How many can you tick off?
Moving to a new city is exciting! With lots of new things to try and experience, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you out we’ve put together our very own Newcastle bucket list, highlighting some of the best experiences in Newcastle and the North East.
Visit the Angel of the North
You cannot spend years in Newcastle without visiting the region’s most well-known landmark: The Angel of the North. With its prime location, situated on a hilltop just off the A1, it is impossible to miss. You can’t not make a pit stop and get a picture for the gram!
Take a trip to Tynemouth
One of the best things about being a student in Newcastle is that you are literally a stone’s throw away from the coast. If you ever need to escape the city and get some fresh sea air, Tynemouth is a great choice. Just hop on the metro and you can be there in under 30 minutes. Take a walk down Front Street to the beach, where you will pass a multitude of quaint cafes and trendy bars to stop in. Stroll along Longsands Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand, which has held several national surfing championships. Maybe, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could brave the North Sea and try some surfing for yourself. No trip to the seaside is complete without fish and chips, and with the likes of Riley’s Fish Shack and Longsands Fish and Chips to choose between, you are spoilt for choice.
Stroll through Jesmond Dene
Situated in the popular student suburb of Jesmond, Jesmond Dene is a rural escape from busy city life. It is a great place to go for a morning stroll, especially if you need to clear your head after a big night out. If that isn’t enough to persuade a visit, it also has its very own farm: Pet’s Corner, where you will find a variety of animals, including pigs, goats, sheep and even alpacas.
Make your way to the Quayside Sunday Market
If you’re a big fan of independent eateries, local produce and handcrafted goods, then a visit to the Quayside Sunday Market is a must. The market takes place every Sunday, from 9am to 4pm, and runs from the Swing Bridge along to the Millennium Bridge. There are so many cuisines and different independent traders to try that you’ll definitely need to visit more than once to enjoy all it has to offer properly.
Take a trip to Edinburgh
Technically not in Newcastle or the North East however, being this close to Scotland, you cannot pass up the opportunity to visit its capital. Only an hour and a half train ride from Newcastle central station, Edinburgh is a vibrant city with something to keep everyone occupied for a day. Make the trek to Arthur’s Seat for some incredible views of the city or stroll through the cobbled old town where there are lots of picturesque buildings, delightful boutiques, and tasty restaurants. If walking isn’t your thing, Edinburgh has copious shops, bars and restaurants to keep you very busy. If you are visiting Edinburgh over the festive season and are a lover of Christmas markets, the Edinburgh Christmas market is a must – it is spectacular!
Enjoy drinks by the quayside
Now Newcastle isn’t exactly known for its great weather, but we do have the occasional day of sunshine throughout the year and, when the sun is shining, there is no better place than the quayside. There are plenty of bars for you to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, whilst soaking up the sun and looking out at the River Tyne. We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon!
Go watch at match at St James’ Park
Whether you’re a football fan or not, you cannot complete your Newcastle bucket list without going to watch the magpies play at St James’ Park. Over 50,000 people make their way to the stadium to watch each home game, so surely it must be worth trying at least once. With its great atmosphere, even if you have no idea what’s happening on the pitch, it’s still an enjoyable day out.
We hope this list gives you somewhere to start when it comes to exploring your new home. This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are many other things to try around Newcastle and the North East, so get exploring.