What to see in Newcastle & Surrounding Areas

Consistently ranked as one of the UK’s top cities, Newcastle boasts outstanding architecture which houses countless chic bars and restaurants, as well as museums and galleries - which are well worth a visit if you have a few hours or even a day to spare either side of your ferry crossing. Closer to port is the pretty coastal town of Tynemouth and there are several interesting places to visit at North Shields.

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Newcastle City Centre

Newcastle City Centre

The generation of Grey Street in the 1830s saw beautiful yet imposing neo-classical establishments rise from the foot of this embankment to the very top. At the summit you’ll find Greys Monument, a tribute to former Prime Minister, Early Grey. 

Here you’ll find any number of high-class bars and restaurants, as well as a few pubs and hipster coffee shops down the cobbled side streets. 

For shopping, Eldon Square, Northumberland Street, Blackett Street and Grainger Street are your new best friends. The Laing Art Gallery and Hancock museum ensure you’re within easy reach of a culture-hit when you’re in the city centre, too.

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The Quayside

The Quayside

Perfect for a long stroll, the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside is bewitchingly pretty. Once again, it’s lined with bars, restaurants and cafes that invite you in with delicious aromas and views of the river Tyne and famous Millennium Bridge. The bridge, itself, joins the 2 sides of the river and, subsequently, joins Newcastle with Gateshead. After a drink in Pitcher & Piano, a spa day in Malmaison or perhaps or trip to Catpawcino, the Quayside’s cat café, why not take a walk over the bridge into Gateshead? The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on the Gateshead side of the Quayside and has free entry, with some fantastic exhibitions. There’s also the Sage, a concert hall often remarked as the English Sydney Opera House.

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Tynemouth

Tynemouth

The castle and priory is perhaps the most famous attribute to this coastal town and is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the port. The castle provides at incredibly atmospheric backdrop for the performances, both musical and theatrical, that take place there, including the annual Mouth of the Tyne music festival. Its historical heritage is of equally fascinating nature, dating back 2000 years with a serene 13th century chapel. Pick up some fresh caught fish and chips and take a walk along the gorgeous coastline or wander into the quaint town for the independent boutiques. If you’re nearby on a weekend, make sure you visit the famous market that takes place in the old Victorian Metro station building.

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North Shields

North Shields

North Shields is an often under-explored Northern gem. Just a few minutes’ walk from the port is the marina. Follow the path as it leads you round the stunning yachts and boats, stopping for a bite to eat at Herb Garden Harbour. From there take the path to Chirton Dene park and admire the tranquil lake and rich greenery. The Old Low Light Museum has a range of activities in store and the fish quay, dating back to the 13th Century, boasts ancient monuments as well as modern eateries and bars. If you fancy a bit of shopping, head to Royal Quays Outlet Centre at the entrance to the port where you’ll find a number of your favourite shops with amazing offers available.

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