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24 hours in… Newcastle

Are you on the lookout for your next city break location, planning a hen do or searching for the latest must-visit destination? Well look no further than our new content series ‘24 hours in’ – a step-by-step guide to making the most of an overnight stay in some of the most popular cities in the UK.

You’ll find hotels in The Cairn Collection placed in cities from Edinburgh to London, each surrounded by local culture and many places to explore, and we want to help you decide where to go next.

We’re starting with northern hot-spot Newcastle, as it prepares to host the 36th Great North Run this month. Whether you’ll be visiting the city as one of the thousands of runners taking part or have always wanted to spend time in the home of the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle United FC and a thriving retail and hospitality scene, here’s all you need to know…

Where to stay…

Located on one of the city’s most historic streets, Neville Street, Royal Station Hotel can be found alongside Central Station – Newcastle’s main train station welcoming trains from all over the UK. Within walking distance of Newcastle’s shopping scene, countless bars and restaurants, cultural highlights and historic sights, it’s easy to explore the best of the city on foot from Royal Station Hotel.

This Grade I and II listed Victorian building boasts elegant architecture with spacious rooms, as well as The Empire Bar and Restaurant and leisure club including gym facilities and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Alternatively tourists can choose to stay just outside of the city centre at The Cairn Hotel found in Jesmond’s leafy suburbs. Located around 10 minutes from the main area of Newcastle, the best of the city can be enjoyed as well as Jesmond’s bustling bar, restaurant and independent retail offering. Guests can take their pick from a variety of stylish room types, with all overnight stays including a continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Best for breakfast…

Start your day in the city with a delicious hot buffet breakfast at Royal Station Hotel’s Empire Restaurant. Expect everything from full English essentials like bacon and sausages, as well as pastries, cereals and fruit. The Cairn Hotel also serves up an impressive continental offering. For guests who’d rather grab breakfast on the go, the contemporary Cafe Royal cooks up freshly baked croissants, pastries, traybakes and cakes to take out and enjoy whilst wandering.

A morning stroll…

After breakfast take a walk to the iconic Quayside, known for its picture perfect architecture including Newcastle’s landmark bridges such as the Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge. Whilst in this part of the city, art fans should visit BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – a converted flour mill which is now home to temporary shows from contemporary artists, and has one of the best views of Newcastle from its viewing platform.

Experience history…

Did you know Newcastle does in fact have a castle in the city centre which is open for tours daily? History buffs can visit Newcastle Castle and learn about the city’s heritage and beginnings. Those brave enough to climb to the top of the tower will be rewarded by amazing views.

Hit the shops…

 Anyone who seeks retail therapy during a break away will be glad to know there are many places to shop in Newcastle, and here are our top picks

  • Eldon Square is the city’s main shopping centre and comprises retailers including department stores Fenwick, John Lewis and Debenhams, high street stores Topshop, River Island and Boots, and restaurants serving cuisines from around the world.
  • Northumberland Street is where you’ll find Eldon Square, as well as a collection of retailers from Marks and Spencer to Outfit.
  • Central Arcade is an Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1830’s which oozes elegance and charm, and is home to independent stores including fashion jeweller Bcharmd.

Break for lunch…

From eateries you’ll only find in Newcastle to popular franchises and well-known restaurants, the city has them all – so take your pick! These can be found dotted around the city centre, all the way down to the Quayside. Back at base, Royal Station Hotel serves hot and cold lunch options, as well as a royal-inspired afternoon tea for a real treat. Elsewhere, The Cairn Hotel’s neighbouring gastro bar 97 & Social is known for its menu of pub classics with a twist.

Late afternoon cocktails…

If a packed day of sightseeing, exploring and shopping leaves you craving cocktails, Royal Station’s adjoining bar Jalou is a favourite with Geordie drinkers and sure to hit the spot. Famous for its indulgent Cookie Monster cocktail and array of mixes, sit down to an expertly shaken drink, or book up for a cocktail masterclass to learn the skills yourself.

Time for dinner…

Enjoy a relaxing meal at the Empire Restaurant, or head to The Cairn Hotel’s Asian-fusion restaurant Parichat at Sohe – a haven of exotic flavours and stunning interiors. Its vibrant à la carte menu offers a culinary tour of Asia with styles and flavours of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and beyond.

An evening drink…

Round the night off with a tipple or two at Parichat at Sohe’s neighbouring bar, or venture into the city centre and choose from one of the many bars within walking distance from the Royal Station. Reflect on your time in the city over a cocktail and even start planning your next visit!

Royal Station Hotel Newcastle, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DH

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