Discover this jewel of the north-east during a highlight of the rugby calendar!
Considered by some to be the country’s most beautiful city, Newcastle is full of unmissable little gems. If you’re here for the rugby, don’t forget to explore beyond the stadium. The bridges, cathedrals and Victorian architecture await…
The City Centre and the Famous Stadium
The particularly well-preserved city of Newcastle is unlike other British cities thanks to its unique Neoclassical architecture. Before going to watch a match or holing up in a sports bar, take a little stroll around the city!
Head for Monument Metro station and admire Grey’s Monument, a 40-metre column on top of which stands Lord Grey, the former prime minister to whom Earl Grey tea owes its name!
Continue your tour down Grey Street, with its Georgian architecture built by Richard Grainger in the 1830s. Pass by the Theatre Royal and the Central Arcade, an elegant shopping arcade with faïence-tiled flooring. On the way you’ll find the Anglican Cathedral of St Nicholas. Go inside this impressive Gothic cathedral, which dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, and admire one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. You’ll find the atmosphere inside isn’t the same as in a stadium, but all the same, what a spectacular view!
Visit St James’s Park
Next, carry on exploring Grainger Town by walking down Clayton Street and Grainger Street. Fancy a bit of shopping? Then head for the enormous Eldon Square complex. You’ll find everything you need, from sport shops to fast-food stands for snacks…
Next on the agenda, sport and modernity. Having left the old streets behind, head for the terraces of St James’s Park!
Book a stadium tour and awaken your inner football supporter. You can visit the dressing rooms at your leisure, see the media room and climb to the top of the stadium. If you love football as much as rugby, you can even treat yourself to a tour accompanied by of the players from the Magpies, the nickname of Newcastle United Football Club!
And a River Flows through the Middle of the City…
Newcastle and its Famous Bridges
After the stadium and the smell of the pitch, return to the old buildings on the Quayside! The area was formerly Newcastle’s commercial port and has been redeveloped in recent years to give way to culture, music, shops and restaurants. It’s a great starting point for your second day in Newcastle.
After an English breakfast, set off to explore the area’s wealth of buildings. In Sandhill, pass by Bessie Surtees House, a dual-fronted merchant’s residence in the Jacobean style, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. After the Guildhall and Merchant’s Court, the former meeting place of the port’s merchants, visit one of Newcastle’s most iconic structures: the Tyne Bridge.
The bridge, which crosses the River Tyne and connects Newcastle to Gateshead, was opened in 1928 by King George V. At 389 metres long, it is heavily inspired by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York and Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
Fancy a spot of jogging like the players of the Newcastle Falcons rugby team? Then jog along the quayside to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge! A futuristic tilt bridge, it can pivot up to 25 metres high to let boats pass underneath. At night, its spectacular lights offer a breathtaking sight and a unique view over the city.
History and Local Beer
Next, take in one of the city’s most original attractions: Victoria tunnel. Connecting Town Moor to the River Tyne, this tunnel, which is almost 4 km long, is a true piece of history. Used to transport coal until 1860, it was then turned into a shelter during the Second World War. Book a guided tour and venture 68 metres down…
After such an experience, you deserve to relax! Hole up in one of the pubs on the Quayside and sample one of the prized local beers: Newcastle Brown Ale, a brown ale that is extremely popular in the UK. Enjoy some hoppy delights while watching a match in the company of Newcastle locals. You’ll get a real taste of Newcastle!
Dean Richards, the Fearsome Coach of Newcastle Falcons
A former rugby player who played for Leicester and England, Dean Richards is the current coach of Newcastle Falcons. But he is better known for the “Bloodgate” scandal… In 2009, he was found guilty of having encouraged a player to simulate an injury using fake blood, so he could be substituted. A mistake which saw him banned for three years and which surely cost him the job of England coach… At least he’s still in his job at Newcastle!
Newcastle and Rugby According to Alan Hedley
To learn a little more about the Newcastle Falcons, read The Newcastle Rugby Story by Alan Hedley. The book tells the story of the team from when it was known as the Gosforth Club, up to its renaissance and successes since 1995. A fascinating look at the history of rugby both in Newcastle and the sport in general.
Newcastle in Brief
When to come:
While the temperature won’t get too high, it is recommended to visit in September. October, in the autumn, is also perfectly fine.
How to get here:
By plane! Take advantage of our flight offers by visiting our page on flights to Newcastle.
How to get around:
Use the excellent bus and metro network, or on foot.
Where to stay:
Newcastle is full of places to stay. Choose a hotel or a bed and breakfast in the centre, or head for the Quayside. You’ll find it easily!
Where to eat:
Good Times Sandwich Co.: 7 Grey Street, Newcastle, fresh food. Around €5* for a sandwich
Pleased to Meet You: 41-45 High Bridge Street, Newcastle, craft beer and varied eclectic cuisine, traditional pub. Food from €5 to 25*
The Five Swans: 14 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle, pub with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for watching a match. Drinks from €5*
Sloppy Joe’s: Unit 30, Grainger Market, Newcastle, delicatessen with a wide selection of sandwiches. Ideal for a bite on the go before a match! Around €5*
* Prices are indicative and subject to change