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Places to visit in Newcastle upon Tyne, our ultimate guide to where to go in Newcastle. Plan your sightseeing in the North East’s most famous city with ease with handy reviews, information and directions. We have everything here in one place.

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  • Metro Radio Arena

    Metro Radio Arena The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England and is capable of supporting the very best in entertainment. Their superb 40,000sq metre site can support concerts with over 11,000 seats and host everything from weddings to Lady Gaga! You can view a full list of What’s On at the Metro Radio Arena here. General Enquiries: 0844 493 4567  Tickets: 0844 493 6666 Group Bookings: 0191 260 6006 The Metro Radio Arena has a strong commitment to the North East as a region and prides itself on employing local staff within its venues who know the area and its people, and also using local suppliers. How to get there by Car or Coach The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is only 3 minutes from the A1 North – South route. Take the A184 signposted ‘City Centre’, then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge.  When in the vicinity of the Arena, follow the signs to the appropriate car parks. Our full address for your sat nav is – Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7NA Public Transport Many local bus services, Tyne& Wear Metro and rail services stop at Central Station, which is only around a 5 minute walk away from the Arena. Buses from Hexham, Stanley, Consett and many parts of Gateshead and Newcastle all stop at Central Station. Eldon Square and Haymarket Bus Stations are around a 10 minute walk from Newcastle Arena. Public Transport information can be found at www.nexus.org.uk or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233. Arena Event Car Parking There are over 600 convenient Official Car Park spaces available on site at the rear of the building that offer; CCTV cameras Regular security patrols Alternatively, when our Car Park is full, we recommend using the NCP Car Park located next to the Arena, with its entrance on Redheugh Bridge Road. You may be able to book your car park place when you purchase your event tickets; we have a limited number of discounted spaces available saving £1 on the usual fee, available for certain concerts. Cars with wheelchair patrons can park at the Arena subject to availability on a first come first served basis. Pre-booking is not available. Dropping Off & Picking Up Dropping off can be made along Railway Street. You are advised to collect people from an area away from the Arena as it is likely that you will become involved in heavy traffic. For many shows the road at the front of the building, Redheugh Bridge Road, will be closed for pedestrian safety and approach should be made via Pottery Lane from the east, or up Shot Factory Lane from Skinnerburn Road next to the river. Taxis Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way before and after events. There is also a taxi rank at Central Station.    

  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

    Theatre Royal Newcastle Newcastle Theatre Royal is the leading theatre in the North East.   Every year they present over 400 performances to over 300,000 people, and host the region’s favourite pantomime.  Showcasing some of the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the comedy circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert Dance. Easily accessible from Monument Metro it is a popular venue and part of the beautiful, a picturesque and photogenic Grey Street. Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the Theatre Royal Newcastle opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and soon established itself as one of England’s leading theatres. Three months before Queen Victoria ascended the throne, in February 1837, the Theatre moved to Grey Street, a flagship building in Grainger and Dobson’s famous city plan.  It features what is generally regarded as the finest Theatre façade in the UK, later combined with a fine 1901 auditorium by one of the great Theatre architects, Frank Matcham after the original interior had been destroyed by fire in 1899. Over the centuries, many of the great names of the English stage have played at the Royal, from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench and the Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon have also trodden the famous boards.  In 2009 the modern great Sir Ian McKellen described the Theatre Royal Newcastle as his favourite theatre. The Grade I Listed Theatre today is both neo-classical monument and cultural engine, with an annual audience of 337,000 and over 400 performances each year.  The third home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside Stratford-upon-Avon and London, its programme is rich and varied featuring world-class drama, including National Theatre productions, an Opera North Season, and a rich array of contemporary dance, musicals and comedy. For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.

  • Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    Tyne Theatre & Opera House Tyne Theatre & Opera House offers the best in Music, Comedy and Theatre and is run by the Preservation Trust’s subsidiary, Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd.  It is a social hub of entertainment, hosting variety performances, comedy, ballet, musicals and live concerts. Opened in 1867, the Theatre itself is a Grade 1 listed theatre rated in the top 4% of listed buildings by English Heritage and has been afforded a the three star rating, the highest available, by the Theatres Trust, branded as “a very fine theatre of the highest theatrical and architectural quality“. The importance of the architectural and theatrical heritage of the building is also recognised by The Association of Historic Theatres in Europe and OISTAT (the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects).  Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust became the freehold owner of the building in 2008. Located in the centre of Newcastle, Tyne Theatre & Opera House is easily accessible by the city’s varied public transport systems.  There is a choice of off-street parking nearby and a wealth of restaurants, shops, hotels and local amenities.   For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.    

  • Gateshead Millenium Bridge

    Gateshead Millenium Bridge One of the Quayside’s main features is the pedestrian Gateshead Millennium Bridge, opened in 2001, which spans the river between the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Newcastle Law Courts.  The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge.   The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineer Gifford.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ due to its shape and its tilting method.   Tilt times for the bridge are displayed both on the bridge itself, and also on a page on the Gateshead Council website.  

  • Tyne Bridge

    Tyne Bridge This iconic landmark is a must see for anyone visiting Newcastle.   The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.  The bridge was officially opened by King George V on the 10th October 1928 and has become a defining symbol of the region.  The Tyne Bridge was designed by the engineering firm Mott, Hay and Anderson and was built by Dorman Long and Co. of Middlesbrough who later went on to build Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened three years later in 1932.  The Tyne Bridge is probably most recognised for the annual Great North Run, as 52,000 runners pass over the bridge accompanied by a display from the Red Arrows.  

  • The Angel of the North

    The Angel of the North The Angel of the North is an iconic landmark of the North East.  This 20 metres (66 ft) tall contemporary sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley.  The wings extend  54 metres (177 ft) across, almost as wide as a Boeing 747, and curve slightly inwards to give “a sense of embrace”. It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world, seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year! The significance of an Angel was to show that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries and grasp the transition from an industrial to an information age.  The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Located near Gateshead, it stands on a hill just to the north of Birtley, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads, work began on the project in 1994 at a cost of £800,000, with most of the funding provided by the National Lottery.  The Angel was finished on 16th February 1998. The Angel of the North was voted 2nd favourite UK landmark when The Independent ‘Traveller‘ and BA’s ‘High Life‘ magazine asked readers to help select 21 icons that define 21-century Britain. The Angel of the North has also been voted the UK’s best loved roadside landmark in a survey by National Express.

  • Monument

    Grey’s Monument Grey’s Monument was erected in 1838 to honor the 2nd Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832.  It consists of a statue of Lord Grey standing atop a 130 foot (40 m) high column.   The wide base of the monument is a popular spot for people watching and often acts as a venue for buskers, religious speakers and political activists.  Seasonal markets often take place in the surrounding area and a large outdoor cinema screen is occasionally there in the summer. Monument Metro station is located directly underneath, for a timetable click here. The Monument Mall Shopping Centre is located adjacent on Blackett Street. The surrounding area is simply known locally as “Monument”.  

  • Newcastle Castle

    Newcastle Castle  Newcastle’s Castle Keep and Black Gate have reunited as a combined visitor attraction.  Newcastle Castle is where the city forged its development, identity and significance in British history. Consisting of two buildings, the Castle Keep and Black Gate miraculously survive and are open to the pubic following a Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment. Visitors can uncover the changing face of the Castle through the ages: from royal fortress and border stronghold to grim dungeon and teeming slum.   New exhibits allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for inhabitants in two of North East England’s most fascinating historic buildings. Newcastle’s most historic buildings, the Castle Keep and its 13th century gatehouse the Black Gate, were once part of a much larger fortress.  Given its tumultuous history, it is miraculous that so much of Newcastle’s castle has survived intact. Today you can explore the ancient passageways and chambers where Kings walked and villains were imprisoned. Find the marks left by the inhabitants through the ages and learn the fascinating story of the Castle Garth community which grew up around the ruins.  The two buildings that remain were cut off from each other by the Victorian railways of the 19th century – an unfortunate side effect of the North East’s trailblazing role in the Industrial Revolution. Exhibits guide visitors through the Castle’s history over the years: from settlement in Roman times, to medieval stronghold, use as a modern day museum and everything in between. Simply purchase your ticket from the Castle’s all-new Black Gate reception to begin your journey.

  • St.Nicholas Tower

    Newcastle Cathedral The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas is a Church of England cathedral in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Newcastle.  The spire has dominated Newcastle’s skyline and served as a prominent landmark and navigation point for ships in the River Tyne for over 500 years. The cathedral is named after St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and boats. Most of the cathedral’s features date from the 14th and 15th centuries, although the earliest surviving fragment is Norman. You are warmly invited to visit the Cathedral – whether you wish to join in for worship, or are seeking some space for peace and quiet, or are interested in exploring the Cathedral’s treasures of monuments, ledger stones (one of the largest collections in Western Europe) and stained glass. The Cathedral is open Sunday to Friday from 7.30am until 6.30pm, and on Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 8.30am until 4.00pm. There is no charge for entry – although donations are requested. Times of daily services are available on their website: http://stnicholascathedral.co.uk/events-and-services/. Occasionally we are closed for special events. This information can also be found on our website. The Cathedral has disabled access and is a registered Safe Place. As you enter the Cathedral through one of the doors under the Lantern Tower you will see the Welcome Desk.  On this desk are various leaflets and booklets about the Cathedral, about events taking place here and about the Christian faith. These include a free Welcome leaflet which includes a suggested route to explore the Cathedral and some of its treasures. The Cathedral’s Lantern Café is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and serves lunches, light bites, home-made cakes, teas and coffees.      

  • Shipley Art Gallery

    Shipley Art Gallery The Shipley Art Gallery is the North East’s leading gallery for contemporary art and design and has one of the best collections of ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture outside of London.   It is also home to William Irving’s painting The Blaydon Races.  The Shipley’s permanent exhibitions include: – the Designs for Life gallery, a showcase featuring more than 300 objects made over the past 2,000 years. – the Saltwell Park Museum, a display of objects from the old Saltwell Park Museum – stories of Gateshead through the ages. Other gallery spaces show a range of exhibitions throughout the year. There are regular events including artist and curator talks, ‘Get Crafty’ family activity days, concerts and fairs. Public transport The gallery can be easily reached by public transport. Take bus number 21, 22, 23, 24 or Q1, Q2 from Haymarket Bus Station Newcastle or from Gateshead Interchange (Bus and Metro). By Car With free parking just outside the door, we’re easy to find on Prince Consort Road, near Gateshead Central Library. For travel information call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33    

  • The Biscuit Factory

    The Biscuit Factory Art Gallery The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft & design gallery set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter.  Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, our beautiful gallery spaces are set over two floors, displaying a range of exciting contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, quality craftsmanship and design led homewares. The Biscuit Factory hosts four major exhibitions a year, representing the work of around 250 artists each season, so there is always something new to see every time you visit.  Buying art is a personal experience and whether you are a seasoned collector or a first time buyer our professional and friendly team are here to assist you with your choices and with the interest free Own Art purchase scheme, buying art is simple and affordable. Free Admission 5 minutes from Newcastle city centre Open 7 days a week Artist studios Cafe Restaurant  

  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts

    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead.  Opened in 2002 in a converted flour mill it is located alongside the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Gateshead. The BALTIC aim to present a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art, with an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and activities designed to give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice. Exhibitions / Library / Shop / Food & Drink FREE ENTRY Information can be found at www.balticmill.com   Six restaurant SIX is the Baltic’s stunning rooftop restaurant, serving sustainable local food with breathtaking panoramic views. Brought to you by Fresh Element, the style of food is British modern cuisine featuring the very best ingredients simply cooked and served in a relaxed and friendly setting. RESERVATIONS Monday Dinner  17:30 – 21:30 Drinks  17:30 – 22:00 Tuesday – Saturday Lunch  12:00 – 14:00 Afternoon Tea  14:30 – 15:30 Dinner  17:30 – 21:30 Drinks  12:00 – 22:00 Sunday Lunch  12:00 – 14:00 Afternoon Tea  14:30 – 15:30 Drinks  12:00 – 16:00 Contact on 0191 440 4948 (from 10am daily) Or at eat@sixbaltic.com   Public transport Nearest bus route: Quay link (south shore road) Nearest Metro: Gateshead Interchange or Newcastle Monument Nearest train station: Central Station, Newcastle.    

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

    Ocean Beach Pleasure Park The North East’s Biggest and Best FREE Admission Fun Park. Come and join us for a fun packed day out – whatever your age – you will find something to enjoy. Over 50 Rides, Attractions, Amusement Arcades, Game Stalls, Quasar Arena and Food Outlets you can’t fail to have a great day out. Thrill rides include the Sky Diver, Wave Swinger, Urban Wave, Waltzer, Go Karts, Roller Coaster, Miami Surf, Pirate Ship and Bungee Trampolines.  Opening Times Open from 10am over the Easter weekend until late Various Offers Available Discounts for Groups Birthday Party Packages   Laserforce Laserforce, inside the Quasar Amusements, South Shields is the indoor laser game perfect for kids and adults of all ages.  You can also compete against friends or family in the Laser Maze.  Individually or in a larger group, the Laser Maze is a test of skill, agility and precision. Press the start button, enter the room and make your way to the other end by stepping over and ducking under the red lasers appearing from the side walls.  Each player player starts with 90 seconds and 8000 points. You lose 15 points for every second you take and 150 for every broken beam and there are 3 skill levels to choose from – Easy, Medium or Hard. Alongside all the thrill rides and children’s rides they also have a lot of other indoor and outdoor attractions  at Ocean Beach to ensure the fun lasts even longer.  Everything from arcades packed with officially licensed toys and prizes.  With 12-hole mini golf at Smugglers Cove and Dune’s with ten pin bowling and a huge soft play area there’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Urban Wave The Urban Wave is a new all year round sports activity that can simulate popular boarding such as surfing, wake-boarding, body-boarding and snow-boarding without getting wet! This is the only surf simulator of its type in the UK which uses a full rotating platform of soft brushes which gives the rider the ability to carve simple or difficult tricks.  Shaped like a wave, a rotating special surface of 6 meters wide and 9 meters long, gives you enough space to ride and do tricks. The sense of gliding offers beginners an authentic feeling for sports such as surfing, while the experts can try and practice turns, tricks and new moves like in a waterwave.  With especially produced surfboards you can surf standing up, on your knees or lying down. Up to two people can use Urban Wave at the same time.  Using the Urban Wave builds core strength and fitness, whilst improving balance and co-ordination in an exciting and innovative way.  The Urban Wave is suitable for beginners and pros of all ages(over 1.3m) in most weather conditions. After some easy instructions on how to use our especially designed boards, simply jump on and ride without the need to get your clothing changed.  A free medal will be awarded to the “Best Surfer” who can stand up the longest and show the best tricks and turns of the group. read more

  • CatPawCino Cat Cafe

    CatPawCino Cat Cafe CatPawCino provides a refuge in the city where you can relax over a cuppa and a sandwich whilst socialising with their café kitties. Spaced across two floors, located on the beautiful Newcastle Quayside over looking the River Tyne. On the ground floor they have the ‘cat lounge’ – a sit-in café, home to our 7 resident cats.  To enjoy this space we recommend advance bookings, as spaces really fill up quickly.  Entry to the cat lounge is only £5 per person and it goes towards looking after the cats.   They also have a drop in, feline-free basement café offering food & drink for takeaway (or limited sit in), & a super cute gift shop.  A bit different from other cat cafes, they specialise in rare breeds & pedigrees, but of course they love cats of all shapes, types & sizes, and donate a percentage of our profits each month to a local cat charity.  Giving people the opportunity to see and pet cats they might not usually, so our cats are a little out of the ordinary.  You can read more about CatPawCino in our blog here. Breakfast, brunch and sandwiches   Serves coffee Services Takes bookings Walk-ins welcome Good for groups or parties Takeaway Table service