Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Newcastle – Alex Wrigley (@extractsofalex)

I’m happy to feature another guest writer on my blog and I’m even happier it’s my fellow blogging friend Alex from

Hailing from Newcastle but currently living abroad, Alex, who’s also part of an upcoming collab of mine contacted me about writing a guide on visiting her home city!

Now I’ve been here for visiting northern cities recently so when Alex reached out to me to write for me on Newcastle I was never gonna turn her down and what she had to offer!

But anyway I’ll hand you over to her and her guest post:

Newcastle Upon Tyne is home to NUFC, brown ale, geordie shore, nightlife and the famous Geordie accent! Geordies worldwide are known for their friendliness and hospitality. The city is perfect for a weekend break.

According to The Independent, noted rough guides named Newcastle the top place in the world to visit in 2018. Are you sold yet? If not, here are 5 reasons you must visit:

1. The Quayside

Due to the industrial revolution, it’s been known as the city of bridges. It has a whopping seven bridges over its river! Which are all uniquely designed and built at different time periods. They stand over the river Tyne. It’s beautiful to look at in the day however even more majestical at night! On a Sunday there is a market alongside its river banks selling local products and tasty food!

Also fitness junkies if you’re visiting there’s outdoor working out areas on the sides of the river! Get fit on your weekend break.

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2. It’s the home of Greggs!

For those that don’t know, Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the whole of England. They are known for their very affordable cakes and pastries! A great place to snack at if you’re on a budget! There are a whopping 29 outlets in Newcastle and it’s also the home of Greggs! It wouldn’t be right if you didn’t have a Greggs pastie in the motherland!

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3) St James Park Stadium

Home to the Premier League team Newcastle United this is a stadium tour you don’t want to miss. It has a capacity of 52,388 people! It will take you through a tour through the stadium, dressing rooms, on the pitch and out of bound areas. You will be provided with knowledge about the history of the ground, team and Newcastle in general.

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4. The Nearby Coastline

Areas such as Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth are only thirty minutes away on the local train (the metro) or even quicker by car! Some of these are a popular hotspot for surfers with one year even hosting the ONeil British cup. Not just that, Tynemouth is a quaint little village with cosy pubs and artisan bakeries. Alongside ruins on the coast overlooking the sea giving you a truly British feel.

Whitley Bay has a strip of nightclubs and bars which is a popular destination for stag dos. Not forgetting the scrumptious fish and chips offered on the coastline! A nice place to escape too if the cityscape gets too much for you.

In this area, there is also blue reef aquarium home to many different types of marine life and seals!

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5. The Nightlife

Are you a party animal or even a night owl? Well, Newcastle has got you covered. It has over 200 bars and clubs! What’s even cooler is the city centre bars are split up into areas. The beautiful thing about this is that you can walk from one place to another.

There is the pink triangle (where the LGBTQ bars are). If you visit this drinking destination make sure you pay a visit to powerhouse! A renowned nightclub with disco style lit flooring and two floors consisting of three bars! Even celebrities perform here from time to time too.

Next is the diamond strip which features a good few classy bars. It is also a popular choice for a lot of reality tv stars or even musicians. TupTup palace is where you may spot famous artists like 50 Cent and Drake partying here!

A helpful tip? Don’t wear trainers and dress smart otherwise you will most likely get rejected at the door!

The Quayside strip – Lots of elegant bars and restaurants along the riverbank of the Tyne. As a local, I’d recommend visiting the pitcher and piano as the views of the river and bridges are spectacular at night! Truly a magnificent view.

The Big Market strip – This used to be the least classy place to drink in Newcastle often with brawls and cheap filled drinks. Nowadays a lot of investment has been made into it. There’s a German bar where you can be served by people in leidenhausen, drink out of steins and dance to German music! This is steinbierkeller.

If you don’t know where you are going out in Newcastle, simply ask a local who will be able to tell you about the strips and best drinking areas.

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Final Word

Overall, Newcastle Upon Tyne is a lively and friendly city to visit. There’s something for everyone to do whether you’re a foodie, partygoer, shopper, beach lover or a general all-rounder. There’s a lot of activities that occur in the city on the regular. If you’re planning to visit Newcastle check out Newcastle-Gateshead website, which gives you the low down on the latest events. Likewise, if you have any queries about visiting Newcastle comment below and I’ll respond to the best of my ability!

Alex is a Newcastle-born lifestyle blogger who writes about anything and everything travel and lifestyle related at She’s living her best life in Nepal and like myself is a passionate globetrotter. She also kicks ass as a martial artist so don’t get on her bad side :p Her blog socials are below:

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  1. June 16, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Naturally I love this post as a fellow Northerner 😍 Nothing quite compares to the nightlife in the Toon although I’m still now able to drink a bottle-a-dog (brown ale) 🤣

    • Johnny
      June 17, 2019 / 2:24 pm

      😂😂😂 Well no surprise that the Geordies are training you up even more on your drinking!

    • June 24, 2019 / 11:37 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Newcastle has the best nightlife! Here is to us Northerners!

  2. thewildflowerhippienl
    June 16, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve never been to Newcastle but the coastline is beautiful. The next time I will visit the UK, I will consider visiting Newcastle too.


    • Johnny
      June 17, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      It is beautiful indeed. Life feels better when you’re surrounded with nice coasts 🙂

  3. June 16, 2019 / 7:58 pm

    I actually don’t even live that far from Newcastle and I’ve never been! Really hope to visit it in the near future, I have a few friends living there so I have no excuse not to go now 😉

  4. June 16, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve never been but sounds like there’s a lot of good reasons to go!

    I’ve barely ventured outside of London but one day I will! 😊

    Love Lozza xo

    • Johnny
      June 17, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      Me too! I’m definitely gonna go up there sometime this year or next. How comes you don’t head out to London much?

  5. June 16, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    This was quite funny, I only live about 40 minutes from Newcastle so was really interested to see what the 5 things would be. Gregg’s being number 2 on the list made me laugh x


    • Johnny
      June 17, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      A marriage well and truly made for you then 😉

  6. June 17, 2019 / 9:35 am

    I absolutely love Newcastle. I went on a hen do many years ago and had one of the best nights out I’ve ever had.

    I then went last year for a few days and loved every minute of it. There was so much to see and do.

    Plus everyone I came across was bloody lovely!

    • June 24, 2019 / 11:39 am

      Glad you found Newcastle a fun place for the hen do! Us Geordies have a reputation for our kindness!

  7. Jessie Smith
    June 18, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Being from Newcastle myself I obviously loved this post! There are so many amazing things about this city, especially Greggs and the nightlife!!

    • Johnny
      June 19, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      So so glad you did Jessie! Speaking of loving, I am such a huge lover of Greggs so that’s enticing enough for me to come and see what you lot offer this Londoner here 😁

    • June 24, 2019 / 11:38 am

      Hi Jessie! Glad you liked this post, from one fellow Geordie to another!

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