The unofficial capital of the North-East, Newcastle is known for its nightlife and historical significance. But there is a lot more to do in Newcastle than just partying, and here I share my list of top 10 places you must visit while you’re studying at Newcastle University.
1. Take a stroll across the Tyne’s bridges
There are an astounding seven bridges over the River Tyne and all of them have great historical significance. The most popular of these is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which not only beautifully lights up at night but also tilts when boats need to pass through.
2. Explore The Quayside
Next to the River Tyne, the Quayside is home to many beautiful historic buildings. It also rests above one of the most famous attractions in Newcastle which is the Victoria Tunnel. While you’re there, you can also take a guided tour of the Newcastle Castle on St. Nicholas Street which is home to many archaeological displays and medieval passages.
3. Discover Grainger Town
Grainger Town is a picturesque area of Newcastle, located in the city centre. The iconic Grey’s Monument, built in memory of Earl Grey, is also located in Grainger Town. Grainger Market, once the largest covered market in England, is the ultimate destination with delicious street food, cafés, greengrocers, and butchers.
4. Shop at Eldon Square
Eldon Square is a huge shopping mall in the centre of Newcastle. It has every shopping brand you could name, and spending time there is an amazing experience. If you want to take a break, you can eat at any of the plenty restaurants there, each with a unique menu.
5. Visit the Great North Museum
Also known as Hancock Museum, the Great North Museum houses artefacts and exhibits from all around the world. You should definitely pay a visit to the Digital Planetarium. You can also take a stroll to the nearby Exhibition Park which is close to the museum and is perfect when you need a break from the city.
6. The magical Jesmond Dene
Jesmond Dene is most definitely the best park in Newcastle, away from the hustle of the city. This beautiful trail is filled with exotic trees and local wildlife. There’s also a petting zoo with the cutest animals to feed.
7. Walk to Gateshead
Just across the River Tyne is Newcastle’s sister city, Gateshead. Gateshead is the proud home of some of North England’s most renowned cultural destinations including the iconic Angel of the North created by artist Anthony Gormley. Saltwell Park is the perfect destination in Gateshead if you’d like to go for a stroll. If you’re an art enthusiast, you can also stop by the Shipley Art Gallery or Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, which was once an old flour mill.
8. Sage Gateshead is a treat to visit, even if you’re not there for the music
One of the region’s most iconic music venues, Sage Gateshead, is right across the river. Having started as a concert hall, the beautiful building now hosts many competitions, conferences and art showcases, as well as an eclectic mix of musical performances.
9. Tour St. James Park
St. James park is the home ground of Newcastle United and is one of the biggest stadiums in the UK. Football fans and other visitors can tour the stadium to find out what goes on behind the scenes. They even let you see the dressing rooms and walk through the tunnel.
10. Watch a Vintage Film at the Tyneside Cinema
Tyneside Cinema is one of the best independent cinemas in England and is any cinephile’s dream. Tyneside Cinema runs specialised screenings as well as Hollywood blockbusters and the food at their café is absolutely scrumptious.