Go shopping – if some retail therapy is what you’re looking for then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Newcastle. From the famous Northumberland Street, to Eldon Square, there are plenty of well-known brands, boutiques and high end designer shops to keep you occupied. Think Apple, Topshop, John Lewis, TK Maxx and River Island for the big names, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood and Hugo Boss for your high end, with END Clothing and Designer just some of the places where you’ll find something a little different.
Fancy getting out of the city? Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complex the Metro Centre is only 10 minutes away by bus or train. There are over 340 shops and restaurants to choose from, plus a state-of-the-art ODEON cinema to keep you occupied, guaranteeing you a fun-filled day out.
See some sport – Geordies are famous for their sporting pride. Be it their beloved Newcastle United play at St James’s Park against their premiership rivals, the Newcastle Falcons rugby team at Kingston Park or everyone’s favourite basketballers at their new arena just off campus, the Newcastle Eagles.
You’ll also be in amongst it when September rolls round. Just in time for your new course starting, head into town to see the thousands of elite and fun runners take to the streets for the world’s biggest and best half marathon, the Great North Run. This is a big sporting city, so if you’re into anything active, you’ve come to the right place!
Grab a drink with friends – Whether you’re looking for a café to meet friends for lunch, a place to get some low-key cocktails or looking for a big night out, you couldn’t choose a better city than Newcastle. Places like Pink Lane Café and Quilliams provide some quintessential cool with your coffee, and are great locations to take visiting friends to. If cocktails and a night of sophisticated drinks are more your thing, head to the Quayside or Grey Street. Places like Tiger Hornsbys, Decantus, Lola Jeans, Alvinos, Pleased To Meet You and Nite Hawks are the perfect locations to try out some new drinks and catch up over cocktails with friends.
If pubs are more your thing there are plenty around. The Bridge Tavern, The Forth, The Town Wall, Hop and Cleaver and Brew Dog provide a local atmosphere amongst live music, quizzes and some good old KP nuts.
If you’re looking for a big night out then Newcastle is the ideal place to play host. Collingwood Street, or more affectionately known as the Diamond Street, plays host to some of Newcastle’s most popular bars and clubs. Tup Tup Palace, Perdu, House of Smith, Floritas and Madame Koos are popular with Newcastle natives and students alike. For the bigger clubs head to Shindig, Newcastle’s biggest club night, Digital, World Headquarters or Cosmic Ballroom in the middle of town.
Splash out on a meal – there are plenty of eateries in town to suit every budget. Looking for something different but very easy on the pocket? Places like Fat Hippo Underground, The Herb Garden, The Botanist and Babuchos provide great food for great prices. You won’t be short of some family favourites in Newcastle either – restaurants including Jamie’s Italian, Byron Burger, Nando’s, ASK Italian and Pitcher and Piano are dotted all over the city, so if you’re looking for your favourite, Newcastle is sure to have it.
Big celebration or looking to go all out? Newcastle has its fair share of fine dining, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or if your parents are looking to treat you. Choose from the award winning House of Tides, Peace & Loaf, SIX at Baltic, Café 21, The Silk Room, Dobson and Parnell and Blackfriars for something a little more special.
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