Famous for its collection of seven bridges that arch over the River Tyne, Newcastle is often noted for being a party city, but the “Toon””has much more to offer than its vibrant nightlife. The city was founded on innovation and engineering and its inhabitants, the “Geordies” are as inherently friendly and talkative as you’ll find anywhere. Newcastle has museums, art galleries, comedy clubs and theatres in their droves. For shopping enthusiasts, the city centre has a plethora of stylish high street stores and for those who want even more, the Metrocentre, which was once the largest shopping centre in Europe, is only a short bus ride away. Nearby there are country towns like Corbridge & Wylam, and the sandy beaches of Whitley Bay & Tynemouth that are accessible by public transport.
Key Annual Events
- Restaurant Week - Newcastle became the pioneer city to deliver the concept with over 100 restaurants now participating annually.
- Great North Run - the world’s largest half-marathon takes place annually in September.
- This Is Tomorrow Festival - a music festival rising in prominence yearly having achieved headliners such as Sam Fender, Gerry Cinnamon & Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds.
Things to do:
Newcastle & Gateshead Quayside
- Batlic Centre for Contemporary Art
- The Biscuit Factory (Art Gallery)
- Victoria Tunnel Tour
- St James Park
Where to visit from Newcastle?
- Whitley Bay - a traditional seaside family resort with its sandy shores, shops, bars and restaurants and don’t forget to check out Spanish City!
- Tynemouth – a large town that sits scenically the mouth at the River Tyne, steeped in history and vibrant nightlife. At the end of main street stands the Priory perched on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea.
- Wylam – a small village just outside of Newcastle surrounded by scenic walking routes along the Tyne, classic English pubs, and a railway museum.
- Corbridge – west of Newcastle sits this beautiful village, which was once a bustling Roman town. The village museum hosts the largest collection of Hadrian’s Wall artefacts and is the home of the annual Corbridge Festival.
- Beamish – the world famous open air museum, visitors can take a step back in time and discover what life was like in the North East for the urban and rural population during the 17th century and into the climax of the 20th.
- Morpeth - A historic market town in Northumberland that dates back to the Neolithic period and is home to farmers markets, historic buildings as well as more modern dining options.
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