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Travelling to Sport Central

Sport Central, Northumberland Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

In recent years, the Venues Team has collaborated with other departments across the University to inform visitors and delegates about the sustainable policies on campus and across the city of Newcastle. In 2022, we submitted our Green Check Assessment and proudly achieved the Gold Standard Green Tourism Award.

A great benefit of Northumbria University's central location within the city, is the fantastic public transport links. We take pride in encouraging delegates and visitors to utilise local and national bus and train networks. Discover below how easy it can be to leave the car at home and explore Newcastle Upon Tyne by foot, bus, taxi and train. 

To discover more about Northumbria University's Sustainability Policy and support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, visit our Environmental Sustainability web page.

Getting Here:


Newcastle Central Station

As a major stop on the efficient East Coast Mainline, Newcastle is just 2 hours 45 minutes from central London and 1 hour 30 minutes from Edinburgh and Leeds. Newcastle’s Central Station is located in the heart of the city centre and has its own Metro Station. Further information regarding travelling by rail can be obtained from the National Rail website.

15-20 minutes

Board the Metro at ‘Central Station’ travelling towards ‘St James via Whitley Bay’ for one stop and disembark at ‘Monument’. Take the Blackett Street exit, head straight until reaching Northumberland Street, take a left, walking straight until reaching Primark. Take a right along Northumberland Road, head straight onto Northumbria University Campus, past Sutherland Building on your right until your reach Cafe Central. Here, take the left turn and Sport Central side entrance will be to your right. 

15-20 minutes

Leave Central Station via the left-hand exit and head for Bus Stop M on Westgate Road. From here take the No. 1 Bus towards Cochrane Park, disembarking at John Dobson Street (3 Stops). Head North along John Dobson Street, taking a right turn onto Northumberland Road From here head straight onto Northumbria University Campus, past Sutherland Building on your right until your reach Cafe Central. Here, take the left turn and Sport Central side entrance will be to your right. 

8 Minutes

Taxis can be flagged outside Central Station. Local taxi numbers can be contacted as per below: 

NODA: (0191) 222 1 888

Budget: (0191) 298 5050

Blue Line: (0191) 262 6666

Uber is also available in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

25 Minutes

Exit the train station via the left-hand exit, walking towards the taxi rank, take a left and turn onto Grainger Street.Follow Grainger Street until you see Monument. Walk past Monument, taking a slight left on Blackett Street towards Northumberland Street. Turn left up Northumberland Street for 0.1 mi, taking a right at Primark onto Northumberland Road. Head straight onto Northumbria University Campus, past Sutherland Building on your right until your reach Cafe Central. Here, take the left turn and Sport Central side entrance will be to your right. 

Northumbria University by Metro

Newcastle is a very compact city so getting around is easy! It has one of the best integrated transport systems in the country, centred upon the Metro system. Whether you're looking to travel within the city centre or branch out towards, the Coast, Gateshead or Sunderland, the metro has a range of ticket prices and passes for your next visit to Newcastle. 

Click here to view the Nexus Metro Map. 

Monument Metro Station
7 Minute Walk

Another great option from Central Station, just exit through the Northumberland Road exit and head north towards Haymarket. Here you'll discover Newcastle's shopping High Street and at the corner by Primark, take a right and head straight along Northumberland Road, past Sutherland Building on your right, until you reach Cafe Central, here turn left and the side entrance to Sport Central will be to your right.

Haymarket Metro Station
3-5 Minute Walk

A great option for those travelling from the Coast. Make sure to take a right out of the main entrance on Northumberland Street and head towards Primark, just before take a left head straight along Northumberland Road until you reach Sutherland Building on your right. 


Bus Services

Newcastle has extensive local bus services, with operator including Go North East, Arriva, QuayLink & Stage Coach. 

Haymarket is a great place to start if you're looking for bus services within the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. 

You can also make the most of the national bus links with operators like Mega Bus and National Express linking with the South and Scotland. 


Central Station
10 minutes

Exit Central station out the left-hand door and head east towards the taxi rank. From here, cross at the lights towards Grainger Street. Continue for 0.1 mi, then take a left onto Westgate Road. From the Central Station Westgate Road bus stop (Stand M), take the No.1 bus towards Cochrane Park for 3 stops, disembarking at the John Dobson Street stop. Walk North towards Northumberland Road, taking the first right onto Northumbria University Campus, follow Northumberland Road, past Sutherland Buildingon your right until you reach Cafe Central. Turn left and the side entrance to Sport central will on your right. 


The Coast
10 minutes

Services by Arriva and Go North East like the 309 & 310 run every 15-20 minutes and connect Newcastle City Centre with most of North Tyneside. You can download the apps to track live bus times and staff up-to-date. 


3-5 minutes

Gateshead Interchange, accessible via Gateshead Metro Station is great option for those travelling from South Tyneside. Visit the Nexus website for more info, buses and timetables.


National Bus Links
Mega Bus / National Express

Need a cheaper alternative to rail travel? National buses can be a great way to open your event up to all:

  • London - 6 hours 40 mins
  • Leeds - 2 hours 15 mins
  • Cardiff - 9 hours 45 mins
  • Birmingham - 7 hours 50 mins
  • Glasgow - 3 hours 55 mins
  • Edinburgh - 2 hours 40 mins
  • Aberdeen - 7 hours 50 mins

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