Discover Newcastle’s industrial history with these Hidden Gems

Known for sights such as the Angel of the North and Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne is a great place to visit to indulge in some classic English history. If you’re looking for something more unique within the city, then we have lined up some great locations!

We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite hidden gems within the city of Newcastle.

The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory is not how it sounds, it’s actually the UK’s largest independent arts craft and design gallery. Sitting in the centre of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the free-to-enter gallery contains plenty of exhibitions and displays of handmade and independent art from over the years. Whether you’re more interested in sculptures, paintings, prints, ceramics or pottery, it’s all here waiting for you! If you love a piece, you can also purchase it and take it home with you!

Mother Mercy

This stunning cocktail hideout is tucked away in the Cloth Market basement, being a great place to relax after a long day out in Newcastle city centre. It’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets, with an extensive menu of cocktails, wines and ciders paired with some delicious bar snacks. As well as their central hub, they also have a cocktail container located in By The River Brew Co’s HWKR Market every weekend! So if you’re looking to try a signature cocktail by the river, then you’re in for a treat!

Grainger Market

Grainger Market is one of the city centre’s bustling market halls and is often overlooked by visitors and tourists. The building was built in 1835 and now features over 100 different vendors and stalls selling anything from fresh groceries to homemade gifts and antiques. This multicultural hub is truly a location that needs to be experienced with a bubbly and lively atmosphere and a great place for a bite to eat.

Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century waggon line that stretches across miles of underground Newcastle. The tunnels were originally operating as coal transport between the 1840s and 1860s. It was later transformed into an air raid shelter to protect citizens during WW2. Now, you can experience this history for yourself by attending a guided tour of the tunnel itself! If you’re interested in paranormal mysteries, then look no further as the tunnel is said to have had plenty of ghost sightings!

CatPawCino Cat Café

If you love furry friends then this is for you! CatPawCino is a cute garden-themed cat café located in Newcastle Quayside overlooking the River Tyne. Home to 8 resident cats and plenty of rescues, this is the perfect place to enjoy some delightful treats and beverages while in the company of some loving felines. If you find yourself totally smitten with one of the cats, then the café also offers personalised gifts themed around the resident cats as well as adoption possibilities for their rescue cats!

Stay nearby