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Shopping in Newcastle

Shopping in Newcastle is terrific, with everything from designer stores to high street names.

Key areas

Northumberland Street is a pedestrianised street in the heart of the city where most shoppers head. For independent retailers, vintage clothing, designer brands and niche music, head to the exclusive High Bridge Quarter, either side of Grey Street. Great shops in this area include RPM for music, Westwood named after iconic designed Vivienne Westwood and Attica for period clothing.

Markets

Just south of Grey's Monument is Grainger Market selling everything from locally produced fruit and veg to CDs and books; it's worth visiting if only to marvel at the building that first opened in 1835 and is now a Grade I listed building. Hidden within is the unique "Marks and Spencer Original Penny Bazaar", the world's smallest Marks and Spencer store. Close by Central Arcade, a small elegant Edwardian shopping arcade, is a gem. For something a little different, head out to Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond where each Sunday there's an art and craft market. Quayside Market is the place to go for quality crafts from local artists, designers and jewellers.

Shopping centres

The cavernous Eldon Square shopping centre and designer-led Eldon Garden is in the heart of Newcastle city centre on Northumberland Street, which is awash with high street names. Monument Mall is a four-storey mall in front of Grey’s Monument with standard High Street brands.

 

Nearby in Gateshead, the enormous MetroCentre is the largest shopping and leisure centre in Europe housing over 330 stores.

Opening hours

Standard shopping hours are Monday to Saturday 0930-1800, although some shops stay open as late as 2000. Many are also open Sunday 1200-1800. Late-night opening (usually until 2000) is on Thursday.

Souvenirs

Football-related memorabilia is a must for Newcastle United fans. Otherwise, mugs, t-shirts, arts and crafts and fashion are the main souvenirs.

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Grey Street Hotel

Situated inside a Grade II listed building, this wonderful boutique hotel offers suitably classy accommodation with high ceilings, elegant Georgian bedrooms and triple-glazed windows. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, plasma TVs, DVD and CD players and beds worth spending time in. Its onsite restaurant, The Living Room, is rather good too.

Express by Holiday Inn

Slap bang in the middle of town, and with the Holiday Inn stamp of familiarity, this modern 3-star hotel features 130 comfortable bedrooms with flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. It underwent a beautifying refurbishment in 2015 and also has a fully licensed bar. Breakfast included.

Roomzzz

This stylish apartment hotel with colourful boutique-style furnishings is set within a handsome Victorian mansion. Handy options include cosy studios sleeping two and Maxima suites for four, both with ample kitchen facilities and lounge areas with HD TVs. Splurge on a spacious Penthouse Suite with mezzanine and fine city views.

Hotel du Vin

The former home of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company has been converted into a 42-room property offering monsoon-style showers plasma TVs and breathtaking river views. It also has a very decent onsite bistro Bistro du Vin as well as the delightful Bubble Bar and an outstanding wine cellar.

Jesmond Dene House

This indulgent boutique hotel occupies a striking 19th-century mansion, surrounded by leafy woodland. From the underfloor heating in the bathrooms to the exquisitely designed rooms, every last detail has been considered to retain the charm and atmosphere of a manor house. There are 40 rooms, all of them sleek, spacious and modern, plus an award-winning restaurant and expansive gardens.

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel

The huge 254-room Hilton enjoys a superb riverside location 10 minutes from the city centre and close to the Baltic, the Sage Gateshead and the Millennium Bridge. Facilities at the hotel include a gym, swimming pool, spa and sauna, but the real draw is the stunning panoramic views of the quayside area. Excellent value off-season.