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36 Minute City Guide to Newcastle

Recent research we conducted found that guests who travel for business only get 36 minutes’ free time to explore a city they are visiting for work, despite over 90% saying they wished they knew more about the cities they visit!

Our hotel teams are experts when it comes to their cities and love to give our guests insider tips on their city’s hidden gems and the best things to see & do. So in response to this research, we asked our Newcastle team to create a short video on how to see the best of their city in just 36 minutes on foot or just a short car ride from the hotel!

Their top tips are:

The Gift: Visit Central Arcade - a beautiful Edwardian shopping arcade packed with unique boutique stores making it the ideal place to pick up a gift or souvenir. (7 min taxi, 16 min walk)
The Caffeine Fix: Boasting the best coffee and hot chocolate in the city, Blake’s Café is the ideal stop for a morning coffee accompanied with a scrumptious homemade cake. (6 min taxi, 16 min walk)
The View: Level four of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts offers visitors unrivalled and breath-taking views of the River Tyne and Newcastle. (9 min taxi, 23 min walk)
The Stroll: The River Tyne offers the perfect place for a quick refreshing walk taking in the sites of Newcastle. (8 min taxi, 23 min walk)
The Best Real Ale: As one of the most famous pubs in Newcastle, the Crown Posada offers a lively laughter-filled atmosphere that’s as rare as the pub itself. (5 min taxi, 14 min walk)

Staff Recommends

Best Bar: Join the mix of clientele at The Forth Bar (Pink Lane, Newcastle) where there's a wide range of ales and bottled lager.

Best Restaurant: The Big Mussel (The Quayside, Newcastle) has the finest selection of seafood in Newcastle.

Best Shopping: intu Metrocentre, Gateshead with everything from unique brands to price conscious stores, there is something for everyone here, all under one roof.

Best Sight: Jesmond Dene Park is one of Newcastle's hidden gems located in an old wooded valley. Surrounded by waterfalls and a water mill, The Dene is ideal for a leisurely stroll.

Newcastle City Guide

Bursting at the seams with culture, heritage, and the beautiful River Tyne, Newcastle is a city full of gems for visitors to discover. With excellent entertainment, fantastic cultural attractions, picturesque parks, and just a 20 minute drive to the coast, a trip to our hotel in Newcastle offers the perfect weekend getaway for those who want a little bit of everything.

The Gate

The Gate is Newcastle’s all-accommodating entertainment and leisure centre that offers everything from a cinema, a kids club, and a casino to a range of restaurants, clubs and bars. Just a 15 minute walk from Jurys Inn Newcastle, The Gate is the perfect place for a spot of dinner with the family or a night out to remember!

Metro Radio Arena Newcastle

Catch a show at the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England. Metro Radio Arena offers range of events from music, family shows, and comedy to sport, conferences, and exhibitions, making it a thriving hub of entertainment and hospitality. Whether heading up to Newcastle for stars such as Elton John or Lee Evans, or catching a family show such as Disney on Ice, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena is the venue to checkout, and just a five minute walk from Jurys Inn Newcastle.

St James’ Park

St James’ Park is home to Newcastle United Football Club and offers a great day out for supporters and visitors alike. Enjoy their fantastic ‘Roof Top Tour’ offering ‘magnificent’ views of the city and beyond, as well as a bird’s eye view of the pitch. For a sneak peek behind the scenes, the ‘Stadium Tour’ is a great opportunity to see the ‘backstage’ aspects of the stadium, with the added bonus of their ‘virtual assistant’ enhancing the tour experience.

Depending on which tour you choose, ticket prices vary between £15 - £25 for adults and £8 - £18 for children. Tour times and days vary dependent on the tour, take a look at the website for more information. Our Newcastle Hotel is just a 15 minute walk from St James’ Park.


Just a twenty-minute drive from Jurys Inn Newcastle, Tynemouth offers a fantastic day out for all. The stunning coastline offers great beaches to explore and enjoy a little bit of sun, sea, and sand. There is also plenty of heritage to discover with the Tynemouth Castle and Priory. In true seaside charm, Tynemouth has a lighthouse and pier, ideal for visitors wanting to take a stroll and soak up the beautiful views.

Alnwick Castle

Offering a day out to remember for families and groups alike, this iconic castle is an enjoyable forty-minute drive from our Newcastle hotel. Alnwick Castle offers stunning architecture ranging from the 14th century up to the 19th century, as well as beautiful surrounding parkland, which includes Hulne Abbey- a semi- ruined 13th century monastery. The castle has been used for location filming in many famous films, most notably the first two Harry Potter films!

The castle offers plenty of tours and events from a ‘Dragon Quest’ to ‘Broomstick Training’, making it an ideal family attraction. Tickets are priced separately for the castle and garden, however you can save money by buying a combo ticket online. Combination tickets cost £24.94 for adults and £9.88 for children aged 5-16. Opening times range between 10am and 5/5.30pm daily.

Centre for Life

Offering a fun filled day, Newcastle’s Centre for Life is an exciting museum filled with engaging science activities for all ages. With a range of exhibitions and activities, from the ‘BODY WORLDS Vital’ journey to ‘Space: a beginners guide’, there is plenty to explore and discover on life sciences and the world we live in.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £7.50 for children (ages 2-17). The centre is open 10am-6pm daily, opening an hour later on Sunday. The Centre for Life is conveniently located just four minute walk from our hotel in Newcastle.

Newcastle's Discovery Museum

Enjoy a unique day of discovery and exploration at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. A brief eight minute walk from Jurys Inn Newcastle, the museum offers a fantastic collection of maritime history, social history, science and technical material as well as regimental militaria and costume.

The museum offers free entry and is open 10am -4pm on weekdays, opening an hour later on weekends.

The Castle Keep

Discover a slice of Newcastle history with a trip to ‘one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman keep’ in the UK. Built by Henry the II between 1168 and 1178, The Castle Keep offers a great heritage attraction for all ages, with panoramic views over the River Tyne.

The Castle Keep is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, but opens at noon on Sundays. Adult admission is £4, with under 18s entering for free. This Newcastle attraction is a leisurely twelve-minute walk from our hotel.

Great North Museum: Hancock

This fantastic Newcastle attraction offers visitors a journey of discovery through natural science, world cultures, geology and archaeology collections and exhibits. The Great North Museum: Hancock offers a range of exciting displays such as a life- size T-Rex replica skeleton, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, Mummies from Ancient Egypt and a wonderful planetarium.

Entry is free. The museum is open 10am -5pm Monday to Friday, closing an hour earlier on Saturday and opening 11am -4pm Sunday. The Great North museum is a ten-minute drive or 20 minute bus journey from Jurys Inn Newcastle.

Intu Eldon Square

Immerse yourself in some retail therapy at Newcastle’s intu Eldon Square. Offering all the High Street favourites, intu Eldon Square has a plethora of shops to peruse, as well as plenty of great restaurants to grab a bite to eat.

Intu Eldon Square is an enjoyable twelve-minute walk through Newcastle City Centre from our hotel.