Day Trips from Newcastle City Centre

When you study in Newcastle, not only is the city surrounded by amazing natural beauty, Newcastle is also close to a number of historic towns and popular metropolitan cities. That means living in Newcastle is perfect for those who want to explore new places.

Hadrian’s Wall

This has been a World Heritage Site since 1987. This epic wall extends across the entire width of the country, and is considered the best remaining frontier of the Roman Empire. The Hadrian’s Wall Path is one of the most popular long walks in the UK, passing old forts and defence structures. Buses from Newcastle drive the full-length of the wall. More information on Hadrian’s Wall is available here.

Beautiful Beaches of Northumberland

The biggest natural treasure of this part of the UK is the coastline. The long, white, sandy beaches of Northumberland are wild and largely untouched. Popular seaside towns include Craster and Alnmouth – both combine local charm with dramatic coastal landscapes. You will also be able to taste Craster’s world famous smoked fish! Bamburgh Castle is also worth visiting, sat on top of a cliff looking out to the North Sea. Local train stations are well-connected to Newcastle city centre, taking you to these great locations in under an hour.


Durham is famous for a number of reasons. It has a Norman Castle, Roman Cathedral and an old collegiate university. This provides visitors with a vibrant atmosphere of modern activity and historic charm. The city is also famous for cricket. Durham County Cricket Club sits beside the River Wear and provides great entertainment on summer afternoons. Trains run direct from Newcastle in under 20 minutes. You can book cricket tickets here.

Newcastle Racecourse

Students, businesses and families – everyone is welcome for a day at the races. There is often racing on weekday afternoons and throughout the weekend. General admission will cost around £14, allowing you to watch every race. The racing and atmosphere is enough to make this a great day out.


Much like Newcastle, Leeds is a busy metropolitan city with great shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife. It also has a great music scene, with acts frequently playing in venues across the city – the O2 Academy and First Direct Arena host some of the world’s biggest acts. For those of you who like city breaks, a weekend in Leeds will provide plenty of excitement. Trains take around 90 minutes. If you are interested in tickets for concerts, See Tickets is great for acts both in Newcastle and Leeds.

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