Newcastle-upon-Tyne Travel Guide

Tourist Guide
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A picturesque cityscape, thriving arts and nightlife scene, and the famous Geordie hospitality make this one of northeast England’s best-loved cities.

Newcastle upon Tyne is an energetic city that combines striking architecture with fascinating museums, sports passion and buzzing nightlife. Newcastle sits on the north banks of the River Tyne, where its residents, nicknamed Geordies, are well known for their gregarious spirit.

Explore Newcastle’s distinct neighbourhoods comfortably on foot. A good place to start is Grainger Town, the historic city centre lined with graceful classical architecture. Major attractions include Grey’s Monument, the Central Arcade and Grainger Market, all located here. Stroll down elegant Grey Street to find bars, restaurants, boutiques and the Theatre Royal.

Walk a short distance west to Chinatown, where British culture meets Asian influences. Discover Asian restaurants, teahouses and spice shops. A 10-minute walk south is the Discovery Museum, where you can see a through-the-ages history of Newcastle. Nearby, learn about dinosaurs and human anatomy at the Life Science Centre. 

East of the city centre are some of Newcastle’s best museums and galleries. Admire art expositions at the Laing Art Gallery and the Biscuit Factory. Enjoy hands-on fun at the Seven Stories children’s museum. Don’t miss the Great North Museum: Hancock in the university district north of the city. 

Architectural treasures exist throughout Newcastle. Visit 900-year-old St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Castle Keep, one of England’s finest examples of a Norman-era fortress. Alternatively, witness the passionate fans of Newcastle United soccer club at St. James’ Park, which towers over the city centre.

Experience the much-loved Geordie hospitality while enjoying the city’s nightlife. The boisterous pubs of Bigg Market are popular for bachelor parties. Quayside offers stylish bars with superb river views and great people-watching opportunities. Investigate the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which crosses the river to neighboring Gateshead. 

Access Newcastle via intercity trains and buses from all over Great Britain. When arriving from the south, look for the huge Angel of the North statue. Whatever the season, including the notoriously cold winter, Newcastle remains full of vitality and excitement. It’s also on the doorstep of great North England attractions such as Hadrian’s Wall Path and Whitley Bay.

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.

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Tynemouth

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Tynemouth is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tynemouth Castle and Longsands Beach.

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Jesmond

4.5/5(116 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Jesmond. Spend some time visiting top spots like Jesmond Dene Park, and catch the metro at West Jesmond Station or Jesmond Station to see more of the area.

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Gosforth