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Where to go and what to do on a spa break in Newcastle

A dynamic city on the River Tyne, Newcastle is famous for its industrial heritage as well as its vibrant nightlife. The 20th century has seen it transformed into a cultural hub, brimming with businesses, entertainment, heritage and architectural landmarks.

Whether you're looking for a dynamic destination for a getaway with friends or a romantic retreat brimming with places to go, a spa break in Newcastle is a uniquely special occasion. Here are just a few of the top things to do and spa hotels to stay in.

Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is a big city with lots of places to go and things to do. From food to football, art to architecture, music to fancy brunch menus, there's a world of entertainment and activity, whatever mood you're in. Here are a few favourites.

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

Described as Newcastle's answer to the Sydney Opera House, The Glasshouse is an iconic concert venue on the river Tyne, recognisable for its shining exterior. They have a significant programme of events, featuring everything from world-class classical music to jazz, blues, folk and more.

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

A former flour mill that's been transformed into a contemporary art gallery, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art sits across from the Millennium Bridge. Stroll along the riverside before exploring a host of exhibitions, both permanent and touring, many of which are free to see.

A night out at World Headquarters

For those who want to dance the night away, a trip to the World Headquarters is a must. Famous for being Newcastle's friendliest and longest-running underground club, for 30 years it's remained true to an ethos of inclusivity, musical diversity and racial harmony. In short, they know how to party.

Brunch at The Biscuit Factory

Deliciously named, The Biscuit Factory is a former Victorian warehouse turned exceptional modern art gallery. Brimming with paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more, they host talks as well as exhibitions and even unique cinematography. If all that artistic inspiration leaves you with an appetite, make sure you head to the in-house cafe and roof terrace. Hailed by The Guardian as being the "Best Breakfast Café in Newcastle", they serve a spectacular seasonal brunch menu which you can enjoy with fantastic views of the Ouseburn Valley.

Visit Newcastle Castle

Take a trip to the very monument that gives Newcastle its name. The medieval remains are steeped in history, with centuries of stories to tell as you explore ancient passageways and chambers. The family-friendly Norman fortress tells the tale of northern England’s turbulent past and the heritage of the city itself.

Spa hotels to stay in in and around Newcastle

Whether you stay in the city itself or in some of the magnificent hotels in the surrounding area, a spa break in and around Newcastle is a chance to experience the hospitality and heritage of this impressive part of the UK. However, it's also an opportunity to enjoy plenty of rest and relaxation along the way. Here are a few of our favourite places to stay.

Holiday Inn Newcastle - Gosforth Park

On a peaceful close within easy reach of Newcastle and Newcastle International Airport, Holiday Inn Newcastle Gosforth Park is versatile and easy to get to - perfect for solo travellers and groups of friends alike. Dine in the Blagdon brasserie, enjoy a drink in the Mercury bar lounge, or relax and unwind in the 15-metre pool, a sauna, steam room and steam bath.

Book a spa break at Holiday Inn Newcastle - Gosforth Park

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Set in the city's Stephenson Quarter, Crowne Plaza Newcastle is a smart hotel with everything you could ask for on an urban getaway. Rooms and suites are filled with natural light and offer views of the city skyline, while a taste of Northern British fare is served in the Hawthorns restaurant and their gin bar is eternally popular. The Mineral House brings you a state-of-the-art gym as well as a sophisticated black tiled pool flanked by a steam room and spa bath. Complete the experience with Germaine de Capuccini... all of that and you haven't even left the hotel yet!

Book a spa break at Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Mercure George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa

Mercure George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa is a contemporary and convenient hotel on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne that's an ideal base for exploring the city. Perfect for groups of friends, the hotel is welcoming and spacious, with a popular restaurant, a pizzeria style bar and light-filled orangery for breakfast overlooking the golf course. There's also a fully equipped leisure club with treatments from Elemis, so you can relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.

Book a spa break at Mercure George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa

Matfen Hall

About 30 minutes outside Newcastle, Matfen Hall is a five-star country estate in Northumberland, surrounded by 300 acres of unique parkland including a championship golf course. The hotel has 65 rooms and suites offering immaculate style, while the hotel restaurants serve up a feast. The Retreat is a purpose-designed spa set within the grounds, complete with a glass roof under which you can relax in the pool looking up at the sun or the stars.

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Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort - The QHotels Collection, Hexham

For a luxury stay 30 minutes from Newcastle, Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a spectacular retreat set in 1000 acres of countryside. Opt for rooms in the main property or luxury lodges in the grounds. Dine in style fit for a Duke, explore the estate with activities ranging from 4x4 off-road driving to clay pigeon shooting, and relax in the elegant spa with a glass of champagne in hand.

Book a spa break at Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

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