you have two choices, either get the Metro or pre-book a taxi here. You can also arrive by train directly into Central Station. Newcastle is super easy to get to by train as it’s on the East Coast mainline connecting Edinburgh & Scotland, book tickets through LNER here

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If you are traveling by car then check out our handy guide on getting here and where to park.

Getting Around

Newcastle is a small and compact city so getting around is a breeze. We’ve already prepared a guide to give you all the information you need here.

When to visit?

The weather in the UK has an appetite to change day by day so planning your trip around the weather will be a pointless task. The best chance you have of catching the rays on the coastal beaches will be between late May and early September. Don’t be surprised to see torrential rain in August though. You can expect highs of 18c / 65f in August and lows of -2c / 32f in January. For a more detailed breakdown, click here.

If you are coming for the nightlife then it doesn’t matter when you come. Newcastle is a small city and bars and nightclubs are very close together. That’s part of the reason that Geordies don’t wear coats, unlike larger cities such as London where bars can be a 10-minute walk or a tube ride away, in Newcastle, you can be out of one bar and in another within 30 seconds.

 

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