Newcastle upon Tyne offers a Victorian city centre and polished modern Quayside, regenerated in the 1990s to give this titan of the shipbuilding industry a new lease on life! Today, Newcastle is a vibrant city with a notable university, thriving arts scene and bustling nightlife. The Quayside area is the place to go for trendy nightclubs, bars and restaurants, buzzing day or night. Visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art or Sage Gateshead Theatre to soak in the culture. Handsome Georgian architecture lines city streets, with the backdrop of bridges spanning the Tyne.
The Tyne Bridge is one of the Newcastle’s skylines iconic landmarks with its arch shape flanked by two granite towers. Newcastle is filled with museums and collections, including the fascinating Centre for Life which covers all aspects of being human. Visit the Hancock Great North Museum to visit the onsite LED planetarium or see an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, and see the real deal at the Segedunum archaeological site which marks the end of the wall. You won’t want to miss a walk down Grey Street with its historic Georgian architecture, and have a look at St James Park if you’re a football fan!
The Port of Tyne is located in South Shields. This is where you’ll find cruise ships, positioned about eight miles outside of the city centre. There are taxis on hand at the port, as well as a very convenient light rail service that drops you right into town – just get out at the Central Station or Haymarket stops. You can easily explore the city on foot, but the Metro is quite easy to use and convenient. Bus services are frequent throughout the metropolitan area and can reach areas that the light rail doesn’t. Taxis are also a good option, with metered fares.
The Port of Tyne features a secure car park just a few minutes’ stroll from the main International Passenger Terminal. It’s open between the hours of 7am and 8pm each day, with free parking for the first four hours and £12 for every 24-hour period after that. The parking operator recommends getting in touch with your cruise line to get the best rates. You’ll pay either by credit/debit card or cash upon return from your cruise, with your choice of ticket desks or pay stations. Remember to hold onto your ticket – it’s a £15 fee per day if you lose it!
The Sage Gateshead Music Centre is Newcastle’s one-stop shop for art, theatre and culture! This stunning building was opened in 2004, with five bars, a brasserie, and abundant use of curved glass. It hosts performances from acclaimed international musicians throughout the year. It’s located in the Quayside promenade, which also houses the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and is a go-to place for street performers and evening revellers.
Alnwick Castle is a fun day trip option, located just 35 minutes outside of the city and easily accessibly by train. Owned by the Earl of Northumberland, Alnwick was used as the Hogwarts Castle in some of the Harry Potter films. It boasts beautiful gardens and an elegant interior to explore.
Although it was only opened in 1998, the Angel of the North has become a much-loved icon for the city of Newcastle. This massive statue looms on a hill outside of the city, with a wingspan of over 50 metres and a height of 20 metres.
The local dining scene is varied and international. If you want to taste traditional dishes from the north of England, try fish and chips, bangers and mash, or shepherd’s pie. A traditional Sunday roast is also served in most pubs, with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and roast beef or lamb.