Newcastle upon Tyne, aptly named for its location along the River Tyne, shines as a centre for art, science and economics in Northern England. The university town connects to its companion community of Gateshead via several bridges, including the contemporary Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Newcastle reflects rich culture with parks, cathedrals, museums and galleries.
Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
Watch live sport at the renowned St. James Park, which houses the Newcastle United Football Club. You can snag tickets to a major football match or rugby game, and raise a pint in one of numerous neighbourhood sports bars and gastropubs. Jesmond Dene Park, on the other hand, offers a wooded valley perfect for spotting wildlife and admiring beautiful waterfalls.
The centuries-old St. Nicholas Cathedral boasts a collection of monuments and outstanding views of the city, while Newcastle Castle provides interactive exhibits on medieval history. Families can get hands-on at the Great North Museum: Hancock, a natural history venue showcasing the ancient Egyptians and a Bio Wall in the Living Planet house.
Art in Newcastle varies widely, but Laing Art Gallery, dating back to 1901, blends modern and historical works with a learning space that’s popular with the little ones. Theatre Royal, constructed in the 1700s, features West End musicals, comedy, ballet and drama with a background of Neo-Classical decor.
Feel like exploring the shopping scene in Newcastle? Head over to Eldon Square or Eldon Garden Shopping Centre on Percy Street. For specialty and gift shops, stroll down Northumberland Street or visit Grainger Market. Take time to taste traditional British fare at the award-winning Blackfriars Restaurant.
Getting around Newcastle upon Tyne
Public transportation in Newcastle includes trains, buses and Metro services, connecting to shopping streets, attractions and across the bridges to Gateshead. Taxis, shuttles and shared-ride services are also available.