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There's no better time to escape the everyday on a citybreak to NewcastleGateshead with your family. With a compact and walkable city centre, plenty of green spaces and a wide range of activities and attractions that will entertain even the smallest of visitors, let us guide you through two days in our twin cities...

STAY

Escape the Everyday Hilton

With breath-taking views over the River Tyne and its famous bridges, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead sits on the Gateshead banks of the Tyne and is just a few minutes’ walk across the Swing Bridge to the iconic Newcastle Quayside. Luxurious family rooms are available, and there’s an on-site bar and restaurant as well as parking, making it the perfect base for your stay.

DAY ONE

Escape the Everyday Iles Tours Family

Morning

Trace the story of Newcastle from its Roman roots to the present day on the two-hour Newcastle History Tour with Iles Tours. You’ll get the perfect introduction by exploring the city on two feet, taking in all the key sights of historic city centre. Starting at the famous Grey’s Monument in beautiful Grainger Town, here you’ll discover just how Earl Grey is connected to the tea!

Lunch

In the heart of the city centre, STACK Newcastle is a shipping container village that is home to a huge range of food vendors that include sushi, Lebanese, fish and chips, Mexican, burgers and more, so you’ll find something to keep every member of the family happy. The venue provides table service, so you can rest your feet and have food brought to you from every corner of the world.

Escape the Everyday Great North Museum Family

Afternoon

Children and adults alike will love discovering centuries of history at the award-winning and free family attraction, Great North Museum: Hancock. Discover the story of wildlife and habitats in the Living Planet Gallery; explore the history of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall; meet a life-size replica T-Rex in Fossil Stories; uncover the secrets of the Egyptians and other ancient cultures; and little ones will love The Mouse House, an interactive space for children under five years old.

Escape the Everyday Newcastle Castle family

You can also discover so much about Newcastle’s rich history at Newcastle Castle, from which the city gained its name many centuries ago. The must-visit attraction offers incredible views from its rooftop and is the perfect place to enjoy the stunning views of the cityscape and to capture a family snapshot. The Castle Keep is considered one of the UK's finest medieval stone castle dungeons which is still open to the public. Exhibitions will take you back in time to experience what life would have been like for its inhabitants.

Escape the Everyday Blackfriars

Dinner

Blackfriars Restaurant and Parlour Bar is an award-winning restaurant that is located in a 13th century medieval friary with a long and turbulent history and is home to the UK’s oldest dining hall. Here you’ll find traditional-British cooking using local seasonal produce, supplied by nearby farms and markets. The restaurant serves lunches, afternoon teas and fine-dining multi-course dinners as well as a ‘Little Monks’ menu for children. On a sunny evening, the beautiful outdoor space, the cloister garden and courtyard, make the ideal setting for a family meal.

DAY TWO

WEB1

Morning

Meet one of the North East’s most renowned residents, Angel of the North, which greets visitors arriving in NewcastleGateshead from its vantage point overlooking the A1. The iconic Sir Antony Gormley sculpture, which was built in 1998 and stands at 20m tall, is the perfect spot for a family photo opportunity that will be a memorable souvenir from your trip.

WEB Ouseburn

Lunch

Ouseburn, a vibrant neighbourhood to the east of Newcastle city centre, is the perfect place to spend time with the family, with an eclectic mix of things to do. You’re spoilt for choice for places to eat in Ouseburn, so there’s sure to be somewhere that will suit even the fussiest little tastebuds.

Nestled under the Byker Bridge, Thali Tray offers a selection of thalis, a traditional Indian selection of curries, breads and caters for children too. Having started out as a street food stall, it’s now one of the most popular places to eat in the city. Alternatively, nearby Kiln serves up freshly made Mediterranean-style food and, as the name suggests, is next door to a working pottery and ceramics workshop. You will be served on the ceramics made in-house and can even purchase the hand-crafted to take home.

For dessert, you can pick up what many people consider to be the Italian gelato in town at Di Meo’s Riverside Ouseburn. Its riverside location makes the perfect spot for some wildlife spotting as you tuck in.

WEB Ouseburn Farm

Afternoon

Ouseburn Farm is a unique community-led urban farm which is home to sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. The green oasis, which sits under the Byker Bridge, has a regular event schedule including animal petting and feeding so children can enjoy meeting the resident animals up-close.

Just a minute’s walk away, Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is the perfect setting for young book-lovers with its unique and interactive exhibitions that bring children’s books to life. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here exploring the exhibitions, stopping for a hot drink in the café and picking a book to take home from its beautifully curated bookshop.

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