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With its mix of natural beauty, history and vibrant shopping and nightlife scene, Newcastle Gateshead is the perfect introduction to the North East of England. And there’s plenty more on offer outside of the city.
Head north from Newcastle Gateshead and you’ll find yourself in Northumberland, England’s most northern county. There’s a lot to see and do here, but the highlight of the area is the Northumberland National Park. The park starts at the historic Hadrian’s Wall – one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks – and stretches north to the Scottish border, taking in rolling hills and picturesque valleys along the way. You can explore the park any way you want – choose from an array of walking and cycling routes, or why not try horse riding or rock climbing?
Gaze in awe upon Antony Gormley’s iconic, 20m high Angel of the North. Or peruse the ground-breaking works of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Venture into the subterranean depths of the 19th-century Victoria Tunnel. Or explore Tyneside’s history at the excellent Discovery Museum.
Shop to your heart’s content at one of the UK’s largest department stores, Eldon Square. Or pick up high street branded clothing at bargain prices at the Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre. Browse in hundreds of stores, catch a movie or enjoy a game of ten-pin bowling at the intu Metrocentre. Or step into the past at bustling Grainger Market, which has been trading since 1835.
In the atmospheric setting of a 12th-century friary, feast on medieval fare with a modern twist at the award-winning Blackfriars. Dine on exotic creations washed down with Champagne, at the chic Silk Room. Or choose from delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes at the Scrumpy Willow & the Singing Kettle.
If gin is your thing, then be sure to stop by Pleased To Meet You, which stocks 50 different types at its historic premises. Housed in a former bank, Revolution’s soaring ceilings and marble pillars lend a refined setting to this popular bar. Indoor waterfalls and Eastern finery adorn the Tup Tup Palace club. While a state-of-the-art light and sound system makes Digital one of the hottest Newcastle nightspots.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts is one of Newcastle's top attractions, and a must-see for art lovers. Perched on the south bank of the River Tyne, this free art gallery has no permanent collection, but houses a changing programme of exhibitions and events. Expect to see anything from blockbuster exhibitions by internationally renowned artists to smaller scale displays by emerging local artists.
Be dazzled by the many things to see and do while on holiday in Newcastle. From shopping to seeing the Angel of the North, Newcastle offers a wealth of activities that are sure to amaze and inspire.
Nightlife options can be found in abundance in Newcastle. From Newcastle’s many bars and restaurants to lively nightclubs and other venues, there’s something to please all.
Read our pick to top 5 events taking place in Newcastle. From the Bupa’s Great North run to the annual EAT! Festival, Newcastle has plenty of events all year round.
Head north from Newcastle and you’ll find yourself in the glorious Northumberland countryside with many things to see and do. Escaping the city, you’ll delight at the possibilities to be had, from seeing Hadrian’s Wall or in venturing south to Durham, home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle.