St. James' Park

Things to do in Newcastle | 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. 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.

St. James' Park

St. James' Park

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Getting to St James' Park

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

By car
With lots of car parks to choose from in Newcastle’s city centre, drive to Stowell Street or Eldon Square for the shortest walk to St James’ Park.

By bus
With Eldon Square bus station less than 10 minutes walk away, you can take your pick of bus routes to get to St James’ Park from any part of town.

By train
If you don’t want to walk, take the Metro. St James’ Park has its own station near the stadium’s entrance. The Central train station  is just 15 minutes’ walk from St James’ Park.

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