Newcastle remains a popular destination in the UK for weekend breaks and it’s clear to see why. There’s something for everyone no matter what your interests are. But how do you squeeze so many activities into one weekend? Here are the 5 must things to see and do while in the city.
|St James’s Park, Newcastle|
Places to shop
If you’re a shopaholic, you’re in for a treat. There’s no better place to indulge your passion for shopping than the city’s MetroCentre. Located on the outskirts of Gateshead, it is Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre. Since opening in 1986, the MetroCentre has been under constant renovation, never resting on its laurels to bring the best shopping experience to the locals. By adding more floor space and areas, they have created a shopping environment that suits all ages and interests with high street names rubbing shoulders with small boutiques and kiosks.
Perched on the banks of the River Tyne, this grand building offers a rather unique dining experience. A bistro whose style harks back to French settings waits for you in what was once Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company. By using the finest local produce, they are able to offer clean dishes with maximum impact on the taste buds. Have the sommelier recommend a wine for you or have enjoy the cigar shack. Altogether, these make Bisto Du Vin one of the more unique restaurants in Newcastle.
A city of Culture
Also located along the River Tyne, this unassuming large industrial building is actually an international centre for contemporary art. What was once a working flour mill, BALTIC has established itself as a leader through its ever changing exhibitions. With no permanent collection, this dynamicity allows them to showcase new talent and work frequently, which means there is always something new to see.
The Theatre Royal celebrated its 175th birthday in February and is still going strong. Opening way back in 1837, this grade I historic landmark is one of the most famous theatres in the country. Last year, the theatre underwent a huge restoration project to inject some life into its appearance and comfort. Now covered in shimmering gold and red upholstery, it now matches its elegant history. Over the years, The Royal Theatre has opened its doors to a number of performing arts and continues to do so with dance, plays and musicals hosted throughout the year.
The city is football mad. Any trip to Newcastle is not complete without a visit to the famous football ground – St James’s Park. Even if it’s just to buy something in the club shop or have a pint in Shearer’s – named after the prolific striker. But if you would like to know more about the history of this great club, take a look at the stadium tour; you won’t be disappointed. As you are guided from stand to pitch via the player’s tunnel, you’ll hear of fantastic battles, the legends that define the club and that eponymous year of 96 where they almost won the title. To go one step further, attending a match is unlike anything else. As the chant goes ‘We are the loyalist football supporters, the world has ever had’.
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