Top summer spots in and around Newcastle
Newcastle is one of the UK's most popular cities, welcoming millions of visitors every year. People are drawn to the north eastern city due to the sheer amount of activities it offers and its reputation as a warm and friendly place. In the summer, however, the place seems more alive than usual and it's no real surprise that Newcastle remains a much-loved summer holiday destination.
Here are a few of the best spots to hit if you are in Newcastle during the warmer months:
Voted the number one activity in Newcastle on Trip Advisor, this award-winning spot is a two and a half mile long tunnel which runs underneath the city. It was originally a waggonway that was used to transport coal from the colliery to the river. It was later used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War and is now the premier tourist attraction. Tickets cost £5 and advance booking is necessary, but fans say it is incredibly interesting and provides a welcome break from the heat of the sun above.
Jesmond Dene Park
This (free) park is situated just outside the city centre and is a favourite place for sunbathers and families alike. There's a children's play area, Pet's Corner and the chance to spot some rare red squirrels. It's a lovely, peaceful place to have a picnic, with plenty of secluded spots away from anyone else. It's also large enough to accommodate hours and hours of walks, if you've got your comfy shoes with you. Many visitors and locals alike say how lovely this park is, claiming that you could be in the middle of the countryside, not a busy city.
Whitley Bay Beach
You can't come to Newcastle for the summer and not visit Whitley Bay Beach. Just a 20 minute drive away from the city is this sandy, sheltered stretch of Blue Flag award-winning coastline. The children can play in the rockpools or build sandcastles (there is an annual competition) while adults can laze under the summer sun, stroll along the promenade or enjoy one of the many coastal walks. Alternatively, climb to the top of St Mary's Lighthouse or just enjoy a Mr Whippy whilst watching the waves crash on the shore.
Want to be in the thick of the action? Then head to The Quayside. If you're looking for trendy bars, good restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and a cafe culture, then this is the spot for you. This apparently more upmarket part of Newcastle also offers some incredible views once the sun has set on an illuminated Millennium Bridge and the six (count them) others. Most people enjoy a walk along the riverside after some fine dining. The area has a really great vibe, with street entertainers and live music adding to the atmosphere.