"A city and its river" Top 5 Page for this destination Newcastle upon Tyne by toonsarah

Newcastle upon Tyne Travel Guide: 909 reviews and 1,908 photos

Tyne Bridge and Sage

Rarely is a city defined so clearly by one single feature in the way that Newcastle is defined by its river. The city?s history has been shaped by the river, especially by ship-building, and now that the ship-yards are largely lost to history, the life of the city, especially its cultural and social life, continues to flow from the banks of the Tyne.

A walk along the Quayside will reveal striking bridges, cultural venues such as the Sage music centre and Baltic art gallery, as well as plenty of pubs and bars.


A passion for football

But the city has another heart, its football club, and that is where my love affair with Newcastle began. If you want to support a club with guarantees of success and a trophy cabinet packed with silverware, look elsewhere. Supporting Newcastle United is about passion and about solidarity - solidarity with your team, your fellow fans and your city.

Check out my travelogue to see what I mean!

Elegant streets

Elsewhere in Newcastle you'll find elegant streets such as Grey Street, good shopping, restaurants, pubs and bars, and a wealth of cultural attractions.

And if you tire of the city you're only a short ride by Metro from the coast, or an easy drive or bus ride from some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.

I visit here regularly, as my husband is a Geordie (native of Newcastle) and we have many relatives and friends here. I update this page regularly - most recent updates below:
May 2016 updates:
Motel One - a new city-centre hotel
Centurion Bar at the Central Station
Newcastle Arts Centre
April 2016 updates:
Jacobin apartment - near Blackfriars
The Stand bistro
Centre for Life - a child-friendly science museum
The Discovery Museum
The Vampire Rabbit - a Newcastle curiousity
January 2016 updates:
Pandongate House - another lovely holiday let apartment
Catpawcino - a new cat café
dAt bAr - quirky bar/restaurant
May 2015 updates:
The Broad Chare - gastropub
Statue of William L Blenkinsop Coulson, a local benefactor
The Sailor's Bethel, an unusual-looking chapel
January 2015 updates:
Great Coffee - coffee on the Quayside
High Level Bridge
Swing Bridge
Local Heroes (Quayside walk of fame)
Lying-in Hospital
Stoll Picture Theatre
Custom House
Byker Wall

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A warm welcome in a beautiful lively city
  • Cons:The wind can be a bit sharp, especially for this soft southerner!
  • In a nutshell:Toon, Toon, Black & White Army!
  • Last visit to Newcastle upon Tyne: Jan 2015
  • Intro Updated May 20, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    I enjoyed reading your April 2016 updates. The Discorvery Museum sounds especially interesting.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      May 1, 2016 at 2:37 PM

      Thank you Don - I was impressed with that one and will definitely go back to see more

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Will return later, have run out of time. Interesting seeing how huge the crowds are at the Football stadium

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Interesting updates from January 2015.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Hello, Sarah! It's always great to read and to reread your travel pages! Good for you! Thanks for sharing!

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Jan 18, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Thanks Victor - it's great that you're online again these days and we can share our travels on VT :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Me again, coming back to read your updates from 2014. I never realized Newcastle was such a popular destination for the ominous stag and hen parties.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Dec 17, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Thank you Don - yes, it's one of the main party capitals of Europe for young people. But luckily there's plenty for all age groups, and as they tend to congregate in just a few areas it's easy to find somewhere to appeal to those of us more advanced in years and/or sedate of nature ;-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Fabulous updates to your so excellent Newcastle page, dear Sarah!!

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Thanks to you i have learnt a lot about my birthplace and feel it is my duty to visit Newcastle and have a good look round. When i was in UK a couple of years ago i decided that it would be the last time, but recently i have been contemplating a return in June '15 or '16 for a month. My plan would be to fly from Manila to Edinburgh (KLM), perhaps for 4 days as i was a youngster there and my favorite cousin lives there, so it would be nice to see it for a final time. Then a week in Iceland (encouraged by Regina's wonderful photos). On to Dublin for 3 or 4 days, a city i intended to visit on my last 2 trips to UK but other obligations prevented me from doing this. Rest of the time with family in London. Looks like i will have to change my plans and have two days exploring Newcastle. The hop-on and off bus should do the trick and i believe that most of the other stuff can be done on foot in the city center.
    Do you remember Littlebush and his wife Anya? They are presently in Kyrgistan on their way to emigrating to Perth , Aus. They are going to visit us here for two weeks next month, looking forward to showing them around.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Aug 18, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      You should definitely try to fit that into your itinerary! Two days would be enough to see the main sights - everything is pretty central and walkable, and I'd be happy to help you plan :-)

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Aug 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you so much

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Wonderful pages...I enjoyed your writing.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Sarah, I've enjoyed reading your updates and new tips from the past year. Great that you are keeping this page up to date.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Oct 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Thanks Don. We go there several times a year and there's always something new to discover :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Hello, Sarah! Thanks for your comprehensive and very interesting page about the City on the River!)

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