September 06th, 2012 | Tags: Newcastle hidden treasures,

Discover the hidden treasures of Newcastle

If you’ve visited Newcastle you would have discovered the Metro Centre with all its fabulous shops, or taken a trip to Quayside and looked around its museums and galleries. But what if you’re looking for something a little different and unusual to do? We highlight some of the hidden treasures of Newcastle waiting to be enjoyed…

Victoria Tunnel

The waggonway was built in the nineteenth century to transport coal from the Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river. The Victoria Tunnel was then converted into an air raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II. It is now an exiting tour that takes you on a subterranean journey through the city’s great history. The tour is run by Newcastle's Hidden Heritage: An Ouseburn Trust Project.

Newcastle Racecourse

For the ultimate day at the races the Newcastle Racecourse is the place to go in the North East. It’s a great place to watch some horse racing while also enjoying a few drinks and having a flutter on the ponies. The hospitality section offers fine food, fabulous dining and panoramic views of the course. There are also special race days to enjoy like the Northumberland Plate festival. Newcastle Racecourse is open all year around for the flat and jumps seasons.

Newcastle Ghost Walk

This tour takes place at weekends and they start in the evening as it’s getting dark. The journey takes you on a trip through Newcastle’s most haunted streets and places. The Ghost Walk starts at the Bridge Hotel across the road from the castle - allegedly one of England's most haunted castles and prisons. May be you can down some spirits before you cross paths with some spirits of the spookier kind! If you have ever wanted to explore the spiritual world then this excursion is definitely for the ghost hunter in you.

Life Science Centre

For a great place to take the kids for the day look no further than the Life Science Centre. At the Centre you and the kids will be able to “Explore the Curiosity Zone”, a hands-on exhibition that encourages you to think creatively while acting like a scientist. The Centre is also the home to the biggest planetarium in the North of England. There’s also the 4D Motion Ride, Science Theatre and Young Explorers Zone to enjoy. The Life Science Centre is a great place to take children as they can learn while having lots of fun.

Body and Mind Massage

After a day of shopping, visiting museums and galleries, and other great attractions Newcastle has to offer, a bit of relaxation at Body & Mind Massage may be a great way to end the day. This massage centre is located right in the city centre and on offer are a variety of Thai massages – from traditional deep tissue massage to relaxing oil massage – to help you de-stress from your day, and feel all your aches and pains floating away.

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