Newcastle has an interesting industrial past and its sprawling surrounds are the perfect place to spend a sunny day exploring. Located on the River Tyne and just off the North Sea, there are plenty of outdoor activities in Newcastle, all within walking distance of the train station.
Take in Newcastle’s ancient past
Take a walk along Hadrian’s way, heading east towards the sea or west inland and see vestiges of Newcastle’s ancient past along the way. The 20km route is ideal for walkers and cyclists and takes you by the iconic Millennium Bridge towards Segedunum Roman Fort on one side and the Tyne Riverside Country Park at the other, making it the perfect place for a summer stroll.
Discover old Newcastle by paying a visit to the grounds and fortress of Newcastle Castle. Located right in the heart of the city centre, it was from this castle that the city got its name. The exhibits at the castle tell Newcastle’s military past and the castle also boasts some of the best views of the city from its lookout point. Check out the Black Gate and the nearby Castle Stairs to catch a glimpse into Newcastle’s turbulent historic past.
One of the most popular places to visit in Newcastle when the weather is good is Pets Corner Newcastle in the leafy Jesmond Dene. A fun family day out, here you’ll find all kinds of creatures from alpacas to pot-bellied pigs - keep an eye out for a peacock roaming around too!
For an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, head for Exhibition Park. Located just north of the city centre, the park and adjacent Town Moor are the perfect place to take a walk in the sun. Exhibition Park is home to an extensive play area to keep the kids happy and is also home to the Wylam Brewery, housed in the old Palace of the Arts, which features an excellent range of craft brews that are sure to keep the adults happy.
Photo credit: Wylam Brewery
Set sail down the Tyne
See Newcastle from a different angle, by hopping on board a riverboat cruise and sailing down the Tyne. Riverside Cruises Newcastle take you along the Tyne and under the imposing Millennium Bridge, heading towards Tynemouth. The journey is the perfect place to sit back and relax, while taking in the urban scenery of the city.
Newcastle’s rooftop bars
Newcastle has an abundance of places to eat and drink, but on a sunny day in the city a rooftop is what everyone’s looking for. We would recommend taking in the popular rooftop garden terrace at The Forth Hotel, where you can enjoy a cocktail or a craft beer and listen to some good local talent taking to the stage. Already a popular spot for locals, The Botanist is also another great option on a sunny day. Take in the atmosphere and views of the city centre from one of Newcastle’s most famous gardens-in-the-sky. For panoramic views of the city, travel 200ft above the streets and enjoy a refreshing G&T from The Sky Lounge, located on the top of The Vermont Hotel and see the terrace come alive at night as the city descents to the sky.