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Newcastle travel guide: things to see and do for a city break, top hotels, top restaurants

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Newcastle Castle

“It’s not so new anymore,” Bryony Hatherley told Culture Trip, this medieval structure is what gives Newcastle its name. The castle is open to visitors from Thursday to Monday, but from May 26 to June 6 it will be open every day.

Cross the Tyne Bridges

The bridge that “symbolizes the city’s identity the most” is the Tyne Bridge, Bryan Dearsley told PlanetWare. When it opened in 1928, it was “at that time the greatest arch of any bridge in the world”. Crossing the Tyne on foot or by bike via the “spectacular” Gateshead Millennium Bridge, is one of the best free things for visitors to do. Opened in 2001, it connects Newcastle’s ‘revitalized’ Quayside area to Gateshead’s ‘hip arts district’.

A night on the ‘Toon’

“The Geordie Nation” know how to let loose and have fun like few others, Nooruddean Choudry said of Joe. A night on the “Toon” should definitely be on any weekend itinerary.

The Diamond Strip is up there with “Newcastle’s most glamorous neighborhoods”, Hotels.com said. It’s right in the “beating heart of the city”, the places are “chic and upscale”, but also “noisy and wild” as soon as night sets in. Other party hotspots include Bigg Market, home to some of Newcastle’s biggest traditional clubs and bars; the Quayside, which offers “elegant” venues directly on the River Tyne; and Dean Street, “a must visit for beer lovers”.

The platform

It’s “the place to go” for pubs, clubs and restaurants, Bryony Hatherley told Culture Trip. Now a modernized center for arts, music and culture, “discover the Quayside market on Sundays and the festive atmosphere of the area on Saturday evenings”.

Sage Gateshead

This iconic riverside concert hall “looks like a giant, shiny slug (in a good way),” Time Out said. “Like the Sydney Opera House” it is worth visiting even if you are not there for the music.

Galleries and museums

While its art scene is often overlooked in favor of big cities, Newcastle is actually home to a “thriving gallery community”, said Helen Armitage on Culture Trip. The Baltic Center for Contemporary Art is “one of the premier galleries in the north of England” while The Biscuit Factory is the “largest commercial arts, crafts and design gallery in the UK”. Small independent galleries include The Outsiders and System Gallery.

The Discovery Museum, a science and local history museum, is an “educational and fun place for the whole family,” Time Out said. “Not to mention the impressive 35 meter steam turbine vessel that greets you upon arrival.” At the Great North Museum: Hancock “you can learn everything from polar exploration to space travel”.

Angel of the North

If you’re coming by car, take a detour off the A1 to visit the Angel of the North, David Whitley told the i. Just south of Newcastle in Gateshead, it’s ‘well worth the extra journey time’. Antony Gormley’s masterpiece “looks stunning from the road, but the curves and details up close offer a new perspective”.