Visitor information

With so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit. We hope on your visit to the conference you will find time to see more of our special city and all it has to offer. Why not extend your visit and stay on after the conference to see some of the highlights the city and region. NewcastleGateshead Initiative have a great website with lots of ideas on things to do.

  • Climb Newcastle - Newcastle's first dedicated indoor climbing centre, located in Byker
  • Gibside - a tranquil nature reserve, a grand forest garden and landscape park
  • Central Arcade - under its glass barrel-vaulted roof, the glorious tile work is a joy to behold.

Restaurants on the Quayside

Please see below links to restaurants that can be found on the quayside:

Restaurant Guide - NewcastleGateshead

Restaurant Guide - TripAdvisor

The UK’s best city: in praise of Newcastle upon Tyne
Read the Guardian article published on 22 November which highlights some of the city's pubs and places of interest.

Sage Gateshead photograph by Graham RobsonS‌age Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England. The Sage Gateshead is only 1.1 miles away from the conference venue (22 minutes on foot).


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art photograph by Ian BrackenridgeBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art. BALTIC has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events that give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice. BALTIC’s dynamic, diverse and international programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community. BALTIC is 0.7 miles away from the conference venue (14 minutes on foot).


Hadrians Wall photograph by Glen BowmanHadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the World Heritage Site. It's 84 miles of glorious walking, through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape. Depending on where you start, the wall is as close as Segedunum Roman Fort 4.8 miles from Newcastle city centre, or as far a field as Chesters Roman Fort 25 miles away.


Alnwick Castle and Gardens Alnwick Castle photograph by Phil Thomas

For the last 700 years, Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family - it remains one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK and is only 40 miles away from Newcastle City Centre.



Tynemouth Castle and Priory

Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out. Just a few stops away from the city centre on the Metro.