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Famed for its seven bridges spanning the steep Tyne Gorge, the Quayside of Newcastle is best experienced from the water. From glow in the dark kayak tours to boat races, fishing to architecture - there are multiple opportunities for people of all abilities and interests to dip their toe into some water based activities.

To help you #GoDoYourThing, we’ve put together our guide to the best aquatic activities in the centre of Newcastle.

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You can’t visit Newcastle without walking along the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, providing visitors with stunning views of the Tyne River and Gateshead Quaysides. The world's first tilting bridge, its structure changes every Sunday from Easter to October and during the summer holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re catching an evening train home, make sure to stop by the coloured lighting effects which illuminate the bridge at night. It’s no wonder the bridge has won numerous awards including the country’s top architecture prize!

Make a splash with a glow in the dark kayak tour, one of the most exciting and unique ways to see Newcastle and Gateshead from its iconic river. Enjoy a guided tour through the Baltic and paddle under the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Your guide will interpret the cityscape as you paddle with occasional stops for tales of the city and to take pictures. A true aqua adventure!

The annual Dragon Boat Race on the Quayside is the perfect opportunity to find your sea legs. The event sees teams of rowers of all abilities take to the River Tyne for a fantastic team building challenge. Even if you’re not taking part in the race, visitors are welcomed to gather in fancy dress and watch the competition unfold - promising a brilliant day by the water for all.

Just a 15 minute walk from the train station, Leazes Park Lake is a mixed fishery in the heart of Newcastle City Centre with beautiful woodland surroundings. Day fishing tickets can be purchased from all local tackle shops and visitors have been known to catch roach, tench, bream, gudgeon and carp - some of which have breached the 20lb barrier.

For more information on the best food and drink establishments to try while in Newcastle visit Places to Eat & Drink in Newcastle upon Tyne (

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