James Orchestra Tour – Tues 2 May – Newcastle City Hall

Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8SF

About the Venue

The O2 City Hall in Newcastle was opened in 1927 and originally included the City Baths within its design. It was taken over recently by the Academy Music Group and refurbished – it will hold 2,600 with standing and 2,000 as an all seater.

The stalls are arranged on a gently sloping floor with the balcony extending down the sides towards the stage, and a rear balcony at the back.

The Venue is situated in Newcastle city centre just off Northumberland Street, a 5 minute walk from Haymarket Metro station and a 15-20 minute walk from Newcastle Central station. The shopping areas are very close by, so there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop before the show.

O2 City Hall (top right of pic) showing the proximity to the main shopping area and Haymarket Metro


The venue does not have parking but there are several car parks near by. Their website says, “there are pay and display spots are around locally that become free in the evening and NCP operate a number of car parks close by, spaces can be pre-booked too.

Newcastle operates a Clean Air Zone – private cars are not affected, but if you want to check your vehicle is covered, see here – https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/our-city/transport-improvements/transport-and-air-quality/newcastle-and-gateshead-clean-air-zone

John Dobson Street is open until 11.29pm and Carliol Square, NE1 6UF (which has pedestrian access onto Pilgrim Street) is open 24hrs.

There is free parking after 5pm in selected Newcastle City Council-owned car parks as part of NE1’s Alive After Five scheme. Click here for more information.”

There is a small car park at College Street, right by the venue, but this fills up very quickly. The next nearest is:

NCP Multi Storey Car Park– John Dobson St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8HL ( 1 minute walk)

DO NOT park at Eldon Square Multi Storey as it closes at 22:00.

Newcastle City Council have an interactive parking map here – if you point at each car park icon, it tells you their hours, spaces, restrictions etc. 


There are plenty of ways to get to this venue, the easiest being Metro or bus as there is a Metro station (Haymarket) and bus interchange a short 5 minute walk away from the venue. The nearest train station is Newcastle Central Station, a 15 minute walk away from the venue. Alternatively a short Metro ride is also possible to and from Haymarket and Central Station, which is 2 stops away on either yellow or green lines.

Walking route from Central Station to City Hall via the main shopping area

Food and Drink

Being so close to the City Centre, there are plenty of fast food restaurants on Northumberland Street, the main pedestrianised shopping street in the city – just a few minute’s walk away from the venue and close to the Haymarket Metro and Bus Station. These include McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, several Greggs’s, Eat4Less, 5 Guys and Pop Up Wok.

The best place to go for a sit down meal is Eldon Square Shopping centre, where there is a food quarter with a wide variety of restaurants, including Pizza Express, Nando’s, Ask Italian, Wagamamma’s Bella Italia, Chiquito, Umai Mi Oriental Kitchen and Pizza Storm. There are maps within the shopping centre to show the locations of each of the restaurants and a list of places to eat can be found here

The nearest pub where fans usually meet prior to gigs is The Five Swans, a Wetherspoons, 14 St Mary’s Place NE1 7PG, which has an outside area front and back and also a large bar area two minute’s walk from the venue.

Hi res version of the Newcastle map below can be found here

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