Five tourist tips for Newcastle

Travelling to Newcastle? If you’ve never been to the great northern city, and are spending a few days for fun and leisure, you may need a few pointers. It’s come a long way since the industrial hub that it once was, and is a city that embraces old and new equally. Here are five things to do in Newcastle:

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Alnwick Castle

A visit to Alnwick Castle is one of the rare chances to visit an inhabited castle (it’s the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland). Parts of the Harry Potter films were shot here, and Potter-based tours are run in the grounds (with lookalikes!), so it’s a perfect trip for a family with young or not-so-young fans. For the grownups, there’s a chance to see the state rooms, art and gardens.

 

The Victoria Tunnel

War history buffs will be enthralled by the Victoria Tunnel, which began life as a way to transport coal beneath the city and was converted into an air-raid shelter during World War II. The tours recreate the atmosphere in different times in the Tunnel’s history with sounds of air raids and colliery wagons.

 

River Cruises

The city’s lifeblood, the River Tyne has served the city for hundreds of years. These days, it’s the most relaxing way to take in the city’s fantastic architectural landmarks – a mix of modern and historical – while hearing about the city’s long and varied history from knowledgeable guides.

 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The biggest art gallery of its kind in the world, BALTIC is housed in a large former industrial building, and has a packed calendar full of exhibitions and events, providing a fascinating insight into the cutting edge of contemporary arts practice, from local and international artists. Plus there is a brand new rooftop restaurant and a café/bar for when you need a break.

 

Gusto Restaurant and Bar

With a brilliant Quayside location, Gusto offers Italian food, with both traditional favourites and contemporary classics, along with an extensive drinks list and highly skilled bartenders. Its décor – influenced by glam New York retro interiors – is certain to make you feel like a star. Nab a booth and enjoy a top-notch evening.

 

Vivienne Egan writes for FHR who provide Newcastle Airport Parking – http://www.fhr-net.co.uk/airport-parking/newcastle-airport-parking/