Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is infamously one of the busiest and liveliest cities in the UK, and with a feast of attractions on your doorstep, there’s plenty to do. Good food, sandy shores, live entertainment and plenty of sight-seeing – Newcastle could be up there with one of the best places for a UK city break. Conveniently, there is a YHA hostel right in the middle of all the action, so here are some things to consider whenever you’re next in the toon!

Top Newcastle attractions

Angel of the North

Angel of the North

The Angel of the North has been welcoming visitors to Gateshead since 1998. The sculpture is huge, you won’t miss it! It is taller than four double deckers and its wingspan is as big as a jumbo jet.

Family at the museum

Discovery Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area's maritime, scientific and technological impo

Long Sands beach

Long Sands beach

If you’re wanting to escape the buzz of the city life take a twenty minute trip to the North East coastline.

Metro centre


The Metro centre is the largest indoor shopping and leisure centre in Europe and has a vast variety of shops, restaurants and leisurely activities, including an IMAX cinema.

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

This medieval fortified castle holds hundreds of years of Newcastle's history among its walls.



The Geordie capital is known for a wild night out as Newcastle city centre draws large crowds every night, including students, locals, tourists, celebs and stag and hen dos.

St James' Park

St James' Park

St. James’ Park is home to Newcastle’s own football club, Newcastle United and is one of the most visited attractions within the region.

Tyne bridge

Tyne bridge

Probably the most famous sight to see in Newcastle, the Tyne Bridge links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

Getting to Newcastle

Newcastle train

By train

Newcastle railway station is on the East Coast Main Line in the United Kingdom, serving the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyne and Wear. 

manchster by bus

By bus

Regular National Express coach services operate in and out of Newcastle from across the UK and key airports within striking distance of the city. 

by plane

By plane

Newcastle is served by its own airport, just a ten mile journey from the city centre. Trains and trams operate regularly throughout the day between the airport and the city centre, making it easily accessible.

manchester by car

By car

Travelling by road to Newcastle is hassle-free thanks to a network of major roads, including the A1 which conveniently links Newcastle Gateshead to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. 

Find your perfect Newcastle accommodation

Plan a weekend

There’s so much to do in Newcastle, you’ll need at least 48 hours to satisfy your desire to explore! Here’s our guide to a weekend in Newcastle.

YHA Newcastle Central


YHA Newcastle Central offers cheap, comfortable and convenient accommodation in Newcastle Upon Tyne's city centre. From coastline to culture and brilliant nightlife, there's something for everyone in Newcastle.

A group eating a meal together

Dining out

Whilst you can enjoy delicious meals at YHA Newcastle Central it’s well worth trying all the amazing culinary options available across the city. From high-end dining on quay-side, to authentic sub-continental food in the city centre, and plenty more in between, Newcastle is a foodie’s delight.



The Geordie capital is known for a wild night out as Newcastle city centre draws large crowds every night, including students, locals, tourists, celebs and stag and hen dos. Whether you’re going to an event, the theatre, pubs or clubs such as Bijoux – there’s a wide variety of things to do to suit anyone’s taste.

A night shot of a guitarist

Music scene

Newcastle Gateshead is home to some of the UK's best music venues, attracting huge artists from around the world, as well as boasting amazing North East music.

Best budget accommodation in Newcastle

YHA Newcastle Central offers cheap and convenient accommodation in the heart of the city. This lively hostel is situated just five minutes from Grey's Quarter which is full of luxury retailers and rooftop restaurants, and High Bridge street, home to stylish gin bars, artisan cafes, independent shops and The Stand Comedy club.