Lots of something for everyone – bars, China Town, football, Roman history and Hadrians Wall, shopping.


Lots of cheap places to stay under £40 a night. Two are recommended on the map below as central but quiet.


See the map below for many more. Lots of great bars.

The Hotspur is my favourite on the edge of the University and St James Park football ground it sells a good variety of beers and has a really good vibe.

Hotspur Bar

The Percy Arms is a few doors down and has 9 screens showing racing and football with 70’s music and drinks prices.

Percy Arms

The Stack is a heated outdoor venue with live music and a screen showing sport. Lots of little restaurants here and a great variety.

The Quayside – Wetherspoons with lots of outdoor seating by the waterfront.

The Victoria Comet is great for people watching across the road from the station

When getting the train home mind and leave time to pop into the Centurian bar voted the most ornate first-class lounge in the World and now a pub in the station selling great beers.


Chinatown has many but our favourite is King Neptune, service is always good.

Chinatown entrance

Our favourite Indian is Simla as a wee bit different with great service.

In the same street is Prima, a nice Italian where you dine under the huge railway arches (indoors).

The Moulin Rouge Cafe and Grill is a working persons cafe with great Persian grills at good prices. Note that this is a cafe bot a restaurant.

The Zucchini Pasta Bar gets mixed reviews but is worth a visit


Newcastle racecourse at Gosford – Numbers 43 and 44 leave from Haymarket Bus Station and the journey is 15 to 20 minutes

The Great North Museum is free and has loads of attractions displayed in an interesting interactive way. A large Roman collection including the first representation of the Zodiac in Britain.

The Baltic Museum is free and in an old flour mill across the river with great views, a restaurant and a shop.

Whitley bay is a great day out. Stop at Tynemouth train station to visit the Tynemouth market held in this Victorian Station every Saturday and Sunday. In Whitley Bay have fish and chips in the UK’s best fish restaurant in the Spanish City with its ornate dome.


Plenty of cheap places but our favourite is the city centre Premiere Inn in the old co-op building at the centre of everything.

Premier Inn in old co-op building

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