Things to do in Newcastle

Perched on the edge of the River Tyne, Newcastle may have a reputation as a party city, but it’s fast transforming itself into a cultural mecca. While you’re still guaranteed a great night out, visitors these days are drawn to the city as much for its beautiful Georgian architecture and art galleries as its clubs and bars. Add to this Newcastle’s proud industrial heritage, top-name museums, superb shopping and diverse culinary scene and you get a city break with something really special. Take a tour around the city’s hot spots with our handy guide and rest assured that, whatever Newcastle attractions you decide to visit, there’ll always be a friendly team waiting to look after you at one of our Premier Inn hotels in Newcastle.


Up for a spot of sightseeing? Medieval churches, legendary football stadiums and lush, green parks await. Newcastle has some great places to explore, and most of them are within walking distance of each other. Or take a riverside stroll on the Quayside to marvel at all the beautiful architecture.


With not one but two of the UK’s largest shopping malls, Newcastle is a retail powerhouse. You could spend the whole day at the intu Metrocentre, but if big brands aren’t your thing, what about taking in a street market instead? From arts and crafts to food and bric-a-brac, they’re great for a rummage.


Hope you packed your sense of adventure because there are so many activities to try in Newcastle. Try indoor climbing inside a former church, or hire bikes and feel the wind in your hair as you cycle along the banks of the Tyne. You could even go on a walking tour to learn more about the city as you stroll.

Places to eat

Don’t worry about going hungry in this town! Newcastle has more restaurants per square mile than any other Northern city, as well as food markets with tempting local delicacies to try. From fine dining and international cuisine to street eats, get the flavour of the city’s culinary scene with our guide.


Whether you want a big night out or just a few quiet drinks, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Newcastle’s city centre. There are glam cocktail bars with spectacular garden terraces and pubs steeped in history, while the city’s clubbing scene is legendary if you really wanted to make a night of it.


Newcastle has enough art galleries and museums to keep you occupied for weeks, not to mention a packed calendar of cultural events to sample. But make sure you take time to check out the city’s student culture, by checking out some of the buildings at the Newcastle University campus.


From pop concerts and opera to plays and comedy, you’ll never be bored in Newcastle. The city also hosts some spectacular events, such as The Hoppings travelling funfair or the Great North Run. If sport is your thing, why not have a day at the races or take a tour behind the scenes at St James’ Park?

Getting around

Flying into Newcastle Airport? You’ll find it easy to get into the city by hopping on a bus, hiring a car or just grabbing the Metro. Then, when you’re in the centre, you’ll find plenty of options to get around town, to the suburbs or even go further afield, out to the beautiful coastline and surrounding countryside.

Looking for a hotel in Newcastle?

We have a huge range of fantastic hotels in the North East for the business and leisure traveller. If you're on business, check into our airport hotels. We also have a range of hotels ideally located for a weekend break away. Plus, there are hotels near Newcastle University and a collection of budget hotels for the price conscious  Whichever part of Newcastle you’re planning to visit, you’ll find a selection of comfortable Premier Inn hotels nearby.