Things to see and do

NewcastleGateshead is the regional capital of North East England. United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and vibrant visitor destination. You’ll find world-class culture, a vibrant and buzzing nightlife, award-winning dining, a rich heritage, fantastic shopping, acclaimed architecture and a passion for sport all wrapped up by the famous Geordie spirit.

NewcastleGateshead Quayside

The banks of the River Tyne and the famous Quayside area are packed with cultural venues and are the perfect place to admire some of the seven bridges that span the river including the famous Tyne Bridge. On the Gateshead side you can wander through the international home for music, Sage Gateshead, one of the world’s premier music venues which is home to The Royal Northern Sinfonia and hosts many acts from all music genres. The neighbouring BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is housed in a landmark industrial building and has previously played host to the prestigious Turner Prize.

Sage Gateshead

Across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge – the world’s first and only tilting bridge that links Newcastle and neighbouring Gateshead – you’ll find Live Theatre, one of the destination’s many performance venues.

The medieval castle that gave the city its name – now known as Newcastle Castle – is a must see. Visitors can explore the Castle Keep and Black Gate to discover the city’s ancient heritage and enjoy the new exhibits that allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for the inhabitants of the past.

Grey's Monument

Grainger Town is the historic heart of Newcastle and is home to Grey Street, which thanks to its stunning Georgian architecture has been voted Britain’s best-loved street. The focal point of Grainger Town is the impressive Grey’s Monument, erected in 1838 to commemorate the Reform Act of 1832, drafted during Earl Grey’s time as Prime Minister.

Grainger Town is also home to the Theatre Royal and a vibrant range of restaurants, bars and cafes, galleries and independent shops.

Grainger Town

Football fans can head to St James’ Park, Newcastle United’s home ground. The stadium is visible from right across the city and on match days the atmosphere is electric and you can hear the roar of the crowd, as the ground is a stone’s throw from the main city centre.

Newcastle United

Newcastle is world-famous for its Brown Ale, but now many craft breweries have sprung up in the region, offering a wide range of authentic local ales. Visitors can settle down for a pint that has been brewed on site in The Bridge Tavern’s own micro-brewery, or visit Wylam Brewery’s spectacular home in the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park.

Wylam Brewery

With an exciting restaurant scene, there’s so many choices for places that offer seasonal and locally-sourced dishes, including House of Tides or Blackfriars, which is the oldest UK dining hall. And famed for its nightlife, the city has an abundance of traditional pubs, cocktail bars and nightclubs to choose from for after dinner drinks.

The Broad Chare

NewcastleGateshead will play host to England’s biggest event in 2018, Great Exhibition of the North, which takes place from 22 June to 9 September and celebrates Northern art and culture, design and innovation. Venues right across the city centre will be taking part and visitors can step out across the city to discover three trails. Visit for more information.

Great Exhibition of the North

Find out more about the unique delegate experiences on offer in NewcastleGateshead, or visit for a full guide of things to see and do in the region.

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