We're on a mission to explore more incredible community spaces across the UK thanks to Go Orienteering. Here are our top picks for exploring the rich history and culture of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Of course we have to take a stroll in Exhibition Park. Nestled by the south‑east corner of the Town Moor, there's something for everyone in this little urban oasis.
From the playgrounds, the boating lake to Wylam Brewery there's plenty to soak up. The Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne graze their cattle on the moor, and the area is full of rich history being the site of one of the last witch trials in England! British Orienteering host a permanent orienteering course here that takes you through some of the beautiful areas. You can download the map for free by clicking here!
Great North Museum: Hancock
You can't visit Exhibition Park without stopping by the Great North Museum! With free entry, the museum is jam packed full with historical artefacts, art pieces and fun activities for kids. Currently, Myth Quest: Monsters and Mortals is running throughout the museum, set up for kids to play as they tour the exhibits.
The Canny Goat
After a morning of exploring the northern end of the city, you'll no doubt need that pick‑me‑up, and we couldn't recommend The Canny Goat more! Tucked away on Monk Street, their delicious menu has something for everyone. Our favourite right now has to be the toastie options, and the selection of loose leaf teas is amazing! Not to mention, they're doggo friendly! So even if you don't bring along your furry friend, you're bound to meet some adorable paws.
A short walk south from the coffee shop, you'll find Newcastle Castle. An incredible piece of history standing proudly amongst the more modern architecture of the city, the castle's stark contrast lends a nod to the city's past. Unlike the grand castles and stately homes located north of Newcastle, this castle was a grim symbol of royal authority, where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed.
The castle hosts some fantastic events, fancy dress and special tours. You can even book a Medieval Newcastle Tour, taking you to historic sites throughout the city and the castle grounds. Perfect if you're looking to add a little education to your adventure, and the kids love it!
Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne
Finally, what better place to finish your day in Newcastle than the breathtaking Quayside? From here you can see the seven bridges alongside each other, each with their own amazing story.