Are you preparing to spend some time in Newcastle? Are you short on funds, but would like to get out and about? Then you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve done the research and have put together a list of fun, mostly inexpensive things you can do in Newcastle upon Tyne. You may be surprised at all the things you can do here!
1). The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle: this is an art gallery located just before the Ouseburn neighbourhood, where you’ll find a gallery that’s one of the larges in the UK dedicated to independent arts, craft and design.
The building was once a Victorian warehouse, but today it’s used to host meetings, craft fairs and even private parties. The gallery hosts four exhibitions each year, where about 250 artists are able to display their work. So, even if you’ve visited before, you’ll always find something new at each quarter’s exhibition!
Oh, and did we mention the Factory Kitchen? This is a large, independently run café in the Biscuit Factory gallery. You’ll find all types of seasonal foods on the menu, which includes yummy brunch, international cuisine, and more. Everything is made with local produce. And there’s even a rooftop terrace, where you can take in some great food along with the wonderful view of the Ouseburn Valley!
2). Ouseburn: this is the hipster neighbourhood of Newcastle, which is down along the water and Quayside. Here, you’ll find some lovely bars, restaurants and more where you can enjoy some great food either outdoors or indoors. Enjoy craft beers and more as you walk along the river.
If you take the path along the water, you’ll eventually come to the Tyne Bar, where they serve up some wonderful live music, drinks, and pretty views of the River Tyne at the Free Trade Inn. We also need to mention that they even have a free jukebox ready to play your favourite songs!
3). St. James Park: are you interested in football? If so, then why not visit a football stadium right in the centre of town! United Stadium offers tours for anyone who enjoys football. The guided tour includes the changing rooms, the tunnel and the media room.
And from the pitch, you’ll also be able to enjoy the view of Tyneside!
4). Holy Jesus Hospital: this place has been around for 700 years and was first used as a place to tend the sick and needy. However, these days, the building is open for visitors on National Heritage Days.
Here, you’ll enjoy taking a stroll back through history. The site includes the remains of a 14th century church wall and window from an Augustinian friary, and more.
The building, a Grade II building, was used as a hospital, as well as a base for Henry VIII’s Council, and later a museum in the 70s.
5). Victoria Tunnel: located in Ouseburn Valley, the tunnel was once used to make it easier for wagons, transporting coal, to pass through the town during the 1840s-60s. Later, during WWII, the tunnel was an air raid.
These days, touring the tunnel includes an underground visit, and explains what stands above it—hint, one of the structures is Hadrian’s Wall.
You’ll need to call ahead and prebook a tour to visit the tunnel.
6). University of Northumbria: if you fancy some beautiful architecture, then why not make a visit to the University of Northumbria and visit the Sutherland Building built in the 18th century and Burt Hall.
Burt Hall is named for Thomas Burt, who was General Secretary of Northumbria Miners’, an MP and then Secretary of State of Trade. Here, you can view the building, built in 1895. Burt Hall is built of red brick and terra cotta, with sandstone ashlar dressings, and a graduated Lakeland slate roof.
If you enjoy architecture, you’ll love stopping by these buildings!
7). Grainger Market: if you love fresh locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and more, then you need to pay a visit to Grainger Market. Open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm, you’re sure to find something wonderful to snack on or use to make dinner.
You can also stroll the building and view crafts produced by local vendors!
8). Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art: if you enjoy contemporary art, then a visit to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is in order. Not only is the building a beautiful creation of orange bricks, but there’s a lot of history there, too.
Most visitors say it’s best to start your visit on the fifth floor, where you can enjoy some amazing views of the city. From there, work your way down to visit the galleries.
9). Great Northern Museum: this is a great place for everyone, including families with young children. If you’re short on funds, you’ll be happy to learn that this museum is completely free to visit.
Here you’ll find the Living Planet Gallery, which shares information about wildlife and habitats. On the same floor, there’s an exhibit on Hadrian’s Wall, where you can learn all about the forts and detailed history of this wall.
Near the entrance of the museum is the Mouse House, which has been created for kids under 5 years of age. Here, the kids can enjoy some regular activities and have a great time!
There’s so much more including the Fossil stories, Egyptian mummies, and more. Your whole family will enjoy this free museum!
10). Sage Gateshead: this is an international music centre and conference/event venue in Newcastle. Each year, the site is host to over 2 million visitors and over 400 concerts featuring all types of local, regional and international music.
11). Anzac Memorial: take a stroll along the Anzac Memorial, where you can remember those who fought in WWI. You’ll also be able to enjoy the stunning coastline in this area, along with 360-degree views of the city.
The site also features history panels that offer information about the conflict, includes names of servicemen from the city, and more.
There you have it! We tried to include a mix of different activities to choose from, and hope you were able to find 2-3 that really capture your interest, while providing a rest for your wallet!