Hidden Gems of Newcastle

Last year I visited Newcastle for the first time because I wanted to catch Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibition. I only had time to grab a couple of hours to explore the city after the exhibition and left feeling like I’d seen only a tiny fraction of what it has to offer.

While I wait to find time to re-visit Newcastle, I have been speaking to other bloggers about what attracts them to Newcastle and visiting the north of England. Blogger Catherine Lavinia thinks the city has a huge amount of offer visitors and especially students who are looking to study in a city which manages to be hugely cosmopolitan but also still affordable.

This guest post is thanks to Catherine.

This dynamic city in the heart of North East England is a hub for the scientific community and culture and home to the famous Life Science Centre. The town boasts a rich history and an abundance of ancient castles.

Sara Hardman Life Science Centre

Life Science Centre, Newcastle


Newcastle is one of the clearest examples of the mixture of old and new. Castle fortress, medieval cathedral and elegant Georgian-style houses in the streets stretching down to the river give silent witness to the ancient and rich history, while recently constructed buildings reflect the modern trend and style.

Newcastle Castle Keep is the oldest structure in the city. (WikiMedia Commons)

Newcastle Castle Keep is the oldest structure in the city dating back to the 11th Century. (WikiMedia Commons)


Newcastle is a city with a great variety of entertainment. It has everything for recreation: many art galleries and theaters including the wonderful Theatre Royal. The world-famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge is also located in Newcastle. Shopping enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by one of the largest shopping centers in Europe located on Eldon Square in the center of Newcastle.

Sara Hardman Travels Newcastle

The Tyne, Newcastle

The city has so many galleries, bars, restaurants and music clubs which are especially noteworthy so you’re never short of ways to occupy your time. If you are here to relax, there are also many parks where you can spend time just enjoying nature or organising picnics with friends and some great beaches close-by where you can go on a sunny day to enjoy the scenery. The city also has the benefit of being so compact that you can get to any point of it in less than 30 minutes.

Sara Hardman Travels. St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay

St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay


Newcastle makes a real difference from other cities in the UK in terms of “price-quality” of life: you can give yourself a very decent standard of living here. Newcastle University accommodation and the cost of goods and services are almost twice as cheap as in London.

The fortunate few know that the city is known as the best place for students, as the two world-famous universities and a college attract a large number of students to Newcastle. It is a relatively inexpensive city for student life that provides numerous discounts for students.

Here are a few more facts that will show some of the hidden gems of the city:

– Newcastle University is part of the Russel Group Association for the best research-intensive universities;

– Newcastle University is pleased to offer individual attention and growth conditions for each student. Most of the teaching process takes place in small groups, which makes it quite easier to get used to the learning environment and become better acquainted with all the teachers and fellow students.

– The most cosmopolitan city in the UK is located just 3 hours from London

– Newcastle International Airport allows you to reach the major cities in the UK and Europe

– Don’t miss the Angle of the North which was created by artist Antony Gormley in 1998, it’s 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across!

Sara Hardman Travels Angel of the North

The Angel of the North


8 thoughts on “Hidden Gems of Newcastle

    1. Thank you, Dan! The photo was used in Lonely Planet magazine last year so I was really excited about that 🙂
      I’d love to guest post for you. Once you’re up and running again let me know, we can swap posts!

  1. I’m a huge fan of the body worlds exhibition, I think it was your blog that introduced me to it. Where abouts is Whitley Bay in relation to Newcastle? That lighthouse looks so peaceful!

    1. It was an incredible exhibition, well worth seeing if it comes to a city close-by. The lighthouse was beautiful, someone spotted a few seals just before we arrived but sadly we didn’t see any. Whitley Bay was less than 10 miles out of the city. You can take the The Tyne and Wear Metro line if you don’t have a car, I think that’s about 25 minutes.

  2. I have a friend who is studying in Newcastle! I met her in Vietnam and we’re always talking about catching up again. Maybe its time I made a visit. Thanks for the info, I’ll email you for more details if I manage to arrange, if thats ok.

    1. Yes please do! I’m still in touch with lots of people that I met while backpacking and it’s a great excuse to catch up and get to see somewhere new at the same time.

    1. Thank you very much! The angel is really stunning, I couldn’t believe how big she was, it looks incredible up close. Thank you for your nice comments 🙂

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