Top 10 Things to do in Newcastle


The Rosebery Hotel is situated a mere 10-minute walk away from the City Centre of Newcastle. There are plenty of things to do in Newcastle, for lone travellers, couples and families alike. We take a look at the top 10 things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne, for you and the whole family.

The Great North Museum

The first on our Newcastle must-see list is the Great North Museum: Hancock. This popular museum of ancient civilisations and natural history is a popular tourist attraction and the perfect place to take your whole family. If you are looking for things to do in Newcastle for kids, then this could be the perfect place.

The museum itself is located near Newcastle University’s campus, a quick five-minute walk from Haymarket Metro. It is open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Entrance is free, so ideal if you are looking for free things to do in Newcastle city centre.

Castle Keep

The Castle

Another popular attraction in Newcastle upon Tyne is the Castle. This medieval fortification is located in the historic heart of the city. From the remaining structures, the most prominent is the Castle Keep, the main stone tower and the fortified gatehouse, known as the Black Gate.

Explore the fascinating history behind this site and learn more about medieval Newcastle. There are plenty of displays in the Keep and the Black Gate that give more information on those who inhabited the site. The castle is open Monday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. It has recently reopened after a long refurbishment, so now is the ideal time to visit.

Newcastle Quayside

The Quayside

For those of you planning to visit the city centre, we recommend taking a stroll along the Quayside. Simply follow the banks of the River Tyne and you will be greeted by plenty of wonderful attractions.

Looking for things to do in Newcastle at night? Go to the Quayside and visit the wide array of pubs and restaurants. This area tends to be very busy at the weekends, with young revellers visiting the pubs.

St Nicholas' Cathedral

For over 900 years, St Nicholas’ Cathedral has been a place of prayer and worship. It is the Cathedral for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle. It boasts one of the largest collections of ledger stones in Western Europe and has other treasures to see including monuments and stained glass.

You can visit the Cathedral Sunday-Friday from 7.30am to 6 pm and Saturday and Bank Holidays from 8 am to 4 pm. There is no charge for entry; however, a donation is more than welcome. The Lantern Café is open Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm if you are looking for a light bite, teas and coffees.

China Town

Located to the west of the city, in the historic heart of Newcastle, is Chinatown. The main street is on Stowell Street and can easily be identified by the signs. As only one of the five Chinatowns in England, it is well worth the visit. The entrance gate is truly impressive and the street lamps that adorn the area have been designed to look like lanterns.

The area holds plenty of events and festivals, so it is worth checking their activities calendar to see if anything is on during your stay in Newcastle. It’s a great place to eat and visit the supermarkets, even when there are no events on.

St James' Park

If you are a football fan, then St James’ Park is the place to go. It has been the home of the city’s Premier League club, Newcastle United F.C. since 1892. This site has been used for football since 1880 and was used during the 2012 Olympics.

There are stadium tours available that allow you to get a real behind-the-scenes look of St James’ Park. This can be a great experience, particularly for young football fans. You get to see the media suite, home dressing room and dugouts, among other areas. Prices as of this date are £15 for adults, £12 for concessions and £8 for children.

Bessie Surtees' House

Those of you staying in the Rosebery Hotel to see some of the histories of Newcastle, we recommend this next must-see attraction. Bessie Surtees House is the name given to two five-storey merchant’s houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. These rare and exquisite examples of Jacobean domestic architecture are located on Newcastle’s Sandhill.

The house holds a fascinating history and is best known for its own version of a Romeo and Juliet style forbidden love. As the scene for the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who went on to become Lord Chancellor, it contains a wonderful exhibition illustrating the full history of the house. Entrance is free and you can visit Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.


For those of you looking to do a bit of shopping in Newcastle upon Tyne, we recommend visiting the Metrocentre. It is located in Dunston, Gateshead and was rebranded as the Intu Metrocentre in 2013. It is one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centres, holding everything you could need for a great day out with the family.

It is open all year, Monday-Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am-7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. There is plenty more to do than shop, with an IMAX cinema and Namco Funscape. Here, you can do bowling, play dodgems and much more. It’s perfect for a day out with the kids in Newcastle.

Millenium Bridge

Gateshead Millenium Bridge

The world famous tilt bridge is hard to miss and an impressive sight to behold. Known as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’, it was engineered by Gifford and designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. It is powered by eight electric motors and even cleans up its own litter!

It can be used by pedestrians and cyclists alike and is wonderful to see when it tilts. This bridge attracts lots of visitors who come especially to see the bridge tilt, so we recommend finding out the times so you can experience this yourself. As the Gold winner of the North East England Tourism Award in 2009, this £22m bridge is worth viewing.

Hatton Gallery

The last on our list of top 10 things to do in Newcastle is the Hatton Gallery. It is based within the Newcastle University campus in the Old Quadrangle. Their permanent collection holds over 3,500 works of art. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculptures and printmaking from the Renaissance period right up to the twentieth century.

The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and entry is free. It’s a great place to take your children in Newcastle as they regularly hold fun drawing workshops for kids. These workshops tend to be held in the mornings, so it’s worth checking early to avoid missing out.

A Walk Away

Those of you staying at the Rosebery Hotel in Jesmond can easily visit the city centre of Newcastle. A short 10-minute walk away, we recommend exploring more of the city to see the beautiful and historic sights. There’s plenty of things to do with the kids, so you don’t have to worry about keeping them entertained.

If you are looking for further recommendations of things to do in Newcastle, just ask at reception and we will do our best to come up with more suggestions to suit your needs, interests and budget. At the Rosebery, we want all of our visitors to enjoy the city and have a wonderful stay.