Discover Newcastle with megabus
Newcastle: top 3 things to do
1. Enjoy live music at Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead sits on the banks of the River Tyne like a giant silver armadillo. From rock and pop musicians, to brass and jazz bands, this is the place to head to if you’re after live music with bite. Even if you don’t have tickets for a gig, you can often catch free live music in the foyer during the day.
2. Delve into the Victoria Tunnel
For a different perspective on Newcastle, head down the Victoria Tunnel. Originally built in 1842 to run coal from the mines to waiting ships, it also took a turn as an air-raid shelter during World War II. Tours take place all year round, and include fantastic sounds and visual effects.
3. Travel back in time at Newcastle Castle
One essential stop during your visit is the site that gave Newcastle its name. Dating back to the 1170s, Newcastle Castle now stands proudly as a gateway between the ancient and modern parts of the city. The Castle Keep and the Black Gate will give you a glimpse into life on the Tyne over 800 years ago.
Newcastle: getting around
Book a coach to Newcastle with megabus and you can expect handy extras like free WiFi and a 20kg luggage allowance. For more info on what you can expect from Newcastle bus travel, check out our onboard facilities page.
Once you’ve reached Newcastle, it’s easy to find your way around. It’s a compact city so you can walk to most attractions – download a map from here.
Or, hop on the Metro, which will get you from A to B quickly so you can pack more into your day. It covers most places of interest in the city centre as well as further afield, like Whitley Bay, South Shields and Sunderland.
There are also of plenty of buses to take you to areas the Metro doesn’t cover. A DaySaver ticket will get you unlimited travel for one day on both these services.
Newcastle: best for nightlife
Mention Newcastle to anyone who’s stayed overnight and you’ll see a smile spread over their face. When it comes to live music, the o2 Academy and Metro Radio Arena won’t disappoint for big-name concerts. Or head to The Cluny on Lime Street for a more intimate affair.
If you’re on the hunt for cheap drinks and cheesy tunes, it’s all about Bigg Market. Or, to sip cocktails overlooking the Tyne, hit the trendy bars at the Quayside. Fancy some real ale, local bands and great banter? Then you’ll love Ouseburn, less than a mile from the city centre.
Newcastle: best for shopping
The intu Metrocentre in Gateshead should be the first port of call for shopaholics. Billed as the largest shopping destination in Europe, it’s crammed with over 300 stores, an IMAX cinema and plenty of restaurants. Just jump on a bus from the city centre and you’ll be there in around 25 minutes. Its sister venue, intu Eldon Square, is more central and home to department stores like Fenwick and John Lewis.
For a more eclectic line-up, check out the Central Arcade and Grainger Market where you can pick up local produce and one-of-a-kind gifts. Or, for shopping with a side of people watching, the Quayside market on a Sunday is hard to beat.
Newcastle for free: our top 3
1. Be dwarfed by the Angel of the North
Getting a snap of the iconic Angel of the North is a must when visiting Newcastle. The angel’s 65-foot wingspan dominates the landscape and can be seen for miles around. But it’s up close where you truly appreciate its sheer magnitude – pack a picnic and bask in its shadow in the surrounding parkland. Take bus services 21 or 22 from Eldon Square bus station.
2. Explore the Discovery Museum
For a lesson on all things Newcastle and Tyneside, add the Discovery Museum to your to-do list. Interactive displays and a changing programme of exhibitions focus on the city’s global importance, thanks to its maritime history and scientific breakthroughs. It’s open seven days a week and you’ll find it on Blandford Square.
3. Visit the Biscuit Factory
In the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter is The Biscuit Factory. It’s not a production line for digestives, but actually the largest contemporary art, craft and design gallery in the UK. It’s housed in a former Victorian warehouse, and displays a range of fine art, sculpture and jewellery over two floors.
To book your coach to Newcastle, use the journey planner on this page. Remember: the best deals sell out quickly!