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3 Days in Newcastle upon Tyne

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A vibrant, cultural city with a rich history, a few days in Newcastle should include a good mixture of fascinating sightseeing, great food, and plenty of fun. With that in mind, here’s how to spend three days in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

The Quayside

Neighbourhoods, Historic Sites

Victoria Tunnel

Historic Sites

The Discovery Museum

History Museums, Science Museums

Artisan

Restaurants

Day 2

Newcastle Castle

Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles

St Nicholas Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

The Broad Chare

Restaurants

Boulevard Show Bar

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Grey Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Grey's Monument

Monuments & Statues

St James' Park

Sports Complexes

Blackfriars Restaurant

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • If you want to explore further afield, buying a day saver ticket at any Metro station will give you unlimited travel across most of the county of Tyne and Wear.
  • Newcastle city centre is so compact it's easy to get around on foot. The city also has a quick and efficient Metro system, plus plenty of buses and taxis.
  • You can make a scenic round-trip of the river by crossing it between South Shields and North Shields on the Shields Ferry, which runs all through the day.
    Day 1
  • The Quayside
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Start your first day by taking a stroll along the River Tyne – a must for any visitor to Newcastle. Marvel at the famous Tyne and Millennium Bridges, among others, and stop for a coffee or a spot of brunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants along the way.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you’re in Newcastle over the weekend, check out the Quayside Market in this area, which features handicrafts and local produce and is open every Sunday from 9am until 4pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Evening stroll along the quayside 15/12/2018
    • Great scenery. Plenty of social life 14/12/2018
    • The Quayside
    Address:
    Quayside
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 260 3506
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Victoria Tunnel
    Historic Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Take a guided tour around the Victoria Tunnel, a preserved 19th century waggonway dug beneath the city by Victorian coal-miners, showcasing incredible workmanship and ingenuity. It was later used as a refuge in World War II, protecting thousands of Newcastle’s citizens from the Blitz. This is a fascinating and award-winning historical attraction not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to book your tour of Victoria Tunnel in advance by contacting the Ouseburn Trust.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun and informative outing. 15/12/2018
    • Excellent 11/12/2018
    • Victoria Tunnel
    Phone:
    +44 191 230 4210
    Price range:
    USD 11 - USD 11
    Other:
  • The Discovery Museum
    History Museums, Science Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A great way to discover the history and culture of the area is to pay a visit to the Discovery Museum. Situated in the iconic Blandford House that dates back to 1899, the site opened as a museum in 1978, and was reimagined as the Discovery Museum in 1993. This is a vast and wonderful space in which to spend a few hours exploring, and it’s popular with both kids and adults alike.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The Discovery Museum is just a short walk from Newcastle Central Station.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kids day out 12/12/2018
    • weekday visit 12/12/2018
    • The Discovery Museum
    Address:
    Newcastle Discovery Blandford Square
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 232 6789
    Other:
  • Artisan
    Restaurants (British)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Treat yourself to a meal at Artisan, which is part restaurant, part cultural experience. Located in the Biscuit Factory, the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery, the restaurant here joins on to the gallery, where a 25-foot glass wall displays a collection of contemporary sculptures. The restaurant serves delicious dishes using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll be in for a treat on Fridays, when Artisan celebrates its close links to the North Shields Fish Quay by hosting its weekly ‘Fish Fridays.’
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 1,046 restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Consistently perfect 14/12/2018
    • Sublime 19/11/2018
    • Artisan
    Address:
    16 Stoddart Street
    The Biscuit Factory
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 260 5411
    Price range:
    USD 20 - USD 76
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Wed - Sat
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Newcastle Castle
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Get ready for some more fascinating Newcastle history by exploring the magnificent castle that gave the city its name. Discover these two incredibly well-preserved medieval buildings, including the Black Gate and the Castle Keep, and learn about the changing face of the site through the ages via the castle’s comprehensive museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It’s quite the climb up to the top of the Castle Keep, but the views over the city and down to the river are well worth it if you’re willing and able.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic trail 08/12/2018
    • A solid battlement with interesting views of the city 07/12/2018
    • Newcastle Castle
    Address:
    The Black Gate Castle Garth
    Castle Garth
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 230 6300
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • St Nicholas Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Not far from the Newcastle Castle sits another of Newcastle upon Tyne’s iconic structures. The St Nicholas Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building with incredible architecture and a number of monuments and side chapels to explore.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to stop off at the cafe for a tea or coffee break.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • worth a look 16/12/2018
    • Interesting, informative and fun. 21/11/2018
    • St Nicholas Cathedral
    Address:
    42/44 Mosley Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 232 1939
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Sat
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
  • The Broad Chare
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    An early dinner at the Broad Chare will leave plenty of time to experience the nightlife that Newcastle has to offer. This classic British pub services wholesome and delicious food in a rustic, gastropub setting.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • While there’s plenty on the menu for meat-lovers, vegetarians may struggle to find much to tempt their tastebuds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 1,046 restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thursday evening meal for 2 with my partner 11/12/2018
    • Another pre Sage concert dinner 09/12/2018
    • The Broad Chare
    Address:
    25 Broad Chare,
    Quayside
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 211 2144
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Boulevard Show Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The nightlife in Newcastle is legendary, so be sure to sample some of the bars and nightclubs if that’s your thing. For the ultimate fun night out, head to the incredibly popular Boulevard Show Bar, where you’ll be entertained with flamboyant costumes, hilarious comedy, and devilious dance acts. The venue itself promises “a night out like no other.” You have been warned!

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Boulevard Show Bar is located at 3-9 Churchill Street.
    • The show changes throughout the year, and there are also themed shows for certain holidays, such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 135 Nightlife in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday night out 03/12/2018
    • Absolute amazing!! 01/12/2018
    • Boulevard Show Bar
    Address:
    3-9 Churchill Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4HF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 250 7068
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fri
    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sat
    6:00 pm - 1:00 am
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Grey Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    It’s not referred to as one of the most beautiful streets in England for nothing! Grey Street was built by Richard Grainger in the 1830s. Marvel at the Georgian buildings, including the beautiful Theatre Royal, which has recently been refurbished, and for brunch take your pick from the array of cafes and restaurants along the way.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t forget your camera – the buildings along Grey Street are just begging to be photographed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see land mark 11/12/2018
    • Love this city 09/12/2018
    • Grey Street
    Other:
  • Grey's Monument
    Monuments & Statues
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    Kirsty S Says:

    At the head of Grey Street, the iconic Earl Grey's Monument presides over the city. This Grade I listed monument was built in 1838 and is dedicated to Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey. If you’re feeling up to it, you can climb the 164 steps to the top, where you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the city and beyond.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you’re not a fan of heights, there’s plenty to do at ground level too; the area is often used for events and parades, plus there are numerous cafes to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • EMBLEM OF NEWCASTLE 15/12/2018
    • A real landmark in Newcastle 25/11/2018
    • Grey's Monument
    Address:
    26 Grey Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AE
    England
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 6
  • St James' Park
    Sports Complexes
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re an English football fan, you’ll be in your element spending the afternoon on a stadium tour of St James’ Park. You’ll learn all about Newcastle United's history, dating back to the 1800s, and get access to parts of the grounds only usually reserved for players. Even if you’re not a fan of the ‘beautiful game’, it’s an interesting attraction in itself, and the views from the top of the stadium are superb.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Stadium tours last around 90 minutes and run daily at 11.30am, 12.30pm, and 14.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 107 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good sized crowd 13/12/2018
    • Great Stadium, Great Atmosphere, Great Fans 11/12/2018
    • St James' Park
    Address:
    1 Barrack Road
    Strawberry Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 844 372 1892
    Other:
  • Blackfriars Restaurant
    Restaurants (European, British, Contemporary)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Blackfriars Restaurant is the perfect place to have dinner on your last night in Newcastle. It has a fascinating history dating all the way back to the early 13th century. You can choose to dine either in the medieval banquet hall, the dining room, or out on the garden terrace. It’s an award-winning restaurant set within a wonderful medieval site.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Because of all that history and ambience, Blackfriars is ideal for a special occasion and, in particular, for that romantic night out...
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 1,046 restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Daylight Robbery 13/12/2018
    • Festive menu 3 course lunch 12/12/2018
    • Blackfriars Restaurant
    Address:
    Friars Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 191 261 5945
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Other:
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