Escape to the friendly and diverse city of NewcastleGateshead for grand Georgian and modern architecture, world-class cultural venues sat along the River Tyne, and a buzzing nightlife filled with countless bars, clubs and world-famous music venues to suit all musical tastes.
Begin your day with a visit to Newcastle Castle for a fascinating history lesson into the city’s past. Uncover the colourful and grim history of the Black Gate and Castle Keep as you explore the restored dungeons, and afterwards, climb to the top of the castle where you’ll be awarded with stunning, far reaching views of Newcastle and Gateshead.
Footie fans will not want to miss out on a tour of Newcastle’s stadium at St James Park, where you’ll get an in depth look into the inner workings of the club, including a peek inside the changing rooms, a tour of the Media Suite, and the chance to stand pitchside in this legendary stadium.
Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre at Olive & Bean. This sandwich bar, delicatessen and coffee shop rolled into one offers a huge menu filled with sandwiches, paninis, salads and soups to silence any hunger pangs, and treat yourself to one of their delectable cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Afterwards, discover some new sounds at specialist music store RPM Music, which pretty much covers everything from blues and soul to hip hop and electronic. Take some time to explore the second-hand vinyl and keep an eye out for in-store gigs.
Begin your evening with a plate full of British comfort food with a twist, washed down with a glass or two of bespoke real ale at The Bridge Tavern, before heading over to the stylish Lola Jeans to sample from its extensive list of imaginative and classic cocktails. Then take to the stage and belt out your favourite tunes in Hanahana’s karaoke room, or if you’ve got your dancing shoes on, dance into the early hours on a club hop around the city, enjoying house DJ sets at superclub, Digital, pop hits at stylish student favourite, Perdu and everything hip hop at boutique nightclub, Tup Tup Palace, which regularly attracts the likes of Kayne West and Snoop Dogg to its private booths.
Grab a seat on the City Seeing Hop on - Hop off Tour to fully explore Newcastle and Gateshead at your own pace, before enjoying a stroll along the iconic quayside taking in the stunning sights of the seven bridges spanning the River Tyne, and the curvaceous design of the Sage Gateshead – an iconic centre for live music, which hosts world class artists, musicians and bands. Check out the innovative programme of contemporary visual art and exhibitions at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a towering former flourmill next door to The Sage, and free to explore.
Take a break at the Baltic Kitchen for lunch where you can tuck into a delicious menu that will set you up for the rest of the afternoon, from Eggs Benedict to homemade soups and sarnies, finished off with a piece of their mouth-watering cakes.
When you’re fully recharged, visit The Cluny Studios in Newcastle’s trendy Ouseburn valley, where you can fulfil your childhood pop star dream with a one-hour professional recording session laying down the vocals to your favourite song, and taking a CD of it home with you.
After your session, spend the rest of the afternoon strolling along Grainger Market, where you can browse through stalls selling CDs, books, clothes and specialist coffee and food, and also pay a visit to the ‘Marks and Spencer Original Penny Bazaar’, the smallest Marks and Spencer store in the world.
Kick off the evening with a mouth-watering Caribbean menu consisting of Jerk Chicken, BBQ Pork Belly and Red Snapper, all washed down with a rum based cocktail or three at the buzzing Turtle Bay.
Afterwards, head back to the hip Ouseburn district to The Cluny for an evening of sipping local real ales and dancing to high-quality indie and Americana acts from all over the world, or catch a performance by resident orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia at the stunning Sage Gateshead where you can admire the night time views of the River Tyne south bank during the interval.
We Love… The Cumberland Arms, famous for its open-mic nights and where Sting has been known to pop in for a pint and a singalong.
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