8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Seems pretty evident but the name Newcastle is very literal. Newcastle means a new castle.

Newcastle has long been a strategic location for fortresses, dating back to the Romans in the 1st-3rd century AD. In the 11th century, the Norman conquerors built a wooden castle on the site of the Roman ruins, the “new castle” providing the best possible protection at that time.

After being at the forefront of industrial progress during the 19th and 20th centuries, Newcastle has become a great place for art, design, shopping, and much more. Here is a sneak peek at some things to see in Newcastle that I found during my recent visit to Northern England.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

 

1. Castle Keep

The Castle Keep served as the most secure location of the castle. This view would have been what visitors to the castle would have seen in the 13th century and onward. Pretty medieval!

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Newcastle Castle Keep

 

2. Fireplaces

In the Castle Keep, there are two notable fireplaces. One fireplace was built in 1599 and was relocated to the Castle Keep from a nearby pub. The other fireplace is believed to be the oldest medieval castle fireplace in England.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Newcastle Castle Keep fireplace from 1599

 

Note the numbers in the top corners of the fireplace. “15” on the left side and “99” on the right.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Closeup of “15” on Castle Keep Fireplace

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

13th century Medieval Castle Fireplace

 

3. Castle Wall

While much of the Newcastle castle wall has been destroyed, built over, or just buried, some intact portions still remain. On the other side of Newcastle, near the Chinatown gate, is this portion of the original stone castle wall, likely built in the mid 13th century.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Medieval Castle Wall ruins in Newcastle

 

Did you know that Newcastle was the eastern terminus of Hadrian’s Wall?

 

4. The Old George

While 1582 does not seem old compared to the nearby castle that is 300 years older, I remind myself that 1582 was before the English went to America to establish the New World (1607 to Jamestown). The Old George Inn in Newcastle was said to be the favorite drinking spot for the ruler, King Charles I.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

The Old George in Newcastle

 

5. Marks & Spencer

In Grainger Market is this piece of quaintness, the smallest Marks & Spencer location. There is no food service, as in the large department store locations. Although the merchandize and personnel have changed, this site retains the look as it existed in 1895.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar, Grainger Market

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Marks & Spencer, Grainger Market, Newcastle

 

There is much, much more to see and do in Grainger Market.

 

6. Urban Art

I was pleased to see wonderful street art and modern design elements throughout Newcastle. This example is part of a 9 piece installation found throughout the main downtown walking area. The art project is titled, “nine things to do on a bench.”

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Urban bench art in Newcastle

 

7. Millenium Bridge

Speaking of design, the super cool Gateshead Millennium Bridge connects Newcastle on the north side of the Tyne River with Gateshead on the south side. The bridge was described to me as looking like a bicycled wheel and its spokes. Many locals refer to it as a winking eye.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

 

8. Sage Gateshead

Walking along the Newcastle waterfront, the quayside, you cannot help but wonder about the futuristic looking building on the Gateshead side of the Tyne River. Sage Gateshead is a state-of-the-art performing arts venue. So, not only can you look in wonderment at an astounding architectural project but you might be looking to attend a show for a visiting music celebrity or a local act.

 

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Gateshead Sage Music Venue

 

What are your favorite things to see in Newcastle?


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19 Responses to “8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England”

  1. suzannestavert April 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you for introducing me to Newcastle. It has not been a place I considered visiting…until now! Love your photos

    • McCool Travel April 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

      You should visit Newcastle. Reminded me a lot of Pittsburgh and Baltimore, if that means anything. 😀

  2. Susan Moore April 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    I love visiting places with both historic and modern points of interest. I haven’t been to Newcastle yet but would love to see the Millennium Bridge, and have a pint or two at The Old George Inn 🙂

    • McCool Travel April 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

      Great idea. Cool bridge and a lot of character at Old George.

  3. Rebecca Hall (Bex) April 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    As a Brit, I never consider Newcastle as a destination – that’s why I love reading about people who’ve travelled to places in my country and found them interesting. Thank you for introducing me to a city that I would have otherwise overlooked. I might just have to make a trip now.

    • McCool Travel April 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      Thank you for that lovely note, Bex. I visited Newcastle with my eyes and mind wide open, and really enjoyed my stay.

  4. Kaylene Chadwell April 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I went to Newcastle for the first time last summer! I loved strolling the streets and Millenium Bridge!

    • McCool Travel April 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

      The bridge is so fun. Actually, they all are.

  5. Carole Terwilliger Meyers April 4, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    I was expecting coal would be in there somewhere. But I love castles and shopping at Marks & Spencer, so I do hope I make it to Newcastle some day.

    • McCool Travel April 5, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      I should knock out another Newcastle article and will mention coal. 😀

  6. Janice Chung April 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    I had no idea where Newcastle was but your post made me curious. Love the Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar….guess there’s nothing on sale for a penny!

    • McCool Travel April 5, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      It is the only M&S location without a place to eat, I believe.

  7. travelnwrite April 4, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    You’ve convinced me that Newcastle is a must visit! Interesting contrasts there and a Marks & Spencer that calls out for a stop.

    • McCool Travel April 5, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      Definitely agree. Newcastle is surrounded by immense history and natural beauty, too.

  8. Donna Janke April 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    I’ve visited England several time but have never made it to Newcastle. It looks like there is a lot to see – old and new. I love the small old Marks & Spencer.

    • McCool Travel April 5, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      So much to see and do in England, but Newcastle is definitely worth a stop if in Northern England.

  9. diningtraveler March 30, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    Welcome back! Love the vintage Marks & Spencer!

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