Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle is often referred to as the jewel of the North thanks to its 2,000-year-old Roman history, bustling nightlife and famous Geordie hospitality. Plenty of culture and excitement awaits you in this well-loved city, as you’ll be free to explore sites such as the Medieval Castle, the Anglican Cathedral and the more recent iconic statue, The Angel of the North. After a day of sightseeing, a memorable night on the Toon could very well be in order, as Newcastle’s nightlife has been ranked amongst the best in Europe.

If you’re looking to book a break in the lively Newcastle, look no further than Best Western. Our selection of unique hotels can be found close to the city centre for constant excitement, and a little further out for some rural relaxation. Whichever hotel you select is sure to offer you a truly wonderful stay, close to all of Newcastle’s excitement and culture.

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Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is becoming ever-more popular as a destination for staycations, with a host of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. During your stay at one of our Newcastle hotels you’re sure to enjoy exploring the city’s scenic spots, thriving galleries and museums, and historical gems - dating back to the Roman times.

 
  • Cycle along the Tyne: If you’re looking for an active day out in Newcastle, you’ll find a cycle trail running directly next to the Tyne. The trial includes plenty of flat paths to create an easy but rewarding journey ending in the beautiful town of Tynemouth.   

  • Discovery Museum: This iconic building is situated in the heart of the city, taking you on a journey through Newcastle’s maritime, scientific and technological past - stretching all the way from the Roman times to the early millennium.

  • Tynemouth Longsands Beach: Although the weather may not always be so favourable in the North East, the golden sands on this Blue Flag award-winning beach are breathtaking come wind, light rain or shine. The beach also happens to be a popular surfing spot, with the Tynemouth Surf Co offering a great surf school for beginners, or anyone feeling a little rusty.

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Shopping in Newcastle

Are you looking for an outfit to give you the wow factor during your night on the Toon? Or just a place to enjoy some relaxed retail therapy? Newcastle boasts department stores, shopping centres, markets and talented local vendors - all waiting for you.

  • intu Eldon Square: you’ll find every high street store imaginable at intu Eldon Square, including Pandora, Apple, Office and John Lewis. You’ll also find plenty of your favourite well-known food spots, to keep you fuelled throughout your shopping trip.

  • intu Metrocentre: Just three miles outside of Newcastle, you will find the UK’s largest shopping centre where you’ll be treated to a host of retail stores, cinemas, free parking spaces and lovely eateries - for a rejuvenating meal or cuppa. We’d recommend picking up a map, as getting a little lost is rather common.  

  • Quayside Market: This lively historic market is open each Sunday from 9:30am until 4pm. You can browse the local crafts, artwork, food and plants for sale, for a lovely lazy Sunday.

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Eating and drinking in Newcastle

This well-loved Northern city is home to many fabulous bars and restaurants, meaning you can choose between bustling, lively spots and laid-back, relaxing eateries, to suit whatever your mood.

 
  • Aveika: This contemporary Japanese restaurant and Late night bar in Quayside offers Japanese classics with a modern twist. You’ll be able to enjoy fabulous food, signature cocktails and a late-night dance all in one sleek venue.  

  • Tyneside Coffee Rooms: Your Sundays are about to get a whole lot better as you enjoy good food and a free film as part of brunch club, at this favourite Geordie spot. Cult film night is also run every Monday.

  • The Tyne Bar: Enjoy a laid-back pint by the waterside in The Tyne Bar. You’ll be free to appreciate live music and a wonderfully unique beer garden, that’s framed by the Glasshouse bridge.

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Culture and nightlife in Newcastle

Newcastle has become something of a cultural hub in recent years, as its art galleries, impressive museums and historical monuments have been wowing visitors from all over. In fact, out of all UK cities, Newcastle has the third-highest number of listed buildings. Geordie is also recognised as a separate dialect from standard English, so make sure to brush up on some popular phrases before your visit.

  • Theatre Royal: As one of the only Grade I theatre halls in England, the architecture of this theatre is just as impressive as the award-winning shows put on here. Pre-theatre dining, theatre bars, an afternoon tea and an Artisan ice cream shop can also be found inside.

  • The Biscuit Factory:  Spend a day at the UK’s largest independent contemporary art and design gallery, set in a stunning former Victorian warehouse.

  • Florita’s Miami Bar: Do you love Miami Vice? Yes. Do you love delicious cocktails? Yes. Then head to Florita’s bar and spend your night dancing in this wonderfully bohemian spot. The VIP suite has also been known to welcome celebrities such as Lady Gaga.

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