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Reviews of Newcastle upon Tyne

8

Very good

18 January 2017

Not really in a position to say, I was in Newcastle to attend Freemans Hospital for my normal post transplant clinic so didn't see anything apart from railway station, hotel and hospital.
Robert
United Kingdom
1 review
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

I was born and bred on Tyneside, and while the faces and nationalities are new to the area, there is enough left to keep it the way it always was.
James
France
10 reviews
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

The shopping is very good with a wide range of shops in door and out door plus great eating places the river is a must with a very nice walk along the river side and super resultants and bars near by
Michael
United Kingdom
2 reviews
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

Definitely the best UK city for a short (or long) break. Varied nightlife, culture, magnificent architecture and friendly people.
peter
United Kingdom
12 reviews
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

Great city lots to do, lots of places to eat and drink friendly people lovely market on a Sunday morning.
Michelle
United Kingdom
1 review
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

Great lively city and really easy to get about. Just great to take a walk in. If you're looking for somewhere to eat Aneesa's is amazing.
LillyR
United Kingdom
2 reviews
6

Review score

19 January 2017

Trip was for hospital appointment for my wife. Didn't get into Newcastle. Been before and enjoyed all other visits
Neil
United Kingdom
2 reviews
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

Best city in England, so if from down south, don't come. You'll hate it!
Geoff M
United Kingdom
8 reviews
10

Exceptional

18 January 2017

Fantastic city very lively friendly people , good restaurant and elegant shops ,
Giuseppe
United Kingdom
2 reviews

Accommodation and hotels in Newcastle upon Tyne

Rooms Inn

7.8 Good

Score from 1732 reviews

£25

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    392 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Jurys Inn Newcastle

8.5 Very good

Score from 3391 reviews

£47

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    620 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    553 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    194 related reviews
Jurys Inn Newcastle Gateshead Quays

8.5 Very good

Score from 2862 reviews

£52

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    576 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    514 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    274 related reviews
Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead

8.2 Very good

Score from 2575 reviews

£45

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    538 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    419 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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The Vermont Hotel

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 2284 reviews

£76

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Royal Station Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 3585 reviews

£50

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  • “location was great”
    773 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    603 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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Grey Street Hotel

8.1 Very good

Score from 2217 reviews

£58

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  • “location was great”
    739 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    476 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    208 related reviews
New Northumbria Hotel

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 1467 reviews

£46

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    509 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    266 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
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Cairn Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1240 reviews

£50

Average price per night
  • “very clean and tidy”
    198 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    194 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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Discover Newcastle upon Tyne

Popular neighbourhoods in Newcastle upon Tyne

Quayside

25 properties

The Tyne Bridge rests tiara-like over the city skyline – no wonder the Quayside is the area’s crowning glory. By day, culturites bustle over the sleek Millennium Bridge to the BALTIC gallery and Sage concert hall. By night, these architectural masterpieces cast a spectrum of light over the river as locals totter between the city’s busiest bars.

Jesmond

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Hop on the metro and skip over to Leafy Jesmond. This village-like suburb is just outside the city centre, with a mix of well-to-do locals and a lively student population. Bask in a little luxury at Sohe Asian fusion restaurant – their culinary gems and bespoke cocktails will spark off your evening before a night out on Osborne Road.

Newcastle City Centre

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Welcome to the core of Newcastle life. You need shops? Hit Eldon Square. You need nightlife? Strut your stuff on Collingwood Street. You need a “stottie” sandwich (this is a statement, not a question) – pop to Greggs bakery. For a truly Instagrammable afternoon, catch lunch at Two Fifths restaurant then relax and recharge at Pink Lane Coffee.

Local tips for Newcastle upon Tyne

Central Arcade Shopping
Jaime by Jaime

The song “Wherever you go you’re sure to find a Geordie” is pretty much Jaime’s theme tune.

Whenever I’m in the city centre I like to stroll through Central Arcade, just south of Grey’s Monument. Its ornate tiling and mosaics will make you feel like you just stepped into another century! You’ll also find the official tourist board shop for all of your Geordie nick-knacks!

  • Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 6EG
  • www.newcastlegateshead.com
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 09:00–17:30, Thursday 09:00–19:00, Friday–Saturday 09:00–17:30, Sunday 10:30–17:00.
Tyneside Cinema
Kirstie by Kirstie

Kirstie loves cooking and will always seek out the best restaurants around.

The Tyneside Cinema is a great place to catch an independent movie and it’s also the only full-time newsreel theatre left in the UK. They have free daily screenings of archive footage and guided tours around the Grade II-listed building, so you can really delve into the past.

  • 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 6QG
  • www.tynesidecinema.co.uk
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–23:00.
Tourist ferries along the Tyne
Niamh by Niamh

Irish Niamh loves visiting the north of England and meeting its friendly locals!

A river cruise is the best way to see Newcastle’s quayside and the bridges over the River Tyne. Some boats offer sightseeing tours, while others host parties and dinners. Just watch you don’t get caught out in The Toon’s infamous fog!

  • Duke Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE29
  • www.nexus.org.uk
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 06:45–19:45, Thursday–Saturday 06:45–22:40, Sunday 10:15–17:45.
Roman Wall / Hadrian's Wall
Bruno by Bruno

Italian Bruno likes to complete a day’s sightseeing with an old-school Italian aperitif.

Newcastle sits right on the edge of what was the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Wall was built to mark the boundary and you can visit remains of the wall, as well as Roman fort reconstructions such as Segedunum in Wallsend and Arbeia in South Shields.

  • Royal Quays Outlet Centre, Coble Dene, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 6DW
  • www.visithadrianswall.co.uk
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–16:30, Sunday 09:30–16:30.
Minchellas (ice cream) at Shields beach
Aimee by Aimee

Despite leaving her hometown nearly 10 years ago, Sanddancer Aimee will always be proud of her northern roots!

If the sun is shining, hop on the metro and head over to neighbouring South Shields. You can stroll along the beach and enjoy an ice cream at Minchella’s Ice Cream Parlour. Ask for it with a flake and extra monkey’s blood – the local nickname for raspberry sauce!

  • 11 Ocean Rd, South Shields NE33 2LD
  • minchella.co.uk
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–18:00, Sunday 09:30–18:00.
O2 Academy for gigs
Delfines by Delfines

Hailing from Brittany, Delfines loves travelling to seek out a new beat and great rock scene.

Did you know that Jimi Hendrix and Sting’s musical roots stem from the Newcastle gigging scene? If you want to catch some indie bands or just let your hair down to some live music, then head to the O2 Academy near Central Station.

Victoria Tunnel
Louise by Louise

Louise is a big kid at heart and loves a little adventure, trying out new places and unusual things.

Armed with a hard hat and torch, tour guides lead you through these secret tunnels as oblivious shoppers wander the streets above. This is definitely a treat for history lovers, as the guides detail the tunnels' history, including its use as an air raid shelter.

  • Arch 6. Stepney Bank. Tyne & Wear. NE1 2NP
  • ouseburntrust.org.uk
  • Open Thursday 18:30–19:30, Friday 10:30–11:30 and 13:30–14:30, Saturday 10:00–11:00 and 13:00–14:00, Sunday 13:00–14:00.
Seven Stories
Olivia by Olivia

Olivia loves planning fun days out with her family.

I like to take my young niece to Seven Stories. Decked out in fancy dress, their story-tellers are able to engage and entertain little ones too young to read. For your first visit, I recommend hiring a sensory backpack, which helps you connect with your little reader in a whole new way.

  • Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
  • www.sevenstories.org.uk
  • Open Monday – Saturday 10:00–17:00, Sunday 10:00–16:00.
Head Of Steam
Ben by Ben

Ben has toured the UK with his band, so knows a thing or two about great live music venues.

This cool pub is set over 2 floors with a stage for unsigned bands and DJs to play on, a vaulted cellar and an awesome beer selection. If you're buying, mine's a pint of Erdinger.

  • 2 Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5EN
  • www.theheadofsteam.co.uk
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 12:00–02:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–03:00.
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Recommendations for Newcastle upon Tyne

take time to stroll along the quayside amongst the bridges and visit the sage and the baltic buildings to surround yourself with the outstanding views through the day and especially at dusk when the buildings and bridges are a light show themselves. enjoy the outskirts of the city and the history you don't always have to go shopping. there's alot to discover about the place.

So many good restaurants- from the usual budget-friendly chains to interesting independent places

Lots of big shopping centres not too far away, City Centre has everything you want.

Some different shops and found staff very helpful

The Baltic Centre Rooftop Restaurant

All locals we met were lovely.

Museum and the people

Do not arrive tired

People in the pubs

Transport

Newcastle upon Tyne transport

Airport

Airport trains run from 05.44 (06.27 on Sundays) until 23.58 and a single fare costs GBP 4.60. The metro’s green line leaves from below the railway station and takes 24 minutes to reach Central Station, stopping at Haymarket and Monument too. It runs from 05.37, Monday to Saturday and from 06.29 on Sunday with the last services leaving at 22.40. A single ticket costs GBP 3.40, while Day Rover passes are GBP 7. Silver airport taxis charge between GBP 20 and GBP 30.

Metro

The city’s metro network is made up of a green and yellow line. You can buy tickets at stations and single fares are valid for 90 minutes, costing GBP 1.80. A unlimited Day Rover pass costs GBP 7 and is valid for travel on metro, trains, buses and ferries. The metro runs from 05.37 from Monday to Friday, and from 06.29 on Sundays. The latest services stop around 23.59. Fines of GBP 20 apply if you don’t have a valid ticket.

Train

Newcastle offers frequent services to several UK cities, as well as connections between the north and south of the city. There is a train station next to the famous MetroCentre, one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Trains are run by different providers depending on their route and most timetables can be checked online on the National Rail website. You can buy tickets online or in stations, such as the city’s main one, Newcastle Railway Station.

Bus

Buses are run by different providers, so fares and timetables vary depending on the route. Bus stops in the city are yellow and you can buy tickets on board by stating your destination. Lines run from around 05.00 until 23.00, depending on the route. Some night bus services are available and this will also vary by provider. The Day Rover ticket can be used on buses, too.

Bicycle

There are some bike paths in the city but this is an ongoing project. There are bike routes set on the outskirts, such as Hadrian’s Cycleway (National Route 72), which goes from Silloth Down on England’s west coast, all the way to South Shields, just outside Newcastle. Bike rental companies can be found in the city centre. Hire costs around GBP 10 for a half day.

Ferry

Newcastle’s ferries run between North and South Shields, on either side of the River Tyne. They are run by Nexus and Day Rover tickets can be used on these services, too. Single fares are GBP 1.60, while the Ferry DaySaver costs GBP 2.60 and offers one day’s unlimited travel. Ferries run every 30 minutes and each crossing takes 7 minutes. North Shields and South Shields metro stations can be found nearby. Between June and October, 3-hour boat trips are available.

Car

It’s recommended you use public transport within the city itself. If you are driving, you can park on the street and pay for this using a meter, which only accepts coins. Remember that most residential streets will be for permit holders only, especially during the day.

Food in Newcastle upon Tyne

Top restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne

Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Di Marco Caffe
  • 93 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EG
  • Open Monday–Saturday 08:30–18:00, Sunday 09:00–17:00.
  • 441912611547
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
Grainger Market
Cheap 'n' tasty
Seafood
Lyndsay's 'To Go'
  • Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 5QG
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–17:30.
  • 441912612995
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Slice
  • Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 5QG
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–17:30.
  • www.graingermarket.org.uk
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
Tyneside Bar Café
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Panis Café
Good value
American
The Stand Comedy Club
  • 31 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1EW
  • Open Sunday-Thursday: 11:00-00:00; Friday and Saturday: 11:00-1:00
  • www.thestand.co.uk
  • 0191 300 9700
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Bar Loco Newcastle
  • 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4PG
  • Open Sunday–Monday 15:00–01:00, Tuesday–Saturday 12:00–01:00.
  • barloconewcastle.com
  • 441912325871
Good value
Malaysian
Chilli Padi
Good value
Greek
Kafeneon
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mediterranean
Paradiso
  • 1 Market Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QQ
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–14:30 and 17:00–22:30, Friday–Saturday 11:00–22:45.
  • www.paradiso.co.uk
  • 441912211240
High-end dining
British
Blackfriars Restaurant
Good value
Turkish
Istanbul Cafe & Bistro
  • 19A Ridley Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8JN
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:55–23:00.
  • 441912610605
Good value
Chinese
King Neptune
  • 34 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XQ
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–13:45 and 17:45–22:30.
  • 441912616657
Cheap 'n' tasty
Japanese
Nudo
Cheap 'n' tasty
Turkish
Red Mezze
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Scrumpy Willow & The Singing Kettle
  • 89 Clayton Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 5PZ
  • Tuesday–Wednesday 10:00–18:00, Thursday–Saturday 10:00–22:00, Sunday 11:00–16:00.
  • scrumpywillow.com
  • 441912212323
Good value
British
The Living Room
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
The Ware Rooms
High-end dining
Italian
Oak Newcastle
  • Ground, Milburn House, Dean St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1LF
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–23:00.
  • 441912323200
Good value
British
The Sausage Emporium
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Zapatista Burrito Bar
  • 9 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DQ
  • Open Monday–Wednesday: 11:00–19:00; Thursday–Saturday: 11:00–20:00; Sunday: 11:30–18:00
  • www.zapatistaburrito.com
  • 0191 222 0800
High-end dining
Belgian
Big Musel
  • 15 Side, Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
  • Open Sunday–Monday 15:00–01:00, Tuesday–Saturday 12:00–01:00.
  • www.bigmussel.co.uk
  • 441912321057
Good value
British
The Bridge Tavern
  • 7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UF
  • Open Monday–Thursday 12:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–01:00, Sunday 12:00–23:00.
  • www.thebridgetavern.com
  • 441912619966
Good value
Cafe
The Settle Down Cafe
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