Having had the company of a Brit during my week-long affair with El Nido Palawan, I thought I’d give in the spotlight for one of our super friends as they shed some light on a very nice spot in the UK – Newcastle.
Planning a visit to ‘The Toon’? It doesn’t have to be all about shopping and the nightlife, you know (although those two aspects are pretty amazing!). Spending a weekend in Newcastle can provide you with a well-rounded trip that will make you appreciate the North East a little more than you did already. Book a Travelodge in Newcastle and take a look at some of these typical itinerary fillers that could keep you entertained during your stay.
Whatever the time of year you choose to head to the North East, there’s bound to be plenty for you to do. From the surfing opportunities during the autumn months to the cultural treats all year round, there’s something for everyone.
Explore the City
You don’t need anything other than your own two feet to explore Newcastle. The city centre is compact and easily accessible, and provides some cultural and architectural gems for you to appreciate.
Enjoy a walk through Old Eldon Square, a public square located on Brackett Street, which has some fabulous greenery to relax on if the weather permits.
Take a walk down Grey Street to Quayside, where you will find plenty of trendy bars and restaurants for you to spend your evenings. If you want to dance till dawn or just enjoy a bite to eat, this is a cracking place to be.
Cross over the Millennium Bridge to neighbouring Gateshead and take some time to explore the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art before feasting your eyes on the incredible Castle Keep and Black Gate, the last surviving remnants of the 11th century fortification that provides the city with its namesake.
Less than 6 miles away from Newcastle city centre, on the other side of Gateshead, is the iconic statue of the Angel of the North that’s an absolute must-see during your visit. Designed by Antony Gormley and completed in 1998, it continues to stand proudly on the southern edge of Low Fell.
Afternoon Tea Break
Every day exploring needs an opportunity to stop, take the weight of your feet and sup a good brew. Head for Café Royal on Nelson Street if you fancy a homemade cake or Stewart & Co in West Jesmond makes some fabulous scones and coffees.
A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the largest indoor shopping complex in Europe – the Metrocentre. Full to bursting with high street chain stores, you can shop to you drop here. Alternatively, head for Fenwick – a traditional department store located on Northumberland Street for some high end offerings, or take a stroll around the city centre for a deluge of independent boutiques.
A Little Further Afield
Don’t let your stay be limited to the city. Instead, head to Tynemouth Longsands for the day. Just 30 minutes from Newcastle and you can be in surfer heaven. Don your wetsuit and learn some moves or just sit back and watch as the waves crash in.
Book a Travelodge in Newcastle and enjoy a couple of days away from the humdrum of day to day life. You’ll be surprised at how much the North East has to offer you.