Newcastle is an incredibly beautiful city, filled with history, beautiful architecture and fantastic locals. It is also been said to have the best quality of life in the entire UK! If you stay in the city, you might miss some of the best parts of wider Newcastle and the surrounding areas. Here are our recommendations for a day trip from Newcastle so you can experience our gorgeous area through the eyes of a local and not just as a tourist seeing the highlights.
Angel of the North – 10-minute drive
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture located in a prominent position in Tyneside and has become a symbol of Newcastle since its erection in 1998. The steel sculpture of an angel is 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across, symbolises the hopes and fears of our people despite having been built originally to commemorate the two centuries of coal mining in Newcastle. It’s a short drive to visit the Angel but it’s definitely one for the bucket list. You’ll also get some excellent pictures of the hill of Birtley and a Birdseye view of Tyne and Wear.
Durham– 30-minute drive
Did you know there is a certified UNESCO site just 30-minute drive from our serviced apartments in Newcastle? Durham is by far one of the most popular tourist spots in the North of England and once you visit you’ll realise why. This picturesque town has everything you need for a day trip, a beautiful river views complete with walkways, cobbled streets, a stunning cathedral and plenty of cafes, restaurants and country pubs to stop and refuel. Both the Durham Castle and the Durham Cathedral have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and you might recognise the cathedral from the Harry Potter franchise!.
York – 1 hr 40 min drive
From Durham, carry on along the train line to York to get some stunning pictures of the cathedral from a bird’s eye view. York is another very popular destination for locals and tourists from Tyneside. The streets are an interesting mix of Medieval architecture and Viking influence. To have a true English experience York also has some of the best tea houses serving a classic English Afternoon Tea. The must-see sight during your day trip to York is the York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and the seat of the Archbishop of York. Other notable features are the river cruise, York Dungeon, the city wall and the excellent unique shopping.
Bamburgh Castle – 1-hour drive
Have you ever visited a real castle? If you have you’ll know you won’t find Cinderella waiting to be rescued! Instead you’ll find a beautiful historic fortified structure, usually in a beautiful location. Bamburgh Castle is a Grade I listed building in Northumberland, an hour’s drive from our serviced apartments in Newcastle. The castle is privately owned and occupied by the ancestors of a Victorian-era entrepreneur and industrialist called William Armstrong. Enjoy the publicly accessible beach and sand dunes, which are perfect for a picnic. If you’d prefer to enjoy lunch at a nearby cafe or a local pub, just stroll along the village high street and you’ll find some cute cafes and pubs to have a bite.
Tynemouth Pier – 30-minute drive
Another gorgeous seaside destination just less than half an hour from Newcastle is Tynemouth. This beautiful coastal village that is very popular amongst the locals looking to get out of the city without venturing too far from the beaten track. Every weekend the Tynemouth Metro Station hosts a market, where you can find all sorts of second hand finds and art created by the locals. There are many cute local shops, cafes, restaurants and bar if you’d like something different from the high street. Make sure to visit the stunning pier, the old priory and beautiful lighthouse. The long sandy beaches here stretch all the way from Tyne and Wear region to Scotland!
If you’d like to base yourself in Newcastle to explore the surrounding area and to see the best of the city, PREMIER SUITES are an excellent alternative to a traditional hotel stay. Our serviced apartments in Newcastle offer space, flexibility and additional facilities so you’ll always feel right at home. Our location in the centre of the city also makes us perfect for Newcastle day trips. Contact our friendly team today to book your stay in PREMIER SUITES.
Author Bio: Sarah Mcgarr is a passionate lifestyle blogger who loves to write stories of adventures, travel places, and accommodation spots. She is also a writer for Premier Suites Newcastle, one of the best traditional hotel alternatives in the world that provides bright and vast serviced apartments for locals and travellers.