Top things to do in Tyneside – 2023

Discover the charm of Tyneside, as we reveal the top things to do in and around Tyneside this year.

Welcome to Tyneside – a fascinating confluence of history, culture, and modernity nestled in the heart of northeastern England. It encompasses the region around the River Tyne, which includes cities such as Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, as well as surrounding towns and areas.

From the towering silhouette of the Angel of the North to the vibrant Quayside along the River Tyne, Tyneside is rich in attractions that cater to every taste and interest.

Angel of the North, Gateshead, Tyneside

Visit the Angel of the North

This iconic landmark is a contemporary sculpture by artist Antony Gormley and serves as a symbol of the region. Standing at 65 feet tall and located in the city of Gateshead, it’s a must-see for anyone visiting Tyneside. The Angel of the North is a winning design and one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world.

Located at a prime location, on a panoramic hilltop by the A1 makes it easy to reach by both public transport and car – plus you can make a day out of it by picnicking and exploring the nature nearby!

Jump on the Newcastle Gateshead Toon Tour

Leave no stone unturned! If you’re completely new to Tyneside, try a city bus tour, this way you can get the best sights in one go. Luckily, the Newcastle Gateshead Toon Tour offers a unique hop-on hop-off open-top city tour bus experience with the best attractions and views in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead combined.

Features include:

  • Hop on & off at any stop along the tour with service runs every 30 minutes
  • Audio commentary on the bus by Metro Radio, plus free wifi on board
  • Discounts off attractions when you show your Toon Tour ticket and more!
Top things to do in Tyneside - 2023, Tyne Bridge
Tyne bridge – linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead

Explore Newcastle’s castle

Discover the history of Newcastle at this medieval castle – offering activities such as exhibitions, guided tours, and panoramic views of the city from its vantage point, Newcastle Castle makes for a great day out for families, groups or solo history buffs.

This year’s castle agenda is packed with fun activities and events such as film & theatre nights, tours, ghost & folklore talks, workshops and more. Find out more by clicking the button below ↓

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The Black Gate, the gatehouse to the castle in Newcastle upon Tyne

Experience the UK’s last newsreel cinema – Tyneside Cinema

The Tyneside Cinema is not your typical cinema experience but rather a booming arts hub and registered charity aiming to enrich people’s lives by thinking differently about and through film.

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne in a picturesque Grade II-listed building, this is the last newsreel theatre in the UK and the city’s only full-time independent cultural cinema. Tyneside Cinema specialises in screening independent and world films from across the world.

So, book a table for a bite and a drink at one of their food venues or opt for the classic popcorn and fizzy drink, and dip into nostalgia as you watch screenings of archive newsreel footage (for free!). Alternatively, you can book a guided tour or simply watch a film of your choice. Find out what’s on by clicking the button below ↓

Food & drinking tours

Bustling with restaurants and all types of eateries, Tyneside offers unique experiences that cater to everyone’s tastes. From special occasion dining to quirky hidden gems and food tours – there’s something for all to enjoy! 😋

A Taste Of Newcastle Food Tour

Rather than selecting restaurants and dishes at random while in Newcastle, especially if you’re a first-time visitor, this tailored tour is here to make sure you get to experience the finest culinary delights and iconic attractions the city has to offer. With a knowledgeable guide to lead the way and provide individualised care, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most renowned food establishments, sample their offerings, and connect with the individuals who create them.

The Ultimate Cheese & Wine Food Tour

Cheese Gromit! If you have an affinity for exquisite wine and cheese, indulge your taste buds with a wine and cheese tour in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also, designed for those new to the area, this tour blends regional culinary delights with visits to a food market and Newcastle Castle, offering a unique insight into the local culture and historical background.

Private Newcastle Pub Tour

Familiarise yourself with Newcastle by exploring its pubs on this private evening tour. Accompanied by a Geordie (local resident), you’ll embark on a journey to discover some of the city’s most iconic and celebrated pubs. Gain insights into local brewers such as the renowned Newcastle Brown Ale and the emerging microbreweries that are garnering attention among beer enthusiasts.

Along the route, expect a blend of anecdotes, in-depth beer discussions, and the opportunity to enjoy a curated selection of beverages!

If none of these tickle your fancy, make sure to check out our most recent blog on where to eat in Tyneside.

Take in the views by foot or boat

Stroll along the Quayside…

The picturesque Quayside area along the River Tyne is perfect for a leisurely walk. You can admire modern architecture, the Millennium Bridge, and enjoy riverside cafes and restaurants.


Go on a Tyne River cruise!

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the River Tyne with River Escapes, and take in the views of the bridges, waterfront, and key landmarks.

There you have it – our top picks for things to do in and around Tyneside for 2023. But remember, these are only a few suggestions and a starting point! Tyneside has so much to offer, from cultural festivals, to shopping districts, and unique neighbourhoods to explore.

What are your top things to do in Tyneside for 2023? Let us know!

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