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From historic buildings to modern art, you’ll find that there’s more to Newcastle than Geordie Shore

Day One

Travel to Newcastle by train and you'll be sight-seeing before you even arrive. The breathtaking Angel of the North is an iconic symbol of Tyneside and lets visitors know they're just moments from the station. From Newcastle Central it's a short walk to the city's stylish Quayside development. Crammed with trendy bars and restaurants, this is a great place to grab a coffee and soak up the surroundings before you get stuck into your weekend.

Cross the stunning Millennium Bridge to the Gateshead side of the water to see just how much the city has moved with the times. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art used to be a flourmill, but now it hosts exhibitions from some of the world's most exciting artists. But if art's not your thing you can head to the amazing rooftop restaurant, Six, for seasonal fine dining and panoramic views of the city. After refuelling, walk back over the bridge into Grainger Town. These cobbled streets and grand buildings are home to some of the city's coolest boutiques. Take your shopping back to the hotel and you should be ready for a night out. Newcastle has been voted one of Europe's coolest cities for nightlife so you're spoiled for choice. Café 21 is a hip restaurant on the quayside serving affordable dinner fare to start your night. And if you fancy hitting a bar, drop into one of the hipster hangouts on Pink Lane (The Town Wall is a good choice). To step it up a notch, head to cocktail den Hood Street Club or Tokyo on Westgate Road for drinks on the roof.

Day Two

Start the day with breakfast at the Scrumpy Willow and Singing Kettle on Clayton Street. This cosy café serves a great Full English plus a selection of lighter options, and the organic, locally sourced fare make it a popular choice for Newcastle's foodies.

Hangover quashed, you'll be ready to walk to Castle Keep, the last remaining part of the castle that gave Newcastle its name. Climb the 12th-century tower for superb views across the city centre and bridges over the Tyne - easily one of the best photo opportunities in town. After tackling the tower, you might fancy a bit of pampering. Take a short walk to the Serenity In The City spa on Osborne Road and treat yourself to a couple of hours of rest and relaxation before your train ride.

Hungry? Stop off at the Centurion before you head home. This opulent station bar has been lovingly refurbished and serves fine drinks and snacks to travellers as they say goodbye to Newcastle.

Other attractions

Got time to spare? Here's some more of what Newcastle has to offer…

Theatre Royal

Romanesque columns make this Grade I listed theatre one of Newcastle's favourite landmarks, and the sumptuous interior is just as grand.

Live music

For live music, head to The Cluny on Lime Street in Ouseburn. Attracting big-names and up-and-comers, it's home to the city's trendsetters.

Vintage style

Enjoy some vintage glamour at Attica, a swishy boutique selling vintage clothes for men and women.

Hit the market

This historic covered market in Grainger Town is the place to find anything from speciality coffee to artisan bread.

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