Green Guide Newcastle

Famous for its larger than life characters and its even more characterful local architecture, Newcastle is a superb place to visit, whether you’re hankering for a weekend break or something a bit longer.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit Newcastle.

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Eco-friendly places to stay in Newcastle

If you want to stay in the city centre in the midst of all the action or take it slower away from all the hustle and bustle, Newcastle has a sustainable option for everyone.

Newcastle places to stay


BEST FOR: Families, couples and individual travellers

ADDRESS: River View, Bridge Court, Newcastle, NE1 3BE


Newly opened in May 2021, The INNSiDE Newcastle Hotel is the newest international hotel brand coming to Newcastle. It’s part of Meliá Hotels International, which is recognised as the most sustainable hotel group in the world with a commitment to the reduction of non-renewable energy use,
waste water and a promotion of a more responsible supply chain.

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Jesmond Dene House

BEST FOR: Families and couples seeking a tranquil stay, away from the hustle and bustle

ADDRESS: Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY


Situated in a wooded valley in the city suburbs, Peter Candler’s Tudorstyle mansion is an oasis of calm and a beacon of eco-friendliness. The Dene is formed from the Ouseburn’s steep sided, wooded valley which is a peaceful haven.

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The Maldron Hotel

BEST FOR: Families, couples, and solo travellers

ADDRESS: 17 Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5RE


This stylish central hotel is in the perfect position for guests to take advantage of Newcastle’s public transport links. As a business it is working towards a more sustainable stay from something as small as re-fillable toiletries, through to the anaerobic processing of all its food waste to create energy for the national grid.

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BEST FOR: Couples wanting a romantic getaway

ADDRESS: 104 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX


Like all its hotels, the Malmaison Newcastle is in a unique building, offering something a bit different. Located right by the river it’s a stunning spot, with a fabulous view of the Quayside especially on a lazy Sunday morning.

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Motel One

BEST FOR: Everyone

ADDRESS: 15-25 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EW


Motel One is only a seven-minute walk away from the station, and five minutes from Newcastle’s eponymous castle with plenty of restaurants, bars
and attractions within easy reach. All of Motel One’s electricity comes from 100 per cent renewable sources, such as hydro power, wind power, and
solar power, and all its toiletries are free from microplastics.

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Staybridge Suites

BEST FOR: Families with young children

ADDRESS: Buxton Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6NL


For an extended stay, or if you prefer a self-catered suite to a standard hotel room, the Staybridge Suites are a good option. There is an onsite fitness room, kitchen facilities in your suite and its in a good spot to access the rest of the city.

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The Vermont Hotel

BEST FOR: Couples or families who want to stay in the heart of the city

ADDRESS: Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ


The Vermont is an impressive neo-classical building with a near perfect location. Being within easy walking distance of main attractions, it limits visitors’ reliance on using public transport to explore city sights.

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Conscious places to eat in Newcastle

Experience a day out at the 'Geordie' Grainger Market or tuck into a delicious vegan meal at Super Natural. Whatever takes your fancy, Newcastle has all the options for sustainable eating.

Newcastle places to eat

1901 Cafe Bistro

BEST FOR: Friends and families, dog lovers

ADDRESS: 68 Steet George’s Terrace, West Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2DL


This dog-friendly bistro offers a seasonal menu which includes vegetarian and vegan options, making it a great choice for anyone trying to reduce their meat consumption. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, or just for a slice of one of the many cakes on offer.

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Grainger Market

BEST FOR: Foodies who love the hustle and bustle of an original marketplace

ADDRESS: Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QQ


Foodies visiting Newcastle need to have the Grade 1 listed Grainger Market on their ‘must do’ list. Home to hundreds of local traders and small businesses, it is one of the oldest markets in the UK with 10 aisles bursting with locally-sourced produce and all sorts of wares.

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BEST FOR: Gluten-free foodies

ADDRESS: 1-3 Market Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QQ


Three floors of bohemian decor, a sociable atmosphere and outstanding food, Horticulture is the place to go for brunch, or shareable small plates among friends.

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BEST FOR: Groups of friends or couples looking for a romantic dinner whilst taking in impeccable views

ADDRESS: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, S Shore Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, NE8 3BA


If you’re looking for a place to go and treat yourself on a weekend away, Six is the restaurant you really need to visit. Sourcing most of its meat directly from local, organic and community farms, Six’s goal is to become the most sustainable restaurant in the UK.

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Super Natural

BEST FOR: Vegan and Vegetarian eaters – or those who love a healthy choice

ADDRESS: 27 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JE


Super Natural is a vegan and vegetarian café just a short walk from the train station that often tops the ‘best vegan restaurants in Newcastle’ lists. It offers everything you could want for a daytime visit, including fresh smoothies, shakes or juices, light bites with a choice of sandwiches, paninis or salads and larger meals for later in the day with a cold beer or glass of wine.

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The Honey Tree

BEST FOR: Conscious shoppers

ADDRESS: 68 Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5HL


The Honey Tree has been providing zero-waste, organic, and locally sourced food to its local community since 1999. Working with suppliers local to Newcastle, its produce goes beyond the expected vegan fare – it also sells meat and egg products, supporting sustainable farming.

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Ecological things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle has an amazing range of ecologically-friendly things to do. Discover one of the most popular container communities at STACK, or visit a sustainable places for world-class music at Sage Gateshead, Newcastle has it all.

Newcastle things to do


BEST FOR: People who like a bit of city escapism

ADDRESS: Heaton, Heaton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5HL


Heaton is home to some of the best organic, zero-waste general stores in the region, including Honey Tree on Heaton Road selling a range of plastic-free fruit and essentials. 109 isn’t far away on Heaton Park Road and here you can pick up bamboo products as well as food and toiletries.

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Jesmond Dene

BEST FOR: An active day out with the family

ADDRESS: Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle


A gorgeous green space in the heart of Newcastle, the ancient woodland of Jesmond Dene is the perfect place to get back to nature. Keep your eyes peeled while walking the trails along the river and you might spot otters, kingfishers, and dippers along the way.

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Longsands Beach

BEST FOR: Suitable for all ages – and those who love the sea air!

ADDRESS: Tynemouth Long Sands, Palace Buildings Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Shields


A popular favourite is Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, which is proud to fly the Blue Flag standard. It provides endless material for photos and is ideal for fresh air and exercise. 

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Nil Living

BEST FOR: Environmentally-conscious shoppers

ADDRESS: 173/175, Alley 4, Grainger Market, Newcastle, NE1 5QN


Nil Living is a zero waste and refill shop inside Newcastle’s historic Grainger Market – which won the title of ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ in the Great British Market Awards 2020. The company’s aim is to help encourage a low-waste lifestyle by offering refill stations and eco-friendly products.

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Sage Gateshead

BEST FOR: Music lovers of all ages

ADDRESS: St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR


Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and a stunning piece of architecture built in 2004. Its aerodynamic form channels natural winds to provide ventilation, which means no artificial cooling is required in its large concourse. The solid concrete and masonry parts of the building also act as thermal storage, providing radiant heat to the concourse space.

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The Great North Museum

BEST FOR: History Buffs

ADDRESS: Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT


With a huge variety of permanent exhibits, the Great North Museum has something to interest everyone. From fossils to the night sky by way
of ancient Egypt and Rome, it promises to be a great day out for the whole family. 

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Like you, LNER loves our country, from the rolling green fields of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park to the ruins of ancient settlements at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Everyone at LNER desperately wants to preserve our country’s natural beauty, heritage and landmarks and ensure everything we love stays the way it is for the next generations to enjoy. As a business, we are not afraid to do things differently, and if there’s a better way, LNER will find it. So, LNER created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit London, Edinburgh and Newcastle – some of the UK’s most vibrant cities along our route in 2021 and beyond.

With tips and contributions from local people, tourism organisations and LNER colleagues, the LNER Green Guide gives you the inside track on the very best eco-friendly attractions and sustainable places to stay, eat and drink in these three fantastic cities.

So whether you are planning to see the London Eye, organising an excursion to Arthur’s Seat or spreading your wings to drop in on the Angel of the North, you can now do it in an eco-friendly way with as low an impact as possible on the environment.

LNER hopes you enjoy the tips and don’t forget to share your trip on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, making sure you tag @LNER with #GreenGuide so everyone can see everything you’ve been up to. Enjoy the journey!

David Horne, LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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