NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

Newcastle combines vibrant nightlife, inspiring heritage and world-class culture to offer a vibrant city experience with plenty of Northern charm.

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The welcoming city of Newcastle stands on the north bank of the River Tyne in northeast England. Seven spectacular bridges connect it to the neighbouring town of Gateshead. Together, Newcastle and Gateshead share a spirit that is so friendly and fun you can’t help but fall in love with the place. The area is also home to some of England’s most iconic landmarks and exciting cultural experiences. Set your own pace and enjoy a city break that’s as action packed or relaxing as you want it to be.

Bring your camera

There are plenty of unique photo opportunities across Newcastle and Gateshead, not least the Angel of the North, an awe-inspiring contemporary steel sculpture created by the famous artist Antony Gormley. It can be seen from miles around but to truly appreciate this colossal artwork you need to get up close. As you stand at its feet you’ll feel tiny in comparison; it’s taller than four double-decker buses and has a wingspan is as wide as a jumbo jet.

To discover how Newcastle has changed through the ages, step back in time at Newcastle Castle in the heart of the city. This ancient fortress has seen it all, from the Norman invasion to the slums of the Victorian era to recent developments that have helped Newcastle become the thriving urban area it is today.

Captivating Quayside

The landscape continues to inspire and surprise as you wander along the banks of the River Tyne and take in the sights and sounds of the historic Quayside. The huge, curvaceous, shimmering landmark on the Gateshead side of the river usually rouses curiosity; it’s Sage Gateshead, a world-class music venue and home to The Royal Northern Sinfonia. Standing beside it is the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, a former flourmill transformed in to a venue with fascinating exhibitions. Don’t miss the breathtaking riverscape views from the fifth-floor viewing platform.

From the BALTIC, cross the River Tyne on foot over the world’s first and only tilting bridge, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Nicknamed the ‘Winking Eye’ this architectural marvel lights up the Quayside at night with an array of dazzling colours.

Stay up late

As the sun sets in Newcastle, the city really come to life as revelers head out to the plethora of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants that are on offer. This city certainly knows how to party; it has been recognised time and time again for its buzzing nightlife. There’s something for everyone, from traditional pubs serving up locally brewed real ale to decadent cocktail bars where you can dance till dawn. It’s easy to hop from one place to the next, soaking up the lively atmosphere; Newcastle is a compact city where quirky independent gin bars stand side by side with historical public houses.

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NNewcastleGateshead Quayside. © NewcastleGateshead Initiative
TThe Angel of the North. © NewcastleGateshead Initiative

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