I’m back! And, as promised I will be sharing with you my time I had in Newcastle at the end of October.
Newcastle will always be a special place for me. If you didn’t know, it was where I did my undergraduate degree. I decided to move 300 miles away from home, a decision which to this day was probably one of the hardest, yet best decisions of my life. Newcastle was my first ever home away from home, so in this post I’m going to share with you some of my favourite places to go in Newcastle and why.
My first stop in my 24h here was Quayside 🙂 Quayside is quite possibly the most recognisable part of Newcastle, with the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, The Sage and The Baltic. But Quayside is also home to lots of other places, including lots of great little bars and restaurants (I was totally unadventurous and went to Pizza Express) as well as Quayside Seaside (which I thought was only there in the summer… turns out it’s there year round!). Quayside holds quite a few memories for me and it definitely a place I’d really recommend going to visit both in the day and in the evening 🙂
Also worth catching down on Quayside is the swing bridge opening. You can generally find the times of this online (nb these 2 photos were not from this visit).
From Quayside a great place to visit is The Baltic. The Baltic is an art gallery, but it is also home to a pretty cool little shop and 2 pretty impressive viewing Galleries. Not forgetting its cafes/restaurants. In the summer it (and the Tyne Bridge) is also home to a breeding colony of Kittiwakes.
Walking up towards the town from Quayside you may come across Newcastle’s Castle. The castle has quite recently gone through quite a lot of restoration and has received quite a lot of lottery funding. It’s a really interesting visit, as well as that it has more great views of Newcastle from the top 🙂
Next up is the Town itself. Newcastle is a great little city. And I mean little. You can be from Quayside to the other side of town in around 15-20 mins. The architecture of Newcastle is lovely, particularly as you wander up Grey Street. Where quite a high percentage of buildings in this area are listed buildings.
Finally, my visit to Newcastle wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the uni to reminisce. It is actually a lovely campus situated in the city and is well worth a visit.
Have you ever been to Newcastle? Are there any places you’d recommend visiting? Would you like to visit Newcastle if you’ve never been before?