Sitting on the banks of the River Tyne, Newcastle is a city big enough to have everything you could possibly need, but also small enough to feel personal and homely. Often voted the friendliest city in England, Newcastle makes for the perfect city break whether you want a super shopping experience, a river cruise, exciting nightlife or to explore the tales of Northern Heritage.
A holiday to Newcastle upon Tyne is the perfect way to get acquainted with the North East’s history, indulge in local dishes and immerse yourself in the area’s culture. From days spent exploring museums to evenings overlooking the picturesque Quayside, this vibrant city is simply brimming with options.
Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
A river cruise along the Tyne
Take a River Cruise up to where the river meets the North Sea, taking in the rich history and scenery of this most famous of areas. Go for a walk along the Quayside and admire the seven bridges spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead. You will see the fabulous, curved glass 'Sage' building which is a concert venue and education centre, and 'The Baltic Flour Mill'- now a contemporary art gallery with a great restaurant for views from high over the Quayside.
Explore the castle
Discover the ancient history of the city by visiting Newcastle Castle – the Norman keep, and the Black Gate offer interesting exhibits, and the 360-degree commanding views from the keep’s rooftop are the best in town. Looking down on the bustling streets of Newcastle, you’d never know that deep underground lies Victoria Tunnel, an extraordinary coal-wagon thoroughfare built between 1839 and 1842 and used as an air-raid shelter during WWII. Two-hour tours take you through a section of the atmospheric tunnel, which snakes its way below the city for two and a half miles – we advise booking ahead as numbers are limited.
Segedunum Roman fort
At the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, five miles east of Newcastle, lies the Roman fort at Segedunum, the most completely excavated fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Here, you can explore a reconstructed Roman bathhouse, a museum offering a fascinating insight into life during Roman times and climb the 35-metre-high tower for spectacular views.
Catch a football match
Arguably the city's biggest attraction, St James' Park, home to Newcastle United, regularly hosts premier league fixtures and is a great day out for any football fan. The stadium also hosts other sports throughout the year, including rugby, so if football's not your thing, there's still something for everyone to enjoy.
More ideas for days out
Take the whole family to the world famous Beamish Museum, an open-air museum which tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. The National Trust's award-winning Gibside 18th Century Estate is another a fun family day out in Newcastle and incredibly beautiful! No visit to this lovely city is complete without visiting the 'Angel of the North' sculpture; a giant landmark, welcoming visitors to the great North East, just ten minutes away in Gateshead.
Newcastle is also fantastic because it is only 20 minutes from the coast which features magnificent beaches at Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton and South Shields, to name a few. If you travel 20 minutes in the other direction you will find Europe’s largest indoor shopping mall, the Metrocentre, a shopaholics heaven with hundreds of stores, a food court, and even an iMAX cinema.
With miles of unspoilt coastline and beautiful countryside ready to be explored, the Newcastle area promises to leave visitors wanting more. So, from large homes to luxury properties, our self-catering accommodation in Newcastle offers something for everyone.