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Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world - presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Beautiful architecture, and wonderful acoustics. A wide range of live music to suit all tastes”
  • 35 locals recommend
Theater
“Winner of the UK theatre awards ‘most welcoming north east theatre’ 2018, which is said to be Sir Ian McKellen’s favourite theatre. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
School
“Not far from Newcastle Central station and well worth a visit. It’s patron is the co-discoverer of DNA, Dr James Watson.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun. Free - Donations welcome.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents an ever-changing calendar of dynamic, diverse & international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Very nice place to go for an evening walk so to relax. there are few pubs and restaurants too closer if you get hungry or fancy a drink.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Stadium
“Newcastle is synonymous with football and St James' Park is home of the local Premier league team. Take a tour of the ground and changing rooms or better still go to a game for an unforgettable experience.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“This is a free museum (donations welcomed) and great for kids and a 1/2 day out in Newcastle. Key exhibits include a fully interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, natural history, a significant display of plants and animals , spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great place to shop and unwind. Only 20 minutes drive non peak or 30 minutes via X1 Express Bus services”
  • 15 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Independent art deco cinema showing art house and main stream films, good bar and meeting place.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Botanist is one of the most bustling spots in town for a gin-infused cocktail or two. The menu is packed with a wide range of creative potions, and the gin offering here is certainly one to celebrate.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Landmark
“At the top of a 40m-high column stands a statue of Charles Grey, Prime Minister from 1830-1834. Occasionally visitors are allowed to go up and have a better look at the statue and cityscape. The monument is the one referenced in the Maximo Park song called ‘By the Monument’.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“18th-20th century British oil paintings and watercolours on display in vaulted-ceilinged galleries.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“Not that new anymore, this medieval structure is what gives Newcastle its name. First built by the son of William the Conqueror. Open to visitors 10am - 5pm with family events usually in school holidays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Biggest shopping centre in the city centre, a place where you can find many major brands as well as some local ones and department stores. Dining is also available.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world - presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“The Botanist is one of the most bustling spots in town for a gin-infused cocktail or two. The menu is packed with a wide range of creative potions, and the gin offering here is certainly one to celebrate.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great venue with live music most weekends. Free snacks on a Tuesday & great selection of real ales. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Slightly further afield in Jesmond and on the pricier side, but a lovely restaurant. Part owned by head chef Dave Coulson who worked under two-star rated Michel Roux Jr.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Cocktails, Wine, Beers, Spirits. Situated right on the Quayside next to the famous Millennium Bridge. Especially popular on sunny days. Does reasonable food too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great vegetarian spot, something of a local institute with a constantly changing yummy menu.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Brought to you by the same people who have Wylam Brewery and By the River. Cosy pub on the quayside with a roof terrace under the Tyne Bridge.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
“I loves the atmosphere it is like being on a train (orient express) springs to mind. (well almost!!!)”
  • 7 locals recommend

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