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Road Trip: Newcastle

We’ve put together some top attractions within driving distance of Newcastle – so there’s no excuse to stay cooped up in the city. Newcastle is one of the largest cities in England, meaning there are tonnes of things to do – and…

Simon Jones
by Simon Jones

We’ve put together some top attractions within driving distance of Newcastle – so there’s no excuse to stay cooped up in the city.

Newcastle is one of the largest cities in England, meaning there are tonnes of things to do – and so many of them are only a short drive away. Being in university is all about exploring and doing new things. So, can you actually say you’ve gone out and explored everything Newcastle has to offer?

We’ve put together some ideas of what you can do with your friends to explore the area – here are 4 amazing things to do and see within driving distance of Newcastle:

Tynemouth

Drive time: Approx. 20 minutes

Want to go to the beach? Tynemouth is the place to go. Full of independent cafes and shops, this charming village has something to offer for everyone. The Tynemouth Priory & Castle dates back centuries and dominates the headland. But, if you fancy it, there are also stunning costal walks along the seafront leading to golden sandy beaches.

Alnwick Castle

Drive: Approx. 45 minutes

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter or Downton Abbey, then the drive to Alnwick Castle is so worth it. This picturesque castle is the setting for the first two Harry Potter films and the Christmas episodes of Downton. This is the perfect place for those wishing to recreate those famous scenes and learn about the history of the castle and surrounding areas.

Price: From £12.15

Jesmond Dene Park

Drive: 15 minutes

Still very much in the city, but well worth the visit. This park is comprised of three kilometres of tranquillity and filled with a vast amount of wildlife such as red squirrels and kingfishers. This beautiful park is filled with historical links with the 19th century industrial development and landscape design. Near the park is Millfield House, where you can take part in a range of activities.

Hadrian’s Wall

Drive: Approx. 1 hour

If you feel like going for a stroll, Hadrian’s Wall is the best place to go. An iconic landmark of Roman Britain and 73 miles long makes for a great walk (but you don’t have to do the whole thing). with green hills as far as the eye can see this is a great place to rekindle your love for history and the outdoors!

So, there you go – 4 things that are fun to do around Newcastle upon Tyne to help you leave the city (and maybe get a bit closer to nature!).

Don’t have a car? It’s super easy to get temporary car insurance on someone else’s car with Veygo, and it won’t affect their no claims bonus! You can get covered from 2 hours to 30 days, so it’s completely flexible. You can even choose instant cover!

Don’t have a car to share? Why not rent a car with Veygo – hop in the driver’s seat and go have fun with your friends!

 

Simon Jones
Simon Jones

Brand manager at Veygo. I've been driving for 17 years and I enjoy my drives to and from work listening to 90s music.

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