The best places to take your parents when they come for a visit

So your parents are coming to visit you next weekend and you’re wondering how to keep them entertained? Wanting to show off your new city in all its glory? We’ve put together some ideas to get you started

The Red Bus Tour (City Sightseeing)
Just like any other major city, Newcastle has its very own Red Bus Tour. Driving around the sights of Newcastle/Gateshead, this is a great way of showing off the city and all of its most famous sights. You can hop on and off, so why not go for a walk down the Quayside, or take a tour of St James’ Park as you go?

A show at the Theatre Royal
What better way to celebrate your parents coming to visit than a night (or afternoon) at the theatre. The Theatre Royal is located at the top of the beautiful Grey Street, so make sure you take your parents for a wander to see the architecture before you head to your show. Hosting everything from comedy to Shakespeare, Opera and pantos, the Theatre Royal pulls in crowds from all over the North East. Fingers crossed they get you an ice cream in the interval!

Some history at Newcastle Castle
Did you know that Newcastle is named after the Castle situated within its walls – the Newcastle Castle? Impress your folks with your Newcastle facts and take them for a tour of the Castle, a mere 5 minute walk from campus. This Norman fortress showcases the turbulent history that northern England faced. There’s always something to keep you entertained at Newcastle Castle. From re-enactments and performances to film nights and lectures, your parents are sure to be impressed with this little bit of history.

A tour of the famous bridges
Newcastle’s bridges are as famous as the city itself. In less than a mile there are seven bridges linking Newcastle with Gateshead. The most famous is the Tyne, one of the focal points for the Great North Run, with the newest bridge, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. You can walk along the Quayside and walk over the Swing Bridge, viewing the iconic bridges above from both sides of the Tyne.

See some art
If you’ve already visited the BALTIC or are looking for something more central, you’re in luck. The Laing Art Gallery is based just beside Monument and has many interchangeable exhibitions. You can also visit the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University or the Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street – and don’t forget the on-campus Gallery at Newcastle College!

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