Tiny Newcastle Guide
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Last year we had great fun writing this, so this year, we have slightly updated it.
If you have never been to Newcastle or the North East - Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!
Need directions to the venue? Just bookmark this link and you’ll be there in a jiffy!
Places to stay
Where you stay will probably depend on how much you want to spend!
- Premier Inn, Newcastle has 4 Premier Inn’s in the center - when I checked you could get two nights for £75!
- EuroHostel, this hostel has some double rooms with private bathrooms
- EasyHotel this also is a cheaper option.
- For a little more there is also a Motel One, a Jurys Inn, and a Rmamda
- If you want to go a little fancier then Malmaison, Hotel Du Van and or right across from the venue is the Crown Plaza
Places to work
Sadly we said goodbye to Campus North in 2018, which means no free co-working!
TusPark Newcastle Barclays Eagle Lab offer payed space (you can also 3d print and laser cut!) or hang out in one of the many lovely coffee shops.
Places to visit
If you are spending a couple of days in Newcastle then there is some great places to visit in the city center!
If it is more history and science then Newcastle has two free museums The Discovery Museum and Great North Museum. There is also not free Centre For Life and the Seven Stories national center for books.
A few other things
- Victoria Tunnel a 2.5 miles tunnel that runs under Newcastle.
- Jesmond Dene a narrow wooded valley with waterfalls and goats.
- Mining Institute a Victorian building built at the time when high-Gothic architecture was coming into fashion.
- The Lit & Phill the largest independent library outside London!
- Grainger Market Grade I listed covered market with some great places to eat.
- Quayside a great place for a walk to see Newcastle’s bridges.
Places to eat
I could go on all day about food, but I figured a few places would be a good start.
- Alsham Restaurant great selection of Lebanese food. All about the Shawarma.
- As You Like It a little bit out the center but good food and cocktails
- Blackfriars Restaurant set in a 13th-century former medieval friary, great food.
- Broad Chare great pub food (maybe the best scotch egg you’ll ever eat)
- Cals Own a slight trip out of the center but listed in Guardian’s top 10 pizzerias outside of London.
- COOP Chicken House - Chicken with a mindblogging amount of sauces to pick from!
- Dabbawala Indian street food
- dAt bAr nice place for beer and pizza
- Dojo good selection of Japanese food
- Fat Hippo Underground peanut butter and jam burger? Yes!
- The French Quarter good food and wine.
- Kaltur Restaurant - great tapas
- Junk It up vegan fast food.
- MEAT : STACK @ Dog and Parot - more burger goodness!
- Peace and Loaf probably the best food Newcastle has to offer
- Red house traditional pie house
- TRÄKOL meat in a shipping container, under a bridge. Jay Rainer loved it!
- Zaap Thai Street Food relatively cheap and a great selection of Thai food.
- Zapatista - burritos, taquitos and tacos! (Also tequila)
- Zucchini Pasta Bar great selection of traditional pasta
Places to drink
Also recently opened is the excellent Beeronomy.
There is also a great selection of places in the Ouseburn from The Tanners, Arch2, Brinkburn St Brewery, Ernest, The Ship Inn, The Cluny, Cumberland Arms, Kiln, The Tynebar (complete with disco ball) and finally the Free Trade Inn! That is quite the little trip.
Places to visit in and around
If you’ve got a few days to kill around the conference then there are some great places to visit around the North East.
Durham is 10 minutes by train, it has a stunning Cathedral you can also do a river trip if that is your thing.
Just a little outside Durham is Beamish Museum which features a Victorian town with trams, print shop and coal-fired fish and chips!
Alnwick is a market town to the north of Newcastle, it features one of the best bookshops in England - Barter Books as well as Alnwick Castle (as featured in the first Harry Potter film) and Alnwick Garden.
If Roman walls and forts are your jam then you are in luck! Hadrian’s Wall runs across the whole of the North of England from coast to coast, with various forts along the way. Which is an impressive achievement when you consider how much time we spend having arguments about tabs and spaces!
If you are after some traditional seaside then you can jump on a Metro and head to South Shields for amusements, pirate mini golf, fish and chips and a Roman fort or Tynemouth for markets, dinosaurs mini golf and a priory, you can also walk up the coast for some award-winning ice cream. You can get amazing food right on the beach at Riley’s Fish Shack.