Romantic hotels, restaurants & venues — the top 10 places to propose in Newcastle
Named the best place to visit in 2018 by Rough Guide, it’s no surprise that you want to pop the question in Newcastle. A blend of lively nightlife, illuminated views of the River Tyne and easy access to the coast, it’s a city that has it all. But, with so many breath-taking spots, how do you choose one to propose? Read on as we tell you the most romantic hotels, restaurants and picnic spots in and around the city.
Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts
Around a 30-minute walk from the city centre is Wylam Brewery, which is held in the Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park. Next to the Brewery sits the Brewery Tap, which is open Thursday to Sundays. Also, the Grand Hall hosts live music and food festivals on a regular basis — check out the upcoming events here. Take a romantic stroll from the entrance of the park up to the venue before popping the question in front of the lake — a perfect setting when it is lit up.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Holy Island is a picturesque island a few miles off the coast of Northumberland — it is quite far from the city centre but it is worth it to see the priory and enjoy the views. A perfect setting for a proposal — you can drive over to the island but make sure you check tide tables for safe crossing times.
Jesmond Dene park is home to a small pet’s corner, green areas ideal for picnics and approximately a two-mile walking path, although this depends on if you venture off track. For a romantic proposal spot, why not set up a picnic blanket in front of the waterfall situated between the trees and ask your other half to marry you? Then, head over to Osborne Road for a celebratory bottle of bubbly.
Hotel du Vin
Hotel du Vin is a luxury boutique hotel situated away from city centre on the banks of the River Tyne. Boasting unforgettable views of the quayside and a fine dining experience in their restaurant, if you’re looking for somewhere extra special to pop the question — it’s here. Then, head upstairs to your roll top bath for a night of wedding planning.
Planetarium, Life Centre
If you and your partner enjoy star gazing but don’t fancy sitting outside in the cold, head over to the North’s biggest planetarium in the Life Science Centre. Here, you can see space films and visuals and experience real-time space shows in high-definition. Ask your other half to be with you forever under the night-sky.
Sycamore Gap, situated in Henshaw, was given the award for England’s ‘Tree of the Year’ in the Woodland Trust’s annual contest. The iconic tree is a picturesque setting for a proposal and is surrounded by a scenic walking trail.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Offering another unmissable view of the Quayside, the BALTIC is a former flour mill that’s now home to ever-changing modern art collections. Head to Level five for an indoor viewing box of the Millennium Bridge and the Sage, or to Level four for panoramic views from a different angle. Ask the special question with one of the best views of Newcastle behind you, and if you feel like treating yourselves after, head up to SIX restaurant on the top floor.
St James’ Park
For a proposal that’s atmospheric and full of life, ask your loved one to marry you in Newcastle’s football stadium, St James’ Park. Cheer on the home team with your partner before dropping to one knee at half time.
House of Tides
If you and your partner are fans of good food, where better to propose than in Newcastle’s only 1-star Michelin restaurant? Situated in a 16th century building on the city’s quayside, House of Tides is a fine dining restaurant that offers a tasting menu which changes around the year. For something extra, choose the wine pairing and truly treat your palette.
The Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick
Perhaps your other half is a huge Harry Potter fan and would love to be proposed to near Hogwarts, or they’re a fan of fun rope bridges and magical dining experiences. After exploring Alnwick Castle and its beautiful gardens, head over to The Treehouse Restaurant to pop the question.
Which place will you choose for your magical moment?