Our Guide to Newcastle
Newcastle is a lively, diverse city, known mainly for its nightlife, art, music and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly – it is one of the UK's core cities and a centre of culture, architecture and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall, home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect. An excellent compendium of Newcastle museums and galleries can be found here.
If the arts and theatre is your thing, we recommend you catch a performance from the city centre based Newcastle Theatre Royal – who present more than 380 performances a year during your stay. The Newcastle Theatre Royals is also a regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other excellent theatres include the Tyne Theatre & Opera House and the Live Theatre.
Nearby is the must see Durham Cathedral which attracts over 600,000 visitors every year. The Cathedral Church itself is a place of huge historic significance and the Cloister and Claustral buildings offer more to explore including the Undercroft Restaurant and Cathedral Shop. There are many workshops and talks throughout the year, check out what’s on at Durham Cathedral during your visit.
Here are some other attractions to check out during your stay in Newcastle:
Metrocentre (Shopping Centre), Gateshead (0.75 MI/1.21 KM)
Historic Quayside, Newcastle City Centre (3.5 MI/5.63 KM)
Beamish Open Air Museum (9 MI/14.48 KM)
Gateshead Quays (Baltic Warehouse, etc.) (3.5 MI/5.63 KM)
Angel of the North (6.7 MI/10.8 KM)
University of Northumbria/Newcastle University (4.8 MI/7.72 KM)
Eldon Square, Newcastle City Centre (4.2 MI/6.75 KM)
Life Science Centre, Newcastle City Centre (3.6 MI/5.79 KM)
Newcastle United Football Stadium (4 MI/6.44 KM)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Centre (4 MI/6.44 KM)
Newcastle Race Course (7.1 MI/11.04 KM)
Theatre Royal, Newcastle City Centre (4.2 MI/6.75 KM)
Hancock Museum, Newcastle City Centre (5.5 MI/ 8.85KM)
Discovery Museum, Newcastle City Centre (3.7 MI/5.95 KM)
Wet and Wild Leisure Complex/Factory Shopping (11.3 MI/18.18KM)
Lancastrian Suite (1.6 M/2.57 KM)
Blaydon Rugby Club (1MI/ 1.6 KM)
A highlight of staying at the hotel is that the intu Metrocentre is right on your doorstep. The intu Metrocentre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with over 330 stores.
Newcastle is the top shopping destination in the North East of England with a multitude of shops ranging from high-street department stores to designer boutiques. You must visit Northumberland Street, Newcastle's main shopping street, known as the "Oxford Street of the North."
Entertainment and music venues
The Newcastle Metrocentre has its IMAX enabled Odeon Cinema. Major music venues include Sage Music Centre and Metro Radio Arena, which is the largest music venue in Newcastle, holding up to 12,000 during concerts.
Discover Europe from Newcastle
Did you know that from the Port of Newcastle it is possible to sail to many North Sea destinations? These include cities in Holland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The ferries are run by DFDS Seaways and Fjordline.