Local Attractions

Newcastle United Football Club - 0.36 miles
In previous incarnations they were Stanley and Newcastle East End, but they became the famous Newcastle United in 1892 when they took over at St James' Park from rivals Newcastle West End and a year later took their place in the Football League. Success has come in fits and starts to the Toon, who have a tidy haul of four English championships, six FA Cups and one Fairs Cup triumph. But the last of those came in in 1969 and it's been a long wait for silverware since. Fast Fact: Prior to 1904 Newcastle wore red and white stripes before changing to the now legendary black and white.


Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall Country stretches across the north of England from the west Cumbrian Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass, through Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway, along Hadrian's Wall through Carlisle to Hexham in Northumberland and on to Newcastle upon Tyne, Wallsend.
Unlike many other historic places, Hadrian's Wall Country has something for everyone - world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people.

Hadrian's Wall Country offers infinite opportunities for cherished memories and special moments. The sheer scale of the World Heritage Site combined with the four seasons, the living landscape and the people who live, work and visit here mean it is an ever changing canvas. It is where history is accessible to all, where adults and children learn and it is where the Romans are still part of everyday life 1,600 years after they left.


Newcastle Quays
The Quayside is an area along the banks (quay) of the River Tyne in Newcastle upon Tyne (the north bank) and Gateshead (south bank) in the North East of England, United Kingdom.

The area was once an industrial area and busy commercial dockside serving the area, while the Newcastle side also hosted a regular street market. In recent years as the docks became run-down, and the area has since been heavily redeveloped to provide a modern environment for the modern arts, music and culture, as well as new housing developments. The NewcastleGateshead initiative now lists the Quayside as a top ten attraction.

Along the Newcastle side is an area that houses restaurants, bars and night clubs as well as housing and the Newcastle Law Courts. Quayside is also the name of the street running along the Newcastle riverside.

The Gateshead side of the river is designated and sign-posted as Gateshead Quays. It is the site of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead performing arts and conference centre. Also moored on the Gateshead side from 1984 until 2008 was the Tuxedo Princess (replaced for a time by sister ship Tuxedo Royale), a floating nightclub, beneath the Tyne Bridge near The Sage.

One of the Quayside's main features is the pedestrian Gateshead Millennium Bridge, opened in 2001, which spans the river between the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Newcastle Law Courts. The other bridge which allows direct road and pedestrian links between the two banks is the low level Swing Bridge, built in 1876, and located nearer the two respective city centres. Using the two bridges, the Quayside is the venue for the junior course of the annual Great North Run.


Newcastle Bigg market
The Bigg Market area of Newcastle is within Newcastle City Centre and is comprised of Bigg Market, Cloth Market and Groat Market. There are quite a number of bars and pubs in this relatively small area, along with numerous restaurants.

The Bigg Market area is generally frequented by the younger crowd and most evenings of the week is a very busy area. It is a 2 - 3 minute walk from both Central Station (mainline trains and Metro) and The Monument Metro station, as well as a short stroll from the Bars, Restaurants, cinema and casino at The Gate.


02 Academy
A beautiful historic venue, AMG invested millions to restore the former City Centre bingo hall on Westgate Road in October 2005. Boasting a magnificent auditorium with original features in the ceiling and stairways and balcony, it really is a dramatic and atmospheric space. The venue also houses a secondary O2 Academy 2 Newcastle space with a production-complete capacity of 400 for showcasing new talent from the local area and breaking new acts on the touring circuit.


Metro Radio Arena
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, officially ranked 7th as one of the world’s busiest venues by Pollstar magazine, is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England and is owned and operated by SMG, who prides itself on employing local staff within its venues who know the area and its people, and using local suppliers and services to help support the local economy. The Metro Radio Arena has a strong commitment to the North East as a region, and is more than capable of supporting the very best in entertainment in this superb 40,000sq metre site.

The 11,000+ seater purpose built Metro Radio Arena Newcastle was the brainchild of former Animals stars, the late Chas Chandler and his partner in Park Arena Nigel Stanger. It opened in November 1995 with basketball, and the first concert, David Bowie, was on Thursday 7th December.

Since its opening, the Metro Radio Arena quickly established itself as a superb venue and major North East landmark, alongside the Tyne Bridge, Angel of the North and Hadrian's Wall. It has already played host to millions of visitors to concerts, exhibitions, conferences and world class sporting events.

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment world have paraded their talents here featuring the likes of Oasis, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Rod Stewart, Kylie, Elton John, Coldplay, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Rihanna, Take That, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, Il Divo, Andre Rieu, Michael Buble, Peter Kay, Mamma Mia, Cirque Du Soleil and the internationally acclaimed Riverdance and Les Miserables to name just a few.

Thousands of children and adults alike have watched the sensational Disney on Ice performances, whilst sports enthusiasts have enjoyed World Championship boxing, WWE wrestling and Premier League Darts.

The 40,000 square feet of exhibition and conference space is the largest under one roof in the North East and has hosted many prestigious events, including the BT AGM and the Northern Rock Building Society's Special meeting proposing their change to a plc.