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How to be a tourist in your own town

Saturday, 20 May 2017

how to be a tourist in your own town


Has anyone ever asked you ‘what are the things that I must see and do in your area when I visit?'

I was asked this very question a few weeks ago.

And I was shocked that I actually wasn’t sure exactly what to suggest.

Of course I had a million and one restaurants to recommend, but where could I send them that would give them the ultimate experience of the place I call home.

And then I realised, I hadn’t even done half of the things that I was suggesting! Which is crazy really with the amount of amazing things to do, just on my doorstep. But because they’ve always been there, and I’ve grown up around them, I suppose I’ve just never actually thought about it.

But why not? Why haven’t I been to watch a NUFC footy match or discovered the Victoria tunnels.
So I wrote a mini bucket list and began to tick things off.

4 ways to be a tourist in your own town


Learn the history


I am lucky enough to live in England, with its beautiful scenery and rich historic culture there are so many things to do and places to visit. Visit a nearby museum or heritage centre and learn more about times gone by in your local area.

What I learnt: Well of course Newcastle-upon-Tyne got its name from a ‘New Castle that sits upon the Tyne River’. But the actual Newcastle Castle is opposite my work and I walk past it almost every day without even thinking about it. So when I decided to have a mooch around it I was surprised to learn so much more about how it has influenced the Newcastle we know today.

Get a room


Book yourself into a Hotel or B&B for the night and have a sleepover like the tourists do. Packing your bags and getting away for the night will only add to the fun! If you live in the City head to the suburbs and if you live in the suburbs then swap to the city for a night.

What I learnt: The Vermont Hotel has the most amazing rooftop area where you can sip champagne and feel like a celeb overlooking the stunning views of the Tyne Bridge over the river.

Cheer on your local team


Go to a nearby football stadium to cheer on the local team. You’ll get a true experience of spirit in the community and even if you can’t make it to the stadium, choose a pub that’s showing the match, drink a pint of the local ale and get involved in true style.

What I learnt: St James Park has the most amazing atmosphere when the match is on. They offer tours stadium tours when the footy isn’t on too!


Switch up your travel


Move through the city differently. Take a trip on the open top bus or book onto a walking tour. You’ll see your hometown through fresh eyes and learn some interesting facts that you didn’t know along the way.

What I learnt: I haven’t actually booked onto one of these yet, but I’ve spotted a haunted city tour that I will sign up for in the run up to Halloween.

What are the best things that YOUR city has to offer for tourists, and have you done them?

Love Luce x

6 comments:

  1. I love every one of these ideas. Thanks Lucy!
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    1. Thanks for your lovely words Michelle :) x

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  2. Fantastic! I'm such a huge believer in staycationing and learning more about where you live. I love being a tourist in my city!

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    1. That's because our city is aaaamazing! x

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  3. I love this, I actually have been wanting to do this for so long. Thank you for your advice! You have a lovely blog here too by the way, well done on all your hard work pretty lady! x

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    1. Oh thank you so much Adele :) Glad you liked it xx

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