Guest post by Superbreak’s CRM Executive, Graeme Smith. Find out what our resident Geordie recommends to see and do on a short break in his home town…
Newcastle upon Tyne is renowned for its vibrant, buzzing nightlife and that’s all very true. However, there is so much more to this wonderful city I call home. It is also a perfect destination for a short city break. If you want to shop, visit top attractions, watch live entertainment or relax in magnificent, tranquil and scenic surroundings then Newcastle has it all.
Shop ‘til you drop
Newcastle has all of the famous high street names as well as lots of specialist boutiques, situated within the grand Victorian city streets or within Eldon Square indoor shopping complex. Also, less than 10 miles away is Gateshead Metro Centre, one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls, which provides free parking facilities or easy and frequent local transport links to and from Newcastle City Centre. For those bargain hunters amongst you then you must visit Newcastle Quayside every Sunday and see the famous market by the River Tyne, offering clothing, arts and crafts, farmers produce and 2nd hand goods.
Entertainment for all tastes!
Newcastle is full of entertainment so you will never be bored during your stay. If you love theatre Newcastle has both the Theatre Royal and the Tyne Theatre which have top productions on all year round. If live music is more your thing visit either the Metro Radio Arena, O2 Academy or Newcastle City Hall which cover all the biggest artists in the industry. Or if you prefer classical, country or jazz then check out the iconic Sage on the bank of the river Tyne which is spectacular. Sports fans don’t despair, why not see a top flight Premier League match at St. James’ Park or just take a stadium tour? Or you could visit The Metro Radio Arena to see the local ice-hockey or basketball teams play.
Full of attractions to keep you busy
Whether you like history, contemporary art or science then Newcastle has attractions to suit all tastes. The Castle Keep which is on the original New Castle site is open all year for those wishing to brush up their knowledge of this fine city. Or visit the Baltic Centre on the bank of the river Tyne to see contemporary art. If you prefer something more interactive or hands on the Life Science Centre, Discovery Museum or Hancock museum (all within walking distance in the city centre) are for you. And of course you need to visit the iconic landmarks that symbolise Newcastle such as the Tyne and Millennium bridges as well as the Angel of the North based only a few miles away in nearby Gateshead.
Something a little different
You could escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and visit some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK in Tynemouth, South Shields or Sunderland. Also nearby Northumberland have some breath-taking scenic landscapes where you can enjoy historic Hadrian’s Wall or Kielder Water which is largest artificial lake in the UK with lots of water sport activities available.
As well as all the above Newcastle has many fantastic restaurants, parks and of course pubs and clubs, but why not visit for yourself on your next city break?
Have you ever visited Newcastle for a short break? What do you recommend visiting while you’re there?