Things to do | Posted 24 Jan 2013

If you’ve booked to stay at one of our hotels in Newcastle and Gateshead, or you’re thinking about taking a trip to the North East, hopefully we can help you find a few things to do while you’re here.

Restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead

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.

Shopping In Newcastle

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.

Sightseeing in Newcastle

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.

Newcastle Theatre Shows

The Theatre Royal turned 175 last year, and if you want to see a show, this is the place. Choose between plays, pantomimes, ballets and many more events – find out what’s on today.

The Theatre Royal isn’t the only stage for you to see something live. The Metro Arena holds over 11,000 people and has hosted some world famous shows. Events coming up this year include the Strictly Come Dancing Tour, Meat Loaf and Jesus Christ Superstar. Take a look here for all upcoming Metro Arena events.

Newcastle Football

One of the things Newcastle is known for is being extremely passionate football supporters. Newcastle United plays at St James’ Park, one of the biggest and best stadiums in the country.  If you’re not lucky enough to be able to catch a game, you can take a stadium tour.

if you're looking for more things to do, don't forget to check out our Innsider Guide of things to do in Newcastle.

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