Top 10 things to do in Newcastle

Whether you’re brand new to the city, or are a Newcastle native, there’s no time like starting a new course to get to know more about your city. There’s so much to do in the North East’s capital that we could provide an endless guide to life in the city, but we’ve whittled it down to the 10 must-sees to add to your list.

One of the most popular areas of Newcastle, the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside has been revolutionised over the past 10 years to become the thriving heart of the city. Bars, restaurants, hotels, pop up shops and even a nouveau container village adorn the streets along the Tyne, with a hustling-bustling market located on the Quayside every Sunday. Head a little further along the Newcastle Quayside and you’ll reach Ouseburn, the certified cool part of town. Newcastle cool meets hipster vibes in The Free Trade Inn and The Cluny, with many independent shops, pop ups and gyms lining this must-see part of town.

A must! Chinatown, located on Stowell Street, is one of only five Chinatowns in England. Featuring restaurants, supermarkets and a yearly Chinese New Year Festival, Chinatown is one of Newcastle’s finest gems. The Chinese arch was built in 2004 by Shanghai craftsmen, standing 11 metres tall on St Andrews Street and flanked by two Chinese guardian lions. There’s always something new to see on every visit, and at only a 5 minute walk from campus you are ideally located to go and see the delights of Chinatown for yourself.

Jesmond Dene
Just outside of the city centre is the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene. Perfect for leisurely strolls and getting some fresh air in a study break, Jesmond Dene provides tranquillity into the busy city life. The Dene is also filled with a wide range of wildlife in its 3 kilometre stretch, as well as walking trails, Visitor Centre and Pets Corner. Perfect for something a little different, especially when you need a change of scenery.

Grey Street
There’s a reason Newcastle’s Grey Street was once voted one of the ‘finest in Britain’ (Radio 4 Listener Survey). Built in the 1830s, this beautiful Victorian street plays host to galleries, bars, independent shops, restaurants and the impressive Theatre Royal. Walking from the bottom to the top, you will see the unique curve of the street as it leads up to Grey’s Monument, the 40 metre column that overlooks the hubbub below. You can even climb the monument and look down Grey Street yourself from its viewing platform!

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Housed in an old flour mill located on the south bank of the River Tyne, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is one of the most impressive landmarks in the city. The Centre opened in 2002 after significant investment from the Arts Council Lottery Fund an held the Turner Prize in 2011, attracting nearly 150,000 visitors. The BALTIC frequently changes its programme of exhibitions and events, and houses a popular fine dining restaurant on its sixth floor. It’s an ideal location if you’re looking for something a little different.

Sage Gateshead
Just like the BALTIC, the Sage is located on the south of the Tyne on Gateshead Quayside. This concert venue opened in 2004, and is affectionately known for its uniquely curved-glass architecture. The Sage attracts a wide range of international artists and performers including Sting, Elbow and Nancy Sinatra. The Sage is also the home of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, who perform concerts throughout the year. You can even take music courses yourself, from beginner to advanced, in everything from guitar to steel pans.

You can’t go to Newcastle and not take the time to visit Tynemouth. Listed in the 2018 Sunday Times report as one of the Best Places to Live in northern England, this beautiful part of the North East is a must-see. Longsands Beach is the main area for beach-goers on this part of the coast, lying between Tynemouth and Cullercoats. There are also bars, restaurants and cafes and it is a popular location for tourists and locals alike if they’re looking for an alternative to a night in the city. Tynemouth is beautiful in all seasons but, like most seaside destinations, this coastal town thrives in the height of summer.

Wylam Brewery
This hidden gem is located at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park near to Newcastle Civic Centre. Founded in the year 2000, this micro-brewery has come a long way from its inception. Now hosting a whole host of events and live music gigs, Wylam Brewery has quickly become one of the best up-and-coming venues for a night out with a difference. You can even book a tour to look around the brewery, or hire out the space for your own event. Think the ‘Beyoncé Experience’, a night of Queen and Battle of the Burger all under one roof – a must!

Grainger Market
Comprising of over 100 shops, the Grainger Market is one of Newcastle’s most popular destinations to find a bargain. The Market has had a fascinating history – it is over 180 years old and was once the largest in Britain. Situated in a Grade 1 listed in the centre of town, there is a wide range of cafes and restaurants, butchers, fishmongers, grocers, delis, bakers, fashion outlets, gift shops, haberdasheries, hairdressers and a cobblers! So whatever you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in the Grainger Market.

The Angel of the North
The statue that, since its inception in 1998, has become synonymous with the North East. Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is the 20 metre tall steel sculpture situated just outside of Newcastle in Gateshead. It has become a staple of North East tourism in the past 20 years, with many flocking to the site to see the statue up close – and to take a selfie!

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