Secret Newcastle

This is part of our ‘Secret Series’, where we explore the things that aren’t generally known about a particular place, but are worth knowing.

Newcastle is known for many things; its nightlife, the fabulous Geordie accent, a collection of bridges, friendly folk and a long industrial heritage. You may think that you know Newcastle, but I bet you could learn a thing or two!

Here we’ll reveal some hidden gems, some cultural must-sees, foodie treats and low-key bars.


A DOUGHNUT CAFÉ


Yes that’s right, doughnut lovers rejoice! Proven Goods Co. are a maker of handmade doughnuts which have won over those with a sweet tooth over recent years, popping up at the Quayside Market and various coffee shops. The bakery is based in Hoult’s Yard and opens Wednesday to Sunday, where you can stock up on your favourite flavours, whether its rhubarb jam and vanilla custard or ‘The Homer’ which is their take on the classic Simpsons doughnut! https://www.facebook.com/provengoodsco

TEA-RRIFIC TEAHOUSE

Newcastle may not have a Bettys Tea Room , but the city still loves its tea, no more so than at Quilliam Brothers Teahouse near Haymarket. Over two floors you can sit down toa brew of their finest, choosing from over 60 different types of loose-leaf tea. Plus it’s open until midnight Monday to Saturday, so it doesn’t matter what time you have a craving for a decent cuppa!  http://www.newcastleteahouse.com/

CHEERS – IT’S A ‘SPEAKEASY’ BAR

Newcastle certainly knows its cocktails and you are never far from a bar, but there is something rather special about this lesser-known places. Tucked away behind Bierrex on Pilgrim Street lies The Poison Cabinet. It’s every evolving drinks menu is filled with all kinds of delicious concoctions that you will not find anywhere else in the City.  https://www.facebook.com/ThePoisonCabinet/

GO CLIMBING!

Inti Eldon Square is very well known in the area, what is lesser known is that they have a climbing wall. Why not try something different and take on the challenge of the 19 climbing towers to get your adrenaline fix. Veritgo Adventure Climbing is upstairs in the Eldon Leisure Zone.   https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/newcastle/eldon/vertigo-adventure-climbing-eldon-leisure-centre


NEWCASTLE ACTUALLY HAS A CASTLE!

Known as the gateway to Old Newcastle, not a lot of people know that Newcastle Castle is standing proud in the Castle Garth are of the City. It’s open to the public to explore seven days a week and you can even stand on the very top of it, where the views are simple amazing. The castle also hosts film nights in the Great Hall from horror movies to family favourites.  http://www.newcastlecastle.co.uk/


A BOOK WORMS DREAM

The Lit&Phil is home to over 200,000 books! Eve the residents of Newcastle have probably walked past this place hundreds of times and never realized it was there. Rooted on Westgate Road not far from Central Station, it’s been open for 200 years. If you become a member you can use the space and borrow books regularly, but if you don’t want to join, it’s still a stunning building to have a look around.   https://www.litandphil.org.uk/

 


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