A City Break in Newcastle

Bridge over the River Tyne

Bridge over the River Tyne

Tips and top spots for a weekend break in the jewel of the North East

Whilst many Brits count the pennies – and the carbon emissions – and sideline plans or hopes for a big overseas holiday anytime soon, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy a break a little closer to home.

And with a bevy of gorgeous coastal walks from Scotland to Wales, the Olympic walkway across London to explore, or sumptuous Newcastle hotels from the likes of Millennium Hotels along with fabulous nightlife, there’s something for everyone right here in the UK.

With ‘staycations’ now so cool they’re even being advertised on billboards and video advertisements, why not plan a lovely weekend break to the North East’s biggest diva for a good time on the toon…

Travel

There’s no finer way to arrive in Newcastle than by train. The Tynemouth railway station is nearing readiness to welcome travelers in their thousands under its beautiful wrought iron rails and balustrades. As the Guardian Northerer blog reminds us, this station was a destination in its own right, and it continues to be the most romantic way to sweep into the city.

Accommodation

There is a fine selection of hotels in central Newcastle. For the purposes of getting around and having a stunning location to finish the evening, book a stay at Millennium Hotels’ Newcastle property, located on the Quayside and easy walking distance from the sites and sounds of the city’s throbbing weekend life.

Things to do

You don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy a trip to St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United F.C. People even get married here on the hallowed turf – and in the Saturday sunshine it’s a delight. A wander around the city centre is a must on a Saturday afternoon – take in Grey Street with its winding down to the Monument and lovely restaurants and Theatre Royal. Tynemouth’s beaches, just a short walk from the city centre, are also a wonderful way to pass a Sunday morning after breakfast, before returning to the centre for a hearty brunch at Quay Ingredient before hopping home on the train.

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