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A Few Days In Newcastle upon Tyne. Any Recommenda

oldngrumpy Member Posts: 118 Pioneering
A few years ago I went to Edinburgh for Hogmanay by National Express coach.  Coming back on the coach it broke down, so we had to transfer onto another coach. 
Don't ask me why, but I got off mistakingly at Newcastle. I was stranded. Had a panic attack. A lady from National Express Newcastle sorted me overnight accommodation at a Hostel.
The Hostel was lovely, clean and a good atmosphere.
Anyhow, I always vowed to go back to Newcastle upon Tyne one day.

I have just booked a mini weekend break in Newcastle at the same Hostel, mid to late November.

Has anyone been to Newcastle upon Tyne, has anyone got any recommendations.
I do like a couple of bottles of German beer.
But I like to browse shops, without buying anything.

Any recommendations? 
Thank you.


  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 4,955

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    Hi @oldngrumpy

    I have never been to Newcastle unfortunately, however I would love to go one day. 

    I found this list of the 10 best things to do in Newcastle, which you might find some of interesting :) Perhaps you could try and catch a concert, or go to a football game?
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,803 Pioneering
    I live in Tyne and Wear. Not the specific area of Newcastle Upon Tyne. However, I have obviously been a lot. There’s loads to see and do. @Ross_Scope your missing out!
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,981 Pioneering
    edited October 2
    My parents were geordies and moved out of New Castle   after the war.  but we spent many a time going back to visit every year. They never lost their accents. I have fond memories of visiting relatives they used to complain they couldn't understand me. We used to go the coast. 
    They've both passed away now and when I hear a geordie accent it's feels kinda homely. I haven't visited Newcastle for many years sadly.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,285 Disability Gamechanger
    Eldon square is good for shopping
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,803 Pioneering
    @woodbine yes I was there yesterday morning actually. Still quite quiet though compared to what I am used to. I won’t complaint though, it was easier to get in and out, navigate around and be served in the shops I went in. 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,242 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2
    I’d recommend seeing Durham cathedral @oldngrumpy, it’s in a really nice position high above a river. There  are a few shops about too and a good fish and chip shop near the centre of Durham, the centre is smaller than I had imagined but nice. Oh yes, you can catch a local train back to Durham which takes about ten minutes tops!

    theres also a good flea market at tynemouth railway station on a Sunday morning too, also easy to get to by train.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    If you have time, jump on the metro and explore the surrounding area.  Sunderland isn't far away and I'd recommend the Winter Gardens there, the coast isn't too far away either with plenty of places to enjoy a beer at the North Shields Fish Quay, Tynemouth or Whitley Bay.
  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    As I live not far from Newcastle the Quayside is a popular tourist attraction. There is the Sage and Baltic on the other side of the river just across the Millenium bridge. Plenty of pubs and restaurants for food and a sit down. On Sunday morning there is a market on the Quayside with many stalls selling their goods and food stalls aswell. Great for a look.

    Are you staying in the centre of Newcastle or on the outskirts? As a resident Im not aware of any hostels other than thkse for the homeless!
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,530 Disability Gamechanger
    I used to live 3 miles away from Newcastle city centre, & grew up & studied in the area. Newcastle is great for window shopping, & nearby Jesmond Dene used to be one of my favourite places to go (I have a photo of Jesmond Dene set as my desktop picture).
    I'd endorse the recommendations above......the Quayside, the Millenium Bridge, or get the Metro to Tynemouth, & see the flea market in it's railway station......we sold books there for many years, & I'm pleased to see it's still going.
    Not to mention visit Newcastle's oldest reputed pub, the 'Old George' in the Cloth market, which I visited with my friend in 2017 prior to going to see Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys fame) in Times Square.
    I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit. :)


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