Newcastle upon Tyne is thriving city which is well known for its vibrant nightlife, culture, arts and sport. Boasting a diverse range of sights and attractions, you will never be short of things to do in Newcastle.
Visitors to Newcastle struggle to decide between all of the exciting things to do, so we have brought together a selection of the Top Attractions in Newcastle. Simply click on the title of the attraction to find out more.
The Quayside is a thriving area of regeneration in Newcastle and Gateshead. Tourist visitors and locals are attracted by a wonderful selection of restaurants, bars and hotels, that allows you to enjoy a luxury afternoon or evening in an upmarket atmosphere.
Visitors can also enjoy themselves by strolling along the Quayside, relaxing and gazing at the bridges of the River Tyne. Art enthusiasts will be interested in the Baltic art centre, which allows free public access to view their latest contemporary art exhibitions. Grab a ticket for a classical music performance at the new £70m music centre at the The Sage Gateshead.
The Great North Museum (formerly known as the Hancock Museum) is an award winning museum with an interactive walk through history for all the family. The museum reopened after it’s renaming and refurbisment in 2009 and was official open by HM The Queen. Following the opening, the museum welcomed over 600,000 visitors that year, making it one of the most popular museums in the UK.
Admission to the museum is free to all visitors.
The Centre for Life is a science centre located in the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and is one of the city’s top tourist attractions with over 225,000 visitors every year. The Centre is run by an educational charity which aims to promote greater interest and engagement in science.
The Science Centre’s permanent exhibition focuses on different aspects of human life; its origins, adaptation to extreme environments, as well as some of the challenges humanity may face in the future.
Admission costs around £7-10 per person, which seems quite expensive for one attraction, but it does provide hours of entertainment.
Northumberland Street is the most popular shopping street in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is home to a wide range of over 50 different retailers, banks and cafes, with top high street stores such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Primark.
The top shopping attraction has made Northumberland Street the most expensive location in the UK, outside of London’s Oxford Street, to own a shop.
The Gate is Newcastle’s premier leisure and entertainment centre. The three-floor complex has a wide range of restaurants and cafes, pubs, bars and clubs as well as the North East’s most exciting casino, Aspers, where entry is now membership free!
You can also see all the latest blockbusters on 16 screens at the state of the art Empire Cinema. So whether it’s a day out with the family at the movies; a night out at Tiger Tiger; or a dinner at Nando’s, then The Gate is a great place to go for your leisure pursuits in Newcastle.
Eldon Square Shopping Centre
Eldon Square Shopping Centre is the UK’s largest city centre shopping centre with over 150 retailers including Debenhams, John Lewis, Apple, Next, Superdry, Topshop, and Burtons. We recommend you take time to visit Fenwicks, which is one of the UK’s largest department stores — it is synonymous with quality and is ideal for shopaholics!
St James’ Park is the home of Newcastle United Football Club. The 52,409 all-seater football stadium is the largest and oldest in North East England and is the sixth largest stadium in the United Kingdom. St James Park may have recently been renamed as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ for sponsorship purposes, but it remains the pride of the Geordie nation — it’s at the heart of city life and its residents feel every high and low, on and off the field.
Stadium tours (£10.00 Adults & £7.00 Concession) are available throughout the year. Tickets to watch Newcastle depend upon popularity of the fixture and the cheapest adult admission will be around £30.
Castle Keep was built by Henry II between 1168-1178 and it is one of the most prominent examples of a Norman Keep in England. The site includes an early motte and bailey castle built by Robert Curthose, the son of William the Conqueror: an Anglo-Saxon cemetary and a Roman Fort.
Admission costs for entering the keep are: £4 for adults, £2.50 for concession, and free for children with a responsible adult.
The Metro Radio Arena is the largest entertainment venue in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Arena has a concert-capacity of 11,000 and has attracted music shows from artists such as David Bowie, Elton John and Lady Gaga. The success and size of the venue continually attracts a vast range of events including WWE wrestling, boxing, snooker, darts; as well as a variety of conventions.
The Bigg Market
The infamous Bigg Market has a reputation for wild weekends that attract visitors from around the country, as well as the local Geordies, to enjoy one massive party of alcohol fuelled fun. Newcastle continues to be voted at the party capital of the UK and the Bigg Market is just one part of the city’s lively nightlife culture. With a wide selection of pubs, bars and clubs — there’s something for everyone in Newcastle!
Nightclub entry on a Friday and Saturday will cost around £8 at the top venues in Newcastle City Centre. On other nights it will cost around £3.