Adventures around Newcastlewith PlusBus

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Bridges, beer, art, dinosaur skeletons, Hadrian's Wall, wooded valleys, waterfalls... Newcastle has something for everyone with a PlusBus ticket. Here are just three of the many adventures you could have by bus.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: arts | family | food and drink | history | museums | waterfall | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated March 2023. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Jesmond Dene

    Lovely weather? Time to get away from the crowds? Head for Jesmond Dene, a picturesque wooded valley, full of flowers and birdsong and easy to get to on the bus. A few minutes’ strolling along the River Ouseburn and the noise and bustle of the city suddenly feel far away.

    • How do I get to Jesmond Dene by bus? Lots of buses run to Jesmond Road, at the most popular end of the valley, but for a mile-long walk with a great choice of cafes at the end, start by catching bus 55 from Haymarket to Jesmond Dene real tennis club. Walk a few steps further on up the road and turn right along a track that runs onto the towering Victorian Den Bridge. Below the bridge, a choice of paths runs along the banks of Ouse Burn and through the evergreen woods nearby.
    • You’ll soon reach the Jesmond Dene waterfalls and the old mill nearby. This building is one of many relics of the area’s industrial heritage. Look out, as you walk, for woodland birds and maybe even the blue flash of a kingfisher.
    • After just over a mile, you’ll reach Millfield House, where you can find the visitor centre, café and toilets. There’s a Pet’s Corner, with fluffy rabbits and pygmy goats, and a children’s play area nearby too.
    • Climb the sloping path up onto Armstrong Bridge, the big pedestrian bridge just before the main road. Turn right along it (past a market on some Saturdays) to reach Jesmond Road. Continue left to find a fine selection of cafes and restaurants: try the fabulous all-day brunch at the One Kitchen and Social, serving up legendary dishes like the “Nice bit of hash” (fried, seasoned potatoes with guacamole, smokey tomatoes, coriander…) Or book into Peace and Loaf on a special occasion for tasting menus and house cocktails. Who says travelling by bus can’t be glamorous?
    • No need to worry about driving either – when it’s time to head back to the station, simply cross the road to the bus stop and catch bus 38, which will take you to the station door.