Newcastle-upon-top Tyne's range of things to do revolve around its industrial legacy and vibrant cultural scene. All of this is combined with a recognised nightlife, urban elegance, and a heaping serving of excellent gastronomy.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, colloquially known as Newcastle, is the unofficial capital of North East England. This energetic city is ideal for a weekend getaway filled with activities and sightseeing. Newcastle and Gateshead will keep you entertained, captivated, and well-fed.
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Let's get into what we think you should have on your bucket list before you visit this wonderful city.
Newcastle and Gateshead are connected by numerous notable bridges across the River Tyne. Much of the city's revitalisation has occurred on the Quayside.
The Newcastle Gateshead Initiative was established to bridge the gap between the two cities and connect two dynamic communities that appreciate their industrial background while embracing the culture and the arts. Some of the activities listed below will be in Gateshead but don't worry; it's only a stone's throw away from Newcastle city!
Newcastle's Top Activities
Explore the Quayside
Visitors describe the early morning stroll down the Quayside as something spectacular; it could even turn into one of your favourite pass times when staying here. During your stroll, try to find all seven of Newcastle's famous bridges.
The river path has a series of brass plaques commemorating the city's stars and celebrities and other outdoor art projects. There are cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, and even a little beach along the Quayside.
The Tyne Bridge – the iconic symbol of Newcastle
If you've seen the Great North Run on TV, you'll recognise the famous Tyne Bridge, which has become a symbol of Newcastle and an important part of the city's character. In October 1928, King George V formally opened the Tyne Bridge, which was built by the same firm that produced Sydney Harbour Bridge, another famous landmark. Why not take a trip over Newcastle's most well-known bridge to see some spectacular city sights?
Visit Newcastle castle
Newcastle's castle isn't entirely new. Henry II commissioned the rebuilding of the old wooden fortress in stone in 1168, and the new castle is still standing almost 900 years later. It gives Newcastle its name and can be found proudly on Grey Street. It's undoubtedly one of Newcastle's most popular attractions.
The castle may look modest, but it is a Tardis-like structure with tight hallways, spiral stairs, rooms, dungeons, and jail pits. The castle is fantastic for the young ones, especially on weekends when actors dressed in mediaeval dress tell gruesome tales of heinous acts committed in the castle.
Make your way to the top of the keep for sweeping 360-degree views over Newcastle and the Tyne; you'll be able to see most of the city's icons from here.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Newcastle bucket list essentials!
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