20 best things to do in Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Newcastle, is considered the unofficial capital of North East England. This lively city makes for a fabulous weekend break packed with loads of activities and sightseeing.

On my first morning in the city I was up at dawn for a walk along the quayside which turned out to be one of my favourite Newcastle activities.

Explore the Quayside

Tyne Bridge which has now become a symbol of Newcastle and a key part of the city’s identity.

Take in the Tyne Bridge – an iconic symbol of Newcastle

This Norman fortress was used as a starting point for invasions of Scotland and as stopping points for armies en-route to battle.

Visit Newcastle castle

Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North greets visitors to the area with outstretched arms as it guards the valley below.

Say hello to the Angel of the North

The glass music venue, established in 2004, is home to the Royal Northern Sinfonia and has three performance auditoriums.

Catch at concert at Sage Gateshead

Newcastle is home to one of only eleven operational Turkish Baths in the country.

Relax at Newcastle City Baths

A popular meeting spot at the north end. You can’t miss the 135-foot column from which the second Earl Grey gazes down Grey Street.

Meet at the Earl Grey Monument

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