Guide to Magic Weekend
The Magic Weekend takes place at Newcastle's St James' Park - here's what the city has to offer.
For all the action on the pitch, there’s also plenty to do off it during your trip to the North East. Considered the friendliest city in the UK, Newcastle has been a fantastic host for the Magic Weekend since 2015 (apart from a trip to Anfield in 2019) with fans eager to return each year to see what else the city has to offer.
Where to visit
Having a reputation for being a party town, there’s certainly time for a drink and a boogie if you’re making a weekend of the trip. But there’s so much more to see and do in one of the real jewels in the crown of the north of England.
Want to take in some history and culture before the big game? The Great North Museum is a popular family destination offering a variety of exhibits, including The Living Planet, and the world of the Ancient Egyptians. Admission is free, which is a bonus!
Or how about a trip to Newcastle Castle? With history dating back almost 2,000 years, the structure offers a great insight into the backstory of the city.
Where to eat
But after a busy day of watching rugby league, food and drink is going to be on the mind of most supporters. Newcastle is known for its distinct variety of exceptionally tasting food, having much to offer for hungry tourists.
Blackfriars Restaurant is described as one of the city’s best, having won a Taste of England award. Offering succulent dishes, such as braised beef, cured duck ham and mini crab cakes, this eatery may bring a touch of elegance to your weekend.
The Tyne Bridge brings out a civic pride in local residents, who are always quick to mention that the Sydney Harbour Bridge was modelled on theirs. But hidden on the north side of the river is The Bridge Tavern, a brew pub specialising in rustic foods and micro-brew beer.
A popular location if you’re looking for a good old British pub lunch.
Time to hit the town. But where is the place to be? Your Saturday night in Newcastle won’t be complete without a trip to Madame Koo, one of the most popular bars and nightclubs on the Toon with its extravagant setting and vast range of fruity cocktails. The frozen raspberry and strawberry margaritas are said to be outstanding!
Newcastle City Centre is packed with great bars. Be sure to check out Jalou, Livello and The Hudson Bar, all recommended by locals. Are you staying further afield in Jesmond? Arguably the city’s own cultural hub, it plays hosts to many lively locations including the Spy Bar and 97 & Social.
Time for shopping?
If you still manage to find time in your trip in between all seven games of rugby league, why not hit the high street, with the city offered a wide and varied array of shopping districts.
Intu Eldon Square is located just a stone’s throw away from St James’ Park and is home to over 150 high street retailers and restaurants, as well as department store Fenwick.
And of course, there is also the Intu Metrocentre on the edge of the city, Europe’s largest covered shopping and leisure centre. As well as much-loved brands, the new Platinum Mall brings designer brands to a new setting.
After all that, if you’re still looking for something adventurous, why not take in Newcastle’s stunning quayside and the Millennium Gateway Bridge from the River Tyne itself with a boat cruise!
Phew! There’s so much to see, do, eat and drink in Newcastle, you’d be forgiven for forgetting there’s a packed schedule of rugby league at one of Europe’s top stadiums, the 52,000 seater spectacular St James Park!