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The northeast's largest city is becoming a popular destination with many travellers searching for the genuine England away from the tourist hoards down south. Its metropolitan area, which includes the suburbs of Gateshead, Sunderland, South Shields, North Shields and Tynemouth, offers an impressive array of attractions with many of Newcastle's top sights relating to its Roman heritage at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall.

Practical information

Gateshead Quays Visitor Centre

St Mary's Church, Gateshead
Tel (0191) 478 4222
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Newcastle Tourist Information Centre

Main Concourse, Central Station, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Train, Metro Central Station
Tel (0191) 277 8000
Open Jan-May Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm; Jun-Sep Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Newcastle Tourist Information Centre

132 Grainger Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Metro Monument
Tel (0191) 277 8000
Open Jan-May Mon-Wed 9.30am-5.30pm, Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm; Jun-Sep Mon-Wed 9.30am-5.30pm, Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Wed 9.30am-5.30pm, Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm

Coming & going


Newcastle International Airport handles flights to most major European destinations including flights on many budget airlines including easyJet, Flybe and Jet2. The metro runs between the airport and the city centre.


Ferries operated by DFDS Seaways go to IJmuiden near Amsterdam. Ferries depart from the ferry terminal at Royal Quays in North Shields, 11.25km east of the city centre.


National Express has coaches from Newcastle to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and York.

Coaches depart from the coach station on St James Boulevard (metro St James).

During summer the Hadrian's Wall Bus (route AD122) runs several times each day between Carlisle and Hexham following the course of the wall and stopping at visitor attractions en route. One bus each day goes all the way from Bowness on Solway to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Wallsend. It connects with train and other bus services at Carlisle, Haltwhistle and Hexham. A one-day ticket on this bus costs £8 and a three-day pass costs £16.


Newcastle is on the main Edinburgh-London rail line and train station is on Neville Street in the city centre.


CrossCountry trains go to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York; First TransPennine Express trains go to Leeds, Manchester, Middlesbrough and York; East Coast trains go ro Edinburgh, London, York and Northern Trains go to Carlisle, Darlington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

Local transport

The Newcastle area has an excellent public transport system that is comprised of buses and a metro.

Single tickets cost from £1.40 to £2.90 depending on the distance travelled. There are also the Metro DaySaver pass that gives you unlimited metro travel after 9am on weekdays and all day on weekends. The DaySaver costs £4.80 or £3.90 on weekends and after 9am on weekdays.

Hostel accommodation

Albatross Backpackers Hostel

51 Grainger Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Metro Central, Monument
Tel (0191) 233 1330

No booking fee when you book this hostel online through

YHA Newcastle

107 Jesmond Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE2 1NJ
Metro Jesmond
Tel (0191) 281 2570

No booking fee when you book this hostel online through

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Angel of the North

Britain's largest sculpture is in Gateshead, 8km south of Newcastle. The steel sculpture is 20 metres tall with a wingspan of 54 metres and can be seen from the A1 motorway.

Bus any bus (except express buses) from Gateshead Interchange stand J
Tel (0191) 433 8400

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

This Roman fort was built in 160 ABus and was the supply base for the forts along Hadrian's Wall. The museum features artefacts depicting life in Roman times.

Baring Street, South Sheilds
Metro South Sheilds
Tel (0191) 456 1369
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

This former warehouse on the south bank of the Tyne hosts a programme of temporary exhibits in its five exhibition galleries.

South Stone Road, Gateshead
Metro Manors
Tel (0191) 478 1810
Admission free
Open Mon-Wed 10am-7pm, Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Bede's World

This open-air museum depicts life in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. It includes a recreated 7th-century village and farm and a museum with artefacts from the late 7th and early 8th centuries.

Church Bank, Jarrow
Metro Bede, then bus 526, 527
Tel (0191) 489 2106
Admission £5.50
Open Jan-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun noon-4.30pm; Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun noon-5.30pm; Nov-Dec Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun noon-4.30pm

Blue Reef Aquarium

This aquarium overlooking the North Sea is home to a wide variety of tropical and local marine life.

Grand Parade, Tynemouth
Metro Cullercoates
Tel (0191) 258 1031
Admission £7.75 (£6.75 students)
Open Jan-Feb 10am-4pm daily; Mar-Oct 10am-5pm daily; Nov-Dec 10am-4pm daily

Castle Keep

Built by Henry II in the 12th century, Newcastle's Castle Keep is one of the country's finest remaining examples of Norman keep.

Castle Garth, St Nicholas Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Train, Metro Central Station
Tel (0191) 232 7938
Admission £2.50 (£1 students)
Open 9.30am-4.30pm daily

Discovery Museum

This museum has lots of interactive science exhibits aimed at kids, but there are other displays including Turbinia, the first ship to be powered by steam turbines, and exhibits on Newcastle that include artefacts from Roman times and reconstructed city scenes.

Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Train, Metro Central Station
Tel (0191) 232 6789
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

This pedestrian and cycle bridge links Baltic Square, Gateshead with Newcastle Quayside. It is unique in that it can tilt to form an archway allowing ships to sail underneath. It tilts every day at 12 noon.

Metro Manors

Great North Museum Hancock

This museum of natural history has a collection that includes a couple of Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs and live animals.

Barras Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Metro Haymarket
Tel (0191) 222 6765
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

Laing Art Gallery

The recently refurbished Laing Art Gallery is noted for its watercolour collection.

New Bridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Metro Monument
Tel (0191) 232 7734
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

Life Science Centre

This science museum has interactive exhibits that try to explain the wonders of life.

Times Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Train, Metro Central Station
Tel (0191) 243 8210
Admission £8
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

This former train station depicts rail travel in Victorian England.

North Bridge Road, Sunderland
Metro St Peter's
Tel (0191) 567 7075
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

St Nicholas' Cathedral

Although dating from the 13th century, St Nicholas' Cathedral also has additions from the 18th and 20th century. Its highlights include 15th century lantern tower.

Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Train, Metro Central Station
Tel (0191) 232 1939
Admission free
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 7am-noon & 4pm-7pm

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

Built in 122 ABus as the eastern-most outpost on Hadrian's Wall, Segedunum Roman Fort was home to 600 soldiers during 300 years of Roman rule.

Buddle Street, Wallsend
Metro Wallsend
Tel (0191) 295 5757
Admission £4.25
Open Apr-Oct 9.30am-5.30pm daily

Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley Art Gallery has displays of ceramics, glass, jewellery and metalwork as well as a collection of paintings from the Dutch and Flemmish masters.

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead
Metro Gateshead, then bus 27
Tel (0191) 477 1495
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

The South Shields Museum feature exhibits on local history and include the Tales of South Tyneside gallery and the adjoining art gallery has interactive exhibits that allow you to learn more about the paintings and their artists.

Ocean Road, South Shields
Metro South Shields
Tel (0191) 456 8740
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Stephenson Railway Museum

A must of railway enthusiasts, the Stephenson Railway Museum is home to many notable steam engines including George Stephenson's "Billy". Steam train rides are available.

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields
Metro Wallsend, then bus 337
Tel (0191) 200 7146
Admission free; steam train rides £2
Open Tue-Thu 11am-3pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

This museum has an eclectic collection of exhibits depicting the history of Sunderland from its prehistoric past to the present day. There is also an art gallery with a focus on Victorian paintings and the works of LS Lowry and an impressive Winter Garden that is home to over 1500 plants.

Burdon Road, Sunderland
Metro Park Lane
Tel (0191) 553 2323
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

Tynemouth Priory & Castle

This medieval castle and fort offers lovely coastal views.

Front Street, North Shields
Metro Tynemouth
Tel (0191) 257 1090
Admission £4
Open Jan-Mar Mon & Thu-Sun 10am-4pm; Apr-Sep 10am-6pm daily; Oct 10am-4pm daily; Nov-Dec Mon & Thu-Sun 10am-4pm

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