Sights & Spectacles
One of the most dynamic cities in the north; Newcastle-upon-Tyne lays claim to a rich history, culture and a stunning blend of modern and historical architecture seen throughout the city. From the famous Tyne and Millennium bridges that span the River Tyne, to the Monument statue located in the heart of the city, Newcastle host a vast array of must see sights for visitors. Other iconic sights not to be missed include the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the dazzling The Sage Gateshead, both of which can be found in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne. Yet perhaps most famous to the area is the Angel of the North, a sight enjoyed by over 150,000 visitors a year.
Cocktails and cockt Ales
Home of the ‘Geordie’ the locals are some of the most welcoming and lively Brits around which is why it’s no wonder that Newcastle is such a social city with a vibrant nightlife! Within the city limits you can find everything from cocktail bars and real ale pubs to live music concerts and ‘superclubs’.
If the idea of sipping cocktails takes your fancy then the NE1 region offers a plethora of cocktail bars which can be found scattered across the city. Most popular of which can be found along the Quayside – namely the Slug & Lettuce and Pitcher & Piano both of which offer over 20 different cocktails , with the Slug & Lettuce offering 2-4-1 on cocktails all day every day. Or if you like your cocktails with a soundtrack then Florita’s Bar located on Collingwood street is definitely the place to go with live DJ’s playing the freshest music to accompany your freshly made cocktails. And if you’re after a more high brow cocktail experience then it’s got to be a trip to As You Like It or No.28!
For the real ale lovers out there, a new and modern take of the traditional alehouse has taken Newcastle by storm – Brew Dog. With staff eagerly ready to inform you about the selection of beers on offer coupled with the stripped back interior it provides a raw environment to drink with friends…you can even play a board game at the same time! Just go easy on the ‘Sink The Bismarck’, at 41 per cent alcohol content it’s believed to be the world’s strongest beer!
The city can also hold its head high where music is concerned. A musical stomping ground, Newcastle caters for all genres; Rock, Dance, Classical. You name it Newcastle can provide the goods!
For live bands the Newcastle O2 Academy covers near all musical tastes but has a reputation for showcasing the best rock, indie and alternative bands with the likes of New Order, Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines performing to sellout crowds.Yet if seeing your favourite DJ sounds more appealing Newcastle has that taken care of too! Thanks to Digital Nightclub (which was ranked the world’s 12th best club in 2011 and the UK’S best large club in 2010) previous artists such as Nero and Katy B have all graced the venue to the delight of fans.
Finally, for ‘performances for all tastes – popular, jazz, world, classical, dance, brass bands, experimental, folk and traditional and more ’ The Sage Gateshead offers not just the chance to watch artist such as Elbow and their very own Northern Sinfonia orchestra but also provides a great ‘Join In and Make Music programme’ where visitors can learn to play a variety of instruments.
Vibrant and welcoming the city of Newcastle and its surrounding areas offer endless experiences just waiting to be enjoyed! This article has just covers a fraction of what’s on offer and waiting to be discovered – I didn’t even get chance to tell you about the space invader street art hidden away on streets throughout the city! So why not make your next visit, a visit to ‘tha toon’?
Hidden space invader mosaics can be seen in several locations around Newcastle.
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