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

Newcastle upon Tyne Travel Guide: 831 reviews and 1,634 photos

On the Millennium Bridge

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'm aiming to update the page regularly and will note here when I do so:

April 2014 update:
505 Bar Apartments - another new accommodation find
November 2013 updates:
Jury's Inn Newcastle
Ottoman Restaurant, a great value Turkish restaurant in the centre of town
Da Mimmo's, an unpretentious family-run Italian restaurant
Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle, a good choice for vegetarians
the Settle Down Cafe
the Quayside Sunday Market, a Newcastle institution
September 2013 updates:
Marconi House, a great accommodation find
Dabbawal Indian restaurant
a beach on the Tyne
Popolo, a great bar for cocktails and more
March 2013 updates:
Sir Bobby Robson memorial
Jackie Milburn statue
Oak restaurant
Marco Polo Italian restaurant
Sleeperz Hotel
January 2013 updates:
Alison's Apartments - Sallyport House
Caffe Vivo - a super new restaurant find!
Alvino's Bar

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: Aug 2013
  • Intro Updated Apr 4, 2014
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  • 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!)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at your new tips from April 2012. (I've seen the ones from March already.) The Millenium Bridge looks great, and I'm glad to learn it's car-free.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    You visit such lovely places and create some wonderful adventures and memories. Thanks for sharing them Sarah!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Wonderful April updates, Sarah :-)) I love your photos of the Millenium Bridge at night!!! And am hungry again when I look at your photos of the dishes at Pan Haggerty and Saffron (oh delicious Tandoori chicken!!).

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Some nice updates on Newcastle here, Sarah! Bessie Surtees House looks like a nice little place to visit, looks like the city is full of little surprises. I will make it there one day. Hopefully you will get to follow Newcastle Utd in Europe this year as you hoped- they are looking good for the last Champions League qualifying place- not that I want to jinx them or anything! :D

  • yvgr's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Hi, you've got very informative VT-pages on Newcastle. Thanks.

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Great trips! Planning a trip to Newcastle soon!

  • zadunajska8's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Thanks for all the Newcastle tips, Sarah. Now I'm actually looking forward to my trip to the city for a conference.

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