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Newcastle’s best kept secrets

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Looking for something a little bit different to try in the UK’s happiest city? Here are ten of Newcastle’s best kept secrets. Shh!

1. The Great British Cupcakery

If you’ve got a sweet tooth then this is the place for you. This quaint and glamorous little parlour just off the Quayside is your quick fix for an array of sweet treats and hot beverages. If you’re up for a challenge definitely try their giant milkshakes topped with cream, sauce and a cookie – yum!



2. Castle Keep

Find out where Newcastle got its name! A tribute to the Old Newcastle is the Fort itself. Submerge yourself in the history and find out what made this city great.

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3. Grey’s Monument

You are probably aware of the huge statue in the city centre, which is a tribute to Charles Grey and was built in 1838. But did you know that at certain times you can climb its 164 steps to the top for a great view of Newcastle?

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4. Farne Islands

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors then this is the place for you. Just a short trip off the Northumberland coast and you are greeted with this beautiful island, which is the home to seals and many species of seabird. Just remember to bring a hat!

Puffins on the Farne Islands

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5. The Trent House

If you fancy a chilled night of vintage tunes and pool then head on over to the Trent House Pub on Leazes Lane. It is in such close proximity to many first year accommodation sites – I’m looking at you Castle Leazes and Ricky Road – and is the perfect place for a pint with mates and even a delicious homemade toastie.

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6. Café Royale

If you’re looking for classy breakfast with the family or a girly brunch then this fashionable little bistro opposite Grainger Market is the place for you. With food ranging from a classic Northern Stottie to Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon you really can’t go wrong with this cosmopolitan delight.

7. The Goose

If you ever fancy a roast, this place is not just open on Sundays! For £6 you can go ahead and get yourself a massive carvery that is sure to keep your belly full.

8. Tynemouth Beach

Whilst not technically in Newcastle, a short trip on the Metro takes you to this lovely coastal town. Grab their world famous fish and chips and if you’re feeling brave take a dip in the sea. Truly a great visit for the spring and summer months.

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9. Namco Funscape

If you want jump back in time to your childhood and enjoy a range of fun arcade games, then a short train ride to the Metrocentre in Gateshead will get you to the north east’s most unique venue. Not only is there a range of modern and retro arcade games, but also 18 lanes of bowling and a bar for chilling with friends.

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10. Climb Newcastle

If you’re more of the active type and you enjoy a challenge then get yourself down to Climb Newcastle in Byker. This indoor climbing centre contains over 200 climbs of different levels from, Novice to Extreme, so there is always more to conquer.

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