Many travelers set their sights on London or Bristol when visiting Britain, but you might want to include Newcastle upon Tyne in your itinerary. Most commonly referred to as simply Newcastle, this city might be one of Britain’s most iconic cities.
Famous for its people’s Geordie dialect, the city’s industrial heritage, popular nightlife, and the eponymous and internationally loved brown ale, there are even more unique attractions for you to experience.
Here are five attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne you won’t want to miss.
1. Victoria Tunnel
Constructed in the 19th century, the Victoria Tunnel was originally built as a waggonway under Newcastle to transport coal from the Tyne River to the Town Moor between 1842 and the 1860s. During the Second World War, the Tunnel became a welcome air raid shelter to protect area citizens.
Newcastle now welcomes guests to visit the once-forgotten waggonway where you can enjoy an immersive experience with sonic and visual effects.
2. Grey’s Monument
Located in the center of town at Grey and Grainger Streets, a visit to Newcastle upon Tyne wouldn’t feel right without stopping by Grey’s Monument. This iconic monument is one of Newcastle’s best-known and cherished landmarks. You can see the evidence of that by how much daily activity and sightseeing goes on while you’re there. It’s also easy to spot from nearly anywhere in the city, so it’s a great spot to set up for meeting friends and family after you’ve done some exploring on your own.
Like the famous Earl Grey tea, the monument was constructed in 1837, in part, to eponymously honor the local politician who later became prime minister from 1830-1834. It is also important because it commemorated the Reform Act of 1832, which stamped out corruption and led to increased voting eligibility.
3. The Quayside
You can visit The Quayside on either side of the River Tyne. Both sides of the river allow you to enjoy some of the city’s best sightseeing, bike riding, and relaxed strolls before dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and pubs.
4. Ouseburn Farm Charity Ltd
If you’re like many people who daydream about a visit to the English countryside, you’ll want to see an authentic farm filled with sheep, goats, pigs, and Shetland ponies. You can see all those beautiful creatures and learn more about the area’s approach to local agriculture at Ouseburn Farm Charity Ltd. During your visit, you can buy some wholesome goodies like eggs and dairy products at the community farm.
5. Jesmond Dene Park
Tucked away in the suburbs of Newcastle upon Tyne, Jesmond Dene Park is nestled in a steep, wooded valley that is perfect for a quiet hike or stroll and a chance to see local wildlife in their natural and undisturbed environment. While visiting, you can also stop by Pet’s Corner to see sheep, rabbits, and peacocks, or plan to take a guided tour to see the local birds or an open-air theater production.
These are only a few beautiful attractions you’ll find in the quaint city of Newcastle upon Tyne.