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Top Student City Hotspots

Top Student City Hotspots

by Newcastle University

Looking for things to do in and around Newcastle? Here are 7 incredible locations you simply cannot miss!

Grainger Market

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A true hidden gem in the centre of Newcastle, Grainger Market is home to over 100 small businesses and self employed independent traders. Built in the early 1800s, this historical shopping experience has everything from fresh groceries stores and delicious street-food vendors like Acropolis or Meat-Stack to quaint vintage clothing stores and jewellers!

Whether you're chasing a bargain or simply out for a browse, you'll never get bored of this place.

The Quayside

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Beautiful both day and night, the Quayside really is as good as it looks! From luxurious bars and restaurants to spectacular views of the River Tyne, it's the perfect location to kick-back and take a well-deserved break from student life.

On Sunday mornings, discover The Quayside Market which is bursting with delightful independent traders selling handcrafted goods and local produce. With local artists, food stalls and clothing shops surrounded by beautiful bridges and cultural hot-spots – it’s definitely enough to get you out of bed on a Sunday.



Although not technically in Newcastle, a short trip on the Metro will take you to the lovely coastal village of Tynemouth. Visit the dramatic Tynemouth Priory & Castle, immerse yourself in maritime history and if you're feeling mighty, why not take a dip in the North Sea with some surfing! Hire a wet suit and brave the waves of the picturesque coastline with your pals.

Treat yourself (and warm up) afterwards with a stroll around the local shops, Aquarium or the Life Brigade Museum and finish off with a mouth-watering meal from Riley’s Fish Shack – you’ve earned it.

Jesmond Dene

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Hidden down in the valley below Jesmond, this private garden of engineering pioneer Sir Armstrong (the same Armstrong our building on campus is named after) was donated to the city for all to enjoy.

With forest trails, waterfalls, open spaces and even a petting zoo, it's a stunning slice of nature buried deep in the city – you just have to see to believe it.



Just along from the picturesque Quayside, away from the mainstream bars and restaurants, you'll find yourself in Newcastle’s cultural quarter, Ouseburn.

Home to The Cluny and Tyne Bar music venues, vegan pub The Ship,  plenty of artist spaces and even a charity based farm, Ouseburn Farm. Once you’ve visited, you’ll always find a reason to return.

Exhibition Park

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Need to escape the the hustle and bustle of student life? Exhibition Park is the perfect location to get some fresh air and clear your head. With leafy trees, a beautiful lake and even a traditional Victorian bandstand, discover the serenity of the Town Moor, just a stone's throw from campus.

Why not end your trip with a delicious coffee from Cafe in the Park or maybe even an IPA from much-loved Wylam Brewery's extensive collection. It would be rude not to!

The Baltic


Whether you're partial to contemporary art or not, a stroll over the Millennium Bridge is not complete without a visit to the BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art. As the UK's largest contemporary art institution, be completely inspired by innovative exhibitions from world renowned artists whilst admiring quirky collectables from their popular BALTIC Gift Shop.

Got time for lunch? Then make your way to the BALTIC penthouse and find the superb SIX restaurant. A modern British dining experience with arguably the best panoramic views of the Newcastle/Gateshead cityscape. Reserve a table for those memorable occasions, like your graduation, or when no excuse is needed!

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