If you're staying with us for the purpose of visiting Newcastle upon Tyne you can watch a short video of what you can see in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre here...
Newcastle upon Tyne is five miles west of South Shields at the mouth of the river Tyne. If you are staying with us in South Shields you can reach Newcastle upon Tyne city centre via the Tyne and Wear Metro (light rail service), local bus routes and of course by car, motorbike or even bicycle.
South Shields has a direct Metro route (yellow line) to and from Newcastle city centre and we would recommend this method as the quickest. Journey time to/from Newcastle upon Tyne city centre is approximately 20 minutes. Whilst South Shields is at the eastern end of the yellow Metro line Newcastle city centre encompasses Central, Monument and Haymarket Metro stations. The yellow line to/from South Shields stops at Central and Monument stations but then diverts towards St James' Metro station (St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club) rather than Haymarket Metro station. If you wish to travel between South Shields and Haymarket stations then you will need to disembark at Monument Metro station and change lines.
A map of the Tyne and Wear Metro system is shown above. South Shields is on the right of the image, south of the river Tyne and our yellow line terminates at St. James' after passing through both Central and Monument Metro stations. Journey time to/from Newcastle city centre is approximately 20 minutes. A Tyne and Wear Metro DaySaver ticket costs £4.40 (correct April 2013) which allows a full day of Tyne & Wear Metro travel across all zones.
If you are travelling to Newcastle upon Tyne for shopping either in Eldon Square shopping centre or Grainger Street, Grey Street, Monument Mall or Northumberland Street then we recommend that you disembark at Monument Metro station. Monument Metro station has a choice of four exits - one is in the basement of Monument Mall itself. A second is on Blackett Street which is at located at the bottom of Northumberland Street (the exterior of Monument Mall shopping centre). A third station exit is within Eldon Square shopping centre and the fourth exit is at Grey's Monument which is at the top of both Grainger Street and Grey Street.
Monument Metro station's Grey Street exit can be seen in the image above with the base of Grey's Monument and the Blackett Street entrance to Monument Mall in the background.
Monument Metro station is also the closest Metro station for regional bus stations: Eldon Square bus station and Haymarket bus station. We recommend leaving the station via either the Grey's Monument exit or the Blackett Street exit for the short walk west (along Blackett Street) to both these bus stations.
If you are visiting Newcastle upon Tyne's Theatre Royal on Grey Street then Monument Metro station is the best station to disembark at via the Grey Street exit at the foot of Grey's Monument where you will see the theatre directly in front of you on the left hand side of the street (as shown in the image below)...
Newcastle upon Tyne has several museums in the city centre, all are close to Metro stations that also serve South Shields via the yellow line. If you are planning to visit the Discovery Museum on Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA then the closest Metro station is Central.
Similarly the Centre for Life on Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP is adjacent to Newcastle Central Station on Neville Street (regional and national trains) and the Central stop of the Tyne and Wear Metro. Stephenson's Works at 20 South Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PE is also a short distance from the Central Metro stop along with Bessie Surtees House at 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JF.
The closest Metro station for The Laing Art Gallery on New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG is Monument (Blackett Street exit is recommended).
Both Trinity House and the Trinity Maritime Centre at 31 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ are closest to Central Metro station (we recommend leaving the Metro station via the Grainger Street exit).
Haymarket Metro station is the closest to Great North Museum: Hancock aka Hancock Museum at Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT. The South Shields yellow line Metro service to Newcastle upon Tyne does not stop at Haymarket Metro station so you have two options to reach it easily - disembark the yellow line South Shields to St James' service and change onto a green line Newcastle airport bound train or a yellow line The Coast (referring to Whitley Bay) bound train. Haymarket Metro station is just one stop further along from Monument Metro station and as you pay by zone on the Tyne and Wear Metro it costs no more to change trains and reach Haymarket Metro station and the Great North Museum: Hancock aka Hancock Museum. Alternatively you can disembark the Tyne and Wear Metro at Monument (Blackett Street exit is recommended) and walk north along Northumberland Street towards the museum.
We hope the map below assists you in navigating Newcastle upon Tyne city centre both on foot and by Tyne and Wear Metro.