Jam-packed with places to eat and drink, shops for all occasions, and cultural sights to admire, there will be something for everyone in Newcastle. Being a local student myself, I’ve been able to experience many of the wonderful things Newcastle has to offer time and time again. So now I’m sharing with you some of my favourite places to visit, that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK, in the hope that you too will fall in love with this beautiful city!
Let’s start with the most important part – where to find the tastiest food and drink! As well as the traditional chains like Starbucks and Costa, Newcastle also has some great little spots that you won’t find elsewhere in the UK:
Located next door to King’s Gate building on the university campus, Quilliam Brothers’ is a very well-known and popular teahouse! Offering over 60 types of gorgeous loose leaf teas, as well as beautiful breakfasts, lunches, and baked goods, Quilliam Brothers’ is the place you want to go. Don’t like tea? Don’t worry! They also offer many other hot and cold drinks, including coffee!
A Swedish delight! Dala Café, located on the Quayside overlooking the river Tyne, brings the best of Sweden to Newcastle. Offering sandwiches, salads, and desserts, Dala’s menu brings Swedish and British foods together in one place! Top tip: try their cinnamon rolls – they are HEAVENLY!
Zucchini Pasta Bar
If you’re after the tastiest, freshest pasta in Newcastle, then look no further than Zucchini. Their signature pasta is made daily on site, and is rolled, cut, and cooked before your eyes! Take a look at their menu and see the diverse and flavourful dishes on offer for you – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
Newcastle has a number of wonderful art galleries for you to look around and appreciate. Sometimes I really enjoy having a day of exploring some art galleries and feeling all cultured! Here are two of my favourites:
The BALTIC centre for contemporary art lives in what used to be an old flour mill, and is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world! Housing diverse art exhibitions across 5 floors, these visual displays change often, so there’s always something new to see, free of charge! My advice if anyone is afraid of heights, don’t look down the mirrored staircase – you have been warned!
Laing Art Gallery
For a more classical approach to art, the Laing is a beautiful building full of internationally imported oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, and glassware. As well as this, the Laing hosts a number of regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern, and contemporary art, so there’s something for everyone! It’s free entry, but just so you know, some exhibitions have an admission charge.
If you’re a fan of theatre and the cinema, Newcastle has 2 spots I’m sure you’ll fall in love with:
Established in 1837 on Grey Street, the Theatre Royal is one of the most beautiful theatres I have ever stepped foot in. Fine drama, amazing west-end musicals, and gorgeous ballets are just some of the incredible performances on offer here in the heart of Newcastle. I already can’t wait to go back!
Perhaps the cosiest, coolest cinema I have ever been to. Opening in 1937, Tyneside Cinema is the last surviving news theatre still in operation today, offering a rich programme of film, exhibitions, and events. My favourite part is the magnificent classic screen, which makes me feel like I’ve been transported back to the 1930s! There’s also a bar and restaurant on site for tasty treats before or after your film.
Museums aren’t always stuffy and boring! Newcastle has some great ones. Here are 2 of my favourites:
Centre for Life
A science village in the heart of Newcastle, combining a public Life Science Centre and on-site clinical work and research – it’s more than just a museum here! You can interact with the exhibits, create and explore! And there’s more: a planetarium, live theatre shows, and even a 4D motion ride! There’s even an open-air ice rink on-site during the winter months. I have had so many fun days at the Centre for Life, and I am positive that you will too!
Entrance fees apply, but students get a discount! Your tickets get you into every single attraction, so it’s definitely worth it.
The Hancock has something for everyone – dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, Greek archaeology, and so much more! I’m always fascinated by everything on display at the Hancock, and I’m sure you will too. As well as permanent displays, the Hancock regularly hosts amazing exhibitions showcasing the best of Earth’s natural history! It’s an amazing place, so come visit – it’s free entry!
These are some of my favourite spots in Newcastle. I hope you enjoy them too, or find your own! That’s the beauty of Newcastle – there’s something here for everyone.