Newcastle has quickly become one of the most vibrant cities in the North of England. Home to the Angel of The North, it’s a place that continues to go to new heights. With its shipping and manufacturing roots, Newcastle has always been a place that is thriving in culture. The post-industrial city has now become a place of arts, business and science, boasting two massively successful Universities and welcoming thousands of new people every year.
Each corner of the city seems to offer something completely different from the next. From the amazing shopping culture, to award-winning dining and the vibrant nightlife, Newcastle has something for everyone and it has certainly made a name for itself. Being the home of some of the most loved celebrities in the UK, we just can’t get enough of the Geordie charm! Take a little look at our list of the top hidden gems that you have to visit when you’re in Newcastle…
Enjoy A Cup Of Coffee With A Difference
This is one for all the cat lovers out there – Mog on The Tyne is Newcastle’s original cat café and is the purr-fect place to relax with some coffee and cake. Just a short walk away from Newcastle station, Mog on The Tyne is home to an adorable family of rescued cats. From time to time, you can join the friendly felines and enjoy a night of knitting or cat bingo. Mog on The Tyne = a cat lovers dream.
Walk Under The City Through The Victoria Tunnel
To truly enjoy the city for all that it has to offer, you’ve got to learn about its history. Enter the Victoria Tunnel on a guided tour and unearth the stories that lie beneath the city. Once a waggonway to the river for the transportation of coal, during WWII, the tunnel acted as an air raid shelter for the people of Newcastle. Rich in stories, The Victoria Tunnel is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and learn about Newcastle’s dark past.
Have A Drink In Newcastle’s Worst Kept Secret
After a long walk around the city, it’s probably about time for a tipple or two. Nestled deep beneath the streets of Newcastle, Viceroy is one of the cities, not so secret, speakeasy bars. Discreetly located beneath the popular ‘Pleased To Meet You’ bar, Viceroy offers a sophisticated yet playful environment with cocktails that are both daring and opulent. Drinking at Viceroy is a truly unique experience – you’ll almost forget you’re even in Newcastle…
Get Your Zen On At Tea Sutra
If you prefer some chilled out vibes, away from all the action, there’s nothing better than the vegan friendly teahouse, Tea Sutra. In the middle of Newcastle sits a calm little hideaway offering over 100 different teas and herbal fusions from as far as Brazil and India. This quirky independent teahouse is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some quality food and a good old brew.
Step Back Into The Past Of North East England
In Newcastle, you are never too far away from experiencing the old streets of England. Just a short journey away from Newcastle, Beamish is known as The Living Museum of The North. Created to illustrate the life of ordinary people from the 18th and 19th Centuries, Beamish is great for all of the family. Keeping history alive, Beamish is the ideal place to learn about the North of England’s past.
Take The Passage To India
When it comes to eating, Newcastle is never too short of a decent Indian restaurant. Greeted by friendly staff, you will board the Passage to India (known locally as “The Curry Train”) from Newcastle station and make your way to The Valley restaurant in Corbridge. As drinks are served and orders are taken, you will arrive at the restaurant (directly on the platform) where your night of fantastic food and drink awaits you. The Passage to India is a truly unique experience, different from any other Indian restaurant around the area.
Explore The Grounds Of Alnwick Castle
Famous for its exquisite beauty, Alnwick Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic castles and is just under an hour away from Newcastle’s city centre. As well as a place that is popular with people who love the outdoors, the castle is of course hugely popular with Harry Potter fans as it was used as part of the setting of Hogwarts. Offering beautiful views of Alnwick, visiting the castle is a must-do family activity when visiting Newcastle. Please check Alnwick Castle’s website for seasonal opening hours.