Newcastle is home to many exciting landmarks including the Millennium Bridge, the Baltic, the Sage and many more museums, shops and historical locations. Just outside of the city is Gateshead: the home of the Angel of the North and the Metrocentre. If you’re coming to Newcastle for a staycation this summer, we’ve got you covered with our guide.

1. St James’s Park

st james park

Even though the football season is over, you can book a tour of the stadium home to the recently-relegated but much-loved Newcastle United.

2. Grey’s Monument

greys monument

The Grade I listed monument is located on Grey’s Street and was built in 1838. Charles Grey stands tall in the centre of the city and any fans of history would be right to pay a visit there.

3. Leazes Park

leazes park

Newcastle’s oldest (and best) park is located near St James’s Park and has a play area for younger children and the older ones. Even if it’s just you and a friend or partner, you can walk around the park’s lake and have lunch on one of the benches under the summer sun.

4. Theatre Royal

theatre royal

The Theatre Royal is a Grade II listed building located on Grey’s Street and has been open since 1837. Any theatre fans visiting in August will be able to see a production of Chicago as well as other fabulous shows.

5. Chinatown

chinatown

If you want a cultural food experience, Chinatown is the place to go. It’s filled with vibrant colours, Chinese restaurants and a Taiwanese drink shop nearby.

6. Angel of the North

angel of the north

Just outside of Newcastle is Gateshead and if you’re visiting for a northern experience, you should visit the Angel of the North. She stands at a proud twenty metres tall and she’s how most Geordies identify with officially being home.

7. Millennium Bridge

millennium bridge

The beautiful Millennium Bridge is a sight to see when it’s getting dark as its usual white paintwork changes colour. As you can see, it looks simply magical.

8. Intu Metrocentre

metrocentre

One of the largest shopping centres in Europe is the Intu Metrocentre. It has a brand new food court and plenty of shops if you’re venturing out to Gateshead for a shopping trip.

8. Gateshead Quays

the sage

Near the Millennium Bridge you will find the Gateshead Quays. This is home to the great Sage and the Baltic – both beautiful sights to see, inside and out.

9. Intu Eldon Square

eldon square

Newcastle’s Eldon Square is filled with shops and restaurants of all kinds, including a Fenwick store for those who love to shop.

10. The Discovery Museum

discovery museum

The Discovery Museum boasts lots of periods of history that are fun for both adults and children. It’s also free and completely family-friendly.

11. Centre for Life

centre for life

This is a centre making science fun for children and adults. You can explore space, the desert and enjoy the 4D motion ride if you so desire. You’d be missing out if you didn’t visit this brilliant advocate for Newcastle.

12. Greggs

greggs pasty

Basically, if you’re coming to Newcastle, you have to get yourself a Greggs pasty. They’re cheap, tasty and when you have one you’ll understand why the city wasn’t too happy about the proposed pasty tax.