Guide to Newcastle Quayside

The Quayside is one of the most lively spots in Newcastle Gateshead, with bars, restaurants, markets, art galleries and concert halls… there’s never a shortage of things to do and is a must on your visit to the city. But where to start?

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The Quayside Market

Immerse yourself in the friendly atmosphere and Geordie culture in Newcastle at the famous outdoor ‘Quayside Sunday Market’ which takes place each Sunday between 9am and 4pm. It’s great for some market shopping in Newcastle, with independent traders from all over the region, you’ll find handcrafted goods and local products, from clothing, toys, jewellery, ceramics and more. What’s more, there’ll be street artists and buskers to enjoy too. Need a bite to eat? They’ve got that covered too, with food trucks and product stalls if you fancy a coffee or a cake. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.


The Quayside restaurants

Whether you’re after a quick snack or some great fine dining in Newcastle, there are plenty of options at the Quayside. For cheap eats in Newcastle Quayside, right by the Swing Bridge you’ll find Sambuca. With low prices, yet decent portions this place is a great shout for a budget meal out. With a terrace that’s great for those warmer days, the Boat House does good food with a nice setting. From friendly Italian eateries like Sabatini, to high end steaks at Tomahawk Steakhouse there’s plenty to suit all sorts of tastes when looking for somewhere to eat out in Newcastle.


The Quayside Seaside

Relax in Newcastle at the Quayside seaside! Every year between Autumn and Spring you’ll find this stretch of the Quayside transformed into a seaside paradise complete with deckchairs, palm trees, beach huts and golden sand. Simply sit back and watch the world go by (that’s if you don’t fancy building a sandcastle!) And there’s a children’s climbing wall, too.


Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Wander down the banks of the River Tyne and admire the bridges in Newcastle. Our favourite is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world’s first and only tilting bridge. See the famous eye ‘blink’ each day at 12pm from May to September, for full times and details see the Gateshead Millennium bridge website (link). Opened to the public in 2001, it connects the Quayside of Newcastle Upon Tyne with Gateshead’s Quays - you can either walk or cycle to the other side.


And on the other side…

You’ll find even more things to enjoy on the Gateshead side of the river, of course! For culture in Newcastle, the Sage Gateshead is a winner. This specially designed concert hall, designed by Norman Foster in 2004, has hosted famous musicians, orchestras and performance group from all over the world. It’s unusual shape is prominent in the Quayside skyline.

Don’t forget about the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - another must-see in Newcastle! Expect exhibitions from contemporary artists, photographers and designers (and home of one of Newcastle’s best restaurants - SIX at BALTIC - with amazing views over the River Tyne.)


Quick Quayside Facts

  • The Gateshead Millennium Bridge only takes 4 ½ minutes to rotate from closed to open (and so energy efficient, it costs just £3.96 per opening).
  • The Quayside in Newcastle underwent a huge regeneration in the early 2000s, and before that once served as a commercial dockside. Coal was ferried down to the Quayside (via the Victoria Tunnels - now their own tourist attraction!), and the Baltic Flour Mill and Hoults Yard Pottery thrived.
  • And for some architecture in Newcastle… there are a number of listed buildings at the Newcastle Quayside, like the Customs House and the Malmaison Hotel, both Grade II listed buildings.


For somewhere affordable to stay near Newcastle’s Quayside, you’ll find convenient accommodation at easyHotel Newcastle. The hotel is just a few minutes walk away from it all!


Getting to Newcastle Quayside

By foot

The easiest, cheapest and most scenic way is by foot! Take a stroll around the area and enjoy all the Newcastle Quayside has to offer.


By bus

The QuayLink services operate frequently and connect most of the main attractions in NewcastleGateshead. The buses run frequently, 7 days a week.

Q1 begins at Gateshead and operates around East Gateshead, before heading back to Gateshead, then Newcastle City Centre and Newcastle Central Station.

Q2 operates the same route as Q1 but in the opposite direction.

Q3 begins at Newcastle Great Park.


By train

Newcastle’s railway station, known as Newcastle Central Station, is served by many main line routes from all over the UK. The Quayside is a 20 minute walk from the main station or simply hop on the QuayLink!

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