Newcastle upon Tyne is an energetic city that combines striking architecture with fascinating museums, sports passion and buzzing nightlife. Newcastle sits on the north banks of the River Tyne, where its residents, nicknamed Geordies, are well known for their gregarious spirit.

Explore Newcastle’s distinct neighborhoods comfortably on foot. A good place to start is Grainger Town, the historic city center lined with graceful classical architecture. Major attractions include Grey’s Monument, the Central Arcade and Grainger Market, all located here. Stroll down elegant Grey Street to find bars, restaurants, boutiques and the Theatre Royal.

Walk a short distance west to Chinatown, where British culture meets Asian influences. Discover Asian restaurants, teahouses and spice shops. A 10-minute walk south is the Discovery Museum, where you can see a through-the-ages history of Newcastle. Nearby, learn about dinosaurs and human anatomy at the Life Science Centre.

East of the city center are some of Newcastle’s best museums and galleries. Admire art expositions at the Laing Art Gallery and the Biscuit Factory. Enjoy hands-on fun at the Seven Stories children’s museum. Don’t miss the Great North Museum: Hancock in the university district north of the city.

Architectural treasures exist throughout Newcastle. Visit 900-year-old St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Castle Keep, one of England’s finest examples of a Norman-era fortress. Alternatively, witness the passionate fans of Newcastle United soccer club at St. James’ Park, which towers over the city center.

Experience the much-loved Geordie hospitality while enjoying the city’s nightlife. The boisterous pubs of Bigg Market are popular for bachelor parties. Quayside offers stylish bars with superb river views and great people-watching opportunities. Investigate the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which crosses the river to neighboring Gateshead.

Access Newcastle via intercity trains and buses from all over Great Britain. When arriving from the south, look for the huge Angel of the North statue. Whatever the season, including the notoriously cold winter, Newcastle remains full of vitality and excitement. It’s also on the doorstep of great North England attractions such as Hadrian’s Wall Path and Whitley Bay.

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Where to stay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Gosforth
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Gosforth

Friendly People, Luxury, Family-friendly

This affluent suburb has a family-friendly vibe and is a gateway to idyllic parks, riverside trails and golf courses. 

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Top hotels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The NewBridge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Newbridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
AU$56/night
5 Aug. - 6 Aug.
3.9/5Very Good! (330 reviews)

"The staff were lovely. Unfortunately no where to sit just to have a coffee or a drink. Only the restaurant for food. Missing out here as I was walking between the hospital and the hotel and would have loved just to sit down with a coffee outwith my room."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

The NewBridge Hotel
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easyHotel Newcastle
2.5 out of 5
Proctor House, 23-29 Side, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
AU$40/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,167 reviews)

"Liked everything will difinitly clone back place was spotless and nice friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2019

easyHotel Newcastle
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Malmaison Newcastle
4 out of 5
104 Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
AU$113/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,041 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Well located in the Quay. Beautiful room with view to the river. No benefits for Expedia Gold maybe because we already had nice room and they were full."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2019

Malmaison Newcastle

Popular activities in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Quayside
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Quayside

Cross a futuristic tilting bridge, peruse artistic centers and relax with a drink in this modern part of the city.

St. James' Park
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St. James' Park

Attend an intense soccer game at one of the United Kingdom’s largest and oldest stadiums. See it perched on a hill in the city center.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Marvel at the impressive architectural feat of the tilting of this curved bridge and its tall arch allowing boats to pass.

Northumberland National Park
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Northumberland National Park

Follow in the footsteps of Roman settlers, hike amid breathtaking landscapes and gaze at a starlit sky in England’s least populated national park.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Appreciate the views of the river and its bridges from this international art complex that holds ever-changing exhibits of visual works.

Tyne Bridge
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Tyne Bridge

A familiar-looking tall green arch stretches across the lively Quayside area and joins the communes of Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Top activities in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Historical Tour of Newcastle
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Historical Tour of Newcastle

AU$45

Immerse yourself in Newcastle’s rich past and handsome architecture on a 2-hour walking tour around its historical highlights. As you stroll, learn about the city’s Roman, Norman and mercantile history; and admire Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, the Castle Keep and more.

Gory Talking Tour of Newcastle
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Gory Talking Tour of Newcastle

AU$45

Dare to discover the dark secrets of Newcastle on this spine-chilling 90-minute walking tour. Hear tales of Newcastle’s ghosts, criminals and gangsters as you walk along Dean Street, Quayside and High Bridge Street, and see sights like Earl Grey's Monument, Castle Keep and Bigg Market.

Hadrian's Wall Half Day Tour
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Hadrian's Wall Half Day Tour

AU$134

Hadrian’s Wall, the UNESCO world heritage site is the frontier or the Roman Empire. The frontier extended for 80 roman miles and covers many landscapes. On this half-day tour, we will focus on two of the forts at the east end of the wall - Segedunum and Arbeia.

Newcastle Half-Day tour
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Newcastle Half-Day tour

AU$107

Newcastle Upon Tyne is the regional capital of the North East of England. A city of world-changing inventions, fantastic people and rich history. This tour will show you Newcastle from its earliest times through to the modern day and will include entry to Newcastle's castle and the Cathedral Church of St.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

AU$4

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Small-Group Alnwick Castle & Northumberland Coast Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group Alnwick Castle & Northumberland Coast Full-Day Tour

AU$83

Your tour begins by following the road that connected Caledonia with Roman Britannia. You stop in Kelso, where you can explore this handsome town and what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square.

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