If you’re looking to get a bite to eat, Newcastle and Gateshead have a huge number of restaurants that cater to every taste. Blackfriars on Friars Street was opened in 2001 and is a critically acclaimed traditional British restaurant. If you’re looking for a more exotic menu, you can always try out The Old Siam. Situated 400 yards from the Tyne Bridge, the Thai restaurant has an excellent reputation both for service and quality of food. If you’re looking for a different cuisine, TripAdvisor has a huge database of restaurant reviews that will help you in making the right decision.
If you’re here for a shopping trip, Newcastle and Gateshead have some fantastic places to go. The MetroCentre in Gateshead is the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK and a great family experience. There are shops, restaurants, bars, a cinema and things for kids to do.
Over the Bridge in Newcastle, you’ve got Eldon Square Shopping Centre where you can browse the many high street stores and eat in one of many restaurants available.
If you’ve come for sightseeing, your trip might start before you even arrive. If you take the A1 road into Gateshead or Newcastle, you’ll see the Angel of the North. This sculpture has been standing for almost 19 years and is a massive 66 feet tall with wings that measure 177 feet across. One famous incident involving the Angel of the North was in 1998, when it was dressed in a Newcastle United shirt famous striker Alan Shearer’s name on the back.
Newcastle and Gateshead are home to a few bridges that are easy on the eye, to say the least. Jurys Inn Newcastle Gateshead is only a couple of minutes from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, and our Newcastle hotel is close to the Redheugh Bridge, but you can see more of the city’s fine bridges here.
If you go for a walk around the city, Quayside is an absolute must! Once an industrial area, Quayside has now been redeveloped into a modern arts, culture and musical environment – as well as new housing developments being built.
If you cross the river on Quayside, you’ll see the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. As well as being an impressive looking building, this centre was the venue for the Turner Prize in 2011. The prize exhibition attracted almost 150000 people – more than any previous Turner Prize exhibition.