A Knees-Up in Newcastle
If you’re planning a weekend away with friends, then why not give Newcastle a try? This friendly city is famous for its party atmosphere at weekends and, when you factor in the great shopping and eating-out opportunities also available, it’s a no-brainer for a fun mini break. Its excellent rail links means it’s super easy to get to and there are lots of great places to stay, including the central Newcastle Travelodge hotel which is right in the thick of all that weekend after-hours action.
As sharp-suited Ant and Dec and uber-glamour girl Cheryl Cole prove, the residents of Newcastle know how to dress up, so you’ll be needing a new outfit to wear for your big Geordie night out. In the city centre, you need to head to the Eldon Square shopping centre for every chain you can think of. And of course no visit to Newcastle is complete without a pilgrimage to that enormous shopping mecca, the intu Metro Centre, which also houses myriad cafes and restaurants and a cinema, making it the perfect destination for a day of shopping and a night of dining out and catching the latest blockbuster.
Newcastle is packed with excellent cafes and restaurants, meaning you’ll never go hungry on your trip. Check out Quay Ingredient, an enormously popular café on the scenic quayside under the Tyne Bridge. When it comes to dinner, you’re spoilt for choice. Try Six, a buzzy restaurant at the BALTIC centre, which offers fantastic views of the Tyne and the busy Quayside area. The Quayside area is full of great options from chains and unique-to-Newcastle eateries, meaning all possible tastes are catered for.
Newcastle has no shortage of welcoming pubs to pop into as you explore the city. In the Quayside area, try Victoria 22 for that unique Saturday night Newcastle atmosphere. If you’re in the market for a decent cocktail, head to Polpolo. You can eat here too and it has a weekend closing time of 2am, making it a one-stop party shop! If you’d rather kick back in a traditional pub, try the Crown Posada for an evening of old-fashioned Geordie camaraderie.
The pubs may be closed, but in Newcastle, the night is still young. You’re bound to get chatting to some friendly faces, who’ll tell you where to head, but if not, if you’re in the Quayside area, you won’t go wrong - there are plenty of late night venues in this area ranging from cheesy to cool. If you fancy something completely different, Newcastle has a thriving salsa scene and some great comedy clubs, meaning you’re guaranteed to head back to the hotel with a big smile on your face!
So there you have it. Newcastle is the perfect getaway for a weekend of pure fun and frolics with friends. Just make sure your train home isn’t booked too early as a well-deserved lie-in will definitely be in order after all that partying, shopping, eating and enjoying yourself.
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