Spring has officially sprung! And there’s nothing better than a little spring getaway to make the most of better weather, warmer temperatures and the exciting anticipation of summer.

One of my favourite spots in the UK for a city break is undoubtedly Newcastle. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the city a handful of times and have always loved it. I wasn’t surprised at all when it was voted the number 1 place to visit in 2018 by Rough Guides.

Newcastle is located in the north east of England and is a place that is divided into two parts by the River Tyne, Newcastle to the north and Gateshead on the south. The two have combined to create a place that is vibrant, exciting and has plenty to offer visitors.
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Free attractions 

If you’re planning a weekend getaway on a budget, there are plenty of free things to do around the city.

You can head to the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Gallery to name a few. You can also head to Europe’s largest shopping centres, Gateshead’s Metrocentre to indulge in a little bit of window shopping.

This summer Newcastle will be hosting the ‘Great Exhibition of The North’ – a festival programme full of amazing exhibits, performances and more across the city. The best part of all? It’s absolutely free.

Fantastic food 

Newcastle has a fantastic restaurant scene and you’ll find everything from tasty pub grub to Michelin starred cuisine throughout the city. There are also dozens of cute cafes and coffee shops to hang out in during the day.

My absolute favourite restaurant in Newcastle is Marco Polo, located right in the heart of the city. It’s an Italian restaurant with gorgeous food, great wines and a really nice atmosphere. Perfect if you’re looking for a chic dinner spot. 
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Nightlife

Newcastle is renowned for its bustling nightlife and if that’s your thing, it definitely won’t disappoint. There are dozens of pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs where you can enjoy a quiet glass of wine or a raucous night out – whatever you prefer! Some of my favourite spots from previous visits include Perdu, Floritas and Tokyo with its cool rooftop terrace.

Friendly locals 

One thing I love about Newcastle is how friendly everyone is. It totally reminds me of Glasgow, as it’s the same kind of vibe here. People will chat to you and smile as they pass by, you can strike up a conversation with almost anyone and if you ask for directions most people are happy to help.
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Great shopping

Did I mention that Gateshead is home to Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure centre? Yup, that’s right. If you love a bit of shopping and have cash to splash then the Metrocentre is definitely the place to head. There are public transport connections that are cheap and quick to transport you from the city centre straight to the shops and you could easily spend all day getting lost in all of the stores.

Have you been to Newcastle Gateshead before? Would you like to visit? 

This post was created in collaboration with Newcastle Gateshead, however, as always, all opinions and enthusiasm for Newcastle are entirely my own.