Grainger Market Shops

So British city centres all look the same? They are dominated by the same chains and brands. This could never be said of Newcastle’s beautiful Grainger Market, the stores and cafes here are as diverse a bunch as anyone could wish. The Grainger Market is home to over 100 small businesses and self-employed independent traders.

Every second Saturday of the month there is an art and craft market in the Grainger Market Arcade offering a range of locally made produce on sale.

On Fridays many people, usually locals go to the weigh house to see how their weight is doing.

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Bigg Market

The Bigg Market, where medieval Newcastle citizens once sold and bought a type of barley known as ‘bigg’. The Bigg Market is famous for drinking and partying and has been for long time. When the Victoria Tunnel was finished in 1842, a big party was thrown for the workers in the Bigg Market.

Even with around twenty pubs in this area alone, you still get queues forming outside some of them as most get packed out very quickly. The majority are drinking bars only, but there are numerous Indian and Italian restaurants close by that tend to fill up during the night.

At the bottom end of the Bigg Market one notable pub worth mentioning is Balmbra’s which stands on the site of an old music hall. It was here the famous song “Blaydon Races” was first performed. Also just across the road you can find the impressive St Nicholas Cathedral, one of the oldest  buildings of Newcastle.

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Grainger Market

Thought to be designed by John Dobson – who worked closely with Richard Grainger – the market contains many shops which have been in the same family for generations, and is still home to one of the original Marks and Spencer’s Penny Bazaars (built in 1895, with its shop front being the smallest and oldest still surviving today).  Every Saturday about two thousand people go to get themselves weighed at the Grainger Market.

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Location: Grainger Market, Grainger St, NE1 5QG