Short guide to Newcastle-Gateshead for visitors

Newcastle skyline yellow book/Flickr

Newcastle skyline ©yellow book/Flickr

Located in the north-eastern part of England, Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the Tyne River. They come together at the wonderful Quayside. Being home to must-see tourist attractions, great restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes, Newcastle and Gateshead make some great tourist destinations. The Angel of the North and the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge are just two of their highlights. Newcastle-Gateshead is a perfect holiday destination for exploring the best of North-East England. If you would also like to visit this region, I recommend you to read the following guide before traveling. It will serve as a short guide to Newcastle-Gateshead for visitors.

Tourist attractions

Newcastle-Gateshead is home to numerous fascinating attractions, historic buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, not to mention the amazing events and festivals held here annually. I recommend you not to miss the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. It is a great free gallery presenting changing exhibitions.

Another highlight of Newcastle-Gateshead is the Castle Keep. The castle was built on the site of the 11th-century wooden “New Castle” which was built by the son of William the Conqueror. Other popular sights are: the Angel of the North, Theatre Royal, St. James’ Park, Centre for Life and so on. The Angel of the North is an attractive piece of public art, being 20 m tall and having a wingspan of 54 m.

The Angel of the North mcaretaker/Flickr

The Angel of the North ©mcaretaker/Flickr

Things to do

Newcastle-Gateshead offer both great day-time and night-time activities. The main attractions of the cities are the previously mentioned ones. You can not miss to visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which is considered to be the most important free attraction. You also have to make a photo of the Angel of the North. It is the most recognizable and most interesting landmark of Newcastle-Gateshead.

You can also visit a Biscuit Factory or have fun at the Newcastle Racecourse. As for night-time activities, the cities also offer excellent venues, including theatres, cinemas, concert venues and others. Among the most famous ones are Theatre Royal and Journal Tyne Theatre.

Newcastle-Gateshead skyline Glen Bowman/Flickr

Newcastle-Gateshead skyline ©Glen Bowman/Flickr


There are numerous great shops and boutiques in Newcastle-Gateshead. Two main shopping spots are: MetroCentre in Gateshead and Eldon Square in Newcastle City Centre. Both have major department stores and big high-street names. The shops in Princess Square in the heart of the Gateshead are also very attractive for visitors.

Newcastle skyline yellow book/Flickr

Newcastle skyline ©yellow book/Flickr


Newcastle-Gateshead is well-known for its music and nightlife as having the best atmosphere in Britain. World-famous DJs are invited in the award-winning underground clubs almost every day of the week. Whether you are looking for dance, house, indie or retro, you’ll surely find yourself a favorite club here.



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