Aboot the Toon: Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle, on the northeast coast of England, offers a wide variety of attractions to keep any visitor happy and fulfilled. Even just walking around the city and admiring the impressive architecture of the bridges over the River Tyne and the surrounding buildings, both old and new, make it a fascinating city to see. If you’re planning a visit to ‘the toon’, here are just a few of the things you can do in and around one of Britain’s most exciting cities.

Newcastle at Night

See some of Newcastle’s Rich history

The famous Castle Keep is a major attraction in Newcastle. Steeped in history, the Castle Keep is well worth a visit. It’s an excellent example of Norman architecture and is carefully preserved as a world-class historic site. Many old buildings in Newcastle are also preserved and provide reminders of the city’s rich and fascinating history.

Expand Your Cultural Horizons

Located on the Gateshead banks of the River Tyne is the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Arts. A converted old flour mill, the building now hosts world-class art exhibitions, and hosted the world-famous Turner Prize in 2011. A cafe and ‘art and souvenir’ shop are also in the building, and entry to the art gallery is free. Alternatively, the Hancock museum to the north of the city centre houses a large collection of ancient artifacts, and is also worth a visit.


Although not located in one of the world’s sunnier regions, Newcastle’s nearby beaches are highly rated in terms of cleanliness and safety. They provide excellent picnic areas for great family outings. Indeed, the near by town of Tynemouth (which, as the name suggests, is located at the mouth of the Tyne) is something of a surfing hotspot.

Enjoy some Newcastle Nightlife

Given the welcoming friendliness of ‘Geordies’ it should come as no surprise that Newcastle is one of Britain’s more vibrant and exciting cities at night. From loud and lively bars with live music to quiet and cosy pubs, Newcastle has no shortage of entertainment. The well-known ‘Gate Newcastle’ complex has a good number of bars and clubs, such as Tiger Tiger, Lloyd’s bar and Indigo as well as the Empire cinema and Asper’s Casino. The Gate Newcastle is a huge three-floor complex. The lowest floor is occupied mostly with family-friendly restaurants, while the more adult-oriented establishments fill the upper two floors. Parking is available in the basement.

Explore the Local Countryside

Newcastle is situated in an attractive part of the country, and Newcastle Town Moor is a favourite local countryside area famous for holding many events, such as the ‘Hoppings’ country fair, the largest of its kind in Europe. Winter sledging and running and walking on tracks set in attractive natural surroundings are among the many activities held.

Shop ’til you Drop

With over 150 famous and familiar high-street shops and boutiques represented, Eldon Square’s modern shopping complex is packed with goods of every description. If that’s not enough, you can head over to the Metrocentre, Europe’s largest shopping complex with excellent leisure facilities available.

Watch great sports

While Newcastle United Football Club might be the first sporting name that most, people will immediately associate with Newcastle, the city is also home to many notable teams in other sports, such as rugby and athletics. The world-famous Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club are here at Kingson Park Stadium, their home ground, and Gateshead International Stadium hosts world-class athletic events.

Newcastle is blessed with a wide variety of visitor delights. The longer you stay, the more of them you’ll discover and enjoy. A single visit is rarely enough for most visitors to Newcastle. Return visits are advised, encouraged and warmly welcomed.

Will Kerr writes on a wide range of travel topics, from the attractions of the world’s most vibrant cities, to more practical issues, such as car hire.

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  1. You’re seriously recommending The Gate in Newcastle to tourists? Weak and poorly researched piece.

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