6 hidden gems to discover in Newcastle

Known for its football club, old coal mines and closed down shipyards, Newcastle has recently revitalised itself into a vibrant visitor destination. There is always something to enjoy in Newcastle, be it the Baltic Art Centre, the Sage, the Hancock museum or the exciting nightlife.

The team here at nationalrail.com have been in search of some more lesser-known locations for you to visit next time you travel by train:


By The River Brew Co


Take a walk along the gloriously refurbished Newcastle quayside and enjoy the amazing architecture, both old and new. Walk over the ‘Swing Bridge’ to the Gateshead side and discover the freshly opened container village offering street food and local beverages from over 15 independent companies. Just a short walk down from the city’s main train station.




You might have to walk half an hour from central station but once you do there is plenty to discover. Ouseburn is an up-and-coming creative hub filled with independent shops, art studios, bars, music venues and even a farm!


Passage to India


Departing from Newcastle central station, you can board the ‘Passage to India’, a train that will take you directly to a unique Indian restaurant in Corbridge (a nearby country village). On the train, the friendly staff can serve you drinks and take your orders before arriving at the restaurant, situated within the station itself, where a lovely meal awaits you.


The Victoria Tunnel

Victoria_Tunnel_(Newcastle)_near_Ouse_Street_2010-02-19By CDC [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

You can’t mention Newcastle, or even the north, without talking about coal. The once bread and butter of the land is embedded in the city’s infrastructure to this day. The Victoria Tunnel was built in the 19th century and used as a wagonway to carry coal from the Town Moore to the Tyne River. You can tour the tunnel for just £7 per person.


The Lit and Phil


Open since 1825, this library is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 160,000 books. Today the library is host to an array of events, lectures and tours that you can attend for free or for a small entry fee. The building itself has an impressive interior, tucked away on Westgate Road – you would barely notice it from the outside.


Tea Sutra Teahouse 


Hidden away above Leazes Park Road is a relaxing Aladdin’s cave of delicious teas. The vegan/vegetarian teahouse doesn’t have WIFI and doesn’t sell coffee, making it a perfect place for quality time with friends and family. It’s the ideal place to unwind with a healthy tea and snack before heading off into the bustling world again.


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