Best of: Newcastle and Gateshead…

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Most people now regard Newcastle as a bit of a bucket-list city to visit. It's not surprising, with such a compact setting and an exciting mix of culture and entertainment. And, of course, the nightlife and warm Geordie welcome. If you are planning a visit, check out 8 of our must-do's!

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA

Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne, the Baltic is an industrial building housing 2,600 square metres of art space making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art centre. Upon entrance, it is impossible to turn without casting an eye upon some of the beautifully crafted pieces that bring culture and wonder to the North East. A trip to the Baltic is one that will no doubt inspire you to create some beauty of your own.

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Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT

Take a step back in time and learn the history of nature and civilisations by visiting the Hancock Museum which contains collections that can be traced all the way back to 1780. Among the Museum’s permanent residents are a life-size cast of an African elephant, the Egyptian mummy Bakt-en-Hor, a full-size replica of a T-Rex skeleton and the beloved Sparkie – Newcastle’s famous talking budgie, who was stuffed after his death in 1962.

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Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead music venue

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Home to some of the best talent in the North East and an architectural masterpiece with a curving steel frame, the Sage is definitely worth a visit. It’s not only an education centre for the arts but also a venue for concerts and various shows. There’s never a shortage of entertainment.

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Metrocentre in Gateshead

St. Michaels Way, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9YG

If shopping is what gets you out of bed in the morning, it doesn’t get any better than Newcastle-Gateshead’s pride and joy – the Metrocentre. Officially opened on 14th October 1986 and celebrating a 35th birthday this month, this mecca for retail therapy offers an awesome mix of over 100 shops and a burgeoning dining scene that makes it an essential must do when visiting the region. Bring along the little ones and let them scale the towers in the indoor clip n climb or totally switch off from the outside world and get lost in a story on the big screen at Odeon Cinema.

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Newcastle United Football Club

Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

A shrine for the faithful, St James’ Park is the home of Newcastle United Football Club. The city is electric on alternate Saturday’s, with over 52,000 Geordies meandering their way to the hallowed ground. Whether or not you’re a true supporter of football, the atmosphere that is generated from the fans will have you joining in with the chorus when you hear the Howay the Lads anthem echoing from every corner of the city.

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The Cluny

The Cluny a live music venue in Newcastle upon Tyne

36 Lime St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

An iconic live music venue, serving delicious food and featuring a bar renowned for its huge selection of real ales and world lagers. Based in a former flax spinning mill, The Cluny is welcoming, cosy and always brimming with energy and talent – fantastic ingredients to make for a memorable night!

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Dobson & Parnell

Dobson & Parnell restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne

21 Queen St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UG

Dobson and Parnell, a restaurant owned by the award-winning restaurateur Andy Hook, offers refined British and European cuisine that is sure to make your mouth water. Take a break from the pressures of work, family or life and treat yourselves. Set in a Victorian building boasting a modern blend interior, the desire for an elegant evening of fine dining is truly satisfied.

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Image credits: ©BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Dobson & Parnell, Newcastle Quayside; Matt Hale/; Metrocentre; NUFC; Ryan Booth/Unsplash; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

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