What is it? Iconic concert venue by the river Tyne that opened in 2004 and looks like a giant, shiny slug (in a good way).
Why go? Like the Sydney Opera House, the Sage Gateshead is such a singular building that it’s worth visiting even if you’re not actually there for the music. If, however, that is why you’re here, the programme is made up of world-class classic, brass, jazz, blues, folk… the list goes on.
If you’re thinking of a city break in England, Newcastle might not be on of your list of options. You should think again.
For starters, the city is a foodie paradise crammed full of so many great restaurants it's hard to know where to start. It’s packed with world-class concert halls and art galleries that will blow your mind. The cherry on the cake? Newcastle is a top-notch nightlife destination, well worth dressing up and dashing out into the evening before crashing at one of the many great value local hotels.
And if, somehow, all that isn't enough to get you booking a ticket, then remember that Newcastle is located close to some fantastic strips of coast where you can swap city slicking for seaside dreaming.