Must-visit destinations whilst studying in Newcastle

There's so much to explore whilst living in Newcastle...

Zahra Hanif
21st September 2023
Image credit - Daisy Harrison
Welcome to the Toon! There’s so much to love about Newcastle, and whether you’re a new or returning student, there’s always so much you can do! One of the best things I’ve found about this city is its close proximity to a range of different areas - from the bustling centre, to the quieter rural areas up towards Northumberland. With that being said, here’s a few must visit destinations while you study here!


Here’s a close one to start you off - situated just a 20 minute walk from the centre. Ouseburn is a thriving cultural hub, with funky street art, a range of quirky pubs and bars, and even its own farm. Hosting regular markets and gigs, it’s the perfect alternative day out to let off steam after a hectic work week!

Jesmond Dene

Located just a half an hour walk from the centre, Jesmond Dene offers a tranquil, leafy escape from city life. The park is perfect for nature lovers with its streams, waterfall and overall outstanding beauty. An exceptional choice for a weekend stroll with your headphones in, a picnic catchup with friends, a reading spot - the options are endless. 

Image credit - Daisy Harrison

The coast

You can’t not! Tynemouth and Whitley Bay are both just a metro ride away from town, their beaches being perfect for a change in scenery from the city centre. Walk along the sand, visit Tynemouth’s weekend markets for some handmade goods, grab some fish and chips. You’ll feel like you’re on holiday!


This one’s pretty broad, I won’t lie. But there are endless places to explore in Northumberland - with the county containing everything from castles, to waterfalls, to even its own islands. It’s accessible by car, train, or bus, for when you want to break away from the urban centre of Newcastle to somewhere less populated. 

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AUTHOR: Zahra Hanif
English literature student :)

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