Top 10 tips for your first trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

If you have ever seen an episode of Geordie Shore, or a documentary about hen and stag weekends, you may well have been left with completely the wrong impression of Newcastle. There is a seriously sophisticated side to this city. Whether you are here on business trip, to see a sporting event, concert, or just dropping the kids at university, make sure you spend a few days here. You will be impressed. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your trip to this vibrant city.

1. Kensington House

This luxurious aparthotel is conveniently located in the leafy and cosmopolitan suburb of Jesmond, just a couple of miles from the city centre. With their elegant interiors and sumptuous soft furnishings, these serviced apartments really do offer you a home away from home. Situated on Osborne Road, famed for its hotels, exuberant nightlife, chic bars and restaurants, this is a great base from which to explore the city.

Kensington House

2. Sandman Signature Hotel

Located directly across from St. James’s Park, this sleek and stylish hotel is the perfect place to stay if you happen to be in town for a Premiership football match. It is also very convenient for city centre shopping, China Town, the University, the Centre of Life, the Theatre Royal, the Quayside and a wealth of restaurants and bars.

3. The Jesmond Dene Hotel

Set against the idyllic woodland backdrop of Jesmond Dene, this boutique style country house hotel offers a haven of peace and tranquillity just minutes from the city centre.

4. The Broad Chare

The Broad Chare prides itself on being a proper pub, with proper beer and proper food. With its cosy feel and buzzing vibe, it’s the kind of place you won’t want to leave in a hurry. It’s worth going just for the bar snacks – Lindisfarne oysters, deep fried monkfish cheeks and those delicious Scotch eggs with the runny middle, to name but a few.

The Broad Chare pub

5. House of Tides

Set in a recently restored Grade 1 listed building on the historic quayside, House of Tides aims to create a memorable dining experience within a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. With its Michelin star celebrity chef, fantastic food and faultless service, this really is dining at its finest.

6. Tynemouth

The Northumberland coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is no denying that it is simply spectacular. With its own Metro Station, Tynemouth is one of the most accessible beaches from the city centre. This charming and sophisticated seaside town boasts three blue flag beaches, an aquarium, a priory and castle, as well as a range of restaurants, bars and pubs.

7. Shopping

Newcastle has a great mix of high street favourites in both Eldon Square and The Metrocentre, as well as an astonishing array of independent boutiques both in the city centre, and the nearby affluent suburbs of Jesmond and Gosforth.

8. The Bridge Tavern

The Bridge Tavern is situated between the stanchions of the North East’s most iconic landmark, The Tyne Bridge, giving it a slightly urban/edgy feel. Standing outside on the heated terrace, you could be forgiven for imaging yourself to be in New York rather than Newcastle. That is until you experience the delights of the seasonal British comfort food with a local twist, and bespoke real ales from the pub’s own micro-brewery.

9. Antico

Jesmond’s super stylish Italian restaurant justifiably prides itself on being passionate about food, service and quality. Antico offers a superb choice of Italian meals with a modern, vibrant twist. It’s friendly, it’s fabulous and it’s fun.

10. Angel of the North

Since its construction in 1998, the Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Rising 20 meters from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline. As tall as four double decker buses and with a wingspan as big as a jumbo jet, getting up close and personal with the Angel is an unforgettable experience!

Angel of the North

Ceri Tinley is the Co-Founder and MD of Consensio Holidays.

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Comments (4)

  1. Kev says:

    You picked out some amazing spots in what is definitely one of the most underrated cities in Britain!
    Would definitely add the Baltic Mill and Hancock Museum on a ‘places to visit’ list.

    Thanks you so much for flying the flag for the North East of England!

  2. Ceri Tinley says:

    Thanks for your suggestions Kev. I will make sure to add them to my list of places to visit the next time I am in the area. I completely agree – it is definitely one of the most underrated cities! That’s why we wanted to fly the flag for the North East. I hope to visit the area again very soon.

  3. Bianca says:

    Great tips! I was recently in Newcastle. Its such a beautiful city. I loved the Angel of the North. I couldnt believe just how huge it was.

  4. Some fab suggestions here for people who want to enjoy Geordieland in style! I’d also recommend Jesmond Dene House for a luxury stay, Six at the Baltic for fab food with an impressive view and Pleased to Meet you for perfect cocktails!

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