As you guys know, I love to travel. Last year saw me tick off 10 countries and I cannot wait to continue to explore different places and cultures again this year.
But aside from the long-haul trips and city breaks, this year I also want to bring my adventures a little closer to home. We are so lucky here in England that we have so many amazing cities, each with their own character and personality waiting to be discovered. I’m so excited to be teaming up with Newcastle Gateshead to bring you this post and to share my top reasons to visit Newcastle this spring! There is so much to do and so many places to visit so I though I’d put together a little list of my ‘top tips’ to make sure you get the most out of your trip. If you want more information go ahead and check out the Newcastle Gateshead website – www.newcastlegateshead.com
Voted the number one place in the world to visit in 2018 by Rough Guides, this year is ‘Newcastle’s time to shine’ and there really has never been a better time to book your trip.
United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. With world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining and inspiring heritage. If like me you simply like to wander around whenever you’re in a new place then the acclaimed architecture will surely be a highlight. Of course what makes Newcastle unique is the famous Geordie spirit which is symbolised by Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North as it welcomes travellers to the area.
So as promised, it’s time for my top
First of all, city breaks can be
expensive so finding things you can do for free is always important. Newcastle
Gateshead is full of fantastic free attractions such as The Great North Museum, Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Gallery so be sure to
check those out. For shopping you’re spoilt for choice with such a varied
retail offering, mixing independent boutiques with high-street mainstays.
Newcastle city centre boasts one of the UK’s largest city centre malls, Eldon
Square and the original Fenwick department store, while Gateshead’s Metrocentre
is Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex! For all the food fanatics out there,
whether you like honest pub grub, gourmet burgers or international fine dining
and Michelin star cuisine, there’s a wide array of dining choices. There’s such
a great variety but my top picks would have to be… Pink Lane Coffee, The Herb Garden and of course the famous Graingers Market which was built in 1835 and a
centre point of Geordie culture.
It is a well-known fact that Newcastle Gateshead has a lively and vibrant nightlife. Whatever your taste, there is a bar or pub to suit you. From traditional boozer to chic cocktail bar whatever you want, they’ve got it. Here’s a few of my favourites…
Founded in 2000, Wylam is a 30 Barrel Micro Brewery that resides at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park. Alongside the Brewery there is a Brewery Tap, which is open to the public Thursdays to Sundays inclusive. Serving the freshest Wylam Beers on Keg and Cask, The Tap Room pours exclusive brews and blends that can only be found within its cosy confines.
The Botanist is a bar and restaurant based in Newcastle’s Monument Mall development, set across the top two floors. The unique interior features a large sycamore tree as its centre-piece and both the roof garden terrace and dining areas serve as stunning vista points for views of the city centre. It boasts an extensive drinks menu serving globally-sourced bottled beers, ciders, cask ales and cocktails.
This swanky, sophisticated and stylish gin bar has transformed one of Newcastle’s most historic Grade II listed buildings into a contemporary bar with a difference.With over 50 types of gin available, and helpful staff on hand to help you make the right choice, the bar also has a wide range of local and international craft beers, cocktails and cask ales.
Last but certainly not least, this summer Newcastle Gateshead will be hosting the ‘Great Exhibition of the North.’ Eight days of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences celebrating the dynamic story of the North of England and how its innovators, artists and designers have shaped our present and inspired our future. You can find more information about the exhibition here.
So there’s my little run-down and hopefully it’s enough to tempt you to hop in the car or book those train tickets and get planning your trip to Newcastle Gateshead. I have only shared a quick look into a whole heap of things you can experience, so to find out about some of the other key events happening this year and get even more inspiration visit www.NewcastleGateshead.com or follow @altweet_pet on twitter.
*This post was kindly sponsored by Newcastle Gateshead.com*