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Newcastle Guide

So you’ve decided on Newcastle – great! Now it’s time to load up on a few facts about the city. Here’s a quick snippet of our insider knowledge on The Toon.

Getting in


Newcastle’s a pretty long drive if you decide to travel from the south but wherever you’re coming from, it’s easy to get in via the A69 off the M6. from London, it’s estimated that your journey will take around 4-5 hours and from Birmingham around 3.


East coast railway lines connects Newcastle to London, York, Scotland and a couple of others in between. Cross Country trains and the Transpennine express run services to places closer by. Each train will get in to Newcastle Central Station – handily, you can pick up the Metro service from here too!


If you’re travelling in from the south of the UK or Ireland and south Wales, you might want to consider picking up a flight to Newcastle. Newcastle airport accepts a ton of domestic flights and is a really convenient way to get there from a range of cities. It can even be cheaper and easier than train travel or petrol sometimes, so make sure you have a quick search before deciding on your transport.  

Entertainment Venues

Metroradio Arena

This buzzing venue in Newcastle is actually the 7th busiest in the whole world, so don’t be too surprised if you’re struggling to make your way in the door! It hosts sports, ice shows, music, comedy and theatre all year round and is one of the biggest and best venues to see your favourite stars in the whole of the UK.

O2 Academy

These fantastic arenas are popping up all over the country and they really are a gateway to all of your favourite acts, bands and shows. Located close to Newcastle’s central metro station, it’s a perfect addition. See John Newman, Reel Big Fish, Foals and Newton Faulkner amongst many other massive names.

Newcastle City Hall

This venue is a little more traditional and plays host to a variety of plays, musicals, live acts and comedy. Lee Mack and Ross Noble have performed here and even Paul Hollywood has cooked live along with a rousing choral performance from Gareth Malone! It’s on Northumberland Road and is absolutely stunning inside.

Top of the Shops

We’ve pinpointed some of the best independent stores in the city of Liverpool so that you can enjoy a shopping experience which is totally unique to the city.


It was named one of the best vintage stored outside of London in 2012 by Vogue so you know its big business. If you want to bag a vintage find, this is the place to be! It’s been around since the 1980s and it’s a real trendy haunt in Old George Yard.


If you like your fashion a little more new, Skirt Boutique will get those fashionable juices flowing. Just about everything in store is totally lust worthy and even though you might need to take out a second mortgage for a full outfit, there’s definitely nothing wrong with splurging on an ‘investment piece’, right!?

Grainger Market

This covered market is a real part of Newcastle’s heritage and it’s perfect for picking up foodie and fashion treats alike. Find it on Grainger Street.

Central Arcade

This devastatingly handsome arcade which links Grey Street to Market street is the ideal place to find some pretty souvenirs of your trip and great for simply pottering about and soaking up Liverpool’s fantastic atmosphere!   

Because the best things in life are free…

Sometimes, money can be tight on a hen weekend and with a wedding to pay for, it’s best to save those pennies where you can! With that in mind, we’ve put together a couple of the best free activities out there in Newcastle.

Baltic Mill

This art gallery is home to all things trendy. See modern art in spacious surroundings on the covetable south bank of the river Tyne which work with the local community and really make the most of its industrial surrounds. Think Tate modern but with a Geordie twist! It recently hosted the turner prize for art and in the past, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormeley have all exhibited there over the years.

Angel of the North

Everybody’s familiar with this iconic structure and you can go and get up close and personal for free when you visit Newcastle. Stand underneath the 54 metre structure and then pull a pose for a picture – you can’t not.

Jesmond Dene

Stretching between Gosforth and Byker, this beautiful stretch of parkland is the perfect city escape and is a great place to relax with a spot of lunch with the girls.

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