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Trains to Newcastle Central Station place visitors in the middle of clustered restaurants, bars and an enviable array of shops.
Centre for Life
Right next to Newcastle Central Station, Centre for Life is a year-round attraction with a 4D motion ride, live science shows and a knack for pulling in crowds with must-see exhibitions. From videogame retrospectives to Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds - or a seasonal ice rink to interactive learning exhibits - there’s plenty of things to do for everyone to enjoy.
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Just over the Millennium Bridge, on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, towers the reclaimed Baltic Flour Mill. The Baltic’s five floors of modern art gallery space have housed work by Damien Hirst, Malcolm McLaren, Yoko Ono and many other big-name artists. The building’s top floor is home to Six rooftop restaurant, one of Newcastle’s best eateries, and a cocktail area with stunning views of the city, making it one of the city’s top attractions.
Walkable from Newcastle city centre, or just one stop from Haymarket on the Metro, Jesmond is a vibrant suburb with attractive leafy streets and a large student population. Trains to Newcastle bring tourists and partygoers alike to Osborne Road - a nightlife hotspot in itself - and often host to Geordie Shore reality stars - while Jesmond Dene Park offers a romantic country walk right near the city centre. Also check out Arlo, a hip cafe serving oversized cake on Brentwood Avenue, right next to West Jesmond Metro station.
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Beautiful colonnades line Grey Street which begins at Grey’s Monument and turns into Dean Street before reaching the Quayside. Visitors should duck into side streets along the way to discover local favourites such as Pleased To Meet You gin house, The Stand Comedy Club and Panis, with its pizza-free menu served by the friendliest waiting staff in town.
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The Quayside is one of the main nightlife hubs, the area is one of Newcastle’s top attractions because it boasts a constantly refreshed array of restaurants and old fashioned drinking houses. A firm favourite being the city’s second oldest drinking establishment - Crown Posada. Nearby microbrewery, The Bridge Tavern is also popular. On the Sunday mornings, after the night before, Quayside transforms into a posh market with excellent street food and plenty of strong coffee on offer.
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City Sightseeing Tour
Save 25% when you book the Newcastle City Sightseeing tour. Visit the City Sightseeing website on the Newcastle Bus Tour page and type in FTPE10 in the promotion code box when you have selected and booked your tour.
The Angel of The North
Love it or hate it, Anthony Gormley's Angel is still impressive. Take a day out, breathe the fresh air and be dwarfed under the majestic wingspan, just a stone's throw from Newcastle.
Bessie Surtees House
The 16th and 17th century merchant houses where the daughter of a wealthy banker fell in love with a pauper are as romantic as their history.
Built in 1168 on the site of a Roman fort, the keep is all that's left now. Absorb the history that's soaked into the walls and marvel at the views across the Tyne from it's rooftop.
Playground, crazy golf, skate park, military museum, boating lake and acres of space to fling a frisbee in. That should blow the cobwebs away.
Sit under a tree and read a book, play bowls, or get yourself a day ticket and a comfy perch and do a spot of fishing.
Britain's greatest Roman monument, Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site runs for 150 miles from Arbeia at South Shields to Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast. For more information please visit Hadrians Wall website.Buy tickets