Visit Newcastle

Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank of the River Tyne) have been transformed into a single cultural and cosmopolitan visitor destination: NewcastleGateshead.

The two places are closely linked – by seven bridges across the river – with visitor attractions and a year-round events programme making it one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the England. Visitors to the area are drawn to sample attractions, galleries, live performances, sporting events, museums, restaurants, hotels and much more in both Newcastle and Gateshead – with easy pedestrian access from one to the other in a matter of minutes via one of the bridges, including the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Three of the area’s most high-profile contemporary attractions (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, international music centre The Sage Gateshead and world famous public art Angel of the North) are all in Gateshead, while Newcastle brings a wealth of history and heritage (along with its world-class contemporary developments), plus an incredible choice of cosmopolitan nightlife, to the successful partnership: NewcastleGateshead.

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When it comes to city breaks laced with cultural events, stunning landscapes that mix modern structures with historic hidden gems, and sophisticated city living minutes from the coast – few destinations have what it takes to tick all the boxes for the perfect short-break.

Fine dining, late night-shopping and year-round festivals and events make NewcastleGateshead more than just a party city. Linked by seven iconic bridges the two places form a cultural hub that is home to such wonders as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Life Science Centre and of course, the iconic Angel of the North.

The NewcastleGateshead quayside area is spectacular day and night with its mix of bars, restaurants and iconic landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and The Sage Gateshead.

The compact city is a great place to relax with friends, snuggle in a smart city hotel with someone special and create memories that last a lifetime. Every year we welcome visitors from across the world for the annual EAT! NewcastleGateshead food festival; Juice – NewcastleGateshead’s Festival for Children and Young People; and Evolution Weekender – the largest urban music festival in the country.

NewcastleGateshead is also a world-class destination for theatre with Live Theatre, Northern Stage and Theatre Royal Newcastle providing everything from new writing, contemporary classics and West End musicals.

Within minutes of the city is the stunning North East coast. Its award winning Blue Flag beaches boast the best surf outside of Cornwall and are the perfect location for more leisurely outdoor pursuits and traditional seaside attractions.

So whether you’re looking to soak up local history, relax on the city’s cosmopolitan quayside or take in some culture, NewcastleGateshead has it all.

What to see in Newcastle

The Tyne Gorge, between Newcastle on the north bank and Gateshead—a separate town and borough—on the south bank, is known for a series of dramatic bridges, including the Tyne Bridge of 1928 which was built by Dorman Long of Middlesbrough, Robert Stephenson’s High Level Bridge of 1849, the first road/rail bridge in the world, and the Swing Bridge of 1876.

The historic heart of Newcastle is the Grainger Town area. Established on classical streets built by Richard Grainger, a builder and developer, between 1835 and 1842, some of Newcastle upon Tyne’s finest buildings and streets lie within this area of the city centre including Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. These buildings are predominantly four stories high, with vertical dormers, domes, turrets and spikes. Richard Grainger was said to ‘have found Newcastle of bricks and timber and left it in stone’. Of Grainger Town’s 450 buildings, 244 are listed, of which 29 are grade I and 49 are grade II*.

Grey’s Monument, which commemorates Prime Minister Earl Grey and his Reform Act of 1832, stands above Monument Metro Station and was designed and built by Edward Hodges Baily and Benjamin Green.

The Grainger Market replaced an earlier market originally built in 1808 called the Butcher Market. The Grainger Market itself, was opened in 1835 and was Newcastle’s first indoor market. At the time of its opening in 1835 it was said to be one of the largest and most beautiful markets in Europe.

Newcastle is famous for it’s nightlife and Newcastle was in the top ten of the country’s top night spots. There are concentrations of pubs, bars and nightclubs around the Bigg Market and the Quayside area of the city centre. There are many bars on the Bigg Market, and other popular areas for nightlife are Collingwood Street, popularly referred to as the ‘Diamond Strip’, Neville Street, the Newcastle station area and Osborne Road in the Jesmond area of the city. In recent years “The Gate” has opened in the city centre, a new indoor complex consisting of bars, clubs, restaurants and a 12-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema. Newcastle’s gay scene – ‘The Pink Triangle’ – is centred on the Times Square area near the Centre for Life and has a range of bars, cafés and clubs.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Christmas Market

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