Why choose a cruise to Newcastle?

Newcastle is fantastically well equipped to welcome cruise passengers and seeks to make every part of a sailing itinerary unforgettable. The port itself is modern and designed to cater to a variety of needs, with a state-of-the-art terminal building in place that can service up to 2,000 passengers at any one time. It’s a handy spot offering restaurants, cash machines, a shop and free Wi-Fi, and Newcastle city centre is just nine miles away.

newcastleA guide to Newcastle’s hotspots

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House is a step back in time to when an evening out was a real occasion, with the stunning architecture inside something to marvel at. Having celebrated its 150th birthday, the Grade I-listed building has been freshened up to delight visitors and it’s well worth trying to pop in, if not for a show then at least for a few photos.

Found in Exhibition Park, the Palace of Arts is a fascinating building, with a long legacy of different uses. Starting off as an art gallery, it went on to become the Museum of Science and Engineering before housing a number of military exhibitions as well. It is now home to the Wylam Brewery, winner of the Best Independent Brewery award. Wylam is the perfect spot to take a breather and enjoy a half of something different, before taking a leisurely stroll around the park itself.

To get a taste of the real Newcastle, there are few better restaurants to visit than House of Tides. Opened by double-Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, a Newcastle native, the restaurant was awarded its own star just 18 months later. Serving up a host of ever-changing and beautifully creative dishes, based on the availability of local produce, there is no getting away from why it is so popular and unforgettable.

newcastle angel of the northCruise lines that sail to the port of Newcastle

The best time to visit Newcastle

The UK isn’t particularly famous for great weather, and a good rule of thumb is that the further north you go, the less sunny and warm days you’re going to get. It’s not all doom and gloom, though.

Generally speaking, between June and August are the warmest months, with the least chance of rain and temperatures of around 20°C.

Did you know?

  • The Newcastle Metro Centre is one of Europe’s top 10 biggest shopping complexes
  • Lucozade was invented in Newcastle
  • Newcastle is the 15th-most-visited city in the whole of the UK by overseas travellers.