Things to do in Newcastle
Feast your eyes on The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. This one-time flour mill has been transformed into an incredible centre for contemporary visual arts and a generally amazing place to while away a few hours. The building itself is a must-see.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books showcases original manuscripts and illustrations of childhood classics from the 1930s up to today. It’s a nostalgia fix for grown-ups and a source of inspiration for the little’uns.
The Biscuit Factory
The UK’s largest art, craft and design centre hosts four major exhibitions a year. It's also the place to pick up something unique. From handmade jewellery, to kooky ceramics, sculptures and prints, there’s no better gift than something made by a local artiste. Who needs the high street?
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
When in Newcastle, do as the Romans did and make for Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum just four miles outside the city centre. As well as two forts and the baths, there’s a complete stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Climb up the viewing tower for an even better look at the remains.
Life Science Centre
Get the kids excited about science, technology, engineering and maths at the Life Science Centre. Stand face-to-face with prehistoric skeletons, get involved with scientific experiments, pop into the planetarium, watch some science theatre and lots more. You might learn a thing or two yourself.
What was once a commercial dock is now a modern, trendy place to eat, drink and soak up the city’s culture. Views of the River Tyne and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge are spectacular - especially at night. One of our most popular Newcastle business hotels is on the Quayside too.
There’s no shortage of places to spend a few bob in Newcastle. Intu Metrocentre is the biggest shopping centre in the UK; you’ll find just about every high street shop under the sun on Northumberland Avenue and in Intu Eldon Square. And if you like a traditional and local shopping experience, head to Grainger Market and Central Arcade.
Print off a NewcastleGateshead Walking Guide or download the mp3 file and away you go. Pick specific areas or challenge yourself to do the whole thing.
On your bike
Join Newcastle Cycle Tours on a two-hour jaunt around Newcastle and Gateshead. Bring along your own wheels or hire a cycle from the tour company.
Hop on board
Check out Newcastle and Gateshead’s maritime heritage and modern-day landmarks from the tranquil environs of a River Escapes cruise.