About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Neighbourhoods, Historic Sites
History Museums, Science Museums
Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles
Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Bars & Clubs
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.