The vibrant twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead standing proudly on either side of the Tyne offer some of the liveliest nightlife outside of London and yet excellent connectivity means you can be walking beside Hadrian’s Wall in less than an hour from the city centre. This five-day itinerary offers the best of both worlds: explore Roman Forts and Temples by day, sample Newcastle’s unique cultural attractions by night.
Explore the highlights of historic Hadrian’s Wall by day before returning to the city to sample Newcastle and Gateshead’s lively nightlife. Stay in a sophisticated city centre hotel overlooking the iconic Tyne Bridge and dive into the cultural quarter around the spectacular architecture of the Sage and the imposing edifice of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts then explore the city’s hundreds of bars and restaurants. This flexible five-day itinerary takes in the highlights of both town and country, with a choice of walks direct from the heart of the city or among the breath-taking countryside of the border country alongside Hadrian’s Wall. Walk beside the best-preserved and most extensive sections of the wall beyond the city limits or explore the remains of Roman castles within the city walls. Take a fascinating walk through history along the banks of the Tyne to the huge coastal fortification of Tynemouth Priory overlooking the mouth of this mighty river then celebrate with Michelin-starred cuisine in this friendly and welcoming Capital of the Great North.
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This flexible city-based itinerary includes as much or as little walking as you wish. Explore the Roman remains dotted around the city before heading out into the rugged border country between Newcastle and Carlisle where you can walk up on lofty ridges beside some of the best-preserved sections of the wall.
For the classic Newcastle-Gateshead city break experience, book into one of the elegant hotels overlooking the river (Malmaison, Hotel du Vin, Jury’s Inn) – just a short hop from the iconic cityscape of the Millennium and Tyne Bridges, the Sage and the BALTIC – with captivating views over an unforgettable quayside skyline as the first lights of dusk begin to twinkle in the swirling currents of the Tyne.
Most of the city sections can be walked all-year round without any special walking gear and there are some shorter history walks for those who prefer to stay within the city limits. Up on the wall, walking boots and waterproofs are de rigueur and remember the connecting buses don’t operate during the winter months. Best time of year to visit is May/June.
Newcastle boasts a host of sophisticated bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The rooftop bar and restaurant at the BALTIC Centre is a popular venue for the city smart set, as is the Michelin-starred House of Tides and the Broad Chare. Out on the Wall, the historic Twice Brewed Inn has its own brewery on site and serves good wholesome food for walkers who have worked up a hearty appetite.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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