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We invited ITV Weather’s Ross Hutchinson to give his tips on the best things to do in Newcastle, whether you’re there for the day or making a weekend of it.
As soon as you arrive in Newcastle you know it is a city with life. It’s exciting and always evolving with new attractions, bars, restaurants and events popping up constantly.
A real bonus is it’s easy to get around. Arriving at Central Station you can simply jump on the Metro – the “Toon’s” version of the Tube (and much easier to navigate). Just £3 will get you a day pass for the city centre. Although I would recommend walking – it really is a beautiful place.
To many, Newcastle has become synonymous with stag and hen parties and, if that’s what you’re coming for, you’re more than welcome. But if inflatable body parts aren’t really your thing, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all this city has to offer.
It has all the areas you’d expect from a major city; grand shopping streets, cinemas, arts districts, a Chinatown, places you can buy an organic chai latte and a vegan gluten-free blueberry tart…
If it’s culture you’re after there are concert venues, theatres, art galleries, and even a world-renowned science park at the Centre for Life.
History buffs get museums, there’s a castle, Victorian shopping arcades, and, if even that is too modern for you, parts of the Roman Hadrian’s Wall.
The bonus – all of this can be found within a very manageable few square miles. Perfect for a day trip. But my advice is definitely to stay for the evening. Newcastle is famous for its nights out for a reason.
Here, everyone (over a certain age) goes out. And I mean that. There’s such an inclusive atmosphere. You can’t be too dressed up or too casual. It is handily zoned. You can avoid the, shall we say, ‘rowdier’ crowds quite easily if that’s not your idea of a fun evening!
There are too many places to list. As they say “Throw a Greggs pasty in Newcastle and you’ll hit a bar” (to be clear – no-one actually says that but the sentiment is correct). Also, FYI there are Greggs in Newcastle that are open 24 hours. You’re welcome.
If you’re after something with a more contemporary vista – one of the city’s newest additions is Stack.
On brighter days a walk down to the Quayside is a must. You can sit outside one of the many bars and restaurants dotted along the river. It’s the area that will give you arguably the most iconic view in the city; The Tyne Bridge.
Why not follow in Ross’ footsteps and book your trip away to Newcastle? If you book in advance you could save over 50%!