Newcastle has always had a bit of a reputation for being a great night out – it’s got a huge range of fab nightclubs and bars with a Northern price tag. Known to many as the setting for the eponymous Geordie Shore, there’s so much more than just fake tan and cheap vodka. It’s a city brimming with history, art, and easy access to the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. If you’re planning a stag do in Newcastle, you won’t be alone, as it’s one of the top 10 destinations in the UK. Here’s some ideas to get you started.
I’ve already posted a review of this experience, but I can say that it makes a fantastic hour of your time in the city. It works as a live action game, not dissimilar to a puzzle and mystery computer game, but with you and your group carefully noticing details of a room of mental challenges in order to solve the problems and exit it within the time limit. Due to the small size of the room, this is probably best for smaller groups, and it’s probably wise to go to the pub after rather than before.
Great North Museum
If the groom is the Ross Geller of your friends, make his day and visit the Great North Museum. Connecting all the museums of Newcastle University, you are left with a fascinating myriad collection of artefacts from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Natural History – including a full-sized replica of a T-Rex, and an exhibition exploring Hadrian’s Wall. The Museum is highly interactive, making it ideal for the young at heart.
Advance booking is highly recommended for this evening destination, as the novelty appeals to the masses. Established in 1239 as a Friary, Blackfriars is now a restaurant with a historical twist. Feast like a king in the award-winning Medieval banquet hall, with roasted game, local cheeses, and baked fruit desserts washed down with real ale, wine, and mead.
Round off the day with a session enhanced by riverside views at the scenic Quayside. Just off the city centre, this strip boasts a range of pubs, offering a cheaper and more relaxed setting than the more Geordie Shore Diamond Strip. Visit the Brewdog for a try of some of the world’s more unusual beers, or simply enjoy a pub crawl in front of the landmark Millennium Bridge.