Newcastle -Places to See

Newcastle -Places to See

Newcastle -Places to See

Newcastle -Places to See

The castle is now almost buried beneath railway lines, bridges, warehouses and buildings of varying age and architectural standard, but just down from the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas are the Black Gate and the Castle Keep, which date back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It is an area worth exploring. Inside the Georgian buildings of the daily Grainger Market are dozens of stalls and shops selling mainly meat and vegetables, while Bigg Market, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday is the city’s oldest market and Sunday’s Quayside Market has over two hundred stalls. Whilst Eldon Square Shopping Centre is strikingly modern, it does also include the old Greenmarket and Fishmarket from the Grainger Market, and it also has its own recreation area.

Museums and Art Galleries

Laing Art Gallery in Higham Place. Newcastle Art Centre, a converted eighteenth-century merchant’s house, Hatton Gallery, whose permanent collection includes Italian art from the fourteenth century, and the Museum of Science and Engineering, which has one of the largest collections of engineering heritage in the country are most worth while, as well as the unusual National Bagpipe Museum.

Things to Do

Film buffs make for the well-reputed Tyneside Cinema, but for live theatre, the Theatre Royal with its Corinthian-style portico on Grey Street is where the major touring companies bring drama, light entertainment and dance. The Newcastle Playhouse has its own repertory company, while the Peoples’ Theatre, the New Tyne Theatre and the Lipman Theatre house local amateurs and small touring companies. City Hall is where the annual Jazz, Folk and Art and Music Festivals are held, and is also home of the city’s own Northern Sinfonia. The clubs and pubs also have a liberal sprinkling of good jazz and folk.

Football, golf, tennis, rugby, cricket, swimming, speedway and greyhound racing, athletics, and horse racing are all available nearby, while Eldon Square Recreation Centre has squash courts, badminton, table tennis, basketball and volley ball, indoor bowling green, billiards and snooker.