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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Newcastle Gateshead River Escapes www.riverescapes.co.uk

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 www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk

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 www.northumberlandia.com

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 www.thecyclehub.org

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 www.climbnewcastle.com

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 www.steinbierkeller.com

 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 cullercoatsbikekayak.co.uk

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 www.northumberlandclub.org

 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
NE2 3JU
 

My Personal Sanctuary www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk

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 enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk.

Iles Tours www.ilestours.co.uk

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 www.ilestours.co.uk or 07734 130 422 to book.

Newcastle Markets www.newcastle.gov.uk

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 www.beamish.org.uk

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 www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/

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.

RECOMMENDED BY MICHELIN, HARDENS & THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE. AWARDED AN AA ROSETTE.

WINNER – TASTE OF ENGLAND – NORTH EAST ENGLAND TOURISM AWARDS

 

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.

Diggerland www.diggerland.com

Diggerland is a great family day out located in Durham. Fun for all ages both young and old and provides a unique experience where you can have a go at riding, driving and operating real diggers, dumpers and other construction machinery. Young visitors can even drive a real 4 x 4 car and no trip is complete without a turn on Spindizzy - a truly exhilerating experience for all!

Cottages in Northumberland guests - can enjoy discounted entry when they book. Please ask for more details.

The Activity People theactivitypeople.co.uk
Enjoy a great range of activities when you book with The Activity People! With over 75 activities at over 1500 venues, the UK and Ireland's largest activity network provides you with a fantastic assortment of incredible activities to choose from!
 
You'll be able to do an array of exciting activies from Sky Diving to the adrenaline-filled authentic military action of paintball. You can even dive deep underwater and explore the hidden depths under the sea as you go Scuba Diving, we really do have an activity for everyone!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Go Ballistic go-ballistic.co.uk
Place yourself in the front line of action as you fight your way through a variety of military-themed game modes on our battlefield's located across the nation!
 
With over 120 warlike battlefields, Go Ballistic is the UK and Ireland's largest paintballing provider.
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcatsle guests. More details available when you book.
Escape Key theescapekey.co.uk

The Escape Key is the North East's newest escape room centre located in an atmospheric warehouse in the historic Gallowgate area of the Newcastle. Take a step back in time in a thrilling adventure!  Choose between the Black Death or Armageddon!  In either of these adventures you and your friends will be locked into the themed room of your choice with one hour to solve the puzzles and escape! 

These events are suitable for groups of up to six people aged 14+. Pre-booking is recommended.

Special Offer: Cottages in Northumberland's guests will receive a special discount. Please ask for more details.


 
 

The Big Shoot thebigshoot.co.uk
The Big Shoot is the UK's largest Clay Pigeon Shooting network and aims to provide you with an unbelievable experience!
 
Whether you are trying this for the first time or are looking to fine tune your skills experience the thrills of cracking clays. A fun activity for all, everyone can enjoy the fun and competitive thrills that this activity provides!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to guarantee your place.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Karting Nation kartingnation.co.uk
Feel the thrills of Go Karting as you take part in an authentic Formula One experience. Get behind the wheel of our rapid and robust Go Karts - competing against your friends and family in an adrenaline-filled and fun environment!
 
Claiming the title as the UK's largest karting network, with over 95 spectacular indoor and outdoor tracks, we promise you an unforgettable karting experience!
 
Please note pre-booking is necessary to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Quad Nation quad-nation.co.uk
Get ready for mud-churning and wheel-spinning action as you attempt to overcome a variety of obstacles that await you on one of Quad Nation's hair raising off-road tracks!

Quad Nation is the biggest Quad Biking company and with a bucket load of daredevil experiences, you're certain to have an unforgettable quad biking adventure!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
National Archery nationalarchery.co.uk
Master the ancient art of Archery as you fine tune your Robin Hood-like skills on one of our amazing shooting ranges located across the UK!  Archery is the perfect activity for those of all ages and athletic abilities, making it the tailor-made event for any occasion!
 
With over 250 state of the art shooting ranges, National Archery is by far the UK's largest Archery provider and the ultimate choice for a remarkable day to remember!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Go Bubble Ball gobubbleball.co.uk
Bubble Football is great fun for all ages. Run around in a Zorb ball as you take part in a hilariously fun twist on the beautiful game! This intense and action-packed activity will see you actively seek to fly into your opponents, sending them flying across the pitch. Guarnteed to make you laugh!
 
With over 150 spectacular pitches located across the UK, Go Bubble Ball is by far the largest Bubble Football provider - guaranteeing you heart-racing thrills to suit any occasion that you may be organising!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Rollmania rollmania.co.uk
Take part in the newest, fun-filled activity to sweep the nation as you 'roll' down a hill at breath-taking speeds in the comfort of a gigantic 'hamster-like' Zorb Ball!
 
This is the perfect adventure for any occasion that you may be organising due to its sheer simplicity and hilariously fun nature! With over 160 spectacular venues situated across the nation, we're the UK's largest Zorbing provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Mud Mayhem mudmayhem.co.uk
Mud Mayhem aims to provide you with a 4x4 off-roading experience like no other as you try to overcome the number of challenging obstacles on the treacherous mud-filled terrain in our monstrous 4x4 vehicles!
 
With over 42 exhilarating off-road tracks located nationwide Mud Mayhem is by far the UK's biggest 4x4 off-roading provider - giving you with an amazing event no matter what the occasion!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Laser Strike laserstrike.co.uk
Immerse yourself on the front-line as you battle your way through an array of military-themed challenges on one of LaserStrike's 60 warlike battlefields.
 
Tailor-made for the adrenaline-seeker, it is guaranteed fun as you go Laser Combating with the UK 's largest provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Go Combat Archery https://gocombatarchery.co.uk
Combining the adrenaline-fuelled thrills of paintball with the hilariously fun action of dodgeball, Combat Archery is an activity that is suitable for any occasion that you may be organising!
 
Go Combat Archery is the UK's largest Combat Archery network - so you're bound to have an exhilarating experience as you partake in all the chaotic mayhem that this fun-filled activity!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Dirt Karts dirtkarts.co.uk
Feel the thrills of off-road karting as you drive on one of DirtKart's 22 mud-filled circuits located across the UK!
 
Presented to you by the UK and Ireland's biggested Off-Road Karting provider, get behind the wheel of our fast and powerful karts, and race your friends around the track at rapid speeds as you tackle a whole range of obstacles in a hair-raising race against time!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Adrena Course adrenacourse.co.uk
Test your physical and mental limits as you attempt to overcome a variety of challenging obstacles at one of Adrena Course's 30 spectacular venues in the UK!
 
As the UK and Ireland's largest High Ropes Course and Assault Course provider, you're destined to have an unforgettable experience as you climb to giddy heights on state of the art climbing walls. You can also work together as a team to overcome difficult scenarios on tricky assault courses - tailor-made for those looking to arrange a corporate event!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
Go Ballistic Airsoft Combat airsoftcombat.co.uk
Stand proud on the front line of action as you fight your way through a range of military-themed games on indoor and outdoor battlefield's located across the UK!
 
Go Ballistic is the UK and Ireland's biggest paintballing provider - so you're certain to have an incredible paint-splattering fun in a destination near you!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
Go Falconry gofalconry.co.uk
Enjoy a truly extraordinary adventure as you come into contact with some of the world's most elegant and beautiful Birds of Prey! Experience holding these incredible animals and learn a wealth of information!
 
Go Falconry is the UK and Ireland's biggest Birds of Prey provider which aims to provide animal lovers and bird enthusiasts with an experience never to forget!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
Jump This jumpthis.co.uk
A truly breath-taking adventure awaits you as you take part in the heart-racing, bucket-list, daredevil activities of either Bungee Jumping or Skydiving - jumping from dizzying heights as you plummet to the earth below at rapid racing speeds!
 
This experience is one you'll never forget and will take place at one of Jump This' venues situated across the UK, you'll enjoy incredibly views before you take the leap of faith! With over 28 venues located nationwide, Jump This is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Bungee Jumping and Skydiving provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
Kids Activity Guide kidsactivityguide.co.uk
Provide your child with a day out to remember as they take part in one of our incredible activities!
 
From an genuine militaristic experience in Paintball to investigating the depths of the unknown as they go Scuba Diving - whatever it may be, The Kids Activity Guide is certain to have an activity to suit any occasion or to fulfil any bucket-lists! With an epic 45 activities at over 1120 venues, The Kids Activity Guide is the UK and Ireland's largest children activities provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Rally Nation rallynation.co.uk
Get behind the wheel of one of our strong and speedy Rally Cars as you experience the mud-churning, daredevilling and high-energy action of Rally Car driving at one of Rally Nation's sensational mud-filled circuits located across the nation!
 
With over 13 epic tracks, Rally Nation is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Rally Car driving provider - so you're certain only the best driving experience as you race around our custom-built tracks at hair-raising speeds, aiming to record the fastest time possible as your driving skills are put to the ultimate test!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcstle guests. More details available when you book.
Red Rush Adrenalin Vouchers redrushdriving.co.uk
Are you a petrol addict or supercar fanatic? Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled thrills as you get behind the wheel of our incredible cars and blast them around one of Red Rush Driving's 39 hair-raising tracks, situated across the UK and Ireland, at rapid speeds!
 
Claiming the title as the UK and Ireland's biggest Driving Experience network, you're destined to have an adventure like no other as you take control of some of the world's most fast cars, including one of our beautiful Ferrari's and Lamborghini's!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Scenes Above scenesabove.co.uk
Embrace in the magnificient surroundings of the landscape as you enjoy all the breath-taking thrills of Hot Air Ballooning! Reach dizzying heights in the comfort of our baskets, you'll have an unforgettable experience as you gently float across the sky with the wind as your guide.
 
With over 29 beautiful venues situated across the nation, Scenes Above is by far the UK and Ireland's biggest Hot Air Ballooning provider and is bound to have an incredible location near you!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Scuba Nation scubanation.co.uk
Experience all the amazing thrills of an underwater adventure as you go Scuba Diving with the UK and Ireland's largest Scuba Diving provider, Scuba Nation!
 
With over 14 spectacular centres to choose from, you're bound to have an breathtaking experience as you receive expert tuition from our qualified instructors - allowing you to gain the tricks of the trade in no time as you descend to great depths, exploring the wonderful views that await you below!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Segway Trails segwaytrails.co.uk
Have a truly marvellous adventure as you take a hold of our state of the art Segway's and get involved in a mixture of unrivalled challenges while navigate through the phenomenal landscape which encircles you!
 
With over 13 spectacular venues located across the UK, Segway Trails is the UK and Ireland's largest Segway provider - guaranteeing you an unforgettable event that'll suit any occasion that you may be organising!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to City Breaks in Newcastle guests. More details available when you book.
Survive This survivethis.co.uk
Join in a Bear Grylls adventure as you discover the breathtaking wilderness, gaining a mixture of key survival skills under the tuition of one of our qualified instructors!
 
With over 23 spectacular locations situated across the nation, Survive This is the UK and Ireland's biggest Survival Skills provider and is sure to provide you with an unforgettable day out as you learn how to start fires, build shelters and a whole bunch of other crucial skills that'll stay with you for life!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Diggerland diggerland.com

Diggerland is a great day out for all the family. Located in Durham, there is lots to entertain both children and adults alike. You can experience, first hand how to ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other construction machinery. Children will also love driving a 4 wheel drive car for the first time! No trip to Diggerland is complete without a ride on the exhilerating Spin Dizzy and Sky Shuttle!

The Escape Key theescapekey.co.uk

The Escape Key is the North East's newest escape room centre. It is located in an atmospheric warehouse in the historic Gallowgate area of the Newcastle.

Choose to escape from one of two themed rooms: the Plague room - step into the dark history of the Black Death in Newcastle and Gateshead. Learn how half the population perished in one year and the brutal role of the plague doctors. You and your team will be locked in a room (overlooking the plague pit of St. Andrew’s graveyard) with one hour to solve the puzzles and escape before the doctor returns. This event is suitable for groups of up to six people aged 14 or above.

Or, try our Armageddon room which puts your team in a race against time to reactivate a cold war missile silo and launch a rocket to destroy an asteroid hurtling towards earth. The future of humanity is in your hands!

Special Offer: City Breaks in Newcastle guests will receive a special discount. Please ask for more details.

 

 

What's On in Newcastle

BBC Studio Tour, Newcastle
03/02/2017 - 03/02/2018 www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/newcastle

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.

Dino Jaws exhibition
27/05/2017 - 07/01/2018 www.life.org.uk/events/dino-jaws

Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex!

Suitable for all ages.

Santa Specials at Stephenson Railway Museum
02/12/2017 - 23/12/2017 www.stephensonrailwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/santa-specials-2017

Melt in to the magic of Christmas and make memories with your loved ones on a unique festive heritage train ride to meet Santa Claus and his guests.

With traditional music and on-board entertainers.

World Transplant Games 2019
17/08/2019 - 24/08/2019 wtgf.org/2019-wtg-newcastle-gateshead-uk/
The World Transplant Games are staged by The World Transplant Games Federation in order to promote the benefits of transplantation, raise public awareness and increase organ donation, whilst encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness.
 
The World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019 will take place 17-24 August 2019.
Newcastle Restaurant Week
15/01/2018 - 21/01/2018 www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/restaurant_week

The incredibly popular NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week returns again in January 2018, with over 100 restaurants involved! Enjoy fantastic food in Newcastle's finest restaurants for only £10 or £15pp!