Explore Newcastle

Enjoy a vibrant Weekend Escape to the North East’s biggest city

Newcastle is a place that's bursting with personality, so it’s no surprise that the North East’s biggest city is a popular destination for those seeking an unforgettable city break.

Planning a visit? Here’s our recommendations for the best things to do, places to stay and restaurants to enjoy on your trip to the Toon.

Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle gets its name from the New Castle built by the eldest son of William the Conqueror. The Castle has had many changing faces through the ages – its present-day form sees the Castle Keep and Black Gate reunited as a combined visitor attraction. This commanding Norman fortress remains the best way to discover the story of Newcastle. Make sure you climb the keep for commanding views of the city, river and its landmark bridges.

The city centre is brilliantly compact and easily explored on foot. Wander down Grey Street and experience what is often called the ‘finest street in Europe’. It’s also well worth tackling at least part of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, which passes through the city, on your adventures. An east-bound stroll along the waterfront will take you to Quayside, a lively stretch of the Tyne which is famous for its stylish pubs, bars and restaurants. Its Sunday morning market is both a shopper and foodie’s paradise, showcasing handcrafted goods and local products.

Newcastle has more than its fair share of excellent museums and art galleries – several of them are among the best in Britain for families. For a great day out, unravel the natural world in the sensational galleries of the Great North Museum. Budding bookworms will love seeing their favourite tales come to life at Seven Stories, while the interactive exhibits of the Discovery Museum and Life Science Centre are also likely to be big hits with younger members of the family ­– particularly the latter’s awe-inspiring planetarium.

Recommended activities in Newcastle

Discovery Museum

Great North Museum: Hancock

Laing Art Gallery

Life Science Centre

Newcastle and Gateshead (walk)

Newcastle Castle

Seven Stories

Places to stay in Newcastle

Newcastle city centre specialises in great hotels. Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury or a more budget-friendly option, you won’t be short of choice.

Recommended Newcastle hotels

County Hotel Newcastle

Grey Street Hotel

Hotel du Vin Newcastle

Maldron Hotel Newcastle

Malmaison Newcastle

Premier Inn Newcastle Central

Sure Hotel by Best Western Newcastle

Where to eat in Newcastle

New ‘old’ pubs, avant-garde brasseries, top-flight modern cooking: whatever you’re looking for, Newcastle’s thriving food scene has it ready to serve up.

Newcastle's best restaurants

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Cal's Own

House of Tides

Jesmond Dene House

Leila Lily's

Peace and Loaf

Ury Restaurant

The Broad Chare

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