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
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.
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
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.
If you’re wanting to escape the buzz of the city life take a twenty minute trip to the North East coastline.
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 is home to Newcastle’s own football club, Newcastle United and is one of the most visited attractions within the region.
Enjoy a variety of live shows and events in this beautiful landmark building.
Probably the most famous sight to see in Newcastle, the Tyne Bridge links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
Getting to Newcastle
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.
Regular National Express coach services operate in and out of Newcastle from across the UK and key airports within striking distance of the city.
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.
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 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.
Whilst you can happily enjoy delicious meals at YHA Newcastle Central it’s well worth venturing out and about to enjoy the 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.
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.