Fun Things To Do In Newcastle upon Tyne 2023

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Newcastle upon Tyne is the city on everyone’s lips, despite being famous for its lively nightlife scene, it’s also filled to the brim with fun things to do. 

From art galleries to live music venues to entertainment hubs to historical landmarks, no matter what your idea of fun is, we’re certain you’ll find something which is right up your street. 

So, if you’re looking for something new to do aside from a night out, we’ve got you covered with the top 10 fun things to do in Newcastle. 

For those who choose to make our luxury student accommodation their base, they’ll be right on the doorstep of all the activities this Geordie City has to offer! 

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1. Watch A Gig At Riverside 

Newcastle’s most famous live music venue, Riverside, is a music lovers dream. 

Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, this vibrant venue has hosted all sorts of world class performers from the likes of Courtney Love to Interpol to Royal Blood to The Zombies, along with tons more. 

No matter what type of music you enjoy listening to, they’ll be something on their huge programme of events to suit your tastes. 

Head to the official website to find out about the up and coming concerts for 2023. 



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Address: Neptune House, 1 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RQ

2. Head To The Biscuit Factory 

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, The Biscuit Factory is the largest commercial art, craft & design gallery in the UK. 

In the backdrop of a former Victorian warehouse, this gallery space features two floors of over 250 contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery collections.

This cultural hub is a great place to browse some art without having to spend a penny of your student budget. 

Although, if you want to make a day of it, there’s an onsite cafe and an award winning restaurant so you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat. 

Open every day of the week, if you’re on the hunt for fun things to do, this place is a must-visit! 


Address: 16 Stoddart St, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN

3. Shop Till You Drop At Quayside Market 

For those looking for something a little different when it comes to things to do in Newcastle, Quayside Market is a must-visit. 

Situated on the banks of the river, this vibrant local market takes place every Sunday from 10am until 4pm and is the perfect chance to delve into Geordie culture. 

With independent traders from across the North East, you’ll be blown away with the array of handcrafted goods and local produce on offer. 

There’s everything from fashion to jewellery to artwork to plants to street food available, take a mooch and see for yourself! 



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Address: Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE

4. Show Off Your Skills At Junkyard Golf 

Newcastle may be a city which is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, but there are plenty of fun things to do to keep you busy after dark. 

If you love all things mini golf and tasty cocktails, then grab your friends and head to Junkyard Golf Newcastle.

All three of the 9-hole courses have their own funky and unique theme so you can show off your hole-in-one skills or just capture some Insta-worthy shots with your friends. 

There’s even more good news, they offer half price golf for students on all of their courses from Sunday through to Thursday. 

So, remember to bring along your student ID card to make the most of the deal! 



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Address: Unit 4, 17 Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RE

5. Have Some Fun At Lane7 

If you’re wanting to be entertained whilst living in Newcastle, Lane7 should be top off your list. 

Located in the heart of the city, this venue offers a wide range of things to do from bowling to pool to ping-pong to karaoke to mini golf to beer pong. 

There’s bars on every floor of the venue so you can enjoy some drinks and toast to the good times, as well as a photobooth so you can capture some cute pictures with your besties!

If you get hungry, they have American BBQ favourites on the menu along with burgers and pizzas so you can munch on something tasty. 

With a whole host of fun on offer here, get a plan sorted with your flatmates and experience it for yourself! 



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Address: 80-90 St James’ Blvd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BN

6. Watch Something New At Tyneside Cinema 

We did say this guide would have something for everyone, and this next activity is for the film fanatics out there. 

Dating back to the 1930s, Tyneside Cinema is the UK’s last surviving newsreel theatre and is a Grade II-listed building, located in the centre of Newcastle.

As the North East’s leading independent cinema, this venue features 3-screens, 2 cafes and a bar, making it the perfect base for film nights with your friends. 

And if somehow all of that isn’t enough to get you to experience a film here, they also offer a discount card for students. 



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Address: 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

7. Go To A Game At St. James Park 

Home to the iconic football team, Newcastle United, St. James Park is a must-visit for sports fans living in The Toon. 

Located to the North West of the city centre, St. James Park has a capacity of over 52,000 with an amazing match day atmosphere. 

If heading to a game isn’t your style, why not experience a tour of the stadium to delve into the history of the eighth largest football stadium in England? 

You can go behind the scenes of the premier league football team which is Newcastle United, walk through the tunnel and experience all the places which are usually off limits! 



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Address: Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

8. Visit The Angel of The North 

If you’re on the hunt for fun things to do in Newcastle, visit one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, The Angel of The North. 

Towering over the A1 motorway in Gateshead, The Angel of The North was installed back in 1998 and was designed by Artist Antony Gormley. 

Standing at 20 metres tall with wings measuring 54 metres, The Angel of The North is regarded as the most iconic symbol of the North East and is visited by 33 million people every year. 

Make sure to check it out for yourself, after all it’s one of the most famous public art pieces in the world – it truly is breathtaking! 



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Address: Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead NE9 7TY

9. Head To Newcastle Castle 

Whether you’re wanting to delve into Newcastle’s local history or just want to enjoy some stunning views of the city centre, this historic castle is a must-do. 

Dating back to the 12th century, Newcastle Castle is an imposing Norman fortress and is where the city got its name! 

You can climb to the top of the keep for panoramic views of the city and explore the castle’s history through interactive displays. 

The best part is, tickets cost less than £10 and are valid for a year so you can return as many times as you like at no additional cost. 



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Address:  The Black Gate, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ

10. Take A Stroll Through Jesmond Dene 

Whilst living in Newcastle, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Jesmond Dene is a picturesque spot. 

This peaceful green space features many bridges to walk across, a stunning waterfall, along with plenty of wildlife to discover. 

If you fancy a fun activity, get together with your flatmates, pack a picnic and head to this peaceful green space just a 10 minute drive from the vibrant city centre. 

You could even treat yourself to a nice afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House after you’re done exploring – don’t mind if we do! 


Address: Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DZ

As one of the UK’s most iconic cities, Newcastle upon Tyne offers so many fun things to do for students and locals alike.

We hope this guide has been useful to fill your calendar up and keep you busy in 2023! 

Let us know what you think the most fun things to do in Newcastle are @prestigestudentliving.

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