Visit historic Newcastle Castle, just a seven-minute walk from the hotel. The site comprises the 12th-century stone fortress, the Castle Keep and the Black Gate, which was a later addition. You can wander through centuries-old passageways and discover royal chambers once occupied by kings. Displays along the way recount the castle's history, through Roman and medieval times to the modern day.
For a fun and challenging activity, grab your friends, family and colleagues and head to Escape Newcastle, three minutes' drive from the hotel. The aim of the game is to escape a locked room by finding clues and solving puzzles together, while racing against the clock. It's a creative spin on corporate team-building, perfect for groups of 2 to 5 people – but groups of up to 24 can be accommodated.
If you arrived from the south, you may have seen a huge statue by the A1 motorway, or perhaps from your train window. This is the "Angel of the North", a gigantic sculpture rising 20 metres above the countryside, with a 54-metre wingspan. Perched on a hilltop, the enormous piece of public art was created by Antony Gormley. If you missed it on the way in, it's just a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Take in a concert at Sage Gateshead, an iconic venue on the south bank of the River Tyne, 15 minutes' walk from the hotel. Musical acts span jazz, classical, popular and folk, to name just a few. There are both daytime and evening performances, and regular festivals run throughout the year. You can have a pre-show drink in one of several on-site bars, or grab a bite in the Brasserie restaurant.
Take a leisurely walk along the riverfront in the Quayside precinct, just over a mile from the hotel. Here you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants for a great night out. Cross the curved and tilted Gateshead Millennium Bridge to reach the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, which is housed in a converted flour mill. Sage Gateshead, a landmark concert and conference venue, is also nearby.
St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Sage Gateshead is a concert venue and also a centre for musical education, located in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne, in the North East of England. It opened in 2004 and is tenanted by the North Music Trust.
The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1
The Quayside, with its landmark buildings, bars and restaurants, and the seven bridges that span the River Tyne have become the iconic image of Newcastle. Highlights include the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the only tilting bridge in the world, the famous Tyne Bridge and the Swing Bridge, which revolves to allow ships to pass on either side.
20 South Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PE
In 2016, owner-custodians, Clouston Group, completed a major restoration and enhancement programme, introducing state of the art facilities to create an exceptional, dynamic space. Hosting some of the city’s most prestigious and exciting gatherings, from live performances, club nights and exhibitions, to food and drink festivals. Boiler Shop is perfect for ambitious, memorable events and a broad spectrum of cultural uses.
Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
The International Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne where scientists, clinicians, educationalists and business people work to promote the advancement of the life sciences
Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST
St James' Park is an all-seater stadium in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is the home of Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. and has a seating capacity of 52,405
intu Metro Centre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Europe's largest indoor shopping and leisure centre is quite simply retail heaven, with everything from high street favourites to one-off stores and boutiques. And when you've shopped 'til you drop, there's an IMAX cinema, a champagne bar and over 50 great places to eat.
Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7 JB
Eldon Square is at the heart of shopping in Newcastle featuring leading high street names, specialist stores and four department stores.
Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods.
Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ
Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in the town of the same name in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodelled a number of times.
Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead, NE9 6AA
Standing tall and watching over Newcastle/Gateshead, this iconic work of public art by Antony Gormley is admired by 150,000 visitors a year. At 54m wide and 20m high, it dominates the Newcastle/Gateshead skyline and is an awe-inspiring symbol of North East pride and culture
Castle Garth, Newastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ
Dating back to 1178, Newcastle Castle Keep is one of the finest examples of Norman stone in Britain. The site itself was previously occupied by a Roman fort, an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and the original ‘New Castle' from which the city takes its name. From the top, the castle also boasts an outstanding view of Newcastle/Gateshead
The Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 100 miles of coastline from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to the River Coquet estuary in the Northeast of England. Features include: Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Budle Bay, Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle, the Farne Islands, Lindisfarne, Seahouses and Amble.