Newcastle, also called “Newcastle upon Tyne”, is one of the most iconic cities in the UK. The city is renowned for its industrial heritage, being the ideal base for building ships and steam trains that powered the Industrial Revolution era. Today, Newcastle thrives as a cultural landmark and the business and social hub of the North East.
Newcastle is Instagram-worthy too. The city’s perfect mix of Neoclassical architecture from its golden days and vibrant, contemporary facades from the booming commercial districts make great additions to your IG feed and travel memoirs.
If you’re staying in Newcastle, here are 15 Instagram-worthy spots to watch out for.
1. Tyne Bridge
The relationship between the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle is like the one of the Eiffel Tower and Paris or the Harbor Bridge and Sydney — it’s the city’s most iconic landmark that you just can’t miss. The 1920s arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England links Newcastle upon Gateshead and Tyne.
2. Alnwick Castle
If you’re a Harry Potter fanatic, Alnwick Castle is one Newcastle landmark you should definitely visit. You might recognize this millennium-old medieval castle and its courtyards and baileys from the scenes from HP’s Hogwarts School. Alnwick Castle also starred as the Brancaster Castle in two Christmas specials of the series Downton Abbey.
3. Angel of the North
The Angel of the North, perched on a panoramic hilltop at Low Eighton, is one of the most famous artworks in the entire region. The contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley in 1998 is a 20-meter tall steel sculpture of an angel, with wings measuring 54 meters. Angel of the North is Britain’s largest sculpture and is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world.
4. Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
This heritage site has all of the beauty that begs to be captured: a medieval castle, a pillared hall with Greek-inspired architecture and columns, and a lush garden that’s home to interesting exotic plants. Time your visit right and you can see this tourist attraction in full bloom, rhododendron blossoming in the garden, and daffodils popping up in front of the hall.
5. The Quayside
The Quayside is a scenic area along the banks of the River Tyne, with a magnificent view of the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world’s first and only tilting bridge. You can also get a lovely shot of the iconic Tyne Bridge from the Quayside, as well as famous buildings like the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage. Aside from these major landmarks, the Quayside is also lined with a plethora of riverside bars and restaurants for more photo opportunities.
While they’re picturesque from the outside, nothing beats stepping inside these art galleries, music venues, and theaters. To make sure you don’t miss out, we recommend booking hotels or serviced apartments in Newcastle that are just a few minutes away from the action.
Ouseburn, which was once a heavily industrialized area, is now a thriving cultural quarter of Newcastle. It is also one of the most vibrant and eclectic creative communities in the North East. Ouseburn is home to artists, musicians, designers, brewers, and printmakers, so you’ll be spoiled with a lot of beautiful images, including the North East’s largest legal graffiti wall on Dinsdale Place.
7. Grainger Town
If you’re a fan of European plazas whose architectural wonders give a glimpse of the city’s wonderful past, then visiting Grainger Town is a must. The streets of Grainger Town, Newcastle’s historical centre, are filled with awe-inspiring, sandstone buildings in the style of Grecian-inspired, Victorian architecture. Grey’s monument, the Theater Royal, and Grainger Market are three of the best spots waiting for you.
8. Grainger Market
Now that you’re in Grainger town, come and step inside the Grainger Market. The busy European marketplace vibes can make a catalog of stunning candid photographs. The market is home to beautiful flower displays, charming shop fronts, food-porn-worthy dishes, and of course, gorgeous architecture in the archways.
9. Central Arcade, Market Street
Another shopping center with jaw-dropping architecture is the Central Arcade. The Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 is packed with picturesque ceilings, mosaic patterns lined along the walkways, and quaint storefronts that all deserve to be on the ‘gram.
Looking to spice up your IG feed with something fun and funky? This unique shipping container village deserves a spot in your Newcastle itinerary. Stack is a creative social hub that’s built from stacked shipping containers. It is home to independent shops that embrace the concept, including quirky little eateries, a craft beer shop, a plant shop, and a clothing brand.
11-15. Newcastle’s Instagram-worthy bars and cafes
Newcastle is home to a wide array of IG-worthy restaurants, cafes, and bars. Next to offering delicious meals, drinks, and entertainment, these establishments give their patrons a visual treat by stepping up their architecture and interior design game.
Since there are too many to mention, we just round up five of our favorites:
- Lola Jeans (cocktail bar) – This restaurant and bar is a vintage enthusiast’s paradise, with rustic interiors using salvaged materials, exposed brick walls, large-scale murals, wrought-iron street lamps, and a grandfather clock.
- The Botanist – a picturesque restaurant beautifully adorned with plants and flowers and is providing a great view over the city.
- The Great British Cupcakery – One of the prettiest and most luxurious bakehouses in town (and in the country), with lovely flower walls filled with pink and white roses, neon signs, and marble tabletops.
- Digital – One of the city’s biggest and most loved nightclubs, adorned with IG-worthy neon signs.
- By The River Co – By The River Co is another shipping container community located just under the Tyne Bridge, serving tasty food and refreshments all day and night.
From colossal castles with an old-world charm to tiny, vibrant cafes that fit your #aesthetic, you’ll never run out of places to capture in Newcastle UK. Of course, don’t forget to put down your camera every once in a while and simply adore the lovely sceneries in front of you with your own eyes.