World-class culture, a booming nightlife, unique architecture and the famous Geordie spirit: Newcastle Upon Tyne is northern charm. B Sunglasses is proud to call Newcastle home, and we love sharing its stunning river views and serene coastal walks with visitors. Follow our guide of things to do and you’ll be dying to call Newcastle home too.
Take a riverside amble
The proud bridges of the River Tyne are spectacular. There’s the beautiful red Swing Bridge, the second oldest on the Tyne; the grand green Tyne Bridge, the star of the show; and the newer dazzling Millennium Bridge leading to the arts quarter. All together they make the aesthetically striking view of the River and a walk zig-zagging across the bridges makes for a great afternoon. Every Sunday from 9am until 4pm the vibrant and varied Quayside market, selling a range of jewellery, art, street food and clothes fills the Quayside.
Cycle along the coast
The glorious coastline that stretches from Tynemouth all the way up to the seemingly never-ending sands of Blyth beach is a peaceful day trip from the city. Hire a bicycle and tour the coast past the quaint lighthouses and ruined castles, on the craggy cliffs that tower over the swift tides. Stop for fish and chips, a Northern favourite and then fill up on ice cream at the iconic Rendezvous café or the award-winning Delaval Ices.
Enjoy seafood on the sand
Nestled into the sand below the steep cliffs at King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth is Riley’s Fish Shack, a one of a kind. Local market fish is served every day, except Tuesday, whilst stocks last and the menu includes favourites such as grilled kipper with flat bread and a tasty salad. Riley’s is a best-loved spot by the locals and they are ever expanding from the benches allowing views over the crashing waves, to deck chairs dotted around the beach. The secluded setting, serene views and smoky scents drifting from the mini kitchen are unmissable.
Walk down Grey Street
Stretching from the Monument in the city centre all the way down into Dean Street and onto the Quayside, Grey Street showcases Newcastle’s finest architecture. The grand buildings shadow the long-stretching road and house a number of shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Theatre Royal sits grandly on Grey Street and is luxurious inside and out. Just off Grey Street, Pani’s cafe is tucked away but is certainly no secret. Serving incredible Italian and Sardinian delicacies at an impressive speed, the tasty dishes bring regulars back time after time. What’s more, the paintings and decor are charming and the coffee is delicious.
Get artistic at the Baltic
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is one of the glorious buildings that styles the River Tyne. Situated on the south bank, the Baltic consists of 2,600 metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. Its unique setting and attractive building are all part of the allure but it has also gained an international reputation for its commissioning of cutting-edge temporary exhibitions. The sweeping views of the river and its bridges from the viewing deck are an amazing view into the splendour of Newcastle. What’s more, the Baltic’s own restaurant SIX that fills the top floor serves high-end cuisine with magnificent views. The Baltic is currently exhibiting work by Canadian artist Rodney Graham, ‘That’s not me’, and a unique showcase from American artist Adam Pendleton called ‘shot him in the face.’
Learn Geordie slang from a local
Voted the UK’s friendliest accent countless times, the Geordie accent is a warm welcome into Newcastle. Of course we’re biased, and for us the sound of a Geordie’s voice feels the hug of home, but we love to watch visitors try their hand at learning some slang. We’ll start you off, greet people with a hinny or a pet and they’ll think you’re geet lush like.
Marvel at the Angel
The majestic Angel of the North greets you as you arrive into Newcastle from the South. Designed by Antony Gormely, the Angel first spread its wings in February 1998 and has been dominating the skyline ever since. Weighing a whopping 200 tonnes, the Angel is a colossal celebration of North Eastern Pride, built to mark the end of the era of coal mining in Britain. On a sunny day, the wings of the Angel are a beautiful sight, whether you’re up close or whizzing past at 60 mph on the motorway below.
Experience Match Day
The distant sounds of roaring chants fill the city air on match day, as Newcastle United’s loyal fans wish for a win. Grab a pint in the Strawberry pub, opposite St. James’ stadium before the match and mingle among the regular fans. Match day for the Geordies is an extraordinary experience. There’s no better way to get involved than by pulling on an iconic striped strip top or scarf and blending in to the wave of black and white that tour the city pubs.
Soak up the musical atmosphere at the Sage.
The Sage is a music performance hall and an architectural masterpiece on the waterfront of the Tyne River. Housed in its spectacular curved steel and glass roof are two main stages of acoustic excellence, a music education centre, four bars, a brasserie and a café. Performances of a wide variety of music can be heard at the Sage such as world, rock, pop, classical, acoustic, indie, country, folk, jazz, electronic and dance. Its free entry to explore the centre, take in the views of the river or have a drink in one of the bars. If you can bag some tickets to a performance then you should jump at the chance because the Sage makes for a fantastic experience.
See the city by night
Newcastle nightlife is world famous. Whether you’re sipping a floral cocktail in the spectacular Botanist bar, gazing at the views at the Tyne Bar or getting bargain trebles along the Diamond strip, you’re in for an exciting night. Top clubs include, Florita’s, MSA, World Headquarters and House of Smith and all are conveniently located in the city centre meaning navigating a bar or club crawl is pretty easy if you haven’t sampled one to many trebles. The student scene is big and live music can be heard at many venues city-wide. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit different, the Stand showcases excellent stand-up comedy every night.
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