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Newcastle’s Hidden Secrets

There’s loads to see and do in Newcastle as a first year. But if you really want to see what the city has to offer, it helps to get some insider knowledge.

We asked some of our third and fourth year students for the hidden things they’ve discovered while studying here, so you can get the best of Newcastle from year one.

The Victoria Tunnels

Inside Newcastle's Victoria Tunnels

Victoria Tunnels (photo credit CDC)

Built in the mid-1800s as a coal transport line, the tunnels were also used during World War 2 as an air-raid shelter.

The tunnels have been open for tours since 2008 and going on one gives you an amazing opportunity to learn more about Newcastle’s history.

Keep an eye on the Give It A Go activities offered by the Students’ Union as they regularly feature the chance to head down the tunnels and explore them for your self.

Frankie and Tony’s

Frankie and Tony's shop front

Next door to a more famous sandwich shop, just off Northumberland Street, this is the best place for bread based lunches packed full of fillings. It’ll make your long days in the library just that little bit better. Just make sure you get there early to beat the queues.

Climbing Monument

The View From Grey's Monument

The View From Grey’s Monument

If you want to get the best views of the city head to the top of Grey’s Monument. With “only” 164 steps to climb it gives you amazing views over Newcastle’s magnificent Georgian architecture.

Tours to the top are another Give It A Go activity offered by the Students’ Union.

Quayside Sunday Market

Busy newcastle quayside during the market

The Quayside market is packed with independent traders selling handcrafted goods and local produce every Sunday from 9am till 4pm.

With local artists, designers, jewelers, food producers and clothing stalls surrounded by the Quayside’s beautiful bridges and cultural hotspots – it’s definitely enough to get you out of bed on a Sunday.


Shijo logo

Tucked away in Haymarket Metro station, right next to campus, this Asian fast-food is a great treat and a must try. Don’t forget to ask for your student discount available on select dishes.

South Shields

Hazy day on South Shields Beach

At the end of the Metro line you’ll find one of the best beaches in the region. With plenty of fish and chip shops, a curry mile, pirate mini-golf and seaside theme park it’s got a lot more on offer to fill your day than the more hipster friendly Tynemouth.

The Botanist A large oak tree surrounded by lights inside a bar

With an entrance hidden down a small street off The Monument, it’s a great place to have a drink or some food if you want to impress someone.

The views down Grey Street from the terrace are spectacular as is the addition of the Oak Tree inside them main bar!

Ouseburn Valley

A high shot of the Ship Inn pub in the Ouseburn Valley

Keep walking down the Quayside and you’ll find yourself away from the popular bars and restaurants and in Newcastle’s cultural quarter.

Home to The Cluny and Tyne Bar music venues, vegan pub The Ship, a community farm and artist spaces, once you’ve visited you’ll always find a reason to return.

Wylam Brewery

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Wylam are a local independent brewery that have set up a fantastic 30 barrel micro brewery inside the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, a short walk from campus. Open Thursday to Sunday it’s a great setting for an evening drink and has regular music and food events.

Jesmond Dene

A waterfall by an old stone bridge in Jesmond Dene

Hidden down in the valley below Jesmond, the once private garden of engineering pioneer Sir Armstrong (the same Armstrong the building on campus is named after) was donated to the city for all to enjoy.

With forest trails, waterfalls, open spaces and a petting zoo it is a slice of nature buried in the city – you just have to see to believe it.

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