Malmaison: Urban Oasis on the Quayside
In the city, Malmaison stands tall as the top choice. Perched on the picturesque Quayside, it offers beautiful views of the iconic millennium bridge, providing a refuge from the everyday buzz of the city. Just a leisurely stroll over the bridge lies the Baltic art gallery, featuring a viewing platform and ever-changing exhibitions spotlighting new contemporary artists. The rooftop gem, SIX, a fine-dining bistro restaurant, beckons visitors for memorable experiences, perfect for special occasions. Also found on the Quayside is the vibrant Sunday market, boasting local crafts and food stalls, making it a must-visit.
Alnwick: Where Fantasy meets Reality
For those craving a touch of magic, Alnwick calls. 35 miles from the city, Alnwick castle is renowned as a filming location for Harry Potter. You can take enchanting tours, whimsical broomstick flights, and a daring exploration of its poisoned gardens, housing over 100 narcotic plant species. In Barter Books, literary enthusiasts can lose themselves amidst the pages of countless second-hand books under the roof of an old Victorian railway, enhanced by a miniature steam train chugging through the store. The town, steeped in quintessential charm, features stone buildings, cosy pubs, cafes, and charity shops.
For the adventure-seekers, the coast is a metro ride away. Tynemouth Surf Co welcomes enthusiasts to ride the waves or master the art of paddleboarding, with lessons starting from £30. Alternatively, indulge in a classic experience by relishing fish and chips along the seafront at Longstands. There are family-run B&Bs dotting the landscape, and culinary enthusiasts can enjoy a range of independent restaurants. Itzuzu, a Turkish-Mediterranean gem on Tynemouth’s high streets, is my personal favourite.
Unveiling Newcastle’s Weekend Retreats
In Newcastle, the options for weekend getaways are as diverse as they are delightful. Whether you seek artistic inspiration, a brush with literary magic, sporting adventures, or culinary experiences, the city has it all. With a wealth of activities at every turn, a weekend in Newcastle promises an unforgettable retreat.