Newcastle is arguably one of the most underrated cities in all of the UK. Its location up north means it’s a place that many people don’t get the chance to pass by, so it’s seldom viewed as the tourist hotspot that it is.
There are many reasons for this, chief amongst them the prejudice that most northern English cities face from southern English media outlets. Newcastle could contain Disneyworld and it would still be met with a sneer from national newspapers, who salivate over the tiniest of shifts in London’s culture.
However, Newcastle’s brimming with more things to do than some of the hippest hottest spots in the nation’s capital.
In fact, we’ve been trawling the streets of Newcastle for days on end to track down the most interesting joints in this seldom celebrated city. Take a look at our list to see what we’ve found.
- Newcastle Airport
Chances are you never realized there was an airport in Newcastle, and yet here we are. Newcastle Airport is a big-hitter, crammed with a surplus of amenities for the fussy flier.
One of the most important facilities on offer is valet airport parking on SkyParkSecure.com, which allows patrons of Newcastle Airport to have their cars collected directly from the terminal for private parking.
Alongside this invaluable service are a slew of top-notch eateries and shopping locations. For grub, our pick of the litter is Bar 11, which provides a delectable combination of pub food and traditional dishes that will fill you up before your flight. For shopping, look no further than World Duty-Free, which offers a range of products at a decent price.
This is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of this airport – pay a visit for the full experience.
- Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
It may look like a hangover from the industrial age, but Newcastle’s Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is one of the most important galleries in the UK. In stark contrast to its minimalist interiors, this is a space that’s overrun with creativity, bringing together community projects, outstanding artwork and fine dining for an experience that could rival the Tate Modern.
- Angel of the North
Anthony Gormley is one of the most important artists of the modern age, and so it means a lot that he decided to place his Angel of the North sculpture on the outskirts of Newcastle. This gargantuan statue is 20 meters tall with wings measuring 54 meters across. It’s a sight to behold, and one that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling overawed.
- Life Science Centre
The Life Science Centre is a hub for scientists, clinicians, educationalists and business people to promote the advancement of the life sciences. It might not sound like a blast but the Centre also caters to parents who want to teach their children about the wonders of science, with an event-packed calendar all year round.
That’s our list! Can you think of any other brilliant reasons to visit Newcastle? It’s a fun-packed city with plenty to see and do, so let us know your Tyneside experiences in the comments below!