Bridges and Buildings
Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, seven
bridges span the Quayside area all within a few
hundred metres.The city has many fine buildings
from the classical Grey Street, considered the
finest street in England, a 14th century Castle
and Keep,St Nicholas’ Cathedral as well as
buildings such as the Civic Centre. A short bus
ride will take you to Anthony Gormley’s Angel
of the North.
Museums and Galleries
There are many fine,contemporary art galleries
including the Baltic and the Biscuit Factory displaying
works from international artists from across the world.
The Discovery Museum, exhibiting rich displays of local
interest,the Great North Museum with fine Roman
exhibits from Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding area.
Theatres, Cinemas, Music
The Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Live Theatre
and Tyne Theatre and Opera House, attracting
major productions from the West End in London
and the Royal Shakespeare Company to
internationally renowned companies.Tyneside
Cinema, built in 1937 in an Art Deco style, offers
a wide variety of films from the latest screen
releases to award-winning foreign language
films. For music lovers there are small, intimate
venues across the city to the Gateshead Sage on
the banks of the Tyne which attracts world-acclaimed
artists. Whether your taste is classical, jazz, pop,
rock, or folk there is plenty choice to suit everyone.
Lovers of shopping will find Eldon Square in the city
centre, one of the largest indoor shopping malls in
Europe.From global brand names to local department
shops of Fenwicks and John Lewis, there is plenty
choice. Many exclusive shops found in London also
have branches in Newcastle. A short distance from the
centre of Newcastle is the Metro Centre which offers
an indoor shopping experience with over 350 shops.
Restaurants and Bars
Newcastle has many restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs
where you can sample food from across the world. From
its own Chinatown with Chinese restaurants and
supermarkets, to South American and Middle Eastern
Foods. Michelin-starred restaurants as well as small
local cafes offering specialities such as halal, vegetarian
and vegan food.
A lazy afternoon on a boat ride down the Tyne
with a Geordie host to practise your listening
skills. The Geordie language is unique and you
can hear an example of many regional accents
at the British Library.
Seven Stories National Children’s Book Centre
If you love books then Seven Stories is the
national home of Children’s Books. A rich
display of the most famous children’sbooks,
and their creators are exhibited and stored here.
The Literary and Philosophical Society has the
largest independent library outside London
where you can see books dating back to 1504.
The City Library in the centre of Newcastle has
a wide variety of books which can be borrowed.
St.James’s Park Football Stadium
Sporting activities from football matches at St.James’ Park Stadium (home of Newcastle
United) to abseilling across the Sage glass roof in Gateshead, are just a couple of activities
to enjoy whilst practising your English. Ten-pin bowling, yoga, swimming, cycling, as well
as many gyms can all be found both near the house and in the city centre.