Hop on the Nexus Metro or Go East buses and discover Newcastle’s history within a 30 minute journey.
So you started your university life in newcastle and Freshers Week is over. The hangover has passed and now people are looking for a bit of culture in the city.
But you don’t have access to a car or you just want to take advantage of the public transport the city has to offer.
Newcastleworld looked at six different locations that are accessible by bus or the Nexus Metro and that are 30 minutes or less away for a day off study or just plain fun go to a bar.
Whether you enjoy the natural surroundings or travel underground through the vast network of tunnels beneath the city, there is a wealth of interesting sights and activities to do newcastle has to offer.
We have determined travel times to each location based on direct arrival Newcastle University for easy navigation.
Places to visit for Newcastle newcomers
Center for Life Sciences
An award-winning visitor attraction deep in the heart of the city, the Center for Life Sciences opened in 1998 with the aim of inspiring everyone in North East England to explore and enjoy science.
Through its interactive exhibits, the Center for Life Sciences wants to show how relevant science is in everyday life.
The center also houses research labs dedicated to regenerative medicine and genetics, so those studying science and medicine will no doubt be familiar with the space.
- Location: The Black Gate, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ
- Driving time: 16 minutes by bus (X21, 25, 28B, 29 services)
Proudly open every day from 10am to 5pm, Newcastle Castle It may be a mouthful to say out loud, but its impeccable maintenance and restoration is a sight to behold.
A ‘dark symbol’ of royal authority, the mustering armies and criminals imprisoned in the castle’s keep, the fortress is a stark reminder of northern England’s turbulent past.
With tours of the castle discussing its medieval heritage and a unique look at how the town came into being (and got its name), booking tickets is a must and can be done through a visit Newcastle Castle website.
Housed in an old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House was converted into a museum in 1978 and eventually into the Mantel Discovery Museum in 1993.
A space dedicated to the maritime, scientific and technological importance of newcastle to the rest of the UK and the world if the 34 meter engine is steam powered turbinia is not enough of a spectacular sight, don’t worry.
Under the roof beams of the museum, on the fourth floor, you will find the majestic Great Hall with its beautiful Art Deco Ceiling.
- Location: Ouse St, Byker, Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PF
- Driving time: 18 minutes by bus (Quaycity VOLTRA Q3, Angel 21 services)
Originally built to transport coal to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s, the Victoria Tunnel became a safe haven for Newcastle centuries later.
It was converted into an air raid shelter in 1939 during the Second World War and protected thousands of Newcastle’s citizens during it German bombing raids to the industrial city.
Guided tours curated by the lurk in the tunnels beneath the city Ouseburn Trust you also have the novelty of learning which Newcastle landmarks you walk under – including part of them Hadrian’s Wall.
Booking is strongly recommended and can be made through the Ouseburn Trust’s dedicated page Victoria Tunnel.
Roman fort & Museum Segedunum
segedunummeaning “Strong Fort”, was built to guard the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, housed 600 Roman soldiers and stood as a fortress Symbol of Roman rule for almost 300 years.
segedunum houses a large interactive museum, as well as full-scale reconstructions of a bathhouse, and a 35-meter-high lookout tower offers excellent views over the remains of the fort.
One of the ten most popular parks in Britain, Saltwell Park Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, it is one of the finest examples of a traditional Victorian park.
Located in the grounds of Saltwell Park Saltwell Towers; a Gothic mansion surrounded by ornamental gardens with an eclectic mix of Gothic, Elizabethan and French styles.
With a lake teeming with wildlife and a number of sculptures dotted around the park itself, Saltwell Park is only a 30-minute journey from Newcastle on the above-ground rail system and is free.
See Gateshead Council’s for more information and opening times own page to Saltwell Park