A Tourist’s guide to Newcastle

A Tourist’s guide to Newcastle

Whether you are looking for restaurants, nightlife, art, shopping or sports, Newcastle has it all, ranging from the cultural Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art to the amazing nightlife which can be found in many nightclubs such as Flares Newcastle.

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

Newcastle Upon Tyne, a city that traditionally was reliant on its port, is a bit different today with a much more assorted mix of industry.

In a city like Newcastle, you can easily become overwhelmed by the amount of choice and activities available, so here I will be telling you the best sites to visit.

Now I am going to start with the most important part of any holiday – the food. You will be happy to know you are spoilt for choice. 


A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

Fat Hippo

Fat Hippo

Starting with my absolute favourite restaurant in Newcastle, the Fat Hippo which is the absolute best place to buy a burger in the north. This hidden gem can be located on Shakespeare Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne. You will find it is. Some of the popular items on this menu include the Wild Bill (Double patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, Cajun waffle fries, BBQ sauce, ranch + jalapeños), Fat Hippo (Double patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, chorizo, onion rings + Fat Hippo sauce), Hangover III (Buttermilk chicken, American cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, pickles, BBQ sauce + ranch) and much more.

Can you book a table at the Fat Hippo Newcastle?

Yes, a table can be booked at the Fat Hippo. A table can be booked on their website, from their website you can select the time, date and number of guests.

Does the Fat Hippo Newcastle do delivery?

Yes, the Fat Hippo Newcastle does do delivery through the service of Deliveroo.  To find out if you are in the catchment for their delivery use this link.

When does the Fat Hippo Newcastle open?

The Fat Hippo Newcastle is open Monday to Sunday from 11:30 to 22:30.

How much will a meal at the Fat Hippo Newcastle cost?

A meal at the Fat Hippo will cost approximately £15 to £25 but added items will bump this price up. Starters start a £4.50 and reach £9.90. A beef burger will cost in price from 15.50 to £16.90 depending on your choice. And deserts will cost somewhere in the range of £4.50 to £5.90.

Does the Fat Hippo Newcastle offer parking?        

Parking is available at the Fat Hippo Newcastle and can be found on Shakespeare St and Grey St, both are located very nearby. Other parking in the area can be found here.  

Does the Fat Hippo Newcastle receive good reviews?

According to Tripadvisor the Fat Hippo Newcastle is rated at a 4.0 out of 5.0. 1,149 reviews have been collected to reach this high rating.  It is further ranking 2# of 52 American style restaurants in Newcastle.

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle


Simla Restaurant

But if you fancy something a bit more end, the Simla is an extremely high-quality restaurant that caters Indian and Asian cuisine. Located on Side, beside the Tyne Bridge, this restaurant is easily accessible and is a very good option for a meal. Making it even better, the lovely atmosphere inside this well-furbished restaurant will make you feel right at home.

Does the Simla offer parking?

The Simla Newcastle does not offer parking. However, it is very central in Newcastle meaning there is a lot of options for parking. Or if you are feeling up to it the restaurant is found at a short walking distance from most major tourist attractions in Newcastle.  

Does the Simla Restaurant Newcastle receive good reviews?

According to Tripadvisor, the Simla receives a 5.0 score out of 5.0. Tripadvisor further rank the Simla as the #1 restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Does the Simla Restaurant cater to special dietary requirements?

For special dietary requirements, there are options for vegetarian-friendly meals, vegan options, and gluten-free options.

Recreational Activities

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

St Jame’s Park

St James’s Park

Obviously, Newcastle is famous for its football, so a trip to their football ground is a must do. St James’s Park is the world-famous football ground of Newcastle United and since 1892 it has been the home ground for the premier league side. An excellent tour of this stadium can be booked online in advance. This will cost £15 for an adult and £8 for a junior. During this outstanding tour, you will have the opportunity to walk down the tunnel and sit in the

same seats many of your favourite players have. This is a magnificent opportunity that any football fan should not pass up.

Can I pay on the day I visit at the St James Park tour?

For a definite place in the tour, bookings can be made online. But if there is space on the day you can pay on the day.

How long would a tour last at St James Park?

A tour will last approximately 90 minutes.

How should I be travelling to St James Park?

With around a ten to fifteen-minute walk, Newcastle college is an excellent place to park when visiting. Around 400 car parking spaces can be found here with a £4 fee. This car park further receives security coverage.

Is parking available on the St James Park tour?

Sadly not, however, there is a lot of available parking in the near area.  Some of the available parking nearby are The Strawberry Place East, Leazes Park Road and Terrace Place South. All available car parking spaces can be found on the website Parkopedia.

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

Eldon Square

Eldon Square

Eldon square is a one of the best shopping centres in Newcastle, that is home to many great attractions.  Opening in 1976, it was known as the largest shopping centre in the UK. The site resides in an area close to the old town hall on Percy St. Therefore, allowing it to be very easy to reach from almost every part of Newcastle city centre. This shopping centre is home to many great shops such as Apple, Pandora, Next and Superdry. It truly is the perfect place for some much-needed retail therapy.

When is Eldon Square open?

Eldon Square is open 9am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. But on Thursday the schedule changes slightly to 9 am-8 pm. On Sundays, the schedule changes again to 11 am-5 pm.

When is Elden Square at its busiest?

Elden Square tends to be at its busiest between 1 pm and 2 pm on all days of the week.  

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Located alongside the River Tyne you will see an art gallery; within this aesthetically pleasing building, you will find a intriguing mixture of contemporary art.  It is the perfect place for any tourist. The restaurant, which can be found on the roof of this building, also offers a splendid view of the city. With free entry, why would you not want to visit?

When is the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art open?

The Baltic centre for contemporary art is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.

Where is the Baltic Centre located?

The Baltic Centre can be found on S Shore RD, Gateshead, a short walk from the town centre of Gateshead.

How can I travel to the Baltic Centre Newcastle?

The Baltic centre can be reached in many ways including car, train/metro, bus and bicycle.

Parking spaces are available for cars after the journey to the gallery. In the Baltic car park, it will cost £2.00 for 1hours stay, £3.50 for a 2hour stay, £5.00 for up to three hours and an additional £1.50/hour up from there. 

When travelling on the train or metro to Newcastle Central Station it would take three hours from London’s Kings Cross. From the Newcastle Central station to the Baltic Centre, it would be a 19-minute walk.

When travelling by bus from either the Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station there will be two busses which run every 12minutes.  These two busses are called the Voltra 53 and 54.

When travelling by bicycle to the Baltic Centre Newcastle there are many possible routes that can be taken, two of the main routes would be from along the Millennium Bridge and from South Shore Road. Bike racks are supplied by the Gateshead council to store any equipment while visiting.

A Tourist's guide to Newcastle

Life Science Centre

Life Science Centre

The Life Science Centre is a tourist attraction to inspire the northeast as well as those who visit the area to enjoy science and discover more. It is the perfect place to take the whole family on a day out to enjoy learning something new.  There is a wide variation of activities on offer such as a planetarium and live science shows, and during the winter months an ice rink.

When is the Life Science Centre open?

The Life Science Centre is open from 10 am- 5 pm Monday to Sunday. However, it is recommended that the last entry is at 3pm.

Is there car parking available at the Life Science Centre?

Yes, there is car parking at Times Square Car Park. Car parking can be booked online at the same time as tickets. These tickets, which are bought online, can be validated inside at the reception.

Need financial advice

If you are travelling in the Newcastle area and looking for financial advice don’t forget to visit us at the Planning Rooms, Unit 3 Amthyst Rd

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