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Weekend Breaks to Newcastle

Planning a short break to Newcastle? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Newcastle. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Newcastle. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Baltic Centre

From the centre of the city go to Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the Tyne(The worlds only rotating bridge). Cross it and you will see the centre in front of you. Housed in a former grain mill.

This contempory art gallery is similar to London's Tate inasmuch as it houses 5 floors of modern art. There are great city and river views from the top.

For more information visit - www.balticmill.com

Birkheads Gardens

Birkheads Lane, Causey Arch, Sunniside, just a short drive from the city hustle and bustle are these beautiful gardens on 3 acres.All different style gardens on show here including a railway garden, Zen garden, winter, beachcombers and tea garden. Enjoy a quiet hour or two in the country.

Go to www.ukattraction.com/northumbria/birkheads-gardens

Tyne Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the world spans the Tyne River and is the land mark of the city. The 12th century keep at the foot of Dean Street is all that remains of the New Castle. The bridge is magnificently lit at night and it's worth wandering across to marvel at the iron structure; On construction in 1928 it was the largest single span in the world.

More information : on-tyne.north-east.co.uk/History/bridges

Tyne Leisure Cruises

Why not go for a leisurely cruise down this historic river and it's seven beautiful bridges that are all unique. The expert guides will give the visitor a running commentary as the boat goes through the city and down to the river mouth. Learn more about Newcastle's past and see it's future at the Millennium Bridge and the Gateshead Music Centre.

Please go to: www.tyneleisureline.co.uk

Beamish Museum

This award winning museum is dedicated to past life in this part of northeast of England. Just 12km southwest from the city you will find this excellent recreation of life as it was lived nearly 100 years ago, including a railway station, coal mine, colliery village and a genuine tram taking the visitor from one attraction to the next. A perfect day out for young and old.

Go to www.beamish.org.uk

Grainger Market

The largest traditional market in the city in a stylish building near Grey's Monument. Offering mainly meat and vegetables, the market has been going since 1835 and was the city's first indoor market and retains an atmosphere from the past(Though the meat is fresh). Other markets in town are the Saturday Bigg Market, Once a month farmers at Greys, Greenmarket near Eldon Sq and the Sunday Quayside Market.

Go to www.mg002b3988.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/graingermkt

Big Mussel

This is a very popular sea food restaurant located on the Newcastle Quayside and commands lovely river views. The extensive menu caters for vegetarians and includes platters,, pasta, meat dishes and has a Mussel Bar that prepares the shellfish in many delightful ways. The bar stocks a good variety of beverages.

Please go to www.bigmussel.co.uk

Tiger Tiger

The Gate on Newgate St, This club should please the most fussy of patrons with it's 7 bars on 3 floors, 2 dance floors and upscale restaurant all in a sophisticated atmosphere. Come here for a sundowner, lunch, late night dancing to the latest hits or just chill in the lounge. Whatever you do you'll enjoy a funky night here.

For information go to www.tigertiger-newcastle.co.uk

Ikon & Envy

Located in the city centre at 49 Newbride Street, Very popular club in the town thatÂ’s renowned for it's nightlife. State of the Art sound system and lighting will ensure you have a fantastic party at this venue. The club host theme nights occasionally, so for a memorable night come down to the 'toon' .

Extra information available at www.ukcn.com/clubs

Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

Enjoying a marvellous location at the Quayside on the River Tyne. This hotel is close to all the city has to offer and convenient to the motorway. The Copthorne boasts a fully equipped leisure centre, business facilities, Harrys, a splendid waterside bar and Harrys Restaurant and for a classy tete-a-tete there is the comfortable Le Rivage.

They often offer specials and you can check them out and book at; www.millenniumhotels.com

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