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Newcastle: it’s got charm, personality and lots to brag about. The evolving quayside boasts the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Sage Gateshead and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – all of which simply underline the fact that this is a great city. Add it to your must visit list now.
Regular TransPennine Express services run to Newcastle station, and from here there are a number of ways to get around. For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a Newcastle Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.80 (£2.50 with a railcard). You can board the Yellow or Green lines of the Metro, which will take you to most places, including Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle Airport. Outside, there’s 24-hour parking, a taxi rank and regular local buses.
On the Gateshead side of the river is the internationally acclaimed BALTIC centre. Open every day with free entry, it has five floors of exceptional and inspiring contemporary art exhibitions as well as a restaurant and a cocktail bar with amazing views. A 45-minute walk from the centre is the glorious green haven of Jesmond Dene park - served by the Yellow and Green Metro lines). You can’t talk about Newcastle without mentioning one of the most widely recognised pieces of public art, Anthony Gormley’s The Angel of The North. You can catch the 21 bus just a 6 minute walk from the station to see this monolithic emblem of Northern Pride.
The House of Tides is local lad Kenny Atkinson’s Michelin-star restaurant. It’s not wildly expensive and the food is inventive and fun - there’s a vegetarian tasting menu too. At the other end of the scale, vegan café and community arts centre The Settle Down is cheap as chips and friendly as you like. Finally, The Broad Chare, with its mantra of ‘Proper Pub, Proper Beer, Proper Food’ might just be the Goldilocks choice for food and drink in Newcastle. And for the best burgers in town? Venture down to Fat Hippo Underground.
Right next to Newcastle station, Life Science Centre is a must do for all the family. It’s open year round and includes a planetarium, a 4D motion ride, young explorers zone as well as an experiment zone, and that’s just to start! Tyneside’s rich history of science, industry and invention is laid bare at the free-to-enter Discovery Museum. If you go, don’t miss seeing Turbinia, the world’s first steam turbine-powered vessel. The Boiler Shop Steamer takes place on the first weekend of the month and you’ll find it behind Newcastle train station. Visit and you’ll join a jostling crowd to eat street food, drink craft beer and listen to live bands.If you’re a member of the Toon Army, or are just a football fan, a trip and tour of St James’ Park is not to be missed. They have a lot of options to choose from, bobby dazzlers among you might wanna have a deek at the helicopter tour.
In Newcastle, shopping comes in various guises. At the top of the heap there's Intu Metrocentre, the UK's biggest shopping centre. Meanwhile, Intu Eldon Square has every high street store you’ll need, good chain restaurants as well as a free kid’s club. Grainger Market sits in a Grade 1 listed building. With over 100 independent traders selling everything from dumplings to dancewear, it’s a slice of history for the modern consumer. High Bridge, in the centre of the city, is a small knot of vintage clothes shops where you might just find the bargain to round off your trip.
For more ideas of what to do in Newcastle, visit NewcastleGateshead.