Housed in a renovated flour mill on the banks of the Tyne, the Baltic centre is a highly rated museum that has received critical acclaim on a national level. Instead of housing its own collection the museum hosts touring exhibitions from some of the biggest names in modern British art.
The Laing Gallery in Newcastle city centre has a wonderful collection of permanent works, including the highly regarded watercolour gallery.
The Laing also plays host to many traveling pieces and has recently hosted works from both Van Gogh and Cezanne.
The Newcastle area is home to some of the best shopping outside of the capital, with departments stores such as Fenwicks and John Lewis in the impressive Eldon Square, designer stores like Kurt Geiger, Karen Millen and Reiss in the trendy area around Grey's monument. Not only that but within easy reach by public transport or car is the largest shopping complex in Europe, the newly extended Metrocentre.
Newcastle is renowned worldwide for its incredible nightlife, named as one of the 8 best party cities in the world by an international magazine, alongside places such as New York and Sydney.
The quayside area has a wide variety of bars and clubs and a lively atmosphere, while the Jesmond area, home to the hotel itself is a hot spot for restaurant and wine bars among the trendy well to do locals.
The Theatre Royal is one of the oldest theatre's in the country, it stands majestically and prominently on Grey Street, recently voted the most attractive street in the country.
The theatre regularly hosts big name west end hits such as Chicago, Joseph and Hairspray
As darkness falls the Alnwick Gardens fill with light during its Winter Evening Lights series. Admire the illuminated Grand Cascade or the spookily illuminated Poison Garden or choose your night and enjoy live blues or cooking demonstrations.