Visit the buzzing NewcastleGateshead and sample the area’s rejuvenated quaysides, thriving cultural scene and diverse shopping.
NewcastleGateshead is in the heart of the northeast county of Tyne and Wear. Lively city centre districts include High Bridge’s cobbled streets dotted with independent stores and historic Grainger Town with its beautiful Georgian architecture, while the sweeping Gateshead Millennium Bridge arcs between the rejuvenated Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays, offering access to international home for music, Sage Gateshead and acclaimed gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Under 30 minutes’ drive south you will find historic Durham with its Norman cathedral, a World Heritage Site.
You’ll know you have arrived in NewcastleGateshead when Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North sculpture comes into view - the region’s most famous resident is 20 metres high with a vast wingspan of 54 metres. A towering former flourmill is the backdrop for abstracts and sculptures at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quays. Film buffs can step back in time with old newsreel films or catch the latest releases at another restored gem, the art deco Tyneside Cinema. Football fans can follow the footsteps of famous ‘Magpies’ players like Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson on a behind-the-scenes tour at St James’ Park.
Explore the city
Enjoy a tour of the city’s sights and highlights on a walking tour with Newcastle City Guides, where their volunteers will be only too keen to share their passion and knowledge of Newcastle’s heritage and culture with you.
Great for families
Traverse a virtual Hadrian’s Wall and meet a life-size T-Rex at the diverse Great North Museum, and delve into the world of imagination at Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, which offers galleries, performances, events and a specialist children’s bookshop housed inside a converted Victorian warehouse.
For three of the UK’s top department stores under one roof – Fenwick, John Lewis and Debenhams – head to two-level intu Eldon Square slap bang in the city centre. Across the River Tyne in Gateshead, you’ll find intu Metrocentre, officially the largest indoor shopping and leisure centre in Europe.
Explore the area
Head east towards the coast, and in less than 30 minutes come face-to-face with otters and seals at Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth. Further north along the coast there are treehouses, sculpture gardens and pavilions to explore at tranquil Alnwick Garden.
Those who can handle some chilly seas and unpredictable weather will find the area a great surf destination – Tynemouth Surf Co runs beginners’ surfing lessons on Tynemouth Longsands beach. For some indoor fun, there are rock climbing sessions in the cavern at Climb Newcastle in the city’s suburbs. Discover your inner Bradley Wiggins by renting a bike from The Cycle Hub and riding part of the famous Coast to Coast cycle route, which runs through NewcastleGateshead. To experience Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain expertise in safe, thrilling and true-to-life driving adventures you can visit Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire.
Did you know?
The Angel of the North is seen by more than one person every second – that’s 90,000 people a day or 33 million every year!
Where to stay
Budget: Sleeperz Newcastle
Moderate: Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead
Luxury: Sandman Signature Hotel Newcastle (with views of St James’ Park)
Accessible: Jurys Inn NewcastleGateshead Quays (VisitEngland Access project)
Where to eat
Getting there and around
Air: Newcastle International Airport is just eight miles from the city centre with regular Metro and bus services running here.
Rail: Newcastle Central Station is just under three hours from London King’s Cross Station.
Road: NewcastleGateshead is on the A184 junction on the A1.
Sea: The Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at North Shields is eight miles from Newcastle city centre with overnight ferry services to Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways.
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