Newcastle Shopping Guide

Northumberland Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northumberland Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne - © Stephen Sweeney

The Newcastle Shopping guide provides travellers with a quick reference guide on the varied shopping facilities available to shoppers in Newcastle. Located in the North East of England, the city of Newcastle has in recent years benefited from modernisation and redevelopment, this is very much evident in the Newcastle/Gateshead area where a number of new projects have taken place.

The area is also attracting increasing numbers of visitors, the city is a favourite for those wanting short breaks with sights and plenty of entertainment attracting visitors. The shopping is also a draw and the area is home to the MetroCentre, one of the largest shopping and leisure complexes in Europe, there are a range of shops here and local markets for visitors to see.

Shopping Facilities

The MetroCentre is located in Gateshead, a short distance from Newcastle city centre. The MetroCentre is one of the largest shopping and leisure complexes in Europe boasting over 330 shops all in one place. The large variety of shops ensures there is something to suit all budgets and tastes. Among the department stores here are Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Bhs.

There are retailers catering for a huge range of goods and services here, including clothing for men and women, fashion and accessories, toys and gifts, electrical & telecoms, health and beauty, books, footwear and plenty of other specialist shops. In addition there are over 50 restaurants to choose from Pizza Hut to Burger King to Subway to Coffee Shops to Cafe Rouge and many more. There is a variety of cuisine available that includes British, Italian, French, Spanish and Indian.

There is also plenty of entertainment on offer with an Odeon cinema, showing the latest film releases and a family entertainment centre.

The MetroCentre is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary.

Free Car parking is available at the shopping centre. There are over 10,000 car spaces.

The closest train stations are the shopping centres own train station, MetroCentre, it is less than 10 minutes train journey from Newcastle Central station. Nexus bus routes operate throughout Newcastle, Gateshead and the north east providing services to the MetroCentre.

Eldon Square shopping centre is location in Newcastle city centre, offering shoppers over 140 stores including the two flagship stores, Fenwick and John Lewis department stores. There are a number of shops catering for fashion and clothing, accessories and gifts, jewellery, arts and crafts, electrical and technology, footwear and health and beauty. There are number of eateries and restaurants on site ranging from eating facilities in Fenwick and John Lewis to fast food and snack outlets.

Eldon Square is open 7 days a week, however individual stores may have varying opening hours.

The car parking facilities are available in Newcastle city centre close by to Eldon Square.

The closest train station is Newcastle Central station that is a 10 minute walk away. Eldon Square bus station and several other bus stops close by such as Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street provide bus services locally to and from the shopping centre to the surrounding areas. The Metro Light Rail system has a stop at Monument Metro Station providing access to the shopping centre.

Eldon Gardens are linked on to Eldon Square, in the heart of Newcastle city centre. The shopping centre is smaller than the Eldon Square complex offering an interesting blend of independent merchants and individual high street chains. This is a good place to find independent retailers offering something a bit different.

There are a range of goods on offer here, ranging from fashion, gifts, jewellery, health and beauty, accessories and homeware. In addition there are cafes and eateries allowing shoppers to relax and enjoy some food and refreshments before continuing on their shopping.

Eldon Gardens is open 7 days a week, however individual stores may have different opening hours.

There is car parking available at the site.

The closest train station is Newcastle Central station approx a 10 minute walk away. Eldon Square bus station (located next to Eldon Square) and several other bus stops close by such as Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street provide bus services locally to and from the shopping centre to the surrounding areas. The Metro Light Rail system has a stop at Haymarket and also at Monument Station and St James stations providing access to the shopping centre.

Monument Mall is located next to Grey's Monument in the city centre of Newcastle. This is a four floor shopping arcade, housed in a wonderful and appealing structure. The mall is located directly above the Monument Metro station and offers a choice of 15 shops including TK Maxx, Evans, Toni & Guy and Body Shop. There is also a food hall that caters for a range of tastes.

There are car parking facilities in the city centre in a number of car parks and parking bays.

Newcastle Central rail station is within a 10 minute walk of the mall whilst Monument Metro station is located directly below the mall, visitors getting off at Monument Metro just get out and they are straight inside the mall. There are also bus services in the area with stops at Blackett Street & Pilgrim Street close by.

Monument is open 7 days a week, however opening hours for individual stores do vary.

For car drivers, there are parking facilities on site.

Royal Quays offers shoppers a different environment from the city centre malls. The Royal Quays are located approx 10 miles outside of Newcastle city centre, close to the ferry terminal. Royal Quays is an outlet centre where shoppers can go to get top designer and high street brands at discounts of up to 60% all year round.

There are number of top brand retailers here offering goods in clothing for children, men and women, gifts and accessories, jewellery, health and beauty, sports and fitness, books, perfumes and toiletries and more. Should shoppers be in need of food and drink, there are a number of cafes and eateries offering a range of snacks, coffee and drinks.

Royal Quays is open 7 days a week, individual shops may have varying opening times.

For car drivers there is are 800 free parking spaces available.

For public transport, the closest Metro station is Percy Main, it is approx a 10 minute walk from Royal Quays.

In the Newcastle/Gateshead area Northumberland Street is the main high street shopping street. The street is pedestrianised offering shoppers easy access to the shops, the centrepiece of the street is taken up by department store Fenwick. The store offers a whole range of goods that including designer clothing for men and women. Shoppers can benefit from the shopping service that is provided for free if it is booked in advance.

Other high street favourites are resident here too, including Marks & Spencer whose branch here is among the largest in the UK, spread over two floors and including a large food hall. Other retailers are H&M and budget retailer Primark where shoppers can be very competitively prices clothing and accessories. There are plenty of sports and leisure shops too including J D Sports and First Sport. Northumberland Street provides shoppers that prefer high street shopping or those that wish to experience it a great place to do so in Newcastle.

Grainger Market is a historic covered market, opened back in 1835. Housed in what is currently a Grade I listed building, there are plenty of stalls for visitors to see and explore. The stalls sell local, fresh produce with plenty of stalls selling meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables.

Other stalls sell CDs, books, clothing and fashion, gifts and accessories and well as a number of specialist and niche stalls for more unusual goods. There are also stalls selling books, CDs, clothes and shoes, cards, video games, music, pet shops, specialist coffee and food.

There is also an arts and craft market that is held here on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Opening times:

Monday and Wednesday: 9am to 5pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am to 5.30pm.

Arts and Crafts Market

2nd Saturday each month: 9.00am to 5.00pm

The central location ensures the market easily assessable by public transport, on the Metro Monument station is close by. For train, Newcastle Central station is the closest station.

Quayside Market is located on the Quayside and provides shoppers with an interesting location in which to explore this interesting and vibrant local market. Here shoppers will find a wide range of goods and services on offer, these include jewellers, artists, fashion designers, food producers and many others. The location on the redeveloped Quayside offers shoppers the chance to enjoy the market, the atmosphere and enjoy some refreshments and food at the range of bars and restaurants in the area.

Opening times:

Sunday: 10am to 4pm

The closest train station is Manors station, with the closest Metro stop also at Manors.

The Farmers' & County Market is held on Grainger Street in the centre of Newcastle on the first Friday of each month. Shoppers will find a variety of goods here including fresh, local produce that includes a range of meats, eggs, cheese and breads. In addition shoppers can find herbs and plants for sale too.

Opening times:

First Friday Each Month: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Car parking is provided by the city centre car parks and street parking bays in the area.

The Metro stop at Monument provides access to the market close by and Newcastle Central station is the closest train station to the market.


Use the Shopping Search map to find the location of Newcastle's shopping facilities including malls and markets. The markers on the map show the shopping facilities mentioned above. You can also use the local search for Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. There is also a place finder and phonebook to help your search. To view click on the Newcastle Shopping search link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Newcastle Shopping Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There are variations on the hours shopping centres and individual shops are open for depending on the shops and the particular day of the week.

Visitors are likely to have a positive experience shopping in Newcastle, however you should be aware of crowds, your surroundings and follow common sense measures to ensure your safety and that of your valuables.

Be alert and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags/shopping bags unattended, this will help prevent theft and misplacing your bags.

If you are travelling by car ensure you park in designated car parks or official street parking. Carefully check over the parking rules to ensure you fully understand them. If you are not certain of the rules it is safer not to park there, beware of possible fines and other sanctions that can be used if you park illegally or not in accordance with the rules.

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