Newcastle’s Best Kept Secrets

There are many things Newcastle is known for: Grey’s Street, which has been voted one of the best streets in Europe, being a nightlife hotspot and, of course, being home to the mighty Newcastle United. But amongst the hustle and bustle, there lay some of the city’s best-kept secrets, some that even the locals do not know about. Here is Last Night of Freedom top ten best-kept secrets in Newcastle:

The Old George – Newcastle Most Haunted Pub

We start off this list in spooky fashion. Nestled behind the shops and bars of the Bigg Market sits the Old George Pub. The pub, which dates back to 1582, is reportedly the most haunted pub in Newcastle. Bar staff have reported feeling uneasy and being watched – especially whilst alone (not to scare you too much). The identity of the ghostly presence is open to debate, but within the “Charles I Room” there is a chair in which King Charles I sat during a visit to the city. Sightings of an outline of a grey figure have been reported, sitting in the chair, prompting ghostly fanatics to visit from far and wide. Enter if you dare.

The Curry Train – Passage to India

If you love Indian cuisine, but have exhausted the Toon’s regular restaurants – this one is for you. Meet under the big clock at Newcastle Central station at 6pm, and be transported to an elegant Indian wonderland via Passage to India. You will be escorted in authentic Raj-style from the station onto your train from Newcastle to Corbridge. You will then indulge in a delicious four course meal from The Valley restaurant. A truly fantastic experience not to be missed.

The Gin Lab @ Dacantus

Situated on the famous Grey Street, Dacantus is a gin lover’s paradise. Not only can you meet here to have yourself a G&T or two, you can also indulge in a tasting session in the gin lab from Sunday – Thursday. With a range of gins from around the world you will learn all there is to know about styles of gin, botanicals and tonics. Even getting to sample as you go. The Secret Cocktail Den – The Viceroy The exotic British outpost offers fantastic cocktails, using ingredients and recipes from colonial ports across the globe – from the Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum, to the Tokyo Plum Sour, to the Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila. With a den like location and vibe, this secret lair is not widely known about yet. But once you have been, you will be back for more.

c/o Dacantus

On Top Of The World – Climb Grey’s Monument

It is a Grade I listed monument, a central meeting point, a metro stop and a guardian over the bar and eatery-lined Grey Street – but did you know that you can actually climb to the top of Grey’s Monument and experience the phenomenal panoramic views over Newcastle? On occasional dates throughout the year, a trained guide will accompany groups up the narrow, spiral staircase to the viewing balcony 40 metres above the majestic city centre. The views are remarkable and make you appreciate just how beautiful Newcastle really is.

The Prohibition Bar

A stone’s throw from the Tyne Bridge, a railway arch unit in Brandling Street has been transformed into the region’s first roaring 20s-30s Prohibition style bar. Visitors are transported to another world, with traditional cabaret, vaudeville and music-hall entertainment is recreated as they sup their moonshine. With a huge range of whiskies, bourbons, ryes, rums, gins, beers, lagers, stouts, porters, ales, IPAs, spirits and wines, it is a great place to start the night before heading into Newcastle.

A View From Above – The Sky Lounge @ Vermont Hotel

200 feet above the city lies the luxurious, opulent Sky Lounge. Boasting unrivalled, panoramic views of the city and the River Tyne, this exclusive hidden rooftop terrace, situated on top of the plush Vermont hotel, is typically only available for private events, functions and celebrations, but does open its doors to the public on occasions throughout the year. Keep your eyes open and you will see what we mean when you are taking in the sumptuous views.

c/o The Vermont Hotel

High Pie Society

For just a pound you can join Newcastle’s mysterious High Pie Society. Each month, Pie Club meets in a secret location, which is revealed only 48 hours beforehand – and enjoy each other’s home baked creations, and a bit of good conversation. Not much is known about pie club, but rumour has it the first rule of pie club is do not talk about pie club.

The Science Bar

Opposite Newcastle’s central station lies the quirky Science Bar and Lounge. Drinks come with a scientific twist which includes multi-coloured shots from test tubes in a rack and it boasts competitive drinks offers as well as Prosecco, which will set you back just £15 a bottle. Its charm lies within the laid back ambiance of the Science Bar, where images of Einstein and Hawking line the walls, and guests are welcome to doodle on the tables in chalk.

St. James’ Roof Tour

No list would be complete without mention of one of the cities focal points. Even if you are not a massive fan of Newcastle United, or football in that matter, St James’ guided rooftop tours are a little known wonder, offering fantastic bird’s eye views of the expansive stadium and hallowed turf. The Toon is peppered with famous landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge, Grey’s Monument and The Sage, which can all be seen from this panoramic hot spot. Truly breath-taking, it is one to cross of the bucket list for most Geordies.

To check out what else Newcastle has to offer, please visit here.


*This is a collaborative post.


  • Reply Maisie April 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve never visited Newcastle but I’d really love to! I have a couple of friends that went to uni there and they all loved it so much! Plus, the gin lab sounds AAAAAmazing! x

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      It really is amazing! x

  • Reply Shauna April 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    If I ever go to Newcastle I’m absolutely going to check out some of these places!

    Shauna |

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      You need to!

  • Reply Gemma Louise April 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve only been to Newcastle a couple of times but I need to go back, it’s so beaut there x

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      It’s a great city! x

  • Reply Laura Kroczek April 13, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    That sky bar looks sooo cool! Xx

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      How amazing?! xx

  • Reply Jade Wilson April 13, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    The haunted pub and the science bar sound like brilliant fun! Wish they had something list this round here!

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      It’s great, isn’t it!

  • Reply Sarah April 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

    These all sound so wonderful, I lived near newcastle 10 years ago and I wish i had known about these places

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      No way!

  • Reply Sarah Chappell April 14, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve never been Newcastle but I would love too!
    Sarah x

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      You need to visit! x

  • Reply Katrina Frances April 15, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    These places sound amazing, I’d love to visit Newcastle xx

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      You need to visit! xx

  • Reply caitylis April 16, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I’ve never been to Newcastle but so many people always recommend it to me as one of the best places to go as they have so much to do by the sounds of it!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • Reply Alice April 16, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      It’s a lovely city! x

  • Reply Prettiful Blog April 16, 2018 at 8:28 am

    This is such an informative post for people visiting, thank you!

  • Reply Kelly-Anne April 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Oh I would totally love going to a haunted pub, I would probably get scared but totally love it!

    • Reply Alice April 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Me too! x

  • Reply Mel April 17, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I’ve lived in Newcastle nearly 30 years and I had no idea you could go into Greys Monument!

    • Reply Alice April 17, 2018 at 8:39 am

      I didn’t either to be fair!

  • Reply Rosie April 17, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I’ve never been to Newcastle! So many people I know love it there! Gonna share this post with them!

    • Reply Alice April 17, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Rosie!

  • Reply Lisa April 23, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I wish I knew about this lot when I visited! Instead I ended up in some grimey bar with about 4 people in. For sure I’m keeping a tab on this for when I visit next. The sky bar looks gorgeous.

    • Reply Alice April 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Oh that’s a shame! It’s not all like that!

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