Pretty as a picture with an attitude to boot, Newcastle paints a city unlike any other. United by seven bridges along the flowing River Tyne, this is a cityscape everyone from professional photographers to hobbyist Instagrammers want to capture.
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but is it truly? Find out for yourself at these seven prime-photo spots around Newcastle.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The magnificent steel arches of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge tilt up and down like the opening and closing of an eye. Linking Gateshead and Newcastle, this iconic bridge provides the prime vantage point for capturing beautiful images of the city.
Spot the quayside, the BALTIC, the Sage Gateshead and other distinguished structures across the River Tyne. Taking the magic to the next level, the bridge lights up entirely when dusk arrives—keep an eye out also for the mirror-like illusion on the lazy waters below when the underside of the deck is lit. It’s even possible to send in a special bridge lighting requests for your special occasions!
Renowned as a beauty by prime ministers, poets, and most recently by BBC Radio listeners who voted it England’s finest street, Grey Street sure lives up to its title as the loveliest stretch in the country. Majestic Georgian and Victorian buildings line both sides of the street, creating an imposing and dignified atmosphere for all who visit, and an elegant view perfect for your camera lens.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of top-notch bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from in the area! There’s nothing better than sitting amidst such charm with a cup of hot tea or coffee on a sunny afternoon. Don’t forget to snap a picture with one of Newcastle’s most famous landmarks—Grey’s Monument—on your way around!
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
The BALTIC is a treasure trove of so much more than just contemporary art. When it comes to great views of Newcastle, this iconic industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne offers a few spots for incredible panoramic views of the cityscape and quayside. The external terrace on the fourth floor is the building’s first photo taking viewpoint.
If you desire to have dinner to a view of the nighttime lights, try Six, the Centre’s very own rooftop restaurant. For an intimate dining experience, book the indoor viewing box with its floor-to-ceiling windows for you and your guests.
For splendid interiors, look no further than the Sage Gateshead. Designed by Norman Foster, this neo-futurist glass and stainless steel concert hall promises tantalising viewpoints inside, as well as providing a superb platform to capture views of the Newcastle skyline and the River Tyne. Elegant arches and glossy surfaces make the ideal backdrop for an indoor photoshoot.
The Sage Gateshead is so much more than just a pretty face, though. It’s numerous halls, rooms and studios were designed with acoustic perfection in mind. Whether you’re here for a concert of a classical performance, your senses and lenses are in for a treat!
St. James’ Park
Located in the heart of the city, St. James’ Park is one of England’s largest stadiums and headquarters to the Premier League’s Newcastle United F.C. Get up close and personal with Newcastle United on a behind-the-scenes stadium tour of their beloved home, including star areas like the home and visitors’ dressing rooms, the tunnel, pitchside and more.
If your lucky stars align, you might even get the chance to experience the excitement and action of a live match along with the rest of the Black and White Army!
Newcastle Castle is one of the most interesting historic sites in the city. With the earliest fortifications on these grounds going back nearly two millennials, this regal structure stands atop the original Newcastle Castle that gave the city her name.
Although originally part of a much larger fortress, it’s a wonder that significant parts of it still remain standing today. Walk along ancient passageways to the footsteps of kings and executioners, lords and criminals, and learn about the fascinating history of those who once called this place home.
Today, this castle functions as a museum to England’s turbulent medieval history, as well as a learning venue, entertainment hub, and more. Climb up the winding steps to the top of the battlement for a stunning birds-eye view of the city below.
There’s no place in Newcastle better catered to creative spirits than the Ouseburn Valley. Evolving past its days as a post-industrial ghost town, this quarter has transformed into one of the most vibrant centres in North East England.
Home to all stripes of artisans and musicians, as well as startups and indie brands, the city’s quirkiest and most creative hubs are found right here. Visit the Biscuit Factory for England’s largest independent art, craft and design gallery. Alternatively, enjoy any of the other numerous art galleries dotted throughout the area.
For those with little ones, consider a visit to Seven Stories and the Ouseburn Farm for an educational trip and some family fun. This is also a great place to dine to a view of lazy boats drifting on the Ouseburn, with options ranging from hearty British pub grub, modern continental brunches, fine cuisine, sweet treats, and more.
All images courtesy of Visit Britain