Enjoy a staycation in the Toon this Summer
Get the ideal insider’s introduction to history-packed Newcastle on this half-day walking tour of the bustling northeastern city. Learn about the city’s early history and enjoy guided interior visits of both Newcastle Castle and the cathedral church of St. Nicholas. Upgrade to a private tour to include door-to-door pickup from our hotel.
Continue learning with a visit to the Discovery Museum, just minutes away from the hotel - experience an interactive, educational and fun spot for all the family. Not to mention the awe-inducing 35-metre steam turbine ship that greets you as you arrive.
Experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past at Beamish, a unique living museum. Beamish tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
Take a walk to the incredible Quayside via the stunning architecture of Grey Street and Dean Street to see the famous bridges and modern art museum The Baltic on the Gateshead side of the river.
In 2002, the Baltic Flour Mill underwent a conversion and reopened as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, one of the biggest contemporary art venues in the world. As well as the arts centre there’s a cinema, bar and two restaurants. With an outdoor platform on the fourth floor and viewing box on the floor above it’s the perfect spot for stunning views over the River Tyne. Plus, entry to the gallery is free!
Whilst you’re over on that side of the water, why not catch at concert at Sage Gateshead? Often referred to as the ‘symbol of Newcastle’s regeneration’, Sage Gateshead is a super shiny piece of modern architecture located on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. The glass music venue, established in 2004, is home to the Royal Northern Sinfonia and has three performance auditoriums. If you’re looking for live music you’ll find it at Sage Gateshead with over 400 gigs, performances and concerts taking place at the venue each year.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go kayaking in the River Tyne afterwards - a very unique way to explore the city.
Take a trip to the iconic Angel of the North in the heart of Gateshead. Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel greets visitors to the area with outstretched arms as it guards the valley below. The sculpture measures 20 metres in height and the wings span 54 metres tip to tip. The Angel was erected in February 1998 and is the largest sculpture in Britain and the largest Angel sculpture in the world.
To visit the Angel of the North by bus – get on the bus appropriately named the ‘Angel 21’ from Newcastle‘s Eldon Square Bus Station or from Gateshead Interchange. The bus runs every 8 minutes and takes around 20 minutes from Newcastle and 10 minutes from Gateshead to get to the Angel of the North stop.
Hidden away on the beautiful Grey Street is Grainger Market which originally opened in 1835 and is the oldest Newcastle food market. With seventeen different food stalls, all offering foods from around the world; everyone is guaranteed to find something that they fancy.
You can also cut through the Central Arcade when visiting Grainger Market. A beautiful Edwardian shopping arcade where you’ll discover mosaic flooring, stained glass, ornate lighting and dark wood fittings all under a glass barrel-vaulted roof.
If you’re hoping to see a different side of Newcastle, head to the Ouseburn Valley – Ouseburn is at the heart of the industrial revolution on Tyneside. It’s an area of old warehouses and factories that have been converted into a range of cool cafes, laid-back bars, micro-breweries and creative spaces. It’s relaxed and informal with a buzzy vibe and live music venues – the perfect place to while away a lovely afternoon.
If you fancy staying around the city centre instead, Central Park, located in Times Square, is the perfect spot for your well-deserved ‘Saturday session’ in the sun and it’s only a 10-minute walk away from us! Check out their summer of events here - https://www.centralparknewcastle.co.uk/events/
Then, end the night enjoying the buzz of the Geordie nightlife! Highly influenced by the city’s younger people’s population and the creative arts scene, Newcastle’s nightlife is full of fun. From pubs and bars with every kind of live music to cocktail bars, restaurants and riverside venues you’ll find somewhere that is perfect for everyone.
If your final day in Newcastle is a Sunday, you’re in luck! Head to the Quayside for Newcastle’s Sunday market. It’s a great place to pick up some local crafts, a street food brunch from one of the food trucks or absolutely anything else you might need.
The road is closed to traffic and there’s a buzzy atmosphere and heaps of stalls to browse. The Quayside market opens from 9.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the Newcastle side of the river between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
With any luck, NUFC will be playing a late afternoon match at St. James’ Park that you could attend to really wrap up your entire Newcastle staycation trip.