Newcastle upon Tyne. This university city located on the River Tyne is renowned for its friendly locals and love of football. The birthplace of Greggs sausage rolls and TV’s finest Ant and Dec. Here you can experience all the benefits of a major city: vibrant nightlife; arts & culture; exquisite food & drink; cultural diversity; good public transport links, on a smaller, more relaxed scale.
Food & Drink
Famously known for its bustling nightlife, Newcastle is not short of a bar or two. From the Bigg Market to the Quayside, Newcastle has bars and clubs suitable for any occasion. If sophistication is what you’re looking for then head down to Newcastle’s Quayside. Here you’ll find places such as Aveika – an Asian inspired restaurant during the day, which transforms into a lively nightclub under the dramatic chandelier by night. Or there’s Tomahawk Steakhouse if high end steaks and cocktails is more your style. Of course, Newcastle is no stranger to the (in)famous Wetherspoons brand and you’ll find 1/4 city centre spoons located underneath the Tyne Bridge. Quayside Wetherspoons is certainly a favourite, especially in the summer with its river facing beer garden, locals will tell you that there’s no better place to enjoy your £2 pint. Newcastle has three more Wetherspoons within walking distance from the city centre all located at the most convenient of places. The Mile Castle is across the road from the train station. The Keel Row resides within The Gate which itself inhabits Newcastle’s newest nightclub Eden, the famous Nandos and the family friendly Pizza Hut. Lastly, there’s The Five Swans, perhaps Newcastle’s busiest Wetherspoons. This is located on Newcastle’s retail epicentre, Northumberland Street.
Also located in Newcastle city centre is Digital nightclub, ranked as the 11th best club in the world by DJ MAG, its 1,400 capacity and four rooms which have played host to the likes of David Guetta and Fatboy Sim means this club should definitely be on your list of places to visit. A short 25-minute walk away from Newcastle city centre located in Jesmond, you’ll find some hidden gems in the form of Peace & Loaf, a stylish restaurant which serves creative, artfully crafted British cuisine.
And Osborne Road, labelled as Newcastle’s ‘Notting Hill’, the swanky street is packed with bars and restaurants including Spy Bar and Osbornes, making it one of the city’s most popular draws. Of course, if walking isn’t your thing, Jesmond can be easily accessed by city bus links including the 306/308/309/310 from Haymarket Bus Station.
Newcastle has many transport links to and from the city, namely Newcastle Central Railway Station, located in the heart of the city centre and Newcastle airport, which can be accessed by car in 15 minutes or the metro in 25. The metro is also perhaps the best way to manoeuvre around Newcastle itself with direct lines running from the city centre to St. James Park, The Coast and Sunderland amongst other places. An adult day ticket costs around £5. Newcastle has many bus links departing from two stations located on Northumberland Street. There is also a strong Uber and taxi presence in Newcastle City centre should you require this option.
Where to live
Although living in the city centre itself may be costly, there are plenty of nearby areas where you can find suitable, well-priced accommodation:
What to do in Newcastle
Ask anyone in Newcastle what the best things to do in Newcastle are and without a doubt “St James Park on matchday” will be up there with the top answers. Geordies are besotted with their beloved Newcastle United and a trip to St James Park to hear them singing in all their glory is certainly a must do when in Newcastle. St James Park isn’t the only place you can go to hear some singing. Newcastle has several venues where you can catch a glimpse of your favourite show or hear your favourite singer.
There’s the Utilita Arena, the O2 Academy and the City Hall all located in the city centre and the Sage located on Gateshead quays, all of which are must see for the fans of arts and entertainment. During summertime Newcastle also plays host to the This Is Tomorrow festival located in exhibition park located next to Newcastle University. The festival has played host to the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Lewis Capaldi in the past. Similarly, hosted slightly further afield in Tynemouth (accessible by Metro from Newcastle city centre) on the sea front there’s the Mouth of the Tyne Festival which has seen the likes of Newcastle’s own Sam Fender and Paul Weller perform a set on the iconic Priory Castle grounds.
There’re several museums to visit in Newcastle including Discovery Museum, Great North Museum: Hancock, Life Science Centre. For fans of art there’s the Laing Art Gallery and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. You’ll never run out of things to do in Newcastle.