St James’ Park Stadium Guide | England Rugby Travel

St James' Park

St James’ Park Newcastle is the oldest football stadium in the North East of England. The stadium itself was built on the site of the city's execution gallows, hence the name of the Gallowgate End stand. It is situated at the heart of the city of Newcastle which is famed for its bustling nightlife.

The stadium hosted three international matches during Euro 1996 and was one of several venues used as temporary home grounds for the England team while the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium took place. As well as professional matches the stadium hosted some football matches in the 2012 Summer Olympics and concerts for famous artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Queen, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart.

The stadium hosted 3 pool matches in Rugby World Cup 2015 including, South Africa v Scotland, Samoa v Scotland, New Zealand v Tonga.

Local Pubs

Right in the centre of town, St James’ Park could not be better situated for access to great bars and pubs. The Newcastle Arms is a popular nearby drinking hole for fans, offering an impressive range of beers including Deuchar’s IPA from Edinburgh and local Big Lamp brews. A Head of Steam and O’Neil’s bar are also popular for pre-match drinks and are located opposite the city’s main train station. For afterhours, nearby Bigg Market and the Quayside are great areas to explore bars and experience Newcastle’s legendary nightlife.  

Local Attractions

Offering award-winning dining, world-class culture, inspiring heritage and fantastic shopping, Newcastle and Gateshead form a diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. A friendly city, you won’t help but be swept along by the Geordie spirit, and the love they have for their city.

What more of a welcome would you need than the open-armed Angel of the North. Antony Gormley’s iconic steel sculpture stands on a hill in Gateshead overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyenside and is a very popular and thought-provoking tourist attraction.

The Baltic Centre in Gateshead is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world. Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne, the gallery offers a diverse international programme of provocative, contemporary visual art. Overlooking the quayside, the Baltic Centre is also a great place to enjoy spectacular views whilst enjoying a relaxing coffee.

Grainger Town is a dazzling jewel in Newcastle’s crown. Named after Richard Grainger, the man behind its acclaimed classical architecture, Grainger Town encompasses beautiful buildings such as Theatre Royal, Grainger Market, Grainger Street, Grey Street and Clayton Street. In this area you will find independent shops and boutiques, cafes and restaurants and galleries. The Central Arcade, an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade with a glass vaulted roof, is certainly worth a visit.