Newcastle is a city that beams with northern pride. It’s way more chilled than London, yet on a par in terms of its heritage, culture, culinary scene and nightlife. It’s hip but never pretentious. There is plenty to keep yourself busy without being overwhelmed. It’s a big city, but its neighborhoods are extremely walkable.
In case you need another reason to make ‘The Toon’ your next city break, the distinctive Geordie accent spoken by its dwellers has recently been crowned one of the top 10 sexiest in the UK!
But if it’s your first time heading to Newcastle, you might feel muddled about which of its awesome neighborhoods is right for you.
That’s why our expert travel writers have pieced together where to stay in Newcastle, broken down by neighborhood. So whether you’re seeking culture, arts, the party scene or are on whistlestop visit on your grand tour of the UK, we can tell you the best places to stay in Newcastle.
Let’s get started with the best areas to stay in Newcastle!
Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Newcastle
- Where to stay in Newcastle your first time – Quayside
- Where to stay in Newcastle on a budget – Gateshead
- Best area to stay in Newcastle for nightlife – Grainger Town
- Coolest place to stay in Newcastle – Jesmond
- Best neighborhood in Newcastle for families – Ouseburn
- Score tickets for a gig at the Sage Gateshead
- Sharpen your photography skills on the Tyne Bridge
- Track down the River God sculpture
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are the best places to stay in Newcastle.
Best Hostel in Newcastle – Albatross
The Albatross is one of the top-rated hostels in Newcastle according to Hostelworld, and our team can’t fault it either. There’s an awesome lounge with a pool table, a communal kitchen and the Wi-Fi is strong. The historic building is full of character and you can walk anywhere in the city centre. You even get a free breakie!View on HostelWorld
Best Airbnb in Newcastle – Cool Central Apartment in Victorian Build Sleeps 3
A 5-minute walk from the core of the city and in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge, this apartment is found within a refurbished Victorian building. You get the whole space to yourself, including a huge living room with a comfortable sofa and TV. The location is perfect for seeing a bit of everywhere.View on Airbnb
Best Mid-range Hotel in Newcastle – Grey Street Hotel
This 4-star hotel is happily affordable and perfectly positioned for exploring the sights and nightlife of the city. Bedrooms are tastefully designed with comfortable furnishings, snazzy artwork, a private bathroom, free toiletries and a restaurant. Easily one of the best places in Newcastle to stay, for all types of traveler!View on Booking.com
Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Newcastle
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The most populous city in northeast England sits 8.5 miles inland from the North Sea on the north bank of the River Tyne. Newcastle is famed for its seven dramatic bridges which connect the north and south banks of the city and set the skyline alight.
Modern-day Newcastle blends its juicy Roman, Medieval and Victorian history, industrial heritage and shipbuilding lineage with all the ingredients of an ultra-modern metropolis. Newcastle is also the gateway to top British destinations such as Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennines and the castle-strewn Northumberland Coast!
Wondering where to stay in Newcastle to make the most of it?
Well, Quayside is the best area in Newcastle to stay in your first time. It’s where you can get to grips with the most famous landmarks of the city and lap up the riverside ambience.
If you’re traveling on a tighter budget, check out our Gateshead neighborhood guide for some cheap digs.
Newcastle is a hot ticket in terms of nightlife, and the best area in Newcastle to stay in to get stuck into the party scene is Grainger Hill.
Another hotspot for night culture is laid-back Jesmond. This is one of the coolest places to stay in Newcastle.
Kids will be charmed by this northern city, and our top pick for where to stay in Newcastle for families is the arty Ouseburn.
Newcastle’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in
Let’s take a look at the 5 best neighborhoods to stay in Newcastle. They’re each a little different, depending on the type of experience you’re after.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Newcastle for one night you won’t be able to fault Quayside. Get up and close with those 7 legendary feats of engineering by picking a Quayside hotel, where you can get an eyeball of the iconic bridges from your riverside lodgings!
Quayside is easily the top spot for where to stay your first time in Newcastle. It will appease all culture vultures with its modern architecture and unmissable art institutions. There are a lot of dining options right here on your doorstep and late-night bars to get a piece of upmarket nightlife.
Things to See and Do in Quayside:
– Walk the pedestrianised Millennium Bridge, the only tilting bridge in the world!
– Score tickets for a gig at the Sage Gateshead
– Make some new furry friends at the CatPawCino Cat Cafe
– Sharpen your photography skills on the Tyne Bridge
– Visit the actual castle of Newcastle, a stone fortress built in the 12th century
– Track down the River God sculpture
– Get top views from the Victorian era High-Level Bridge
– Rummage around the stalls at the Quayside Sunday Market
– Stroll along the riverside – perfect for date night!
– Step into 17th century Newcastle at the free attraction, Historic England
– Take your pick from any of the bars and bistros that flank the riverside
– See what’s on at the high-octane Utilita Arena which attracts huge showbiz names!
Best Airbnb in the Quayside – Sunny Manhattan on Quayside
This bright, charming and spacious apartment is right on the Quayside, which makes it one of the best places in Newcastle to stay. As well as a fully functional kitchen in which to prepare your meals, the host stock the cupboards with a couple of essentials so you can make a coffee in the morning.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Quayside – Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle
Rooms at this budget Quayside hotel are immaculately clean and comfortably furnished. It’s in a prime location for seeing the best of Newcastle – only a short walk from the Quayside and into the city center. Each room has a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and hot drink making facilities. Breakfast can be added to the rate for an extra fee.View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in the Quayside – The Vermont Hotel
If you fancy views of Newcastle Castle and the Tyne Bridge as you sip your morning coffee in bed, check out The Vermont. This 4-star Newcastle hotel offers excellent accommodation which won’t break the bank. Be sure to specify at booking if you want a room with a view, and you can add breakfast for an additional cost.View on Booking.com
Technically a town in its own right, Gateshead is an extension of the city of Newcastle. It connects to the center with the cheap, cheerful and quick Metro system, or you can take your pick of the footbridges.
Gateshead is resided in heavily by Newcastle city workers, so it’s a place to experience local Toon life. You’ll find a trove of affordable pubs, fascinating museums and galleries and some pleasant green spaces to explore. It’s also the home of the great British icon, the Angel of the North. Gateshead has a number of low-cost hotels and vacation apartments, making it your best pick for where to stay in Newcastle on a budget.
Things to See and Do in Gateshead:
– Take a short drive south to visit the Angel of the North
– Check out 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, Victorian works and local art at the Shipley Art Gallery
– Support community dramatics at the Little Theatre Gateshead
– Catch some live music at The Central or catch some rays on the roof terrace of this Victorian watering hole!
– Spend a day exploring the gardens, woodlands and boating lake of Saltwell Park – there’s also a gothic mansion to check out
– Delve into Newcastle’s industrial past at the preserved railway which has a collection of retro train carriages
– Go pub-hopping along the Gateshead High Street, a haven for cheap beer and affordable pub grub
– Discover local history at the St Mary’s Heritage Centre
– Find your Zen at the Saltwell Park Japanese Garden
Best Airbnb in Gateshead – Nifty two bed urban pad near leafy park and city
This whole contemporary apartment is available for vacation rentals and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. It comes with Wi-Fi, TV and free parking. It’s a convenient base for exploring around Gateshead and is only a couple of pounds in an Uber into the city center.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Gateshead – Hotel Express Newcastle Gateshead
This simple, no-frills hotel is perfect if you’re looking where to stay in Newcastle on a budget. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with the option to request a shared or private bathroom. They have family rooms available and free, secure parking is provided. Less than a 10-minute drive to the Angel of the North!View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in Gateshead – The Globe Hotel Gateshead
5-star accommodation at a very wallet-friendly price, this Gateshead hotel has a variety of rooms suited to solo travelers, couples or families. The rate includes breakfast and there’s a chilled pub downstairs frequented by friendly locals. There is free parking available and the hosts are extremely accommodating and highly commended.View on Booking.com
The neighborhood of Grainger Town is the beating heart of Newcastle. Elegant streets lined with neoclassical buildings and a historic market are watched over by the towering Grey’s Monument.
After hours, these beautiful streets turn into a powerhouse for unique pubs, bars and clubs making it our top pick for where to stay in Newcastle for nightlife. Touch base with the city’s dynamic cultural scene by day, and embrace the hedonistic delights of the city by night!
Things to See and Do in Grainger Town:
– Shop for souvenirs at the 19th century built Grainger Market
– Dip into Chinatown for dim sum and to ogle the traditional oriental arch
– Admire 18th-20th century British oil paintings and watercolors at the Laing Gallery
– Take in sprawling views from atop the Grey’s Monument
– Sample speciality gins at Pleased To Meet You
– Challenge your travel buddies to a game of table football or pinball at the funky Alvinos Bar
– Mooch art at the Hatton Gallery or Gallery North
– Dance all night at the student hang-out Mushroom Bar
– Make a night of it at Madame Koo, a slinky nightclub with a 1920’a oriental theme dressed in Chinese lanterns and fairy lights
– See what’s on at the luxurious Theatre Royal
– Find botanical bliss at Eden where you can dine, dance and belt out karaoke
– Sip cocktails and craft beer at the oh-so-stylish Lola Jeans where walls are hand-painted by local creatives and a speakeasy awaits in the basement
– Go for the strike at 1950’s themed bowling alley, Lane7
Best Hostel in Grainger Town – YHA Newcastle Central
The YHA Newcastle offers cheap but comfortable dorm rooms in the heart of Newcastle’s party district. All beds come with a secure locker, and dorms have en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The hostel also has a variety of private rooms available. Sociable, awesome location and great value for money!View on HostelWorld
Best Airbnb in Grainger Town – Very central, light-filled Newcastle flat
Slap bang in the middle of historic and cultural Grainger Town, this Newcastle accommodation can stretch to accommodate 4 guests by using the sofa bed. The AirBnB is safe and secure and has all you need for a great stay, but we just can’t get over the location for this price!View on Airbnb
Best Hotel in Grainger Town – Motel One Newcastle
A 10-minute walk from basically anywhere you might want to go, this friendly Grainger Town hotel is thoughtfully designed and in an unbeatable location. There is a bar on-site to get your night started before you hit up the local bars, and the reception is conveniently open 24 hours.View on Booking.com
North of the city center, Jesmond is a groovy little suburb with quirky boutiques, eclectic bars and a buzzing student population. It connects to the city center via a 10-minute ride on the Metro making it a nifty spot for checking out the rest of Newcastle.
Potter around the neighborhood shops, cafes and parks by day, and at night head to Osborne Road to sample the laid-back bars and classy eateries that make Jesmond one of the coolest places to stay in Newcastle.
Things to See and Do in Jesmond:
– Soak up the northern sun on the outdoor terrace or grind along to a live band at the hip As You Like It
– Go bar hopping along Osborne Road. Must-dos include Jam Jar and 97 & Social
– Poke around wedding venue the Mansion House, it might make you fancy getting hitched!
– Meet the animals at the Jesmond Dene petting zoo and cool down at the Jesmond Dene Falls
– Take a stroll in Exhibition Park where you’ll find a lake, brewery and gentle hiking trails
– Tuck into gourmet pastries and freshly roasted coffee at Cake Stories Coffee House & Cakery
– Sample Hadrian’s Wall at the Great North Museum: Hancock
– Satisfy your cravings at the international restaurants on Osborne Road. Indian, Italian, Persian; you name it, they’ve got it!
– Mooch the fashionable clothing boutiques and cute gift shops along Acorn Road and Brentwood Road
– Wind down with some me-time at the City Retreat Salon & Spa
– Watch the sunrise over Dukes Moor
Best Airbnb in Jesmond – Luxury one-bedroom apartment in Jesmond
This stylish apartment comes with kooky furnishings and a hotel-grade level of comfort. It’s perfectly positioned to make the most of all the bars, restaurants and cafes of Jesmond if you don’t fancy cooking in the kitchenette. They have free parking available and guests are welcomed with a lovely hamper.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Jesmond – Newcastle Jesmond Hotel
There are no hostels in Jesmond, but you can get a cheap private room at this 3-star Jesmond hotel. Compact rooms are kitted out with all that you might need and you can add breakfast to the rate for a small fee. In a top location in one of Newcastle’s best neighborhoods.View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in Jesmond – Caledonian Hotel Newcastle Tyne and Wear
A reliable hotel and great for those looking for where to stay in Jesmond with kids as they have affordable family rooms available. Breakfast is available, the hotel has free parking and there is a delightful outdoor terrace for guests to make use of. The bathrooms have fabulous tubs if you fancy a soak!View on Booking.com
Formerly a key player in Newcastle’s industrial past, Ouseburn has paved its way into a cultural and creative base for local artists and musicians. It’s where you can find the National Centre for Children’s Books and some child-friendly galleries, making Ouseburn our recommendation for where to stay in Newcastle for families.
Ouseburn is located to the east of the city and connects to the center by bus or a leisurely walk along the banks of the River Tyne. It’s cool, hip and where you can find some awesome Newcastle accommodation.
Things to See and Do in Ouseburn:
– Inspire the kids to read at Seven Stories, a 7-storey (get it) converted warehouse with interactive exhibitions, bookish events and a giftshops
– Book a tour to venture beneath the streets of the city and explore the network of Victorian tunnels
– Visit the working city farm Ouseburn Farm where you can pet the hooved residents, explore the orchards and dine on fresh produce at the on-site cafe
– Hire some bikes and cycle along the Quayside track
– Drop into a craft workshop at the Mushroom Works. Popular options include basket making and life drawing
– Laze the day away from a riverside pub
– Peruse arts and crafts in the Biscuit Factory art gallery, housed in a converted warehouse
– Catch some live music at The Cluny, a pub attached to the Cluny Recording Studios
– Dine on delicious vegan fare at the Ship Inn
– Dip into local art galleries such as Northern Print or the Jim Edwards Studio Gallery
Best Hostel in Ouseburn – Budget Hostel Newcastle
This functional and friendly hostel in Ouseburn has cheap dorm beds and private rooms available. There is a common room available for guests which comes with a kettle, microwave and television. Free Wi-Fi is included and secure lockers can be hired to keep your valuables safe. Spotlessly clean and a top location.View on HostelWorld
Best Airbnb in Ouseburn – Fantastic Quayside flat with spectacular view
This 2 bedroom Ouseburn accommodation is ideal for families or traveling friends. You get a gated garage if you’re traveling with a car and super-fast Wi-Fi for planning your vacation or catching up on Netflix. The host is highly rated, and the views really are out of this world.View on Airbnb
Best Hotel in Ouseburn – AA Lets City Road
Just around the corner from Seven Stories, these tasteful apartments are available as one, two or three-bed rentals. They come with kitchenettes for those who wish to cook and all have a cozy living area for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. Ideal spot for where to stay in Newcastle for families.View on Booking.com
Final thoughts on where to stay in Newcastle
If you’re looking to get that proper northern experience out of your English vacation, look no further than Newcastle. The city’s got it all – a banging cultural scene, awesome shopping, thriving nightlife and some of the friendliest people in the UK.
To recap our guide, we reckon Grainger Hill is the best all-rounder in terms of where to stay in Newcastle. It’s a tad cheaper than Quayside, and you can pick and choose between all the attractions Newcastle has on offer. There’s plenty of options for dining or letting your hair down.
We love the Grey Street Hotel for where to stay in Newcastle. It’s chic, affordable and well-connected but niftily tucked out of the way of the louder bars so you can get a good night’s sleep.
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