A Day Trip to Newcastle Castle

Travel Diary

Day 2:

We arrived in Newcastle upon Tyne in the morning. We took the train from Durham and it only took about 20 minutes to get there. First things first, we found a tourist map of Newcastle to guide us and save us from using up all our phone's battery. 

We did astonishingly little research on Newcastle considering we came all this way to see it but we made a little plan on the map to do a little circle around the city covering a lot of the sights.

We walked up toward the Black Gate and purchased tickets to go inside Newcastle Castle. Castles seem to be our go to tourist site everywhere we go.

There was a little museum in the Black Gate going over a bit of the history of Newcastle. Everything looked really new and well designed. We had to walk under the bridge to get over to the castle keep.




Inside the castle was a lot of fun. It was not like some castles were you have to stick to a set linear path in and out of the castle. It was cool to explore all the rooms and passages. There was information all over telling more about the castle.
We can't resist putting our heads in pillories.

The view from the top of the castle is probably one of the best view of the city you can get overlooking the river Tyne and the bridges.

We were definitely pleased with our decision to go to Newcastle. It's great how things can work out well sometimes with very little planning.



We assumed that Newcastle had a castle because of the name but the name Newcastle Castle sounds funny.

Anyway, we were done with the Castle and decided to see what else there was to do.



We walked along the waterfront under Tyne Bridge over to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over to Gateshead.



We walked over the bridge and over to the Art Museum called BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.



The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art building is in a converted flour mill.



Inside was some crazy contemporary art. There was some black and white photos, a collage of body parts, florescent lights tethered together, a chainsaw sculpture, a chain link hammock and a ping pong table that said "Satisfy Me".
There were also some great viewing areas of the city.




Once we were done with the BALTIC we head back towards the city centre.
We saw a Go Vegan poster on our walk.

We made it to Grey's Monument.

There was a lot of shopping around and some nice arcades like this one.


"THIS COLUMN WAS ERECTED IN 1838
TO COMMEMORATE
THE SERVICES RENDERED TO HIS COUNTRY BY
CHARLES EARL GREY K.G.
WHO, DURING AN ACTIVE POLITICAL CAREER OF
NEARLY HALF A CENTURY
WAS THE CONSTANT ADVOCATE OF PEACE
AND THE FEARLESS AND CONSISTENT CHAMPION OF
CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
HE FIRST DIRECTED HIS EFFORTS TO THE AMENDMENT
OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE IN 1792,
AND WAS THE MINISTER
BY WHOSE ADVICE, AND UNDER WHOSE GUIDANCE,
THE GREAT MEASURE OF PARLIAMENTARY REFORM
WAS AFTER AN ARDUOUS AND PROTRACTED STRUGGLE
SAFELY AND TRIUMPHANTLY ACHIEVED
IN THE YEAR 1832."

Our friend recommended that we go to Tea Sutra for lunch.
They specialise in Tea and not coffee. The menu makes a point of mentioning that they don't have coffee of WiFi. The place is also vegan.

We got the Chai Tea for Two which came in this cute camel tea pot. When you pour the tea it looks like the camel is barfing up your tea.
We got a falafel wrap with salad and a lentil vegetable soup with bread.
For dessert we shared the happy chai cake.
Tea Sutra was a great recommendation. All their food and tea was fantastic.
We carried on and walked through China Town on our way back to the train station.

We spotted some Vegan Valentines Day cards in the window of a shop. It was actually Valentine Day but we didn't have anything planned aside from looking around Newcastle. Wandering around seemed like an idea Valentines Day activity to us as that's what we like doing. We like to explore.

Back at the station we spotted a vegan cafe. We were pretty surprised to see a vegan cafe in the station but also too full to eat anything. If we hadn't of just eaten then we would have got something there.
Next we caught our train back to Durham so that we could meet up with our friend and explore Durham a bit as we hadn't seen much of it yet aside from the train station.

Continue reading: 'Visiting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry'

Did you enjoy Newcastle? Have you been before?

Comments

  1. Haha, I love that you pointed out Newcastle Castle. And that camel tea pot is amazing, didn't know I wanted one until I just saw it! Looks like a nice day exploring!

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    1. Haha yeah a few people we know were surprised that Newcastle had a castle. We really like the tea pot too!

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  2. Newcastle is on edge of my favourite places in the north! the bridges over the Tyne are gorgeous especially at night when they are lit up. I'm yet to visit the castle though! Next time for sure!

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    1. We really enjoyed it there. Too bad we didn't have a bit more time. We like their accents too. Very cool.

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  3. Seems like such a fun day! I think that Newcastle Castle (so punny) is such a fun place from how you described it and the photos are great. I'd be tempted to put my head in the pillories too! ;)

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    1. It was a a fun castle. We got a kick out of the fact that the name Newcastle Castle sounds redundant.

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  4. Newcastle looks amazing and your photos are great as always! My favorite spot would have to be the castle, I've never been to one that didn't have that set linear path you mentioned, it would be so cool to visit a castle that you can roam freely!

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    1. It was pretty cool. We like castles that are ruins or at least more natural looking and not done up on the inside. Those are our favourite types of castles

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  5. I've never been to a castle so this looks like the perfect place to start! Interesting how the views from a castle look so modern- love the contrast. I'd love to have a slice of chai cake too!

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    1. Yes everything around the castle was very modern looking in comparison. The chai cake was excellent.

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  6. Your trip looks fantastic. Newcastle for me is something I need to see in the future. I love seeing architectures. By the way, the foods are mouth watering too. So, it was Valentines Day during your visit to the Newcastle? It was such a perfect date for a travel together with your other half. :)

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    1. Yeah we had a lot of fun in Newcastle. We didn't really have a typical Valentine's dinner or anything like that but it was fun just to be together exploring a city we've never been to.

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  7. Ahhh lush! My husband is a geordie! Newcastle is just full of amazing surprises! Each time we visit I discover something new and fall in love with it a little bit more!

    Great post LOVE the camel teapot! Next time - see if you can discover the vampire rabbit! Really random but super cool!

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    1. Newcastle is a pretty cool city. We really enjoyed it. We will keep our eyes peeled for the vampire rabbit!

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  8. What a wonderful castle. I love castles. Everything about a castle has a defense purpose. The camel tea pot is adorable! Looks like a great day!

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    1. We had a wonderful day. Castles are pretty awesome to explore. The camel tea pot was a surprise! We loved it.

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