Newcastle Quayside

Things to do in Newcastle | Newcastle Quayside

Packed with sightseeing trips, market stalls, art galleries, and bars and cafés, you’ll find plenty to do on Newcastle’s Quayside. Once a busy industrial dockside, the Quayside was redeveloped in recent years and is now one of the city’s top attractions. Along the north bank (the Newcastle side) you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and night clubs, as well as a market on Sundays. The south bank (the Gateshead side) is home to the cultural quarter, including the Sage Gateshead and Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery. Whichever bank you choose to explore, you’ll find spectacular views of the river and the dramatic Millennium Bridge.

Newcastle Quayside

Newcastle Quayside at dusk

Top tip

With plenty of boat trips available day and night, why not take to the river to see the Quayside from another angle?

Eating and drinking

You’re spoilt for choice with the buzzing bars and great restaurants lining the north bank of the Quayside.

If you’re looking for a great view of the river with your meal, head to Gusto for excellent Mediterranean food and a large terrace. For something a little different, try Riley’s Fish Shack. This converted shipping container makes a quirky choice for coffees and light bites.

From Pitcher and Piano to Slug and Lettuce, there are plenty of commercial chains overlooking the river. If you’re looking for traditional pubs and quirky independents head inland to The Broad Chare and Brewdog.

Getting to Newcastle Quayside

The River Tyne winds its way through the heart of the city, so however you’re travelling, you’ll find it easy to get to. Perhaps the easiest way to get to the Quayside is by Metro. Hop off the Metro at Manors and it’s less than 10 minutes’ walk through the city centre to the Quayside.

By car
There are plenty of car parks to choose from in the city centre, but you’ll find Sandgate the closest to the Quayside.

By bus
With Eldon Square bus station 15 minutes' walk away, you’ll find a choice of bus routes to take you to the Quayside.

By train
Whether you’ve come from Edinburgh or London, you have a short 15 minute walk from Newcastle Central station to the Quayside.

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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.