If you’re planning a trip to Newcastle, prepare to fall in love with our exciting and vibrant city. You’ll also that travelling to Newcastle isn’t cheap so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 budget-friendly activities in the city, all close to your ideal accommodation, PREMIER SUITES Newcastle.
Learn about the history of Newcastle and Tyneside with a visit to our Discovery Museum. The museum highlights Newcastle’s importance to Britain and the rest of the world and also hosts frequent free talks, screenings and workshops. Entry to the museum and all of its events are free of charge as we believe cultural education should be free to all!
Another free cultural experience in the city, Laing Gallery is home to a huge collection of works by British artists, with a particular focus on local art, both past and contemporary. It has a particular focus of glassware and works, owing to Newcastle’s history as a major producer of glass in the 19th century. Check what’s on before you leave so you can plan your visit and take it all in.
A short stroll across the Millennium bridge and you’ll arrive at Newcastle’s answer to the Tate Modern. The Baltic is filled with modern art made using many different mediums and each with a personality and message of its own. If modern art isn’t your thing, you can head to the 5th floor for breath-taking views across the city.
Stroll through the iconic golden arch and take in the delicious smells of Chinatown. A street full of colourful restaurants and supermarkets, it’s an ideal respite from the busy city centre. If you time it well, you can catch some of the exciting free events that take place around Chinese New Year.
Did you know that Newcastle has its very own walk of fame? Forget Hollywood and walk in the footsteps of your favourite Geordies stars instead. Plaques dedicated to our local heroes are dotted along the River Tyne and include stars like iconic duo Ant and Dec and world-famous footballer Alan Shearer.
It’s not often you get to visit a farm without leaving the city centre but Ouseburn Farm, a not for profit charity has created a haven filled with all of the usual farmyard animals and a couple of more unusual ones. They offer a place for vulnerable young adults to work and learn in a hands-on environment.
Free if you bring your own bike but will cost a little to rent one, a cycle along the beautiful River Tyne is definitely worth spending your time and money. The cycle route along the Tyne is perfect for a leisurely ride to get an alternative view of the city and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you can continue on to the picture-perfect town of Tynemouth on the coast.
Erected in 2008 and standing a proud 66 feet tall, the Angel of the North is one of the most famous landmarks in the North East. Her beauty has to be seen up close to be truly appreciated. The statue is 4 miles south of the city and parking is available, but you could always get the bus or cycle if you’re not driving.
One of the most peaceful and serene spots in the city, Jesmond Dene is a wooded valley and wildlife corridor right in the centre of Newcastle. There is a fantastic mix of native and exotic trees and an array of wildlife such as the Kingfisher, the Red Squirrel and many woodland birds.
Technically this is another ‘free’ activity but that all depends on how much self-control you have! Grainer Market is a busy vibrant market, filled with locals and tourists and is home to hundreds of local traders and small businesses. Find that ideal memento of a great trip without going near a tacky souvenir shop!
So, there you have it 10 things to do in Newcastle that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for accommodation to suit your budget-friendly travel, PREMIER SUITES Newcastle offer fantastic value for money and access to exclusive special offers when you book direct.