Things to Do in Newcastle

If you’re wondering what to do in Newcastle during your stay, you’re in for a real treat! With Newcastle’s tourism industry growing every year, the only problem you’ll have is finding enough time to see all of Newcastle’s attractions - with new and exciting activities, eateries, galleries and events adding to the city’s extensive list of entertainment options.

By day, there are any number of things to see in Newcastle. Home to a wide range of extraordinary sights - including Newcastle Castle, where visitors can explore one of the country’s best preserved Norman stone castles - the city is ripe for the exploring. Climb the steps of the famous castle up to the rooftop and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the city and river’s iconic bridges.

Our vibrant and dynamic city is packed with fun activities and sightseeing opportunities, so you’ll never be short of things to do. In Newcastle, at night, the area comes alive - as the city’s seven bridges light up the quayside and the bars and restaurants fill up with both locals and visitors alike.

If you’re looking for things to do near Newcastle, look no further than the seaside charms of Tynemouth. Recently named one of the best places to live in Britain, Tynemouth boasts beautiful beaches, delicious food and the warm, welcoming attitude the North East is known for. If you’re fascinated by the sea but don’t like getting your feet wet, the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth is just a short drive or Metro ride from the city centre - where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the seal show and explore a wide range of wildlife and underwater creatures. A 10-minute stroll along the seaside promenade will take you to Longsands beach, renowned for its beauty and perfectly positioned so that you can make the most of the summer sun.

If you’re hungry by this point, Tynemouth town centre is packed with restaurants and bars covering a delightful range of cuisines and themes - including one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK, Longsands Fish Kitchen. Alternatively, head down into King Edward’s Bay, situated a convenient 2-minute walk from the main street, and you’ll find Riley’s Fish Shack - a semi-portable fish bar and grill offering gorgeous views and even better food. From empanadas to cod, lobster and squid, you’re bound to be impressed when you visit this eatery.

If it’s shopping you’re after, intu Eldon Square boasts over 150 stores and restaurants in the heart of the city centre - making it the perfect spot to indulge in a little retail therapy.

With a regular calendar of events - including live music, festivals and the popular Quayside Sunday Market - there’s always something happening in this buzzing city. Whichever time of year you choose to visit, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne during your stay.

When night falls, the Quayside comes to life, with a splash of colour lighting up the many bridges that arch over the River Tyne. A spectacle enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike, the Quayside is one of the city’s biggest draws - and home to an abundance of bars and family-friendly restaurants. So, whether you’re planning a romantic trip for two, long weekend with friends or looking for things for kids to do, in Newcastle, the options are endless.

Explore some of the best things to do in Newcastle by browsing through our recommended activities and attractions below. As a local company ourselves, we’re even able to offer exclusive discounts on some of the best attractions in Newcastle – ensuring you get the most out of your city break.

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Days Out in Newcastle

Newcastle Gateshead River Escapes

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where you can take in NewcastleGateshead's finest and most famous riverside scenery.

A River Escapes sightseeing cruise offers an unrivalled way to experience one of the North's great cities and its evolving industries, taking you from past to present, from the once thriving maritime heritage, to world renowned landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, The Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Comtemporary Art.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Blue Reef Aquarium - Tynemouth

Enjoy close encounters with incredible creatures from around the world…. Everything from seals and otters to sharks, seahorses and stingrays! Meet the monkeys and reptiles in Amazing Amazon! Come face to face with our adorable California sea lions! Talks and feeding displays take place throughout the day.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.


Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform. There is a car park with a small charge for parking.

The Cycle Hub

We have a full range of brand spanking Roam 2 bikes from Giant. These are available for hire from half a day upwards. So, whether heading out on the Hadrian Cycleway or C2C or setting your sights on the Tyne Valley or heading to the coast and Tynemouth they are just the job. Hiring a bike starts from as little as £15 for a half day.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Climb Newcastle

Why not reach new heights and try something a little different during your stay in Newcastle? Climb Newcastle is Newcastle's first dedicated indoor climbing centre. Located in Byker, close to the City Centre, the centre is one of the most extensive facilities of its type worldwide. Climb Newcastle has something for all ages and abilities.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Stein Bier Keller

 Experience an authentic bavarian experience at the latest new bar in Newcastle. Serving a selection of world beers. Free entry all night and live shows from 9pm. Open every weekend.

Cullercoats Bike and Kayak

Cullercoats Bike and Kayak provides the perfect means to explore this stunning coastline from Whitley Bay to Cullercoats. There is lots to see and do from exploring the magnificent beaches to one of the many attractions such as Tynemouth Priory.  You can also stop off and enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the many splendid restaurants and cafes. St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley Bay is well worth a visit and is reachable at low tide across the causeway.

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Northumberland Club

 The Northumberland Club in Jesmond offers Tennis, Squash, Racketball and Badminton. We have organised a special offer for guests to use whilst on holiday. 

The club can be found at:

The Northumberland Club
North Jesmond Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne

My Personal Sanctuary

Add an extra touch of indulgence to your holiday with visiting Organic Spa Treatment service, My Personal Sanctuary.

With their carefully selected therapists and various treatment packages to suit groups, couples, or even just yourself, this is a chance to truly unwind on your holiday.
Please note that to avoid disappointment, it is recommended you book at least 14 days prior to your holiday.

To find out more about offers (available all year round!), prices, availability and booking, please visit My Personal Sanctuary, call 01625 540557 or email

Iles Tours

Are you interested in what’s going on in the heart of the North East? Do you want to discover more about Newcastle? Iles Tours will show you the very best of what Newcastle has to offer!

Iles Tours was created in March 2013, by Alexander Iles who has a passion for Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle has a vibrant history with the Castle and City dating back 1000 years. These tours were started to show visitors the city of Newcastle and all of its brilliant history, culture and amazing things that regularly go on within the city.

There are a variety of tours available for bookings; including Historical, Cultural and Gory tours daily at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. There are also bespoke tours on offer, which could be on a variety of topics and areas of the city. Corporate scavenger hunts and seminars for larger groups can also be arranged.

Please contact or 07734 130 422 to book.

Newcastle Markets

Newcastle Farmers Market

Newcastle Farmers Market held on the first Friday of every month at Grey's Monument between 9.30am till 2.00pm.

Newcastle Quayside Market

There is also a market on every Sunday on the Quayside. This is a very popular market held every week on Sunday between 9.30-4pm. You'll find artists, designers, jewellers, food producers, photographers, ceramic artists and fashionistas as well as street artists and buskers.

Beamish Museum

Visit the world famous open air museum which tells the story of the North East of England during the 1820s. 

Opening times: 19th March - 30th October 10am - 5pm. 

Ticket prices vary, so please visit the website or call 0191 370 4000 to find out more. 

Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall

Blackfriars serves gutsy, traditional British food using seasonal produce from the local farms and producers and serves one of the most inexpensive and popular lunch and early evening set menus in town, as well as Sunday lunches, an award-winning wine list, and a large range of local ales and Scottish whisky.




Wood fired, sourdough pizza accompanies al forno starters and home made desserts that change daily. 

Find Cal's Own on Holly Avenue West in Jesmond.

What's On in Newcastle

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England
01/07/2017 - 16/09/2017

Kynren is an open air show whih tells the epic tale of England. Due to its popularity last year, it is back for 2017 and promises to be bigger, better and brighter. Take a trip back through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. With a cast of over 1,500 this 90 minute show begins at sunset and ends at star light. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in County Durham. Book your tickets in advance as this show will be popular with tickets going fast.

BBC Studio Tour, Newcastle
03/02/2017 - 03/02/2018

Experience a tour of the BBC Television and Radio broadcasting station. See how the shows are made, meet the staff, even try your hand in the presenting chair. Tours are available all year round with advance booking.

John Bishop - Winging it!
08/11/2017 - 09/11/2017

After a three year break, comedy superstar John Bishop returns to the scene with his new show 'Winging it!' in the heart of Newcastle. A huge event for anyone who appreciates a good joke.

Emeli Sandé - Metro Radio Arena

Record breaking artist Emeli Sandé comes to the Metro Radio Arena this October to perform her new album 'Long Live The Angels'. A night of energetic and gut punching music is guaranteed and definitely not one to miss.

British Masters 2017
28/09/2017 - 01/10/2017

 Close House has been chosen as the official host of the British Masters 2017. The event will be hosted by Lee Westwood, former World Number 1 golfer. To not miss this rare event, register your interest now and make sure to book up!

Whickham Fake Festival

Whickham Fake Festival is back! This year 'fake-bands' for Oasis, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys - plus 5 local supports are taking to the stage. Totally unmissable, the local event of the year - book now!

Northumberland Plate Festival 2017
29/06/2017 - 01/07/2017

A top class major racing event in the UK, the Northumberland Plate has been celebrated and enjoyed by the community for 135 years.