With a proud history as the oldest football stadium in the north east of England, St James’ Park is a symbol of Newcastle’s spirit and passion for sport. The stadium will hold three matches over the course of the Rugby World Cup 2015, including South Africa v Scotland on 3 October. Located right in the centre of Newcastle, the venue offers the perfect opportunity to explore the city.
To experience some of the best British food in the city head over to Blackfriars Restaurant. Occupying the former refectory of a 13th-century friary, it is an atmospheric setting for classic, gutsy traditional cuisine. The restaurant uses ingredients from local farms and producers, and features an impressive wine and local ale list, making it a great choice for a hearty Sunday lunch. For a more modern offering, Café 21 is a contemporary restaurant serving superb modern European bistro food. With dishes including Dover sole, fresh halibut and Northumbrian game pie, it is a top lunchtime choice.
Newcastle has a lively drinking scene and is home to many excellent bars and pubs – ideal for catching up after the match. Americana-style bar Alvinos is a popular spot and draws in a crowd with its nostalgic pinball machine, jukebox and old vinyl records and posters. Guests can sample an impressive selection of draught beers and ales relax on the outdoor terrace.
Fenwick was founded in Newcastle in 1882 and has since garnered a reputation as one of Britain’s leading department stores. Shop everything from food to fashion over an impressive five floors and indulge in some pampering at the Clarins Spa. With a carefully curated edit of top designer brands, Fenwick is a great place to discover luxury gifts and souvenirs. The Central Arcade also offers some of the best shopping in the centre of Newcastle. The elegant Edwardian shopping arcade features several top British brands including Neal’s Yard Remedies and Cath Kidston.
United by seven bridges, Newcastle is recognised as one of Britain’s most vibrant and hospitable cities. Cosmopolitan and dynamic, Newcastle is also steeped in history and culture and has many fine cultural highlights. While in Newcastle be sure to visit Grey Street and Grainger Town. The area is the historic heart of the city and its classical architecture, domes and turrets seem a million miles away from the city’s shopping outlets and futuristic bridge designs. The Newcastle Castle and the historic Black Gate, officially re-opened in March this year after a huge restoration project, is also well worth a visit. With its colourful history the castle is sure to make an interesting day out for the whole family.