Welcome to our Newcastle Guide
If you’re considering a trip to this exciting city, our Newcastle Guide will help you plan the best things to see and do while you're there. Newcastle offers everything from world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award winning dining, fantastic shopping and much more! Shop until you drop at Eldon Square, the UK's largest city centre shopping complex or in Europe’s largest indoor shopping mall The Metro Centre. See big name performers at the Metro Radio Arena and The Sage, and some top class shows at the Theatre Royal and Northern Stage. Browse through our Newcastle Guide and discover all that this vibrant city has to offer.
The award-winning Life Science Centre, Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Antony Gormley's Angel of the North are some examples of the area's passion for culture and learning. Attractions such as the 2,000 year old Tynemouth Priory and Hadrian's Wall confirm the region's rich past and complement the offering of museums such as the Great North Museum Hancock and the fascinating Victoria Tunnel, which runs directly under the city.
There are also plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry, whether you're looking for gourmet cuisine, traditional British pub grub, cosy bars, or stylish clubs. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, an exciting family weekend or a lively city break with friends, our Newcastle Guide provides an insight into all this wonderful city has to offer.
Must do's by day
Visit the Metro Centre, Britain’s best shopping and leisure complex.
Discover amazing contemporary artwork at The BALTIC
Visit Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
Must do's by night
Enjoy a concert at The Sage or Metro Radio Arena
Grab a drink along the stunning Quayside
Enjoy world-class performances at the Theatre Royal
Travelling to Newcastle
With an airport, many motorway links and a central train station, getting to the city is easy.
Direct rail services run from many UK cities to Newcastle Central Station, which is within easy walking distance of many central destinations and is well connected by Metro, QuayLink, bus and taxi.
The A1(M) passes through Newcastle linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the LakeDistrict and, via the M6, to the South and West of England.
Newcastle International Airport provides direct links from top international and UK destinations, and is only 8 miles from the city centre. The airport is connected to the Metro system which is the quickest and easiest way to get to the city centre.
Getting Around in Newcastle
Once you're in Newcastle, the central district is so compact it's great to walk around or simply jump on the quick and efficient Metro system or one of the many buses and taxis.
Bus services are plentiful and frequent and there’s a wide variety of special travel tickets available including a Day Rover for unlimited travel by any form of public transport in Tyne & Wear, while the North East Explorer ticket can be used on public transport right across the region.
Almost 400 taxi drivers have taken part in the ambassador programme to become important experts and representatives of Newcastle/Gateshead. Wherever you see the official sign you can be reassured that the driver will be able to help you with information about the area.
The Metro system is ideal to get to and from the airport as well as the Jesmond café bar scene and the coastal areas. Look out for the Metro Hopper ticket which lets you travel in zone one all day, or DaySaver which gives all day unlimited Metro travel.
Getting to Newcastle
As one of the UK’s most popular city destinations, it’s important that Newcastle is easy to reach. With direct rail services running from many UK cities to Central Station, guests can visit the city from all over the country. The station is within easy walking distance of many central hotspots and is well connected by Metro, QuayLink, bus and taxis, allowing visitors to experience every highlight of the city. Whether you're seeing a show at The Theatre Royal or heading out for a celebration, having so many quality travel options only adds to the appeal of visiting Newcastle for a short break.
Top 3 Travel Tips
- Take the metro from the airport. It takes you directly to the city centre for a low price
- If you’re arriving by train, a handy taxi service is available just outside the main exit
- If you’re driving and need somewhere to park, Eldon Square car park is the cheapest for city centre parking
By RailFrequent direct rail services run from many UK cities to Newcastle Central Station. East Coast Rail operate the mainline from London King's Cross to Scotland via Newcastle and the CrossCountry route links the region with Scotland, the Midlands and the South West. Northern Rail operate from Carlisle, Teesside and beyond, while TransPennine Express services run from Manchester, Liverpool and stations across Yorkshire. A new London King's Cross service to Sunderland is operated by Grand Central Trains too. Trains to and from London
By RoadThe A1(M) passes through Newcastle and Gateshead linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the LakeDistrict and, via the M6, to the South and West of England. Thanks to these two major roads driving to Newcastle is pretty simple, and with fantastic scenery and landmarks along the way, it’s a rather pleasant drive too. Once you arrive in Newcastle, there are a variety of central car parks that are situated only a short distance from both routes and are well signposted.
By AirOne of the busiest airports in the UK, Newcastle International flies more than four million people to and from destinations all over the world each year. Situated just six miles from the city centre, visitors flying into the Newcastle are within easy reach of all major highlights that the city has to offer, With great Metro links from the airport to the centre, guests can be in the city within twenty minutes. Plus you can buy a single Metro ticket for around £3pp. The airport is also attached to the A1 trunk road for any guests driving there.
Getting Around Newcastle
Thanks to such a cosmopolitan city centre everything you need is in easy reach, and with fantastic transport links it’s easy to explore the whole city. If you're travelling around the city centre, buses and taxi's are incredibly low cost compared to most major cities in the UK. For locations further afield, a frequent and reliable Metro service can take guests to any area of the city and its suburbs, as well as to the beautiful coastlines of Tynemouth and South Shields. Thanks to such fantastic links, visiting Newcastle is easy and allows visitors the opportunity to see everything they want to with ease.
Top 3 Travel Tips
- Taxis are great value in Newcastle so don’t hesitate to use them, especially Blueline
- If you’re travelling around a bit, buy an unlimited day ticket for the Metro
- The QuayLink bus service is incredibly efficient for taking a trip down to the quayside from the centre.
By BusThere are many buses that visitors can take to visit each area of the city. The QuayLink is the perfect bus to take if you’re heading down to the quayside. Buses are very frequent at every eight minutes and it only takes ten minutes to get there. The main buses are part of the Stagecoach company, and have incredibly reasonable prices for city centre travel. You can also buy a weekly ticket for unlimited travel if you are staying a little longer.
By TaxiThanks to a large student population there is a huge selection of taxi firms in Newcastle, and all at low prices. Main taxi ranks are situated at Central Station, The Gate and The Life Centre, but there is a huge choice for pre-booking. The cheapest firms are Blueline (0191 262 6666) and Budget (0191 298 5050), and you can usually travel from one side of the city centre to the other for less than £5. Most firms will also text you when they arrive so you know when to head outside
By MetroMetros are a great way to get around Newcastle, especially if you’re staying outside of the city centre. With stops throughout the city centre and all the way out to the coast, it’s an easy way to travel. They’re really frequent regardless of your destination, so for any guests wanting to travel around, you can buy an all day unlimited travel ticket for around £6. This way you can head to the beach during the day, back to the hotel, and then into the city centre for an evening of great food and an even better atmosphere
Shopping in Newcastle
Many people visit Newcastle for its fantastic shopping scene. With Eldon Square, one of the UK's largest city centre complexes, and the Metrocentre, Europe's largest indoor shopping centre, there's a huge range to suit everybody's tastes. Eldon Square sits on the main street in Newcastle and recently unveiled a brand new wing to its complex. With huge name stores such as a four-storey Debenhams, John Lewis, Apple and Guess, it's a perfect destination for everybody to experience some retail therapy. The Metrocentre is only twenty minutes away by Metro, and it takes you directly into the shopping centre itself so you can shop as soon as you stop.
First built in 1830, the UK’s largest remaining indoor market is full of wonderful stalls and shops, with gorgeous fresh produce and anything else you can imagine. A truly bizarre Bazaar
Top 5 Clothes Shops in Newcastle
Fenwick Ltd, 39 NorthumberlandStreet, NE99 1AR
A family store originally from Newcastle that has become one of the UK’s leading luxury fashion outlets.
Topshop, Whitecross Way, Eldon Square
One of the largest in the country, this leading high street fashion store has a wide selection of styles for every occasion.
Independent Fashion Space, 9Grey Street, NE1 6EE
From pop up shop to Newcastle’s most popular shopping district, Independent Fashion Space is the best place to find unique, urban clothing from the North East's most talented emerging designers.
Attica Period Clothing , 2 Old George Yard, NE1 1EZ
A vast selection of original vintage clothing from the Victorian era to the 1980's, specializing in 1930's/70's. Also a selection of furniture, lamps and decor from the 1950's/70's.
Skirt Boutique, 2Greenfield Place, NE4 6AX
Skirt is a unique, funky boutique selling stylish and unusual womens clothes and accessories. Preferring to sell clothes that have a "story", Skirt is a very individual and quirky boutique.
Top 5 Speciality Shops in Newcastle
Matthews Cheese Specialist, 23-26 Grainger Arcade, NE1 5QF
A veritable Aladdin’s cave of cheesy treasures, Matthew’s Cheese Specialists offer the choice of over 100 English and Continental cheeses – and they have been doing so for over 50 years.
Cake, 122 GraingerStreet, NE1 5AF
Keeping it local is important to Cake and the suppliers they use are all based in the region and wherever possible they use organic ingredients.
Ruby & Frank Boutique, 4 Percy Park Road, NE30 4LY
Since opening its doors in April 2009 Ruby & Frank has rapidly established itself as a 'must visit' fashion gem in the North East.
AC Silver, 83 Fern Avenue, Jesmond, NE2 2RA
With over 30 years experience, Andrew Campbell is the only specialist Antique Silver dealer in the North East of England.
Chameleon Mirrors Ltd, Team Valley Trading Estate, NE11 0PZ
With hundreds of decorative printed mirrors as a rare specialty, you could almost be forgiven for not noticing the rest of the goods on offer in this treasure trove.
Top 5 High Street Must Visits in Newcastle
Debenhams, 26 St Andrews Way, Eldon Square, NE1 7XD
Four floors of the leading department store with a strong presence in key product categories including womenswear, menswear, health and beauty and much more.
Primark, 78 Northumberland Street, NE1 7DF
On trend fashion at bargain prices, Primark Newcastle is expanding to become one of the largest in the country.
Apple Store, St. Andrew's Way, Eldon Square, NE1 7JB
Pick up the latest Apple Mac and iPod products all with great advice from their expert sales team at the Apple Store.
Canterbury of New Zealand, 97 Grey Street, NE1 6EG
No other apparel company in the world has the same singular focus on rugby as Canterbury of New Zealand. Check it out and pick up some limited edition sports wear.
Clas Ohlson, 34-36Northumberland Street, NE1 7DE
Clas Ohlson is a Swedish modern hardware store with a range of unique products for you home and garden. Over 10,000 product lines are sold in store.
Eating out in Newcastle
Due to such a huge number of visitors from all over the world, Newcastle's restaurants offer a diversity of food to suit every palate. Restaurants in Newcastle City Centre, Grey Street Restaurants and Newcastle Quayside Restaurants are great places to eat in the North East and some of the best restaurants can be found in Newcastle. The city centre houses the best restaurants and can offer you a large variety of choices to eat, from the best Chinese restaurants in China Town, Italian Restaurants, Indian Restaurants, and Mexican Restaurants, Seafood restaurants, Thai Restaurants and Polish Restaurants.
Nestled between the city’s shopping district and the river front in the heart of the quayside, Babucho is a New York style Italian brasserie and bar, with fantastic rustic dishes and cocktails just the way you like them
Top 5 Family Restaurants
Las Iguanas, 62-74Grey Street, NE1 6AF
Specialising in Latin and Mexican food, Las Iguanas is always buzzing with customers. With gorgeous food and amazing cocktails, it’s a great place to dine out.
Frankie & Benny’s, John Dobson Street, Northumberland Road, NE1 8JF
Frankie & Benny’s brings together the best of classic American and Italian in both style and cuisine, topped off with excellent service.
Nando’s, Old Eldon Square, Blackett Street, NE1 7JD
Nando’s is the home of the legendary, Portuguese flame-grilled, Peri-Peri chicken…a place for people with an appetite for life and a passion for great food
TGI Fridays, The Gate, Newgate Street, NE1 5TG
Big bold flavours and a fun-filled atmosphere, TGI have all the classics, like the famous Loaded Potato Skins, Chicken Fajitas, Surf & Turf and the Jack Daniel's Monterey Burger.
Da Mimmos, 6-10 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle, NE1 4PF
Traditional Italian dishes from calzones to carbonara, alongside more contemporary courses such as Salmon Lemon, Gamberoni All'aglio, Steak al Pepe, T-bone steak and Pollo Isabella.
Top 5 Evening Restaurants in Newcastle
Marco Polo, 33 DeanStreet, NE1 1PQ
There’s nowhere quite like the Marco Polo restaurant and bar. Seriously stunning fresh food makes Marco’s one of Newcastle’s premier places to eat, see and be seen
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Allan House, CityRoad, NE1 2BE
With breathtaking views of Newcastle's quayside and the river Tyne and a menu as stunning to match, The Hotel Du Vin & Bistro is a very elegant place to spend the evening
Fat Buddha Bar & Asian Restaurant, 55 Degrees North, Pilgrim Street, NE1 6BG
Newcastle’s celebrated Bar and Asian Fusion Restaurant. Many dishes will have familiar basic ingredients, but a finished look and taste which will be totally fresh and new.
Gusto, The Quayside, NE1 3DX
Inspired by the elegant charm of a classic Italian ristorante with a contemporary buzz and a modern, stylish interior, Gusto brings the true "taste and enjoyment" of Italy to its guests
Malmaison,The Quayside, NE1 3DX
Imagine divinely tasty, beautifully presented cuisine prepared with incredible local ingredients and served up with genuine passion, surrounded by luxurious interiors and high class service
Top 5 International Restaurants in Newcastle
Big Mussel,15-21 Side, The Quayside, NE1 3JE
Authentic Belgian food and a wide selection of traditional Belgian beers. Great value with an atmosphere to match
El Coto, 21Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PF
Serving a wide range of delicious, home-cooked tapas as well as offering a great selection of Spanish wines, beers and of course home-made Sangria.
Fujiyama, 35-39 Bath Lane, Chinatown (Stowell Street), NE4 5SP
Enjoy a unique blend of Japanese cuisine and oriental culture, set in an atmosphere that captures the very essence of Japan ... It is called the Fujiyama Experience
Gospoda, Upper Level, Princes Square, NE1 8ER
The first Polish restaurant in the North-East of England, Gospoda serve Polish Dumplings and fancy Sausages, Goulash, Hunter's Stew, Sauerkraut Salad, filled Pancakes and much more
Hei Hei, 46 DeanStreet, NE1 1PG
Hei Hei combines classic Cantonese food with new dishes from lesser known but highly respected culinary Chinese traditions for you to try
Newcastle has many things to do in the city centre and the surrounding area, from attractions and events through to theatres and sports clubs. With such a diverse community, there is a large variety in the types of evening entertainment for guests to enjoy. Newcastle city centre, Grey Street and Newcastle Quayside have many attractions, cinemas, theatres, pubs, bars, clubs, museums, landmarks, tourist spots, activities, and festivals for a night out in the North East. The hidden gem of Newcastle’s nightlife has to be the Tyneside Cinema. The man who built the Tyneside in 1937 thought a film should be an event and set out to design a picture palace, complete with mosaics and oriental decoration. To this day it remains a haven of culture and enrichment.
Top 10 Newcastle Nightlife
Alone In The Dark Entertainment, Castle Keep, Castle Garth, NE1
Empire Cinema, The Gate, Newgate Street, NE1 5TG
Enjoy some of the biggest new films at this huge cinema, situated at the top of The Gate complex and surrounded by bars and restaurants.
Newcastle Eagles Basketball, Northumbria University, Ellison Building, NE1 8ST
Witness one of the UK’s best basketball teams the Newcastle Eagles. Since 2010 they have played all home games at the 3,000 capacity Sport Central arena at Northumbria University in the city.
The Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
An international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.
Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, NE1 8SF
Showcasing the finest acts from around the world, be it rock, pop, comedy or musicals, you'll find the biggest names in the business playing at the City Hall.
Alive After Five, City Centre, NE1
Celebrating the beginning of the busiest couple of months of the year, the majority of businesses will stay open late and be joined by street performers and other entertainment in the lead up to Christmas.
Metro Arena, Arena Way,NE4 7NA
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East and hosts some of the biggest names in world music, theatre and comedy.
Aspers Casino, The Gate, Newgate Street, NE1 5TG
Enjoy an extra chilled pint or a fruity cocktail at one of three bars, a tasty meal at Freya's Restaurant, state of the art gaming and gambling on the live tables, great nightly entertainment, or relax and unwind in the Beauty Salon.
The Stand, 31 High Bridge, NE1 1EW
From beginner’s nights to some of the best-known names in comedy, The Stand aims to be the best comedy club in the country.
Northumbria University Student’s Union, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB
Aside from being voted the best UK Student Union, Northumbria S.U hosts big up-and-coming artists, comedians and actors as well as great food and drink.
Throughout Newcastle there are many clubs, pubs and bars all giving Newcastle nightlife a great name. Whether it’s a quiet place to drink, a great live music gig, city centre dancing and karaoke nights or a Quayside pub crawl for hen nights or sports bars for stag parties, Newcastle City Centre has the best bars and hottest clubs in the North East. Whatever your taste in music or bar scene, the variety in Newcastle means there's guaranteed to be something to suit you. The hidden gem of Newcastle’s Bar scene is definitely Opera Piano Bar & Lounge, a stunning destination with an array of musical talent providing a perfect backdrop for some of Newcastle's most innovative cocktails. From Mojito Mondays to Flirtini Fridays, Opera has something for everyone.
Top 10 Newcastle Bars
Boulevard, 3-9 ChurchillStreet, NE1 4HD
Newcastle’s latest entertainment venue where Burlesque meets Broadway! Spectacular productions with female impersonation, outrageous comedy, amazing dance routines and stunning costumes with a great bar
Baby Lynch, Collingwood Street, NE1 1JF
Just kick back, relax and enjoy the friendly culture, with classic Pac Man, Ginger Mojitos, Curly Wurlys, Strawberry Beers, late night music, or move and groove to top tunes.
Bar 42, 16-18Hood Street, NE1 6JQ
Bar 42 is a chic and snug basement bar, ideal to unwind with a drink after a long day at work. The buzzing and lively atmosphere on the weekends makes it a popular place for drinks with friends.
Digital, International Centre of Life, Times Square, NE1 4EP
Live music venue and club, Digital is incredibly popular with a strong loyal following. With two huge floors dedicated to different types of music, it’s a great night out whatever your taste
Jalou, Neville Street, NE1 5DF
For the more up-market visitor, the Parisian styled Jalou is a very sophisticated and chic Bar and Restaurant. It has a certain Je ne sais quoi!
Legends, 85 GreyStreet, NE1 6DF
Newcastle’s leading rock venue hosts the best in world rock music over three levels, with a very cosy VIP area.
Pitcher & Piano, 108 The Quayside, NE1 3DX
A bar for every occasion. Located next to the award winning Millennium Bridge and opposite the Baltic ArtsMuseum, the glass fronted building is within walking distance of the city centre.
Quilted Camel, 36 Sandhill , The Quayside, NE1 3JF
Styled like a theatrical boudoir, with a shocking pink, black and cerise colour scheme, bold print wallpapers and black crystal chandeliers and lavish ‘bed booths’ for decadent lounging, it remains a Quayside favourite.
Revolution, Collingwood Buildings, NE1 1JF
Revolution Newcastle is a luxurious bank conversion with original 30ft ceilings, marble pillars and classic wood features, perfect for 2-4-1 cocktails
Riverside, 1 The Close, Quayside,NE1 3RQ
Newcastle’s most popular nightclub venue, Riverside hosts live performers, the best music in the current charts and a huge selection of drinks. Very popular with local 'celebrities'.
The Newcastle and Gateshead region is made up of a diverse variety of towns, cities, coast and countryside offering a huge selection of things to do whatever your tastes. From soaking up world-class culture in the city centres, discovering thousands of years of heritage at Hadrian’s Wall and visiting the biggest and best science centre in the North of England, you’ll be amazed at how much the city has to offer. Don’t miss The Discovery Museum in the heart of Newcastle. Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.
Top 10 Newcastle Attractions
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead Quays, NE8 3AE
See the world's first and only tilting bridge! At night, it lights up to create a rainbow of colour over the River Tyne. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, it’s perfect for an evening stroll.
The Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR
An international home for music and musical discovery, housing two main stages of acoustic excellence for visitors to enjoy.
Tynemouth, Grand Parade,NE30 4JH
A gorgeous beach isn’t something you’d necessarily associate with Newcastle, but Tynemouth is as good as they come. Golden sandy beaches with rocks, dunes and cliffs, plus one of the nicest ice cream shops you’re likely to find.
Beamish Museum, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead Quays, NE8 3BA
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world, presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.
Theatre Royal, 100 GreyStreet, NE1 6BR
One of only nine Grade I Listed theatres in England, the theatre Royal offers a wide variety of shows from opera to ballet, children's shows to classical drama and light entertainment.
The Angel of the North, Durham Road, Low Eighton, NE9 6AA
The Angel of the North is Britain's largest and one of the most iconic sculptures. The rich red/brown colour comes from the weathering steel which can withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour
Life Science Centre, Times Square, NE1 4EP
For an exciting and educational day out visit the life Science Centre. Filled with exhibitions, events, theatre shows and the biggest planetarium in the North of England
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, NE2 4PT
Highlights include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
Jesmond Dene, Jesmond, NE7 7DA
Jesmond Dene is a unique haven of peace and tranquility for the people of Newcastle. It is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn, just minutes away from the City Centre.