Bits and Bobs

Can you believe it!? The conference is exactly a week away! I know that some of you are from the area, but for those of you who are joining us from across the pond or across the country, I’ve put together a tiny list of things that might be interesting to see or do if you have extra time during your stay. Keep in mind, this is only a small sampling of what’s around – feel free to take inspiration from Lewis and Clark and explore guided by intuition and serendipity.


Newcastle University Map

The conference will be held in the Armstrong Building, which is accessible from Queen Victoria Road. The main entrance will be open, and the conference will be on the first floor (up one flight of the marble stairs). There will be signs in the building to direct you to registration. Campus maps can be found here: 


Getting around Newcastle

  • By foot. Newcastle is a very walkable city and things tend to be much closer to each other than they might appear on the map.
  • By Metro (train). The closest stop to Newcastle University is Haymarket. If you are coming from Central Station, you can hop on the Metro and take it to Haymarket. More info on fares, schedules, and other stops are listed here:


Places to go and things to see/eat

  • Quilliam Brother’s Tea House: If you only have time to squeeze in one extra thing, and you like tea, sunshine, and happiness, then Quilliam’s is the place for you. This is one of my regular haunts when I’m on campus.
  • The Red House: Pies and beer. On the quayside. In a seventeenth-century building. What more could you want in life? (Except maybe a basket of puppies) PS its vegetarian-friendly 🙂
  • The Biscuit Factory: The UK’s largest, independent contemporary art gallery. It’s a lovely space with a great artwork; I always leave feeling inspired.
  • Newcastle Castle: I think this is self-explanatory?
  • The Lit and Phil: One word: vellichor. This is the largest independent library outside of London and you don’t need a membership to stop in and take a browse around.
  • The Great North Museum: Newcastle University’s neighbor and home to a great exhibit about Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Tynemouth: Only a 20-ish minute trip on the Metro, this seaside village was home to Harriet Martineau for a few years and is full of great little restaurants and shops. There’s also the old priory and, of course, the beach!

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