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Planning a day in Newcastle with someone who's never been before and want to give them a flavour of the city - do you think this would make for an achievable day? And is there anything that you think I might have missed? Some questions in brackets - thanks in advance!

 

Quayside/Millenium Bridge/Baltic modern art

 

Bridge tilt: 12 noon

 

Sage

 

Lunch: Grainger Market

 

Chinatown

 

Central Arcade/Grey’s Monument

 

Northumberland Street/Fenwick’s

 

The Biscuit Factory /Laing Art Gallery/Discovery Museum [which would you recommend here?]

 

Dinner: Blackfriars Restaurant

 

[Where's good to wander around after dark? Maybe not for clubbing but just to see atmopshere]

 

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I've never been inside the Biscuit Factory but it sounds like you're staying quite centrally so Discovery Museum or Laing Art would be best as Biscuit Facotry is a bit of a walk away from the centre.  Not miles away but still

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If the weather is nice have walk though the uni and into exhibition park via the end of Queen Victoria road. Stop for a pint in Wylam if it’s open and then back out the park under the bypass and into town via Brandling Park.

 

Discovery museum is about Newcastle and it’s history so if it’s about learning and seeing as much as possible I’d go for that. Side gallery is decent and worth a visit too, if you’re a bit arty, free n all. If you do the above the Hatton and the Hancock are both free also.

 

Also, a walk round the outside of the stadium?

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Grey Street is a must but probably at it's best at Dawn. I'd drop  Chinatown if not eating and getting from Quayside to Grainger Market has to be via the Side/Keep/Black gate.

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Getting train up so will be arriving into Central station - thanks for tip on Discovery Museum - would you rate it as a place to visit?

 

I’ve not been for years but again I think it’s free so easily fucked off if it’s not.

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4:00pm: Photobomb OpenC's street photo on Pudding Chare.

 

4:30pm: Quick spice break round the back of Haymarket.

 

Quintessential Newcastle.

 

One day I'll get that place with a silhouetted figure and no cars :sweetjesus:

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Getting train up so will be arriving into Central station - thanks for tip on Discovery Museum - would you rate it as a place to visit?

 

I’ve not been for years but again I think it’s free so easily fucked off if it’s not.

 

Yeah it's still free.

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[Where's good to wander around after dark? Maybe not for clubbing but just to see atmopshere]

 

 

Head down Grey Street, follow it down onto the Quayside and head over the Swing Bridge to By The River Brew Co. Good place to grab a drink and see the Tyne and Quayside lit up.

 

Oh and I wouldn't bother with Fenwicks. It's only special at Christmas because of the window display. It's just another department store the rest of the year.

 

 

 

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If the weather's nice, I'd 100% say try and grab a drink down at ByTheRiverBrewCo (under the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side). Shows the area around the river off absolutely beautifully.

 

EDIT: TBG's trumped me, and agree with him it's just as nice on a night. If you're coming on a weekend, I'd recommend it for lunch ahead of the Grainger Market tbh: https://www.bytheriverbrew.co/hawkers-market/

 

people-drinking-outside-the-by-the-river-brew-co-container-bars-on-a-summer-evening-by-the-tyne-bridge-looking-towards-newcastle-gateshead-uk-PDBHKR.jpg

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4:00pm: Photobomb OpenC's street photo on Pudding Chare.

 

4:30pm: Quick spice break round the back of Haymarket.

 

Quintessential Newcastle.

 

One day I'll get that place with a silhouetted figure and no cars :sweetjesus:

 

:lol:

 

You will, and what a picture of patience & persistence it will be.

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I wish they would turn the sign back around, the one that says "supervised private car park".  Really added to it :lol:

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If the weather's nice, I'd 100% say try and grab a drink down at ByTheRiverBrewCo (under the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side). Shows the area around the river off absolutely beautifully.

 

EDIT: TBG's trumped me, and agree with him it's just as nice on a night. If you're coming on a weekend, I'd recommend it for lunch ahead of the Grainger Market tbh: https://www.bytheriverbrew.co/hawkers-market/

 

people-drinking-outside-the-by-the-river-brew-co-container-bars-on-a-summer-evening-by-the-tyne-bridge-looking-towards-newcastle-gateshead-uk-PDBHKR.jpg

 

Class, I'll be bringing the wife back to Newcastle this summer so I'll be taking her here.

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Grey Street is a must but probably at it's best at Dawn. I'd drop  Chinatown if not eating and getting from Quayside to Grainger Market has to be via the Side/Keep/Black gate.

Found it mad that there was a Chinatown when I was over a few years ago :lol:

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Grey Street is a must but probably at it's best at Dawn. I'd drop  Chinatown if not eating and getting from Quayside to Grainger Market has to be via the Side/Keep/Black gate.

Found it mad that there was a Chinatown when I was over a few years ago [emoji38]

 

Well, it's only a street.  Why is it mad?  :lol:  Most cities have quarters related to a ethnicity.

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Grey Street is a must but probably at it's best at Dawn. I'd drop  Chinatown if not eating and getting from Quayside to Grainger Market has to be via the Side/Keep/Black gate.

Found it mad that there was a Chinatown when I was over a few years ago [emoji38]

 

Well, it's only a street.  Why is it mad?  :lol:  Most cities have quarters related to a ethnicity.

Well tbf I was mostly surprised by how central it was, also didn't think "Chinatown" was really a thing in the UK and Ireland

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Grey Street is a must but probably at it's best at Dawn. I'd drop  Chinatown if not eating and getting from Quayside to Grainger Market has to be via the Side/Keep/Black gate.

Found it mad that there was a Chinatown when I was over a few years ago [emoji38]

 

Well, it's only a street.  Why is it mad?  :lol:  Most cities have quarters related to a ethnicity.

Well tbf I was mostly surprised by how central it was, also didn't think "Chinatown" was really a thing in the UK and Ireland

 

Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester all have one.

 

 

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Chinatown is quite surprisingly prominent and established considering the scale of the Chinese population in Newcastle to be fair. Like you say, only 5 cities have them in England, and they all have more significant Chinese populations especially historically due to migrational patterns. With the number of Chinese students present in the city these days it doesn't seem so weird and it adds a cosmopolitan feel to the city centre.

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Go down Shields Road too if you want to give them a real flavour of the city.

Although this is quite clearly said in jest, a wander up Shields Road takes to you Chucho's. There aren't too many better places to end up.

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