Unique Gifts and Things To Do in Newcastle Upon TyneNewcastle upon Tyne is commonly cited as the UK’s top destination for nightlife, with a high concentration of popular pubs, quirky bars, and funky nightclubs spread across the city centre, there are plenty of places to ‘play’. Whilst a visit to Newcastle would be incomplete without a night-out on the town, this Northern city has so much more to offer, and the iconic Angel of the North is ready to welcome you with open arms!
Newcastle as we know it today has long outgrown its Medieval and Victorian roots, but the city’s heritage can still be explored via it’s narrow “chares” or alleyways in the Quayside, Sandhill, and The Close areas. If it is history that you are interested in, then a visit to Newcastle’s Great North Museum Hancock should be on your list of things to do. Built as a natural history museum in 1884, it now houses vast collections of natural historical artefacts and cultural antiquities, includes the living Planet Gallery with live animal tanks and aquaria, and hosts an ever-changing assortment of family friendly and interactive exhibitions. The unmissable Discovery Museum to the west of Newcastle city centre provides further opportunities to get hands on with history, and a chance to get up close and personal with maritime wonders such as the famous Turbinia steam ship.
A lively and cosmopolitan city, Newcastle effortlessly manages to combine the old with the new. For many people, a trip to this riverside city means a visit to the famous Tyne Bridge for a stunning snapshot of its partner, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, connecting Newcastle with Gateshead. The surrounding Quayside area has also recently undergone some incredible transformations to become a thriving area of stylish hotels, sleek restaurants, and fashionable drinking hot spots…so be sure to dedicate some time to the area while you’re here.
If you are looking for activity days out for the family, then you needn’t look far – heading west along the River Tyne, and out of Newcastle city centre, you’ll be surrounded by vast amounts of farmland and lush green landscapes, making this the perfect place for some outdoor adventure experiences. Whether you decide to test your aim with a classic target sport such as archery or clay pigeon shooting, or would prefer to challenge your friends and family with an off-roading quad bike experience, you are sure to find plenty of things to do in Newcastle’s surrounding towns and countryside.
So spend a weekend getting to grips with the distinctive Geordie accent and have yourself a canny time in Newcastle…a fantastic city with a whole load of character and culture just waiting to be embraced!