As a student it’s sometimes easy to forget that there is more to Newcastle than Sinners and Eat4Less, but I’m here with groundbreaking news: there is! Here are my top places to visit when you feel like taking a step back from the sticky floors of trebles bars and suspiciously cheap fast food places…
Situated just next to Kings Gate, this tea house is the perfect place to procrastinate instead of finishing that essay. You can see the library from here, so it kind of counts as work… It’s a quirky independent business with over 60 types of tea, as well as a small cinema space screening all your favourite cult indie films. Also, if you manage to drag yourself out of bed before midday, the breakfast menu is absolutely fantastic. If that hasn’t grabbed your attention, it’s also open until midnight most nights – what’s not to love?!
This is a quaint little pub located right by the river. It’s got a jukebox, cheap and cheerful drinks, as well as a gorgeous beer garden tucked away in the arch of a bridge. Tyne Bar is also a really popular music venue that displays a lot of local talent. It’s a little outside of the city centre but it’s well worth the trip. Tyne Bar is 100% the perfect place to go spend a Sunday in the sun.
If you’re feeling pretentious and your candid Instagram shots taken around campus simply aren’t quite enough any more, go let your inner artist roam free at the Laing. It’s a fantastic gallery that holds a variety of exhibitions, ranging from historic to modern art. If the current exhibition isn’t for you, there are also classes, a shop and a café to go explore. It’s reasonably priced and a fantastic way to spend a rainy day when trudging round Eldon Square just isn’t doing it for you.
If you like music and you like coffee then why have you not been here already?! Long Play Café is an independent café and record store on the Quayside. Have a wander in and browse for some vinyl gems, or just kick back and enjoy the fantastic food they have to offer (which includes breakfast, lunch and evening meals.) Music lovers and coffee lovers alike will be pleased by this amazing little place.
A gorgeous park right on the doorstep of the city. Plenty of woodland, waterfalls and wildlife to keep you entertained (or lost) for hours. With a petting zoo for the animal lovers and a coffee shop for the caffeine addicts, there’s something to keep most people happy. It’s the perfect place for those on a budget during the summer months – a picnic and some sun cream is all you’ll need for a lovely day out.