From the Tyne Bridge and Grey's Monument to the majestic Angel of the North, Newcastle has many iconic landmarks. As you approach the city, be it by road or rail, there is one other structure that never fails to impress. St James's Park, the home of Newcastle United, dominates the Tyneside skyline from its position in the heart of the city.
The stadium's central location makes Newcastle an ideal city for a spot of exploring before and after the game. You'll find countless pubs, restaurants and attractions – all within walking distance of St James'. With the help of Newcastle-born Peter and Steve, the chairmen of NUFC London, we've picked a few of the best...
And if you're looking for a place to stay, there are several Premier Inn hotels around the city, with our Premier Inn Newcastle Central Hotel on New Bridge Street West just a ten-minute walk from the stadium.
The main railway station, Newcastle Central, enjoys a prominent city centre location and is within walking distance of a range of hotels, restaurants, bars and St James' Park.
The main coach station, meanwhile, is located on St James' Boulevard, also within walking distance of the stadium and city centre attractions.
Arriving by air? Newcastle International Airport is little more than a 20 minute drive away from the city centre, with buses, taxis and a Metro Link on hand to shuttle you back and forth.
Arrive by train into Newcastle Central Station and you'll instantly find yourself in the heart of the action. Look no further than the The Centurion, a former first class passenger lounge turned bar on the concourse. Or, make the two minute walk to Westgate Road where the Long Bar welcomes you in with drink specials and some tasty pub grub.
Further up Westgate Road you'll find the Head of Steam, renowned for its large selection of real ales. The Bodega bar, is just a stone's throw away and boasts a dashing interior featuring a Victorian style glass dome. Real ales, big screen TV's and great food awaits.
There are a few great places to choose from right outside St James' - the Shark Club is band opposite. This modern sports bar is full of flat screen TV's showing just about every live sporting event; a great spot to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.
Head along Strawberry Place and you'll reach The Strawberry, perhaps the most loved pre-match pub in 'toon'. It has been the bar of choice for home supporters for decades, so best get there early to beat the crowds.
Whether you're on the look-out for a pre-match lunch or a hearty dinner, Newcastle offers something for every taste. Drop by the Big Mussel on the city's stunning Quayside for a cracking selection of fresh seafood and sizzling steaks.
Over at The Forth Hotel, meanwhile, you can enjoy a feast of fresh pub classics such as fish and chips and handmade burgers, all in the cosy surroundings of this former Victorian boxing venue. Or, head to the Victorian Grainger Market for a spot of lunch.
At The Bridge Tavern, sample the massive selection of beers from their newly opened microbrewery, as well as satisfy any hunger cravings with the aid of the ever-changing menu of seasonal comfort food.
Post match: Night on the town
Adrenaline still pumping after the match? Head down to Trillians Rock Bar for some fantastic live music, or enjoy the views of the Quayside from the Pitcher & Piano – a lively bar serving food, premium beers and cocktails.
Elsewhere, the Head of Steam opposite the railway station offers great live music, real ales and a late license to match. At Newcastle City Hall, you can dance into the small hours at The Mini Mayfair.
There's more to the city of Newcastle than football, food and drink of course, so if you feel like unleashing your inner culture vulture then how about a visit to The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead? Put your thinking cap on at the Life Science Centre where interactive displays and challenges are sure to thrill both young and old minds alike.
Need of a quick and reliable source for all things Newcastle United? From directions to the stadium to the latest team news, check out these fan apps:
• Newcastle United Official app
• Newcastle United fanZone
• Newcastle United edition
Whether you’re after a relaxing beach holiday, a fun weekend shopping, a bustling city break or a trip away with family, we can make it a trip to remember.
We've teamed up with three lifelong football fans in order to produce helpful match day guides to three of England's biggest football cities; Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool.