Football, Newcastle upon Tyne
For anyone interested in football, a tour of St James’ Park is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes. We did this some years ago and got a real thrill from sitting on the bench, visiting the changing rooms and imagining all the great Geordie heroes who’d prepared for matches there over the years, and seeing the stadium from pitch level as the players. Since our visit the tours have been extended and now include:
- the changing rooms
- a chance to stand Pitch side
- the Dugouts
- the Media Suite
- the view from the highest point in the stadium
Ticket prices are: £15 for adults £12 concessions and £8 for children. There’s also a Family Ticket available for £34 which admits 2 adults and 3 children
Tours run everyday at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, apart from matchdays when there is (usually) just the one at 10.30am (but I recommend checking before you go). The tours start from the Stadium Tours reception desk on Level 2 of the Milburn Stand (accessed via the Glass Reception) and you have to be there 30 minutes beforehand. You can book online at the link below.
Once a month there is a special tour hosted by Newcastle legend Bob Moncur. We've never done this but I imagine it would be good - an uncle is a neighbour of his and reckons he's a really nice, down-to-earth guy. These cost double the usual fee and must be booked in advance - see website for details.
The Museum is now closed I believe, but I'm leaving this review for my own records.
Anyone who follows football in England will know that Newcastle United don’t have a trophy cabinet stuffed with silverware but nevertheless the club did have a museum which was worth a visit if you’re keen on the sport. Exhibits include the FA Cup winners' medals of former players Jackie Milburn and George Robledo, Michael Owen's hat-trick ball from England's famous 5-1 win over Germany, and other souvenirs from Geordie heroes such as Alan Shearer, Malcolm Macdonald and Len White.
I don't believe you can really understand Newcastle and its people unless you've been to a match at St James' Park. Unlike many cities, in Newcastle the football stadium is in the city centre, not on its outskirts, and it dominates life in the city. One of my earliest memories of going to a match is walking back through the city afterwards and being stopped by all sorts of people (young children, old ladies) to ask what the score was.
Everyone takes an interest in what's happening at the football club:
are there new players joining?
who will be in the team on Saturday?
will we have a chance in the cup this year? and so on!
Even if you're not a big sports fan I think you'd enjoy the experience of a match here, and it really is the best way to meet some locals and get to know them. Tickets are hard to come by for the really big games, but for most matches you should be able to get them - try the club's official website for ticket news and box office details. Plan to have a drink beforehand in one of the pubs in Percy Street or maybe in Shearer's Bar at the ground, and do the same afterwards too if you can. Get talking to a few fans about the game, buy a round, and you'll have a great time - I guarantee it! People here love their football, and even more they love the chance to talk about it.
And if you do catch the bug, check out my Toon Army album to see where this fanaticism can lead!
On 4 August 2006 we visited a training day for Newcastle United at St James Park. It was also an open day and was a good day out. There is a Newcastle United shop on the site and also Shearer's Bar which serves food as well as drinks.
YOu have to go - its right slap bang in the middle - even if you're not a fan and just dragged along like myself - I really enjoyed it - get a tour, the guide we had (bob) was so passionate about it it was great going around with him and hearing his jokes and what he had to say. WE got to see the dressing rooms the pitch side the press room, the views are grea too!!
Surprisingly close to the city centre, St James' Park is home to the premiership side of Newcastle United.
The ground has a capacity of 52,316, all of which is seated these days.
The ground was built in 1892, but has been much rebuilt in recent years into a modern stadium.
Admission prices for away fans - Sir John Hall Stand: Adults: ?30, Senior Citizens ?25, Juniors ?16.
If you want to enjoy european football at the best, try St James Park. A magnificent stadium, second largest in the Premier Leafue. On sundays you can enjoy a Sunday Buffet and sightseeing for about 20 pounds.
All visitors to Newcastle should visit our fabulous St James Park, Newcastle United Football Ground. A fantastic stadium and home to our local heroes!!
If your here on a Sunday, the New Magpie Room does a fabulous three course sunday lunch and there is a tour of the stadium included. Brilliant value for money and I fully recommend the roast beef, it is amazing.
The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner.
Pay a visit to Shearers Bar located underneath the Gallowgate end opposite the Strawberry pub. They show NUFC matches live here and it is a great atmosphere.
When it comes to life in Geordieland, there is no greater unifying feature than the fortnightly pilgrimage to St James Park, to watch their beloved heroes lead by the high preist Shearer in Black and white stripes being beaten by an inferior team from the Premiership.
Despite fanatical support, just look at the number of locals who wear a Newcastle football top all day every day the team has not had much success of late. Back in their glory day they were a force to be reckoned with.
In the hagiography of footballing legends in the North-east one man stands head and shoulders (not literally) above the rest. He was Jackie Milburn, known to all as 'wor Jackie'. He only ever played for Newcastle and scored some 199 goals for them.
Find his statue in Northumberland Street near St James's park stadium.
In this day and age, football seems to have taken the sporting world by storm, and that is no different in this part of the world. Newcastle United, both famous in England and throughout the world, play at St. James park, and with 52,000 passionate fans packed into a sublime stadium, every match, it is a must see activity! With regular premiership and champions league matches on the go here, you must come and see!
St James' Park - home of Newcastle United Football Club. Well worth a visit, they got into Europe this season, so all Geordie's are very proud!
Has a massive club shop with loads of NUFC stuff to buy. If you want a souvenier from Newcastle..this is the shop to get it from!
Newcastle and the neighbouring City of Sunderland have two of the most pasionate sets of Football fans in the whole of England. Neither Club has ever lived up to the expectations of those supporters. However both teams are having something of a resurgance both holding their own in the top division. Tickets can be very hard to get for big matches still sports fans will enjoy the experience, and both grounds are enlarging which should make tickets easier to get.TIP the rivalry between the two is intense. Do not even think about wearing Sunderland colours in Newcastle or vice-verca.
See a Football (Soccer) game at St. James Park. Admittedly this isn't going to be easy, as most home games are near sell-outs.
Newcastle recently lost a 10 point lead in the league to end up finishing second, and had some memorable last-minute defeats in the run-in to the season end, notably at Liverpool where they lost 4-3 to two last minute goals! Oh how we laughed!
UEFA cup tie at Newcastle United. Good looking stadium and we had great seats, but why only 2/3 full for a European game? Turkish supporters almost as noisy as the home lot!