From grand gothic buildings to small parish churches, riverside trails to city centre parks, you’ll find some great sights to see and places to explore in Newcastle. Get the lowdown on Newcastle’s best parks and landmarks.
Newcastle was named after the medieval fortress at its centre. One of the only surviving parts of this building, the Castle Keep is a city landmark. Take a tour, check out the view from the turret or simply enjoy this great building as you wander through Newcastle.
Jesmond Dene Park
Jesmond Dene Park is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river between Gosforth and Jesmond. Here, visitors find a spectacular mix of babbling brooks and waterfalls, native and exotic trees, not to mention an abundance of wildlife. Spot everything from kingfishers to red squirrels as you wander the trail.
Opened in 1873, Leazes Park is the oldest park in the city. Located to the west of the city centre, close to St James’ Park, this park is perfect for sporty types. With tennis courts, a basketball court, bowling green and fishing lake, you can keep busy all day long.
Nicknamed the Blinking Eye, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge tilts to let small ships and boats sail up the River Tyne. Linking Gateshead to Newcastle, it’s well worth wandering across the bridge to take in its award-winning architecture and engineering excellence.
Newcastle Mansion House
Jesmond Dene House is a nineteenth century Mansion House in Newcastle’s suburbs. Whether you’re planning a business meeting, a wedding celebration or just visiting, this unique setting is perfect for any occasion.
St Thomas the Martyr Church
Easily viewed from most areas of the city centre, the Church of St Thomas the Martyr is one of the most prominent landmarks in Newcastle. Built in 1830, the ornate exterior and high ceilinged interior are the stand out features of this gothic church.
Smaller and quieter than some of Newcastle’s other green spaces, Heaton Park is a peaceful spot in the centre of this bustling city. Take a woodland walk, stroll amongst the shrubs or explore a ruined castle. With plenty of places to picnic and a restaurant at its centre, you’ll have a great day out in this park.
Lit & Phil
Founded in 1873, the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, or as its better known the Lit & Phil, is the largest independent library outside London. From the grand exterior to the sky lit interior, this building is well worth a visit.
Rising Sun Country Park
Located in the heart of North Tyneside, Rising Sun Country is a green oasis. Across 400 acres you’ll find ponds, woods and grasslands, as well as a farm and countryside centre. The park is a real haven for wildlife, so bird and animal lovers should keep their eyes peeled.
At over 1000 acres, the Town Moor is larger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath put together. This area of common land has been used by locals since the twelfth century and things haven’t changed. If you’re visiting in summer, try the Moor for Hoppings funfair.
Located to the east of Newcastle city centre, Walker Park is a large Victorian park. Walk through the tree and shrub-lined greens or stay active on the football pitches, bowling greens, tennis or basketball courts.
Jesmond Parish Church
Located in Brandling Village in the suburbs north of Newcastle city centre, Jesmond Parish Church is a beautiful Anglican church. The quaint exterior and colourful stained glass make this a great example of a traditional village church.
Wherever you find yourself in Newcastle, a park is never far. You’ll find children’s playgrounds, bowling greens and tennis courts in Gosforth Central Park and Armstrong Park. Paddy Freeman's Park offers a model boat club and football pitches, while Brandling Park boasts an outdoor gym and skate park. The smaller Hodgkin Park is a quiet alternative with lots of water features and ponds.
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