Experience luxury hotels, fine dining and the area's rich history and culture
If you're looking to whisk your loved one away for a romantic weekend or are already planning ahead for Valentine's Day, NewcastleGateshead has a lot to offer, and with a price to suit all budgets. Treat yourself to a stay in a luxury hotel, take in the city's sights, indulge in a Michelin star meal and explore the home of Geordie culture.
Places to stay
Jesmond Dene House This grand 40-bedroom house is based at the north end of Jesmond Dene. Originally designed by Georgian architect John Dobson and refashioned by Norman Shaw in the 1870s, the old oak panelling and Venetian red silk remains, but Jesmond Dene House has a welcoming, contemporary feel. The restaurant is first class and makes use of the local larder with oysters from Lindisfarne and ham from Northumberland. Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle
Hotel du Vin On the banks of the River Tyne, Hotel du Vin is in the building of the old Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company and nods to its maritime history in almost every room. Ask for a room overlooking the river to enjoy views of the city's quayside and bridges. The restaurant offers French bistro style cuisine and the stylish bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap. Allan House City Road, Newcastle
Vermont Aparthotel Up until a couple of years ago, Vermont Aparthotel stood empty, but now the luxury block boasts 11 apartments, including two penthouse suites on the Quayside. The kitchen is fully equipped if you fancy a night in, but the central location means you're walking distance from the lively riverside restaurants and bars. Sandhill, Newcastle
Places to eat
Quay Ingredient Kick-start your day with breakfast at the modest coffee house underneath the mighty Tyne Bridge. Quay Ingredient offers full English breakfasts, Eggs Benedict, freshly baked Danish pastries and lighter options including cinnamon pancakes or boiled egg and soldiers. No 4 Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle
The Herb Garden For a quick pizza fix at lunch, try The Herb Garden on Westgate Road. It's walk-in so there's no need to book, but if you want to takeaway, their 'Pizza and a Pud' offer is great value at just £5 for a 9" pizza and a chocolate pudding. It's worth sitting in though to check out the indoor 'garden' growing herbs in metal cylinders and the sea of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Arch 8, Westgate Road, Newcastle
SIX Book into the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art's rooftop restaurant for fine dining and killer views of the city's skyline (the best of which are seen from the bathroom). There's interesting options for each course, including sea bass Carpaccio with pink grapefruit and jalapeno, confit of Gressingham duck leg, and passion fruit sorbet with lime granita. Complete with outstanding service, you'll leave feeling totally spoilt. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead
House of Tides This family-run, Michelin-star restaurant is set inside a listed 16th Century former merchant's town house. Headed by Kenny Atkinson, the team at House of Tides aim to serve beautifully executed dishes with a focus on British produce, changing the menu regularly to reflect the seasons. Only one tasting menu is available and there's an extensive wine list to complement each course. 28–30 The Close, Quayside, Newcastle
Things to do
Lane7 Get competitive at Lane7's boutique bowling alley before tucking into some pizza or having a tipple at one of their three bars. If bowling isn't your thing, they've got ping-pong and pool tables, beer pong, a Karaoke room and a 9-hole mini golf course to work your way around. 80–90 St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Housed in an old flour mill on the south bank of the River Tyne, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a major international centre for contemporary art, famous for its cutting-edge exhibitions. Current exhibitions include Edgar Arceneaux: Until, Until, Until – a look back at Broadway legend Ben Vereen's controversial performance at Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration in 1981; and Starless Midnight – a group exhibition of international artists co-curated by Edgar Arceneaux who's worked with Dr Martin Luther King's archive. South Shore Road, Gateshead
Grainger Town Have a stroll through one of the oldest areas of the city, designed by Richard Grainger in the 1830s. 40% of the buildings in the town are listed for being of historical and architectural importance. Take a walk down Grey Street to visit the Theatre Royal, or head to Grainger Market to see the original Marks and Spencer's Penny Bazaar which opened in 1895 and still sells good today.
80–90 St James' Boulevard,
Boutique bowling alley with ping-pong, pool tables, beer pong, a Karaoke room, a 9-hole mini golf course and three bars.
The Herb Garden
Arch 8, Westgate Road,
Sit-in and takeaway pizza at this quirky railway arch restaurant.
House of Tides
Family run, Michelin star restaurant set inside a listed 16th Century former merchant's town house.
4 Queen Street,
Coffee house underneath the mighty Tyne Bridge serving full English breakfasts, Eggs Benedict, freshly baked Danish pastries and lighter options.
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene Road,
A grand 40-bedroom house originally designed by Georgian architect John Dobson and refashioned by Norman Shaw in the 1870s.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,
BALTIC's iconic rooftop restaurant
South Shore Road,
Tyne and Wear,
Hotel du Vin - Newcastle
Allan House City Road,
Elegant yet informal, the Hotel du Vin restaurant serves premium French bistro-style cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Subtle starters and bold mains sit alongside an outstanding wine list, as well as a choice of spirits and local beers.