Insider Newcastle - what to see and do, where to eat and shop

Newcastle will get under your skin. Its people are friendly, its history fascinating. You’ll find industrial grit and glitzy regeneration. Marvel at iconic, world-famous landmarks and cavernous, huge shopping centres.


Need inspiration? What to see

History buffs. From the weird and wonderful to the downright fascinating, there’s plenty to bowl you over at the Great North Museum. Go back in time and hang out with Samurai warriors before getting all prehistoric with the life-size Tyrannosaurus rex

Science geeks. The Life Science Centre has stacks of fun things to do, like:

  • Twists, turns, water. Step aboard the 4D motion ride – basically a cinema with moving seats, scary sounds and funny smells.
  • Reach for the stars in the planetarium. Go wide-eyed at the spectacular night sky.

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On the Toon. Geordie folk know how to let their hair down. Nights out are the stuff of legend – well worth taking trains to Newcastle for. Here are a few areas to visit:

Pleased to Meet You: Don your best gear for a night at this oh-so-chic gin bar. Set in a historic Grade II-listed building in the trendy High Bridge Quarter, Pleased to Meet You is seriously swanky. 

Alvino’s Bar: Cocktail-sipping comic-book geeks will love Alvino’s. Sip a Bootsy Collins or a Basil Fawlty while chilling out in this pop culture-themed bar.  

Feeling hungry? Where to eat

An intimate dinner: With cheap train tickets to Newcastle, you can splash out at glitzy Silk Room. It’s a restaurant and champagne bar in the heart of Newcastle’s posh Quayside area. Think mouth-watering steaks, sumptuous sea bass and veggie options to boot.

A light lunch: Inspired by the teahouses of Budapest, Quillam Brothers serves up the finest brews this side of the River Tyne. There’s also great food including top-class sarnies and lip-smacking cakes.

International: Spice up your trip with some authentic Thai grub fresh from the kitchen at The Old Siam. Excellent service and great vibes come together to create one of the best eateries in town – the menu ain’t half bad either.

Street food: Epic pizzas you can just about fit in your hand are the speciality at the Pizzette pizza van. Keep an eye out for it at The Boiler Shop Steamer event on the first Friday and Saturday of every month.


Retail therapy - where to shop

High-street heaven

Hundreds of stores, more food outlets than you can shake a chip at and a colossal Imax cinema – all under one roof. Intu Metrocentre in Gatesheadis one of Europe’s largest shopping centres.

Vintage shops, one-off boutiques and homewares

Independent shops, restaurants and cafes crowd into the cobblestone streets in and around High Bridge.  Root around bottomless piles of vintage clobber or just watch the cool cats prowl. Union has everything you need for a wardrobe update.

Label lovers – designer shopping

Fenwick: As much of a Geordie landmark as the Tyne Bridge. Fenwick’s has been plying its trade in the city since 1882. Expect labels like Paul Smith, Barbour and Vivienne Westwood. Splash out on some retail therapy with cheap train tickets to Newcastle.

Hidden Newcastle

Ouseburn Farm: You might think the last thing you’d find in the heart of Newcastle would be a working farm with pigs, chickens and even Shetland ponies. But Ouseburn Farm has all that and more. A sure-fire hit for kids.

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