One of the most exciting thing about living in a new place while at university is the horizon’s that it opens up. Beyond the city you study in, there is so much more around you can explore. From historic castles to scenic coastal towns, there is something for everyone within a short distance of Newcastle. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, a day trip from Newcastle is the perfect way to experience the best of the region. So, pack a lunch and grab your coat, and get ready to explore the best day trips from Newcastle upon Tyne.

York

york day trip from newcastle

Fancy trying the historic Betty’s Tearoom? Or learning more about Vikings. Well York has all of this in store. The best part being that it’s only an hour on the train from Newcastle. These train tickets are often budget and York itself really is a city you’re going to want to explore. It’s Minister is one of the most beautiful in the country and there are hundreds of activities to do around the city. Or if you just want to shop? There is that too. There are many more shops than Newcastle city centre for you to browse around.

Durham

Durham University Campus
Source: Durham University

If we are talking about beautiful cities, Durham has to be top of the list to explore. Again Durham is accessibly by another budget-friendly train. The riverside is a stunning place for a walk along, or you can immerse yourself in Harry Potter’s great hall. There are many nice coffee shops and places for a leisurely lunch. Durham has a completely different feel to the bustle of Newcastle. So if you’re looking for a change of pace this is the place to be.

Tynemouth

Tynemouth

Nobody ever thinks of the seaside when they think of Newcastle. And that is where they are so wrong. Some of the softest sand and expansive beaches belong to Newcastle, and Tynemouth is the crowning jewel. Hop on the metro for half an hour and you’re at the seaside! Be sure to check out the fish and chips – oh and the weather forecast first. It’s one of the best and quickest day trips from Newcastle.

Kielder forest

Kielder forest

Looking to get out of the city? Kielder Forest is where you’ll want to head to. It offers outdoor art, Ospreys and the most beautiful walking routes in the country. Many of them follow around Kielder water the serene lake is always so calm and really allows for some headspace. Not only that but there are plenty of café’s along the way to warm up with a hot chocolate.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

If we are talking beaches Bamburgh has to get a mention. The castle looms over the most incredible beach. It is quite the sight to behold. The castle towers over a town of picturesque pubs and cafes for you to get some lunch before going for a long wander on the beach. The castle is best accessible by 45 minute car ride along the A1, but you can also use public transport.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, is a small tidal island located off the coast of Northumberland in the northeast of England. The island is rich in history and is considered to be one of the most important Christian sites in the country. It was founded by saints back in 635AD, and has 7th century Lindisfarne ruins to explore. Also on the island you’ll find Lindisfarne Castle, Lindisfarne National Nature and an arts centre. Holy Island is one of the best ways to escape, and truly feel you’re away from it all. I mean, you’re on a different island! It’s also one of the best day trips that you can do from Newcastle fairly easily.

Saltburn-by-the-sea

Saltburn-by-the-sea day trips from Newcastle

Looking for an arcade, fish and chips and a beach? Look no further than Saltburn-by-the-sea. This town is perfect if you want to catch some surf or have an old school day at the seaside. If you’re brave enough for the cold waters, people can even be caught swimming here. The blue seas and crashing waves are the best place to take a day trip from Newcastle, at just an hour’s drive away.  Alternatively, you could get a train which, if planned right, is only 30 mins longer.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s wall

Exploring Hadrian’s Wall is no small feat, but those who dare to take on the challenge are in for a treat. This impressive structure can be discovered on a day trip from Newcastle, with sections scattered throughout Northumbria. Adventurers can choose to hike along the wall or delve into its rich history, which can be experienced by visiting the various landmarks that dot its path. For those seeking even more historical insight, The Ancient British heritage site, responsible for maintaining the wall, offers bushcraft classes. So, if you’re feeling brave enough, why not embark on an adventure to discover the wonders of Hadrian’s Wall?

The best day trips from Newcastle don’t have to be expensive or long. They can just be a quick trip to the seaside or neighbouring city. Alternatively, why not stay in Newcastle and see what the city has to offer – here are some of it’s best and most Instagrammable hotspots.