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Tourism Leisure and Retail

Tourism Leisure and Retail

If you like choice, you’ll love NewcastleGateshead. From nightlife to daytime shopping, as well as plays, we genuinely do offer it all.

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A visitor experience that stays with you

A huge range of visitor attractions and a year-round programme of events make NewcastleGateshead one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in England. 

Well-known for our lively nightlife, NewcastleGateshead is packed with chic bars and award-winning restaurants. Our reputation for arts and culture is world-renowned with Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead and the Angel of the North, leading the way. And with more theatres per person than anywhere in the UK, NewcastleGateshead is also a haven for film, theatre and music fans.

A wealth of history and heritage attracts visitors from far and wide with museums such as the Discovery Museum and Great North Museum: Hancock helping to tell the story of the area’s exciting past.

The rapid growth in the tourist sector has seen NewcastleGateshead become one of the hottest destinations for new hotel developments. A total of six hotels have opened in the twin-cities in 2011/12, including global brands Jury’s Inn as well as the UK’s first Sandman Signature hotel, creating an extra 998 rooms.

We have one of the UK’s strongest retail sectors. Eldon Square shopping complex in the heart of the city features an impressive list of over 140 high street names and specialist shops, following a recent £170m redevelopment project.

The Gateshead Metrocentre is Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre, with more than one million square feet of retail space. It is home to more than 330 shops including major department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser.

In 2011 work started on a £170m redevelopment of Gateshead town centre. Highlights of the project include a new town square, a student village with over 950 beds, new retail space including a Tesco store and town centre parking. It is due to be completed by summer 2013.      

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