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St. James' Park

Offering history packed tours and a great events space, St James’ Park isn’t just pulling in the crowds on match day. Take a look at what a day out at the home of the Magpies involves.

St. James' Park, Newcastle
St. James' Park, Newcastle


Taking its name from St. James’ hospital and chapel that was once on the same site, the first football match was played here in 1880. Twelve years later, the official Newcastle United team was formed and in 1899 the first stadium was built. Over the years, the stadium has seen the team win six FA Cups and become the league champions four times, before its redevelopment in 2000.

Getting around the venue

With crowds of over 52,000 on match days, St James’ Park has the facilities to make their experience great.


Following its redevelopment in 2000, St James’ Park now offers world-class facilities and services. Whether you’re attending the stadium for a match, meeting, workshop, seminar, conference or exhibition you’ll find the event runs smoothly from the number of food options to the speedy queues at the restrooms.

Disabled access

From designated parking and seating to a dedicated Disability Liaison Officer and special ticket concessions, St James’ Park does everything it can to make sure disabled fans have a great match. Let the venue know about your situation and they’ll do everything they can to make your visit comfortable.

Stadium tours

Want to take a trip behind the scenes at the stadium? St James’ Park offers a range of tours for you to choose from. Find out some amazing football facts from a knowledgeable tour guide on the Classic Tour (£15 adults / £8 children), hear from former United players on the Legend Tour (£30 adults / £15 children) or take a closer look at the pitch and walk down the tunnel, before a bite to eat on the Tour + Pub Lunch (£20 adults / £12 children). If you want to keep the kids entertained, take a 45 minute Family Tour with Monty Magpie (£10 adults / £5 children) or make their day extra special with a Children’s party (starting from £12.99 per person). To find out which tours are running when, check out the Newcastle United website.

Getting there

Located in the heart of Newcastle city centre, you won’t miss a goal getting to St James’ Park.

Top tip

Newcastle United has its own dedicated travel hub website, Altoonative Travel, which offers useful travel advice for match day.

Eating and drinking

Feeling hungry before the match? Don't worry as there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, both inside and around St James’ Park.

Chunky chips

Inside St James’ Park

Don’t want to miss any of the action on the pitch? Fear not, there are plenty of hot and cold snacks and drink kiosks throughout the stadium. For something more substantial, head to NINE Sports Bar and Lounge for chicken wings, burgers and burritos.

Taps at a microbrewery

Around St James’ Park

If you want to explore the options outside the stadium, you’ll find everything from traditional pubs to international eateries. Head to the Earl of Pitt Street for a quick pint before spicing things up with Malaysian food at Chilli Padi.

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