City in the spotlight: Newcastle

09 Nov 2017
GB
James Farren Programme Officer
Newcastle

Experience the life of a Geordie by visiting the wonderful city of Newcastle.

I highly recommend visiting this spectacular jewel in the north-east of England with its view of the river, the spectacular bridges, and the beautiful old town.

Here are my top tips for your Geordie adventure...

The Quayside

There’s a great market every Sunday morning and just across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which is incredible for views of the city.

Newcastle quayside by Wilka Hudson | Creative Commons 2.0

The Victoria Tunnel runs beneath the city from the Town Moor down to the Tyne. It was built in 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to riverside staithes (jetties) ready for loading onto ships. In 1939, it was converted into an air-raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War Two.

Victoria Tunnel by CDC | CC 2.0

Visit Jesmond Dene

It’s great for a Sunday stroll and there are plenty of places to stop to get a warming cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Catch the Magpies

Delve into the history of the greatest football club (in my opinion) and visit St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United.

Newcastle United - St James Park by Richard Humphrey | CC 2.0

Tyneside Cinema

It’s a must visit - a beautiful and historic independent cinema right in the city centre. They offer mainstream movies as well as quirky, less well-known films, and they always have fun movies on over the Christmas period. They also have a delightful tea room and a cocktail bar.

The Tyneside Cinema and Tyneside Bar Cafe by Mike Quinn | CC 2.0

The Butterfly Cabinet

Hands down, this is the best place for breakfast in Newcastle. The humongous pancakes are a personal favourite. Get there early or expect to queue!

Wylam Brewery

This is a cool music venue and brewery located on Newcastle’s Town Moor. Fun fact: if you’re given a ‘key to the city’ you’re allowed to keep a cow on the Town Moor. For those of you feeling energetic, the weekly Parkrun takes place on the Town Moor every Saturday morning at 09:00.

Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park by Anthony Foster | CC 2.0

The historic city baths

These are due to re-open in spring 2018 following a £5m refurbishment. A great pool and AMAZING Turkish baths.

Northumberland Baths, City Pool and City Hall by Andrew Curtis | CC 2.0

The Theatre Royal

A beautiful theatre in the centre of town; it’s right beside Grey’s Monument, and offers a variety of shows.

Newcastle by Night - Sept 2014 - The Theatre Royal by Gareth Williams | CC 2.0