Any idea where the best romantic dates in Newcastle could be? Anyone who knows Newcastle-Upon-Tyne knows that it can be a very romantic city. With everything from coast to countryside within a few miles of the city centre, there are so many perfect dates encapsulated in the area.
So I’ve written a blog about the five most romantic spots to take your loved one for that special date – whether it’s the first or the 20th. Have a read and see what you think. Comment to let us know your favourite romantic date in Newcastle, I’d love to learn more.
Built in 1842, the Victoria Tunnel runs beneath the city from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne. It was built to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to the ships of the quayside.
During WWII it was converted into an air-raid shelter and it is now the site of regular history tours for tourists and locals alike. The entrance for today’s tours can be found on the Ouseburn (home of Powder Butterfly) next to the Hotel du Vin. If you and your date love a bit of local history, visiting the tunnel is a must for your next date. You’ll stick on a helmet and be transported to war-time Newcastle. As a result you will experience an air raid and learn about the industrial heritage of the city. Or if you’d rather enjoy a wine tasting with your love or hit the dance floor to the ‘Sounds of the Underground’ visit www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/vt or call 0191 2304210 during office hours Monday to Fridays for more information or to book tickets.
If you fancy a quiet stroll in stunning surroundings for your date, why not head to Jesmond Dene. Found on the outskirts of the city, Jesmond Dene is a stunning slice of countryside found secluded within the busy streets of Jesmond. The Dene was created in the 1860s by Lord Armstrong and his wife, as the garden of their home. He gave the Dene to the people of Newcastle in 1883. Subsequently it has been enjoyed as a destination for picnics, walks and events ever since. Created with the steep slopes of the Ouseburn, Jesmond Dene is a wooded haven enjoyed all year round by families, couples, locals and visitors. Enjoy a restful walk to a visit to Pets’ Corner. Treat yourself to a light lunch at the café. Or explore the crags, waterfalls and pools. Jesmond Dene is the perfect location for you next outdoor date.
3.Newcastle’s iconic Quayside
Newcastle’s iconic Quayside is one of the best-known and most photographed parts of the wonderful city. The starring role is the Tyne Bridge, spanning the mighty River Tyne from Newcastle on the north side to Gateshead on the south.
Supporting parts are played by six other bridges spanning the Tyne. These include the Swing Bridge, the Redheugh and the Millennium ‘Blinking Eye’ bridge. There’s no better view in the city than the bridges at night. Lit up in all their glory they are flanked by the lively quayside night life that the city is famed for. Take your date to the centre of the Millennium Bridge to enjoy the spectacular views before enjoying a slice of Newcastle’s nightlife.
4. Saltwell Park
Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, Saltwell Park is the perfect destination for a date. With an exciting mix of parks, walking routes, a Pets’ Corner and a maze, there’s plenty to keep you busy on your date at the park. Or if you’re hoping for a quiet stroll followed by a delicious hot drink and snack, Saltwell Towers houses a lovely café and visitor centre too. People even get married in Saltwell Park – just sayin’😉
5. The Baltic - Gallery of Contemporary Art
The home of contemporary art, the Baltic is the perfect date destination for art-lovers. Set on the south bank of the Tyne, it also enjoys beautiful views over the Sage plus the Tyne and all its iconic bridges. A romantic walk over the Millennium Bridge followed by a visit to the Baltic could be just the romantic date you’re looking for. And entry is free too, so you can save your pennies for a romantic meal on the quayside or at the Six Rooftop Restaurant. Share your favourite dates in the comments – we’d love to expand the list of romance!
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