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Travel Europe: This most popular attraction list for Newcastle is provided by the official tourist information office in Newcastle.
Getting information and preparing your travels is more and more important as there is so much to see and do in Europe. Prepare yourself and don’t miss the best in Newcastle.
Most popular tourist attractions in Newcastle:
- Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays, Newcastle
Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays – some of the city’s most contemporary and stylish cultural and leisure attractions can be found along River Tyne. You won’t be able to miss the fabulous Sir Norman Foster building – The Sage Gateshead – a brand new music centre.
- Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle
Gateshead Millennium Bridge – the world’s first tilting bridge situated on the banks of the River Tyne, linking Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays.* Top tip: find out scheduled tilting times for the coming few weeks. A spectacular sight, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge turns on pivots on both sides of the river to form a magnificent gateway arch.
- Newcastle Castle Keep, Newcastle
Newcastle Castle Keep – the site of the ‘New Castle’ built in 1080 which gave the city its name and was founded by Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror. It overlies the Roman fortification Pons Aelius.* Top tip: For just £1.50 (adults – or 50p for concessions) climb to the top of the keep and enjoy some of the best views over the city.
- The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
The Biscuit Factory – the biggest commercial arts space in Europe based in a beautifully restored Victorian building that was indeed once a biscuit factory. * Top tip: Prices for paintings, sculpture, ceramics and glass range from £20 to £20,000 – whatever the budget or taste you’re sure to find your very own unique piece of original art to take home.
- The Angel of the North, Newcastle
The Angel of the North – a multi-award winning sculpture created by artist Antony Gormley. Standing at 20m high, it is seen by more than 33 million people every year.* Top tip: Striking from a distance but breathtaking close up. Allow yourself the time to stroll around the grass mound on which the Angel stands and don’t leave without perching on its giant feet.
- Grey Street, Newcastle
Grey Street – in the heart of Newcastle’s historic Grainger Town and voted the Best Street in Britain by listeners of national station Radio 4. * Top tip: Did you know that Newcastle City Centre has more listed classical Georgian buildings than anywhere else in England, other than Bath and the capital?
- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – one of Europe’s largest centres for contemporary art. An art factory based in a converted 1950’s grain warehouse on Gateshead Quays, it has five galleries and a fine-dining restaurant with panoramic views. Entry is free.* Top tip: If you get the chance to dine in BALTIC Rooftop Restaurant, make a beeline for the ladies toilets! A glass wall runs the length of the toilets, offering breathtaking views over the River Tyne.
- LIFE Science Centre, Newcastle
LIFE Science Centre – a wildly exciting visitor attraction for all the family. Discover just how truly extraordinary life is – meet your 4 billion year old family, explore what makes us all different and test your brainpower. * Top tip: Try out the longest motion simulator ride in the world – check the viewing times when you purchase your entrance tickets.
- MetroCentre, Gateshead, Newcastle
MetroCentre, Gateshead – once again the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe following completion of the new Red Mall (Oct 2004). MetroCentre offers a huge array of high street outlets, department stores and speciality shops – all under one roof.* Top tip: MetroCentre offers fun for all the family – shop till you drop, happy in the knowledge that the children are being entertained. MetroCentre has its very own indoor theme park.
- Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Laing Art Gallery – renowned for its stunning array of watercolours, costume, silver, glass, pottery and sculpture and home to major works by leading pre-Raphaelite artists, including William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones. The gallery also hosts stunning touring exhibitions in the newly refurbished gallery space. * Top tip: Enjoy art inside and outside the Laing Art Gallery! The Blue Carpet – situated just outside – is a whole public square turned into a work of art. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, it is created from fragments of blue glass.