IVCO 2024


Local Attractions

This travel guide for IVCO 2024 delegates will help you make the most of your visit to Newcastle upon Tyne. Pack your bags, explore the toon and region, and we hope you will have a wonderful experience during your stay. 

Our local partners, the NewcastleGateshead Initiative have also helped us secure delegate discounts for some of the city’s restaurants and attractions, check it out:

Fancy a walk?

Here are some iconic places within walking distance from the conference venue, Northumbria University.

Quayside: Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Quayside by the river, the waterfront lined with iconic landmarks like the famous Tyne BridgeThe riverside pathways are also perfect for cycling or jogging, especially during sunrise or sunset. Every Sunday, locals flock to this vibrant waterfront offering everything from artisan crafts to delicious street food at the Quayside Market. 

Newcastle Castle: Discover the city’s medieval past at Newcastle Castle, which dates to the 12th century. You can walk around the castle area for free (it is next to the Cathedral) but for an entrance fee you can also climb the castle keep for panoramic views of the city and learn about its history through interactive exhibits. 

St. James Park: For football fans, this is an opportunity to explore the rich history of the Newcastle United club dating back to the late 1800s at the legendary stadium of St James’ Park, situated at the heart of Newcastle’s city centre. 

Town Moor: Escape the urban hustle and bustle with a visit to this expansive green space, perfect for picnics, walks, or outdoor activities. 

Discover hidden gems!

Don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path and explore the lesser-known corners of Newcastle. You’ll uncover hidden gems and create unforgettable memories beyond the most typical tourist attractions. 

Victoria Tunnels: Embark on a guided tour of this underground passageway, once used as a coal wagon route, now offering an intriguing glimpse into Newcastle’s industrial past. 

Jesmond Dene: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to Jesmond Dene, a tranquil oasis within the city, ideal for nature walks, birdwatching, and exploring the historic ruins.  

Historical Secret Speakeasies: Hunt for hidden cocktail bars like Colonel Porter’s Emporium or Pleased to Meet You, tucked away in alleyways and basements. 

Local Events: Keep an eye out for community events, markets, and festivals happening across the city, offering unique experiences and opportunities to connect with locals. 

Rainy outside, maybe a museum or another indoors cultural activity?

Entrance to all attractions listed below is free of charge.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art: Located in a historic, renovated flour mill on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead, Baltic presents a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art and artistic practice. It also has a viewing platform from which you can catch a glimpse of the seven bridges connecting Newcastle and Gateshead on either side of the Tyne (the museum’s shop and café are a plus!).

Laing Art Gallery: Situated next to Northumbria University, the Gallery is a cultural gem renowned for its diverse collection of artworks spanning centuries. 

Great North Museum: Explore the region’s natural and historical treasures at the Great North Museum, home to interactive exhibits, ancient artifacts, and a planetarium. 

The Biscuit Factory: Discover contemporary art at The Biscuit Factory, the UK’s largest independent art gallery, displaying works by local and international artists. 

Discovery Museum: As one of the region’s leading museums, it offers a captivating and interactive journey through Newcastle’s rich history, science, and innovation.

Baltic Museum of Contemporary Art

Dining and exploring the nightlife

Newcastle offers a diverse culinary scene and vibrant nightlife. Our local partners, the NewcastleGateshead Initiative have helped us secure delegate discounts at some of the fab local restaurants – check it out here! 

Grainger Market: Sample local delicacies and international cuisine at Grainger Market, a historic covered market in the heart of the city. This is a hidden gem for foodies, offering a diverse range of fresh produce, international cuisine, and local delicacies at affordable prices (open daytime only). 

Quayside Restaurants: Indulge in fresh seafood and riverside dining at one of the many restaurants along the Quayside, offering stunning views of the River Tyne. 

Nightclubs and Bars: Experience Newcastle’s legendary nightlife by exploring its numerous bars, pubs, and clubs. From traditional pubs serving real ales to trendy cocktail bars and underground clubs, there is something for every taste. 

Local Pubs and Breweries: Visit traditional pubs like The Free Trade Inn or try craft beers at breweries like Wylam Brewery for an authentic taste of the Northeast of England. 

Street Food Hubs: Explore areas like Ouseburn Valley or Jesmond for trendy street food vendors and pop-up eateries. You can also check out Newcastle Uncovered for recommendations for place to eat. 

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

Immerse yourself in cultural experiences

Glasshouse International Centre for Music: You can enter the concert hall for free to have a wander and grab a coffee or a bite with a view to the river Tyne. If you want to enjoy the many events happening in the concert hall, keep an eye out for North East First Timers discounts

Live Music Venues: Catch a gig at intimate venues like The Cluny or The Cumberland Arms, showcasing local talent and emerging artists. 

Independent Cinemas: Experience cinema in a unique way at independent cinemas like Tyneside Cinema or Star and Shadow Cinema, offering diverse film screenings and events. 

Theatre Royal: Catch a world-class performance at the Theatre Royal, one of the UK’s premier regional theatres, showcasing a diverse range of drama, musicals, and dance productions. 


A bit more time for sightseeing?

If you have extra time, consider these outdoor escapes and day trips from Newcastle. 

Northumberland Coast: Explore the stunning coastline of Northumberland, with its sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and picturesque sites like Bamburgh Castle. 

Angel of the North: Marvel at this iconic sculpture, the Angel of the North, 30 minutes by bus from the city centre. Standing twenty metres tall, this striking work of art is a symbol of the region’s industrial heritage.

Tynemouth and Whitley Bay: Two charming coastal towns in the region, just 25 minutes by metro from Newcastle city centre. Renowned for their picturesque beaches, historic landmarks and vibrant atmosphere, these destinations offer a delightful blend of relaxation and exploration.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens: A captivating destination nestled in the scenic countryside of Northumberland. Renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture (including areas where the Harry Potter movies were filmed!), and enchanting gardens. 

Hadrian’s Wall: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site which stretches across northern England offering stunning landscapes and ancient Roman history. Visit Roman forts, museums, and archaeological sites along this ancient frontier. 

Durham: Discover the historic city of Durham, just 15 minutes by train from Newcastle, and famous for its magnificent cathedral and castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.