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Newcastle is a city that offers many things to do, with its history, charm and bags of personality. Museums and hidden attractions - many of them free - are also within easy walking distance.
Head along the waterfront of Newcastle’s Quayside and you’ll reach the Live Theatre. The venue, favoured by Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall, hosts intimate performances in a cosy, flexible space. A trio of eateries cling to the building, the pick of which is
The Broad Chare, a pub that offers fancy - but hearty - versions of classic English grub.
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The Boiler Shop Steamer
This monthly event takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of every month attracting clued-up out-of-towners, networking professionals and trendy locals. Visitors arriving on trains to Newcastle can probably smell the mix of world street food on offer at Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop which is tucked right behind Central Station.
Need a list of things to do in Newcastle when it’s raining? Ever tried beer pong? Or neon ping pong? Ok, ten-pin bowling then? All of these family-friendly, date-friendly and mate-friendly games are on offer at Lane7. This boutique venue doesn’t try too hard to be cool, but it really is. The food is good too, though you aren’t far from Electric East for fusion eats or Akbar’s, one of Newcastle’s best curry houses. Also nearby is the free and fun Discovery Museum.
The Biscuit Factory
Manors Metro station serves the Shieldfield area of Newcastle, an up-and-coming student area which is also home to The Biscuit Factory. This is an art gallery full of affordable pieces which celebrates the work of resident and local artists. Biscuits are no longer made on an industrial scale here, but you’ll get your chance to dunk one in the first-floor cafe.
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Secreted on Pilgrim Street, right in the heart of the city, is Newcastle’s most popular independent cinema. The Tyneside caters for all, with plenty of mainstream Hollywood movies and indie productions, but also celebrates film culture through workshops and free events. It’s also home to a range of groups such as the returning knitting club. Cinema and a good yarn always did go well together…
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The Hatton Gallery
With a repertoire of historical, and contemporary art exhibitions worth boasting about, the Hatton Gallery is best described as impressive.
Laing Art Gallery
Has an exceptional collection that will make any art fiend salivate, and plenty to keep non-art fiends entertained too. Enjoy a visit on your next trip to Newcastle.
A long and rich Tyneside history just waiting to be discovered. The mighty Turbinia - once the worlds fastest ship- is a good place to start.
An imposing former industrial building that houses an ever-changing calendar of show stopping contemporary art in Newcastle. Once you've exhausted yourself in the gallery head to the bar or the spectacular roof-top restaurant.
Three stages, two bars, a restaurant and productions to make you sit up and take notice, Newcastle's Northern Stage will always come up trumps.
Take a stroll along the river Tyne and contemplate Newcastle's most famous of vistas. Admire the Tyne Bridge and the Swing Bridge. Gawp at the blinking-eyelid like Millenium Bridge.Buy tickets