A modern metropolis boasting historic monuments and lively nightlife
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Newcastle is a perfect mix of modern and historic; you can find excellent shopping, trendy restaurants and amazing nightlife nestled between ancient monuments. Whether you want to visit a museum to learn about the Roman settlers who built Hadrian’s Wall, visit a modern art gallery or go on an epic shopping spree, Newcastle is energetic, cultural and fun. Truly a city for the twenty-first century, Newcastle has something to offer all ages and tastes.
Newcastle Central Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, which means you can start exploring all the major shopping areas and tourist attractions as soon as you arrive.
Shopaholics will love exploring the diverse shopping scene in Newcastle. The intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square are two of the largest shopping centres in the UK, discover all your favourite brands and a great selection of restaurants and cafés where you can refuel mid shopping spree. Northumberland Street has all your high street favourites and if you’re after a more unique shopping experience, explore the arches of the historic Central Arcade. Independent stores are scattered across the city and sell everything from homeware and antiques, to cool, vintage clothing. If it’s boutique designers and exclusive names you’re after, Grainger Town might be worth a visit, with its flagship Vivienne Westwood boutique amongst others.
If you like browsing market stalls, you’ll have lots of opportunity in Newcastle. Grainger Market is a historic covered market which opened back in 1835, selling everything from fresh food to CDs, books and clothing. Quayside Market is open on Sundays and offers shoppers a wide range of goods and services. Located on the Quayside, it’s the perfect place to have a gander before soaking up the atmosphere in one of the bars and restaurants by the water.
Whether it’s being wined and dined in the latest contemporary restaurant, calling into a cosy bar, people watching at a pavement café, sipping on a cocktail or dancing the night away, Newcastle has it all.
If you’re after fine dining, the Quayside and Gateshead are home to some of the North East’s most celebrated restaurants like the House of Tides and The Herb Garden. Those looking for their favourite chains and family-friendly eateries will do well in The Gate or intu Metrocentre. If you like exotic flavours, check out Newcastle’s thriving street food scene at one of the city’s many markets, which run throughout the week. Look out for favourites like Papa Ganoush for delicious Middle Eastern flatbreads, On the Goa for an authentic Mumbai street food experience, and Pizzette for wood fired pizzas from the back of a converted 1975 Citroen van! Whether you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian, or halal restaurants, you will find an impressive selection in Newcastle, so dietary requirements are not an issue.
Famous for infectious Geordie charm, cheap drinks and a pumping nightlife scene, you can’t go to Newcastle without a night out ‘on the toon’. If a catch up and cocktail is on the cards, you’ll find a number of trendy bars in Jesmond. Or, if a pub is more your scene, head to Gosforth for some of the best in the city, all selling a selection of local ales and hearty pub grub.
Famous worldwide as one of the best places to party in the UK, Newcastle’s cultural scene can sometimes be overlooked. Its Georgian core, smattering of galleries and incredibly diverse culinary scene mean it really deserves a second glance. The beautiful Theatre Royal is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and also has a varied program of everything from touring West End musicals to world-class drama. For something a little more light-hearted, The Stand Comedy Club is one of the best in the UK with a hilarious line up, and great food.
Learn about Newcastle’s interesting history at the Discovery Museum or browse modern art at the BALTIC gallery. Newcastle is home to some of the best venues in the country, so music lovers will want to check out what’s going on at Metro Radio Arena, the O2 Academy and Sage Gateshead. If you’re an outdoorsy person, Newcastle has you covered too, as there are many places you can get out and about in the city. There are lots of outdoor areas to explore, like the ultra-modern Alnwick Garden and historic Saltwell Towers. For something a little different, the seaside is just a stone’s throw from the city centre!
Newcastle Central Station has step-free access throughout and is further accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Staff help is also available for passengers needing extra assistance getting to and from the platforms.
Newcastle provides a wealth of onward travel options for you to complete your journey. An excellent bus network connects the whole of the city to the surrounding areas, making it a cheap and easy choice. The Metro runs a regular service and connects the city centre with the airport and suburbs. Of if you prefer, there is also a taxi rank located adjacent to the station.
For further information about Newcastle Central Station, check out our station guide.
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