Although the city boosts a good public transport system, mini bus hire in Newcastle is the most convenient way to see the city at your own pace. So what has it got to offer its visitors?
Step Back in Time at the Castle Keep
No visit to the city would be complete without a visit to the castle which gave Newcastle its name. Built on the former site of a Roman fort, the 12th century Norman keep gives you a glimpse of the city’s turbulent, and often violent, past.
Apart from the spectacular views across the city from its turrets, there are regular historical re-enactments capturing moments from Newcastle’s past as well as film screenings and theatrical performances.
A Unique Cultural Experience at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Built on the banks of the River Tyne and with views of the city’s Millennium tilt bridge, this renovated flour mill covers 2,600 square metres and is the largest contemporary art institute in the UK. The centre hosts exhibits and organises activities related to art, design and architecture. Since it opened in 2002, it has been a showcase for over 400 artists from over 50 countries.
A Family Day Out at the Life Science Centre
The motto of the Life Science Centre is that learning should be fun, and it will appeal to children of all ages – and their parents. Its state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits encourage visitors to create, invent and explore through play.
As well as the largest planetarium in the north-east, the centre also has live science shows and a 4D motion simulator ride. Visitors in the winter will be able to skate on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink.
Marvel at the Angel of the North
Located beside the A1 on a hill in Birtley overlooking the Northumbrian countryside, the Angel of the North has become the much-loved iconic symbol of the region. Made of weather-resistant steel and standing 20 metres tall and 54 metres wide, this public work of art welcomes visitors to the area with its outstretched arms.
Since its creation by Sir Antony Gormley in 1998, it has been seen by millions. However, it definitely deserves to be seen from up close to get an idea of its scale and beauty.
Retail Therapy at the intu Metrocentre
The two-storey intu Metrocentre opened in 1986 and is the largest indoor shopping and leisure centre in Europe. The centre contains over 370 different shops to suit every taste and every budget. Its retailers vary from well-known High Street chain-stores (if you’re looking for a bargain) to independent and select boutiques for more exclusive purchases.
This complex also contains over 50 recently-refurbished eateries offering a range of different cuisines. Apart from the multi-screen IMAX cinema, children will be keen to visit the family entertainment complex and games arcade. Parking at the Metrocentre is free.
We have only been able to give a short taster of what is waiting for you in Newcastle. The city has much more to offer tourists – whatever your age or interests.