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Newcastle is one of the liveliest cities in the UK, with plenty of attractions to suit everyone. Good food, sandy shores, live entertainment and plenty of sight-seeing – Newcastle could be up there with one of the best places for a city break in the UK. Conveniently, there is a YHA hostel right in the middle of all the action, so here are some fabulous things to do in Newcastle whenever you’re next in the toon!

Angel of the North

One of the first things to do in Newcastle is visit the Angel of the North. This breath-taking sculpture has been welcoming visitors to Gateshead since 1998. The sculpture is huge, you won’t miss it- it’s taller than four double deckers and its wingspan is as big as a jumbo jet. It is one of the most famous statues in the UK so warrants itself to be a must-see when visiting the North East.

Intu Metrocentre

The Metrocentre is the largest indoor shopping and leisure centre in Europe and has a vast variety of shops, restaurants and leisurely activities, including an IMAX cinema. This shopping centre in Newcastle is home to major department stores such as TKMAXX, Primark and Marks & Spencer, as well as several high-street and designer stores. It is safe to say that the Metrocentre has something for everyone – it’s a shopaholic’s dream!

Tyne bridge

Probably the most famous sight to see in Newcastle, the Tyne Bridge links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead together. It is a reminder of Newcastle’s historical and industrial past as well as its recent transformation. It has featured in many television programmes and films and gets visited by millions of people each year. This bridge is one of 7 and is iconic to local Geordies as well as other Northerners – the bridge is widely recognised because of it being a part of the Great North Run running route.

St. James’ Park

St. James’ Park is home to Newcastle’s own football club, Newcastle United and is one of the most visited attractions within the region. Footie-fans can enjoy the liveliness on match day, or if you can’t make it to a match, you can explore the stadium on a private behind the scenes tour, giving you access to the pitch, changing rooms and trophy cabinets. You might even spot a player!

Long Sands beach, Tynemouth

If you’re wanting to escape the buzz of the Newcastle city life take a twenty minute trip to the North East coastline. There are four main beaches to choose from, but we recommend Long Sands beach in Tynemouth. The seafront is dotted with bars and restaurants and you can snap up fresh fish and chips. There is also an aquarium on the sea front and the ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle remain, which offer amazing panoramic views of the coastline and North Sea.


The Geordie capital is known for a wild night out as Newcastle city centre draws large crowds every night, including students, locals, tourists, celebs and stag and hen dos. Along side the River Tyne, there are numerous bars and restaurants to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re going to an event, the theatre, pubs or clubs – there’s a wide variety of locations to let your hair down.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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