Once a thriving coal port, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a historic industrial city and the unofficial “capital” of England’s northeast. It’s home to engaging museums, historic architecture and lively nightlife districts, making it the perfect destination to rent an apartment for a weekend.
In this article, discover the top things to do during a weekend away in Newcastle. You can browse flats to rent via Rentola UK, a mobile-friendly and easy-to-use holiday rental comparison site. It lists flats in Newcastle City Centre and apartments in Quayside, as well as studios in Jesmond.
Five things to do during a weekend stay in Newcastle
View the Tyne Bridges
In total, there are seven bridges spanning the River Tyne and seeing all of them is a rite of passage during any stay in Newcastle. Three of them are particularly famous – the High Level Bridge, the Swing Bridge and the Tyne Bridge – with the latter now a symbol of the city.
Historic Quayside was once a commercial dock and still preserves many of its beautiful old buildings. Not to miss are the 17th-century Guildhall and Bessie Surtees House with its Jacobean facade. Quayside is also the starting point for guided tours through the Victoria Tunnel.
Visit the Great North Museum: Hancock
Occupying a beautifully restored Victorian building is this fascinating museum, which houses exhibits dedicated to natural history and ancient civilisations. In addition to a replica skeleton of a T-Rex, it features an exhibit detailing Roman life in England’s northeast.
Get your retail fix on Grainger Street
Located in the historic heart of Newcastle, this attractive shopping street is lined with buildings of historical significance. Browse the independent stores and galleries or coincide your visit with the Grainger Market, which has been going strong since 1835.
Browse the Laing Art Gallery
Established in 1901, this renowned gallery features works by Paul Gauguin, Henry Moore and Stanley Spencer. There is always something new being showcased, plus a cafe with wonderful stained-glass windows.
Best areas for a weekend stay in Newcastle
Newcastle City Centre
On the doorstep of all the city’s major sights (plus plenty of restaurants and bars), Newcastle City Centre is a logical choice. That being said, it can be noisy on weekends, with parties going on until the early hours in the most popular nightlife areas.
Jesmond is a relatively affluent suburb to the north of Newcastle’s city centre with some magnificent Georgian and Victorian homes. It’s home to upmarket boutiques, eclectic cafes and trend-setting cocktail bars, as well as a leafy park that’s popular with local families.
On the banks of the River Tyne, this former commercial dock is now a lively entertainment hub with some of the city’s best dining establishments. On Sunday morning, you can browse the handicrafts and local produce for sale at the Quayside Market before checking out the contemporary exhibitions at the BALTIC art gallery.