A Freshers guide to Newcastle: what to see & do

If you need some inspiration for things to see and do in the city, you need look no further!

Alice Holmes
14th October 2021
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For first-year Newcastle University students that have moved away from home, other than perhaps visiting for the open day, it is likely that this is your first time enjoying what the city has to offer. Whilst the first few weeks spent finding your feet in a new city can be nerve-wracking, it can also be an exciting time to make memories exploring a new city and enables you to act like a tourist in your own home.

Here, I have compiled a list of some great places to visit in Newcastle if you have any spare time between your lectures and socialising! 

The first stop is almost unavoidable, it’s the Quayside. On the weekends you can find the Quayside Sunday Market from 9 am – 4 pm where you can try a variety of delicious food from chocolate-covered waffles to Greek gyros. In the evening, the Millennium Bridge is lit up in bright colours which makes for a scenic walk along the riverside. 

Tynemouth beach
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To continue with the outdoor theme, Tynemouth beach is a metro ride away from Newcastle city centre and is perfect for blustery weekend walks along the beach with fish and chips. If by some miracle, we get some warm weather in the North, there is also the option to rent paddle boards! For fresh air closer to home, Jesmond Dene is the ideal place to go for a walk and explore.

Newcastle is also home to several galleries, so if art is something you’re passionate about there is plenty to explore. The Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery is located on the Quayside whereas the Laing Art Gallery can be found in the centre of Newcastle, both of which have some free exhibitions to look around – perfect for students on a budget.

For those more interested in sport, Newcastle has plenty of options too. For football fans, St James Park is home to Newcastle United or travel to Kingston Park to watch a Newcastle Falcons rugby game. 

There is plenty more to see and do in Newcastle which didn’t quite make it to this list due to the sheer quantity of exciting things to explore however, I’ll conclude with Grainger Town, which is located in central Newcastle. No doubt you’ve wandered down these streets during your time here already and seen the beautiful buildings, full of character, dating back to the 1800s. The streets, lined with shops, are perfect to take your time exploring and try out various restaurants and cafés.

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