Saturday, 23 January 2010

My City - Newcastle upon Tyne

I decided to add a City Guide button to the side panel on the right. When people think of England, they quite often think only of London. And while London is of course the capital and has so much to offer, there are lots of other towns, cities and villages worth visiting. Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England is one of them, in my opinion.

I think I've mentioned here before that I was not born in this city but moved for work and have lived here for the last ten years. Despite it's Stag & Hen Party image, there is a lot more on offer. This guide is by no means a comprehensive guide to the city but rather is a collection of the places that I like to go to and that I think are worth a visit. And while I'm sure many of you have absolutely no intention of ever visiting the North East of England, you may enjoy this little trip around my home city anyway.
This so far, is the starting point of my City Guide, which I will update regularly as I find new places and find the time to work on it. The Guide is not limited only to central Newcastle as the areas around the city are all very accessible and not too far away. I will make a note on a post whenever I update so you know to check back if you desire. And you never know, it may entice you to visit the city one day...

● Shopping ●

Vivienne Westwood - 1 Hood Street, NE1 6JQ
This boutique needs no introduction. It only came to Newcastle within the last few of years but the infamous Orb has gone down a storm

Freefall Accessories - 24 High Bridge Street, NE1 1EN
This is a great little shop for quirky gifts and knick-knacks, definitely worth a visit

Central Arcade - NE1
This small Edwardian built shopping mall is home to Office, Space NK and JD Windows, the design of the building is I think stunning

Space NK - 132 Grainger Street, NE1
This beauty emporium is where I like to go to stock up on favourites Eve Lom, Diptyque and Nars

H&M - 42 Northumberland Street, NE1 7DF & 1 Hood Street, NE1 6JQ
This remains one of my favourite stores, lots of bang up-to-date fashion at very affordable prices. The store is much bigger on Northumberland Street and includes the Trend range

Top Shop - St Andrew's Way
Housed in a new £170 million shopping complex, this Top Shop is hailed as a New York style store and opened in February 2010

Urban Outfitters - 139-153 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AE
(You can view a full post here)


Cath Kidston - 136-138 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AF
Opened in November 2012 to sit alongside Fenwick Department Store Concession, this shop gives the full range of Cath Kidston including homeware, fashion and vintage one-offs.


Razzpberry Bazaar, 14 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4 DX, (0191) 2963133 - quirky boutique selling alternative ladies clothing and accessories plus lots of gift ideas. A short drive out of the city centre to the coast. 


RE, Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA, (01434) 634567 - around a 20-30 minute drive out of the city centre but absolutely worth it. Post on RE here and post on Corbrdge here.

● Vintage ●

Retro - High Bridge, NE1

Best Vintage - High Bridge Street, NE1 1EN

Tynemouth Flea-Market - Tynemouth Metro Station, NE30 4RE
A little drive to the coast or a short Metro ride, this is a great flea-market open Saturday and Sunday Mornings, Saturday has my favourite sellers - you can see posts here and here.

● Sleeping ●

Malmaison - 104 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
A boutique a hotel situated on the Newcastle side of the Quayside, I love the gothic black and purple decoration in here. It is a small and intimate hotel where you can enjoy the relaxing surroundings of the bar for a quiet drink as well as the hotel restaurant, without needing to be a guest. I like to come here for a drink while nibbling on the never-ending supply of olives and pistachios they bring out to you.

Hotel du Vin - Allan House, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2BE
Hotel du Vin is another small chain of boutique hotel with a slight relation to the Malmaison Group. This hotel is fairly new to Newcastle and again is very small, yet has the same relaxed ambience as Malmaison. I like to come here for a meal where they often do great offers.

Jesmond Dene House - Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY
Another intimate hotel where I have been for Afternoon Tea on more than one occasion. Situated within the lovely Jesmond Dene (see Gardens).

Close House - Close House Estate, Heddon-on-the-Wall, NE5 0HT - Another favourite for Afternoon Tea and set in sumptuous grounds with a killer golf course (so I'm told). A drive of around 20 minutes out of the city centre but definitely worth a visit if the countryside is to your liking.

● Culture ●

Baltic - South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Previously a Flour Mill, the Baltic is an amazing space situated on the South Bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. It is the biggest gallery of it's kind in the world and is an ever changing art space, so gives the incentive to keep up to date on the latest exhibitions. I love the Baltic Shop in the entrance, as well as lots of commemorative Baltic gifts it also sells lots of unusual books, cameras and knick-knacks.



Barter Books, Alnwick Station, Northumberland, NE66 2NP, (01665) 604888 - one of the largest second hand bookshops in the country and situated in an old converted railway station. The most charming bookshop you will find. Well worth the half hour drive out of the city centre, perfect to fit in around a visit to Alnwick Gardens. You can find a post here.


Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR, (0191) 2379100. Recently re-opened as a National Trust property and with stunning architecture - you can see a post here.


Wallington Hall, Cambo, near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR, (01670) 773600 - another National Trust property with beautiful gardens and lake and the house where you are allowed to take photographs (non-flash) - a rarity and visual treat for the eyes. Another drive out of the city up to Northumberland, I would definitely recommend a visit. You can see a post here.



Warkworth Castle, Castle Terrace, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE66 0UJ. If you like looking around old ruins, this is the place to visit. You can see a post here.

Central Library - Charles Avison Building, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AJ
This new library only opened in the city centre in June of last year and cost £24 million. It's a fantastic space, my favourite area being this glass reading room with gorgeous pink butterfly chairs. If this doesn't entice you to pick up a book, I'm not sure what will! It also has a great little cafe on the ground floor from local company Stewart & Co Fine Food which sells delicious coffee and muffins.

Lit & Phil (The Literary & Philosophical Society) - 28 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
I wanted to include another library, as this is the stark opposite of the new Central Library. If you love the smell of old books, this is the place for you. It is the largest independent library outside London and houses over 150,000 books and is a Grade II listed building that opened in 1825.

Laing Art Gallery - 1 Higham Place, NE1 8AG
With an impressive reputation, the gallery is renowned for bringing some of the biggest names from the art world to the North East

Theatre Royal - 100 Grey Street, NE1 6BR
Opened in 1837, the Grade I listed building brings some of the biggest performances in the world of dance, drama, music and comedy. My favourite is The Rambert Dance company which visit most years.

● Gardens ●

Jesmond Dene - situated between Jesmond and High Heaton
So pretty, especially in late spring/early summer which was when I took these photographs in 2009.

The Alnwick Garden - Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU
I love a drive up to Alnwick in Northumberland to see the amazing garden which was set up by the Duchess of Northumberland. There really is so much to see and do - the Poison Garden, breath-taking waterfalls, the newly planted Cherry Blossom Orchard (I can't wait to re-visit when these are fully grown, they were mere babies when I was there last spring, 2009). And for food, the adult sized Tree-House is a step into nature where they serve light snacks in a cosy atmosphere.

Saltwell Park - Park House East Park Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AX
A Victorian Park since 1876, this park is lovely for a walk in the summer or on an autumnal Sunday morning. It has a lake with Swan shaped pedalos, a rose garden and offers events throughout the year. I recently went to the winter Enchanted Parks festival which housed a light installation based on the 12 Days of Christmas.


Howick Hall Gardens, Howick Estate Office, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3LB, (01665) 577285. Stunning gardens in small market town Alnwick in Northumberland, perfect to coincide with a visit to Alnwick Gardens and Barter Books. You can see posts here and here.




The architecture in Newcastle is stunning, especially around the Grey Street and Monument areas... 
so don't forget to look up!

The Castle Keep, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ, (0191) 2327983. Built by Henry II between 1168-1178, this is an amazing piece of history located right in the centre of Newcastle. You can see a photo-shoot here.

• Eating •





Browns Brasserie, 51 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6EE, (0191) 2618210. Newly opened (2012) in the city centre, the Newcastle arm of this restaurant chain has already proved very popular (I would recommend booking well in advance to secure a table). You can see a post here.



Garden Kitchen, Eldon Garden, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RA, (0191) 2327885. Part of the group Fresh Element which also own Six Restaurant at the Baltic, my friend and I have already proclaimed this cafe to hold the best Lavender Cosmo cocktails in Newcastle. A perfect re-fuel in amongst a busy shopping trip, you can find a post here.


Crusoe's, On the Beach, Longsands, Tynemouth, NE30 4HH, (0191) 2587593. A small wooden hut, located right on the beach. You can enjoy coffees and snacks whilst watching the surfers.




Mister Woods - 1-2 King Edwards Court, Front Street, Tynemouth and 42 Front Street, North Shields. There are two branches of Mister Woods cafes (that I know of), the top two pictures were taken in Tynemouth and the bottom two in North Shields. Both out of the city centre, heading towards the coast, I love the hot chocolate and Daim cake.


Scrumpy Willow & the Singing Kettle, 89 Clayton Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 5HS, (0191) 2212323. Situated not in the best part of town but they serve amazing vegan and vegetarian food. You can see a post here.



Six Restaurant, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3 BA, (0191) 4404948. Post here.  


Tea & Tipple, Corbridge, Northumberland - a cute little tea shop with an array of delectable cakes and coffees.


The Angel Inn, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA, (014343) 632119 - lovely gastro-pub, definitely worth a visit if travelling up to Northumberland.


Leah said...

I love your city... the gardens are superb. I can stroll in the park all day and just take pictures.

E is for Eleanor said...

this is brilliant! I was just talking to my friend about wanting to visit the north more.

The gardens with what looks like a treehouse is beautiful! Thank you for this.

Becky said...

I love this idea. I've lived here about the same amount of time as you. Have you been to Six in the Baltic before? Nice food and even better views of the city.

Em x said...

I've always wanted to come to Newcastle, my dad is an avid fan of Newcastle FC but i've never been x

PinkBow said...

becky - i was just there on thursday, i've been to the restaurant a few times but the 1st time since it changed to six. it's on my list for when i next update the guide!

cait harri said...

Such a great guide.
The treehouse in Alnwick is my favourite place, it's enchanting!

Becky said...

I was there on Wednesday!!

Lets_go_find_a_Rain_beau! said...

Great post- makes me wanna go there. Especially to the Gardens.

The first city I fell in love with in England was Brighton. You're right, there is so much more than "just" London. ;)


claire eloise said...

wow newcastle upon tyne looks lovely. me and my flatmates are planning day trips atm, so will have to suggest this as one! xx

Samantha Jane said...

I agree that there are lots more places to visit tan just London!! The gardens look lovely though :)

Jen said...

this is such a great post, your city is so beautiful and interesting! :)
love these photos.

Blue Note said...

I don't know why but I was sure you live in France. Maybe it's because of your sense of style

Carrie said...

This is my first visit to your blog - I came across it through Charade and I'm so glad I did because I'm trying to plan a weekend away for my boyfriend's birthday and Newcastle upon Tyne was somewhere I was thinking about, so thanks!
And your blog is lovely - I will definitely be back!

Madalena Soares said...

It looks amazing. Lucky you.

Senorita Fashionista said...

I am dying to get to the UK, waht a fantastic idea! xoxo Jolie

ANGELICA! said...

oh, those gardens are just so beautiful! it looks like you live in such a lovely town <3


♥Lola said...

Looks amazing! The gardens are so beautiful! Where I live in Australia, we are in drought so nothing ever looks that beautiful and green!

The Owl's Closet said...

oh wow, these gardens are gorgeous! im looking forward to more of ur city guide. i've never been to england, but would love to one day:) i'll definitely refer back to ur guide:) have a great weekend!

cat said...

very cool idea! i have never been to the uk...not even to london :-(, cos it was not on my top traveling list until now jajaja...this new section could change my mind :-) looks like a very lovely place!!! xx cat
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M. said...

love this post. the pictures are lovely!

lovelove, M.

MissNeira said...

That garden is so gorgeous! what an amazing city!

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Sher said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures of your beautiful city! I'll love to visit one day:)


soulier dans la neige said...

you live in a beautiful city, those gardens are really beautiful :) it makes me want to go there !

Maria Ana said...

This is so beautiful.
My dream trip is to the british islands, ireland, scotland...(I only have been to London, which I love)

Here is another town to visit! Thank you so much!

Harriet said...

I have to say I have embarassingly never been to Newcastle, only through it on the train. I think the North of England gets a really bad rep (especially in London where I live), and I really want to see more of it as there's so much of England's history and culture which gets ignored because we're often so South-facing here.

You always make Newcastle look beautiful!

AudreyAllure said...

great post :)

love your blog! :)
- Audrey Allure <3

KATIA said...

I love your idea of giving us a city guide. The second hotel seems great, well mostly because that chair looks very comfortable :) Everything seems so old and beautiful there. I wouldn't mind passing by!

kat said...

What a great idea to give this guide to our city P, I love living here and think we are lucky with a balance of city life shops hotels culture music and also plenty of countryside parks and coastline so nearby.
Apparently Newcastle city centre is quite unique in having retained as many v old buildings. This is due to them being built so beautifully originally and also that they weren't lost during the bombing that places like Liverpool suffered so much more from during WWar two.
Also they weren't knocked down to build a new on the land, instead the shops and offices have retained the original buildings. I wouldn't enjoy living anywhere else as much as I do here. kat x

The Haute-Shopper said...

I visited Newcastle and did an extensive tour of the UK when with my parents when I was still a child (I must have been around 8), so I don't remember too much. I think many non-London cities in England conjure up the image of being very industrial, so it was nice to see the gardens and the more scenic shots you posted here.

Kate said...

This post is amazing, your photos are gorgeous! I really need to go to the new library (can't believe I haven't yet!) I also went to Six @ the Baltic last night - absolutely amazing! xx

StuddedLilly said...

really really amazing pictures.. great skills! thanks for sharing your lovely city :)


Maria Confer said...

What a gorgeous guide!! I so wish I lived in the UK!

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Dream Sequins said...

Beautiful! I feel like I just took a walking tour with you :) I want to come for a visit and see more of England. Obviously, I've seen a lot of London, but I want to check out other cities...

BTW, love the Malmaison boutiques... I believe the Mr. and I stayed in one up north!

Fabiola "Fab" said...

Oh my awsome location for photoshoots! thanks for sharing those lovely landscapes!

missypixie said...

Newcastle <3
I love your photos, and your right, thier is more to Newcastle then the percieved Hen/stag night venue.
I love the fact that Newcastle has the hussle and bussle, but you cna also escape, and venture to lovely places like Jesmond Dene & Quay.
Lovely to see a Newcastle Blog.

Hanako66 said...

this is awesome!! i will refer to this before i go back next time!!

nicolette said...

absolutely love this :) i should do one for brooklyn/nyc soon...not that most people need an introduction!

smäm said...

thanx for this. I'm going to newcastle this weekend. will deffinatly go to the baltic :)

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Katiecakes said...

What a wonderful post, you've really captured Newcastle!

Katie xox

Lydia said...

Oh wow, I love all the places you've shown, found loads of jewellery in tynemouth market. My blog is littered with pictures of the alnwick garden, you should have a look.

Lydia xxx

a cat named cat said...

Amazing Blog :) I live in Gateshead and couldn't be prouder of being from the north east! I must say I love saltwell park too, I'm in there for walks all the time! :)

vintagereflection said...

Great city guild, looking forward to visiting or maybe even moving up there! x

Amy said...

Close House is gorgeous! My boyfriend's cousin got married here and my boss plays golf there all the time.

I spotted Barter Books in Alnwick a few weeks ago but never went in, I'm really interested now and will definitely have to pay a visit next time I'm up there!

Hannah said...

After reading this I am so proud to be a geordie!

Olivia Hayes said...

Even living in Newcastle for 4 years you've shown me a few hidden treasures that I didn't know about! Love it!!

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Jorgelina said...

Really enjoyed this post!