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The lively, friendly capital of the north east is really two cities in one – Newcastle on one side of the Tyne, and Gateshead on the other. They make a great pair, with more entertainment, history, shopping and culture packed into their borders than many realise. Newcastle has even been named ‘Best City in the UK’.
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Culture & Heritage
Want to experience some of the North East’s finest architecture? Wander around the likes of Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street, where highlights include St Mary’s Cathedral and a monument to former Prime Minister Earl Grey (of tea fame), who was born in the region.
You can view the area’s past through paintings and photography, at galleries such as the Laing and the Side, while The Biscuit Factory – housed in a former Victorian warehouse – is the UK’s largest commercial gallery, and a great venue worth seeking out. The natural history exhibitions of the Great North Museum, and St Nicholas’ Cathedral offer more to see. Also be sure to read up on Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books, which hosts all kinds of fun events to the east of the city centre.
So Many Free Things
Fancy some great free things to do? Newcastle has plenty. Top of the list for many visitors is BALTIC, the city’s premier contemporary art gallery housed in a former flour mill on the banks of the Tyne. It’s on the Gateshead side of the river, so you can get there via the Millennium Bridge; this unique tilting structure is the pedestrian link between the two, and a great attraction in its own right.
If you want to explore the great outdoors, Jesmond Dene is on the outskirts of the city. Here you’ll find parkland, complete with woods and a river, providing a peaceful and pleasant spot to wander, cycle, and enjoy the wildlife. Leazes Park, by the Newcastle United football ground, makes for another lovely green space, to just unwind, or feed the ducks on the lake.
And no trip to Newcastle would be complete without viewing the Angel of the North; Antony Gormley’s iconic sculpture overlooking the A1. A defining landmark of the region, you can reach it by taking a local bus from Eldon Square.
A Diverse Array of Attractions
Newcastle won’t disappoint, no matter what you’re looking for. Check out the Discovery Museum, which combines interactive science exhibits with local history on Blandford Square. Book-lovers will love the Literary & Philosophical Society library, a great experience for bibliophiles and historians alike, while sports fans may prefer to take a tour of St James’ Park, and familiarise themselves with all things Toon Army.
For something completely different, a trip through the Victoria Tunnel has become one of Newcastle’s highest-rated attractions, with guided tours explaining the city’s eventful underground history. If you’d rather get the view from above, it’s sometimes possible to climb the Grey’s Monument in the city centre; but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
A Shopping Paradise
Everything you would expect can be found at the intu Eldon Square shopping centre, including a range of fashion stores. The Metro Centre is around three miles out of town, and reckoned to be the largest shopping destination in Europe. The 300+ stores are complemented by a choice of restaurants and an Odeon IMAX cinema, if you’re tempted to make a day of it.
You’ll also find the Central Arcade and Grainger Market, which has everything from books, toys and music to gifts, cosmetics and accessories six days a week. The cobbled streets of the High Bridge Quarter are home to many of the city’s most interesting independent shops, and the historic buildings of Grainger Town, as the city centre is known, make Newcastle a particularly good-looking place for shopping.
Food for Thought
Looking for the perfect place to eat? Well, Newcastle is a friendly and informal affair. With lots of great value options and innovative dining rooms across town, there’s always somewhere new to discover.
You’ll find plenty of familiar chain restaurants down by the city’s Quayside, and dozens of coffee shops dotted around Grainger Town and the surrounding area – Pink Lane Coffee, Flat Caps and Olive & Bean are all rated highly by locals for character, service and food. Among the recommended places for good-value food are the Zapatista Burrito Bar and the quirky Sausage Emporium on Westgate Road, while those in search of gourmet burgers, in cool surroundings, should head to local chain Fat Hippo.
A Buzzing Nightlife
Newcastle is renowned for its the vibrant nightlife, with a great choice of options. If you’re looking for live music, the o2 Academy and Metro Radio Arena provide the area’s go-to venues for big-name performances. The Sage, an eye-catching landmark with a curvy steel and glass exterior, caters for a wider spectrum of tastes, including jazz, folk, classical and world music. There’s also an eclectic mix to enjoy at the more intimate Cluny on Lime Street.
Looking to catch a show? The Theatre Royal offers mainstream crowd-pleasers, while the Live Theatre Company has been pushing the boundaries and nurturing local talent for more than 40 years. Cinemas including The Empire at the Gate centre and the Tyneside, keep locals up to date with the latest film releases.
Lively pubs line the streets around Bigg Market and the Quayside, while the local gay quarter is between the Metro Radio Arena and the main railway station. The club scene remains the biggest and boldest in the north east, with world-class superclub Digital leading the pack on Times Square. For something lavish and a little exotic, try getting on the guest list at Tup Tup Palace, or enjoy cocktails on the terrace at Riverside, or the tropical garden of Florita’s.
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As you can see, there’s more going on in Newcastle than ever. So why not discover it for yourself? Book a bus to Newcastle with megabus.com today, and get your trip started, by using the search and buy tool on the left, or call us on the phone 0900 1600 900*.
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