The Best Places for Instagram in Newcastle

I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful town with so many iconic landmarks, creative impressions and rich culture. I recently found myself searching for Instagram inspiration here in Newcastle upon Tyne, and thought I'd write an up-to-date post of places I'd recommend visiting to get that perfect shot for the gram.

1. The Tyne Bridge / All The Bridges

Newcastle is famous for the River Tyne flowing through the Quayside, with its iconic bridges. There are so many to choose from, you could get photos in the double figures for Instagram. From the Tyne Bridge, High-Level Bridge, Swing Bridge, the Millenium Bridge and more.

2. Grey's Monument

Have you even visited Newcastle if you haven't got a selfie in front of Grey's Monument? Located right in the centre of town where Grainger and Grey street meet at Eldon Square, it's right in the perfect location for a photo shoot.

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3. Ouseburn

Ouseburn is a quirky little place just next to the city centre which is filled with creative walls of graffiti and street art. After photos, you can nip to The Cluny for a drink and some food.

4. The Botanist

A very aesthetically pleasing bar and restaurant which is located upstairs on Blackett Street with fantastic views over Newcastle and Grey's Monument. Not to mention the gorgeous interior design and plentiful cocktails to get Boomerangs of!

5. The Coast

Newcastle has a beautiful coastline stretching from Seaton Sluice to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. You could have a pint overlooking the sea at The Kings Arms in Seaton Sluice, walk the full length of Whitley Bay up to the Spanish City, or grab fish and chips at Riley's Fish Shack in Tynemouth - all while snapping some fantastic photos.

. St Mary's Lighthouse

A gorgeous 1800's lighthouse perched at the end of Whitley Bay makes an interesting background, especially while the tide is out and exposing all the rock pools. Keep your eyes peeled for seals too!

Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, so here I am, totally refusing to accept any negativity. I used to complain about my problems in the past, now I look at them as if they are a new challenge. For example, Britain can be pretty grey and miserable in winter so I decided to look for beautiful places to get myself distracted. • • Here is one of them - St. Mary's Lighthouse. This lovely grade II listed lighthouse is based on the tiny island of St Mary's, not far from Whitley Bay in the North East of England. The rocky tidal island is linked to the mainland by a concrete causeway which is submerged at high tide. Originally, the lighthouse was built next to an 11th-century monastic chapel, whose monks maintained a lantern on the tower to warn ships of the danger of the rocks. Even though it no longer functions as a lighthouse, it is now open to visitors. Make sure to check their website before you go as you can only visit it when the tide is out. 🌊 #enroutewithakvile
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7. Newcastle Castle

We have some fantastic history here in Newcastle, and our very own Newcastle Castle is a great place to get plentiful photos. Being right next to High-Level Bridge, you can go right to the top of the castle and overlook the whole, glorious quayside.

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8. Pizza Punks

Who doesn't love pizza?! Pizza Punks has got to be one of the coolest restaurants I've ever been in. The interior design is so unique and they even have amazing vegan options for all you vegan Instagram foodies out there.

9. Dog & Scone

If you're a dog lover like me, you need to get use of that #Instadog and #Doglovers. Dog and Scone is a cute cafe where you can literally sip hot chocolate and hug dogs, and that already makes it one of the best places in Newcastle. It's just off Bigg Market so it's in the perfect central location after having a photoshoot at Grey's Monument.

10. The Quayside Seaside in Summer

The Quayside is a great place to visit all year round, but in Summer we really go all out and make our very own Quayside Seaside which makes for PERFECT summer photos if you can't head to the beach.

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11. Central Arcade

Another fabulous place right in the centre of Newcastle between Grey Street and Market Steet, Central Arcade is an Edwardian style building which was converted to a shopping centre. Its intricate architecture and design makes for perfect Instagram backgrounds.

12. Jesmond Dene

Jesmond Dene is a beautiful nature pocket right in the middle of Newcastle, minutes away from town. With the Ouseburn river, small waterfalls, and red squirrels, there's plenty of opportunity for more natural photos. Not to mention Pets Corner, which is Jesmond Dene's mini zoo!

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13. Cocktails at The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a bar with amazingly creative cocktails that bubble, smoke and change colour. It's just off Nelson Street inside Eldon Square, and you can get some incredible boomerangs when mixing up the concoctions.

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14. Catpawcino

Our very own Cat Cafe located on the Quayside with fantastic views of the River Tyne and the Tyne Bridge while you sip coffee and play with cats. What's not to love about that?!

15. Leaze's Park

I like to think of Leaze's Park as our very own Central Park. It's slap bang in the middle of Newcastle, with a picture perfect lake filled with swans. If you get the right angle, you can get shots of St Jame's Park in the background too.

16. Northumberland Street at Christmas

Northumberland Street is Newcastle's main street with plentiful shops and restaurants. During Christmas time, it's extra special... boasting gorgeous decorations, Fenwick window, and fairground rides which all look AMAZING in Instagram photos.

17. The Hoppings

If you're in Newcastle in June, we have one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs visit our town moor for a week. It's great for fun, upbeat photos, especially if you make use of the big wheel or carousel.

18. Stack Newcastle

Stack is a new, innovative area on Pilgrim Street made from Shipping Containers. With bars, live music, food and yoga, it's great for more unique photos.

19. Northern Goldsmiths Rolex Sign

Northern Goldsmiths is a jewellers which has sat on the corner of Pilgrim Street and Blackett Street for over 120 years. It's become quite a landmark and is often lit up at night, making a great backdrop for photos.

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20. Great British Cupcakery

A cute and very aesthetically pleasing cafe under the Tyne Bridge on Queen Street has a beautiful flower wall which is perfect for photos, as well as the tastiest Afternoon Tea with great vegan options.

21. The Sage

A beautiful and unique landmark just by the Quayside, The Sage looks stunning in photos, especially during the golden hour when the sun reflects off the River Tyne. Afterwards, you can nip inside for one of their amazing events or workshops.

22. Cafe 1901

A lovely little quirky find, and who doesn't love a good coffee shop for Instagram photos. It's in West Jesmond and not too far from central Newcastle, so it's great if you want to move further out of the centre.

23. Creams

Now if a dessert bar that does huge sundaes, waffles, pancakes and more doesn't scream Instagram then I don't know what does. Creams is right on the corner of Bigg Market and Grainger Street, meaning you can walk along after having a meal at The Gate or Eldon Square for your pudding and to snap some pictures. 

24. Anything Greggs Related

No one should ever visit Newcastle and not have a Greggs, especially since there's one on almost every corner, so there's no excuse! The vegan sausage roll is particularly popular at the moment, so it's always worth a quick snap and #wheninnewcastle.

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I hope this post was useful to anyone who visits Newcastle upon Tyne, or even if you live here and needed some Instagram inspiration.  This list isn't exhaustive, Newcastle is such a large, beautiful city, so if you have any more ideas for getting the perfect picture for the Gram, leave them in the comments below for everyone to see and try out for themselves!


  1. LOVE these - thanks so much for including my photos. I really fancy a cocktail at The Alchemist now ;-)

    1. Thank you for letting me use your photo :D be sure to get some snaps if you go ;)

  2. Such a fantastic list, it really makes you realise how lucky we are to have all that on our doorstep!

    1. Thank you! I couldn't agree more, Newcastle is GORGEOUS!

  3. Amazing list! So many places I've not explored up here, definitely going to check these out and the instagram accounts you've included here :D

    1. Thank you!! Can't wait to see if any photos of yours pop up are in these places! I'll be keeping an eye out :D xx