Flights to Newcastle (NCL)

Don’t book a flight to Newcastle just for its stellar nightlife. The Tyneside city also boasts impressive architecture and warm residents.

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Newcastle can trace its roots back to Roman Britain, and you can still see the remains of the medieval castle that gave the city its name. The beautiful neoclassical buildings of historic Grainger Town, such as the Theatre Royal and Grey’s Monument, are evidence of Victorian prosperity. There are plenty of contemporary attractions, too, such as the restaurants, lounges, and apartments of Quayside. Across the Tyne, the neighboring town of Gateshead boasts Sage Gateshead, a Norman Foster–designed concert hall.

Another thing you can look forward to when you board a flight to Newcastle is meeting the locals, known affectionately as Geordies. They have a fierce civic pride that’s matched by their enthusiasm for life. They will tell you just how beautiful the broad steel arches of the Tyne Bridge can be at sundown. Or how you can easily spend a day exploring the city’s many cultural attractions, from the Great North Museum: Hancock to the Life Science Centre.

If shopping is your thing, you’re sure to find a bargain at Eldon Square, one of the largest city center malls in the UK; or if you’d prefer to surround yourself with greenery and fresh air, Town Moor is an expansive common that’s bigger than New York’s Central Park. And don’t forget, the beaches of Northumberland and Hadrian’s Wall are nearby—if you can drag yourself away from Newcastle’s many charms, that is.

Cross the Tyne

Within the space of about 1 km, there are seven bridges across the Tyne, connecting the city of Newcastle with the town of Gateshead. The Tyne Bridge, the symbol of the city, was opened by King George V in 1928. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world’s first tilting bridge; it lifts to let river traffic through.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Baltic Square
South Shore Road
Gateshead
NE8 3AE
+44 191 433 8100
gateshead.gov.uk

Take the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel

With the longest wooden escalators in Europe, the Grade II–listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel was Britain’s first purpose-built cycle tunnel. You can also take a guided tour of the hugely popular 19th-century Victoria Tunnel, a fully preserved wagonway that once transported coal from Town Moor to the Tyne. Contact the Ouseburn Trust for more details.

Ouseburn Trust
Arch 6 Stepney Bank
Tyne and Wear
NE1 2NP

Discover Hadrian’s Wall

In the 2nd century, the Romans in Britain built a defensive wall by order of Emperor Hadrian. It stretches from one side of northern Britain to the other, and passes through Wallsend just north of Newcastle. Check out the Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum in Wallsend or the Hadrian’s Wall displays at the Great North Museum.

Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
NE2 4PT
+44 191 208 6765
twmuseums.org.uk/greatnorthmuseum

Visit galleries and museums

Art is huge on Tyneside. While Gateshead has the imposing Angel of the North statue, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Sage concert hall, Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley has been transformed from post-industrial wasteland to a thriving creative community. It’s home to the UK’s largest art and design gallery, The Biscuit Factory, and the Seven Stories museum, which celebrates children’s books.

The Biscuit Factory
16 Stoddart Street
NE2 1AN
+44 191 261 1103
thebiscuitfactory.com

Watch a show at the Theatre Royal

Opened in 1837, the Theatre Royal on Grey Street is considered one of the finest theaters in Britain. The intricate friezes, period light fixtures, and gold-leaf flourishes alone are worth the trip, but you should try to take in a show here. It’s the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

100 Grey Street
NE1 6BR
+44 844 811 2121
theatreroyal.co.uk

Tour the Toon

Geordies are mad about soccer. There’s only one team in the city—Newcastle United (also known as the Magpies and the Toon)—and young and old alike revere it. If you can’t catch a game, don’t miss the stadium tour at St. James’ Park, where you’ll get a sneak peek behind the scenes.

St James’ Park
Strawberry Place
NE1 4ST
+44 844 372 1892
nufc.co.uk

Peace and Loaf (Modern British)

You can tell just from the name that this stylish restaurant in Jesmond is going to take a fun, playful approach to food. Former MasterChef finalist Dave Coulson returned to his hometown to take charge and he uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create British classics with a modern twist.

217 Jesmond Road
NE2 1LA
+44 191 281 5222
peaceandloaf.co.uk

House of Tides (British)

This contemporary British restaurant on Newcastle’s historic quayside is in a Grade I–listed building, a former merchant’s townhouse that dates back to the 16th century. Locally born Chef Kenny Atkinson is at the helm, serving inventive, rustic food made with seasonal ingredients; the popular Craster fish pie is excellent.

28-30 The Close
NE1 3RF
+44 191 230 3720
houseoftides.co.uk

Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse (International)

While traveling through the hills of northern India, three brothers had a dream to bring specialty teas to Newcastle, and this teahouse in the Grade II–listed Claremont Buildings is the result. With more than 60 types of tea and a menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads, this is a fine place to relax over a brew.

1 Eldon Place
Claremont Buildings
NE1 7RD
+44 0191 261 4861
quilliambrothers.com

Electric East (Southeast Asian)

For a taste of Southeast Asia, head for this bright, colorful, and fun Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian restaurant. Once you see the auto-rickshaw outside, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place for an inventive take on a range of traditional dishes, from Vietnamese shaking beef to tom yum soup.

Waterloo Square
St James’ Boulevard
NE1 4DP
+44 191 221 1000
electric-east.co.uk

The Broad Chare (Gastropub)

Rightly proud of its "proper food," this down-to-earth gastropub specializes in home-cooked English cuisine, with daily specials like corned beef pie. Head upstairs to the stripped-down dining room overlooking the "chare" (meaning alley or street), which runs down to the quayside near the iconic Tyne Bridge.

25 Broad Chare
NE1 3DQ
+44 191 211 2144
thebroadchare.co.uk

Red House (Gastropub)

Pies might sound like a fairly standard, uninventive choice of food, but not at Red House. The impressive array of pies is handmade by a local butcher, using only meat from the Northumbria area as well as homemade stocks and pastries. You can round the meal off with proper English desserts.

32 Sandhill
NE1 3JF
+44 191 261 1037
theredhousencl.co.uk

Hotel du Vin

A proud 19th-century building, the former home of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company, is home to one of Newcastle’s finest hotels. As well as all the trappings of luxury you’d expect from a Hotel du Vin property, it has the added bonus of a quayside location and great views of the River Tyne.

Allan House
City Road
NE1 2BE
+44 844 736 4259
hotelduvin.com/locations/Newcastle

The Rosebery Hotel

This quirky boutique hotel is full of chintzy design flourishes that make it quite unlike anywhere else in the city. Whether you opt for a family room or a basic single, each room has its own distinct character, and they all boast a handcrafted feature bed and a free continental breakfast served in the room.

2 Rosebery Crescent
Jesmond
NE2 1ET
+44 191 281 3363
roseberyhotel.com

Grey Street Hotel

This minimalist boutique hotel is in a Grade II–listed building on Newcastle’s grandest thoroughfare, Grey Street, which was once voted Britain’s best street. Low-key and luxurious, it has 49 comfortable rooms. Plus, you’re just a few minutes’ walk from Central Station and Newcastle’s vibrant nightlife.

2-12 Grey Street
NE1 6EE
+44 191 230 6777
greystreethotel.com

Roomzzz Aparthotel Newcastle City

Occupying Friar House, a Grade II–listed Georgian townhouse, this attractive aparthotel offers spacious studios, apartments, and a penthouse, all with kitchen facilities, dining areas, and LCD TVs. Its close proximity to the 12th-century Castle Keep, Quayside, and Central Station makes it an ideal choice.

Clavering Place
NE1 3NG
+44 20 3504 5555
roomzzz.co.uk/hotels-in-newcastle

Jesmond Dene House

Set beside green parkland a few minutes from the city center, this 19th-century arts-and-crafts building has been converted into one of the best boutique hotels in Newcastle. There are 40 stylish rooms to choose from, and an award-winning restaurant on site.

Jesmond Dene Road
NE2 2EY
+44 191 212 3000
jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Malmaison

Newcastle’s first boutique hotel, the effortlessly cool Malmaison is located on the banks of the River Tyne. Thanks to its quayside location, the views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge are superb. The hotel’s nautical theme is a nod to the city’s shipbuilding past; don’t miss its Brasserie restaurant and Malbar lounge.

104 Quayside
NE1 3DX
+44 844 693 0658
malmaison.com/Newcastle

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