St. James’ Park is an all seater stadium with a capacity in excess of 52,000, set in the city centre of Newcastle, and home to Newcastle United.
The ground has largely been rebuilt in recent years. With the completion of the additional tier to the Milburn and Sir John Hall Stands, the capacity has been increased substantially.
These stands have a huge lower tier, with executive boxes and a smaller tier above. For the 2008-09 season onwards, away fans have been allocated the top tier of the Sir John Hall Stand, which is named after their former chairman. The views from the top tiers are excellent, although those with a fear of heights might not fare well, and a pair of binoculars sometimes come in handy to see events in the penalty area at the other end of the stadium!
How to get to St. James’ Park
The stadium address is St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST.
Away fans driving from the North should exit the A1 at the A167 junction, signposted City (Centre), filtering left and following “City” signs for about 3 miles. Exit onto the B1318, signed City Centre North / Haymarket / University. Once on the slip road, take a right turn and then a left. Take another left at the next roundabout and keep driving past the Royal Victoria Infirmary which is on the right. Bear left passing through two sets of traffic lights and turning right after Baker and Stonehouse. The ground is on the right.
From the South, the A1(M) divides after junction 65. Keep left, following signs for the A1. Follow signs for Newcastle and Airport, passing the Angel of the North on the right. Continue for 3 miles before turning onto the A184, signed Gateshead / Newcastle (Centre). After a further 1½ miles, take the right hand lane (A189) to Newcastle. Go over Redheugh Bridge and into St. James’ Boulevard. At the Gallowgate roundabout (approx. ½ mile) turn left and the stadium is on the right.
Newcastle Central Station, on the East Coast Main Line, is located just a short walk from St. James’ Park. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Newcastle International, located some 6 miles north of the city. St. James’ Park can be reached by bus, taxi or Metro Link (underground). The stadium has its own Metro station (St James) which can be reached in approximately 25 minutes from the airport. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Newcastle that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
No on-site parking is available, though there are extensive parking facilities in the nearby city centre.
Away Friendly Pubs near St. James’ Park
St. James’ Park is situated right in the heart of Newcastle, with many bars and pubs from which to choose. However, the majority of visiting fans appear to favour those near Newcastle Central Station. O’Neills and The Lounge were recommended as was A Head of Steam, though it should be noted that none of these admit children.
Hotels near St. James’ Park
Jurys Inn Newcastle, Scotswood Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4AD is ideally located in Newcastle’s city centre and has received excellent reviews from visitors to St James’ Park. Visitors commented that pricing per room rather than per guest offered excellent value for money. Nearby parking facilities are available.
Newcastle City Centre Premier Inn, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8BS is situated in the heart of the city centre, next to Eldon Square shopping centre and a short walk from the Quayside and Metro station. The hotel has received good reviews, offering modern accommodation with air conditioning and Sky TV. There is also a late bar at weekends.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to St. James’ Park?
The major complaint from away fans is their seat allocation at the top of the Sir John Hall Stand, on level 7. This necessitates the negotiation of no less than 14 flights of stairs! One visitor likened reaching his seat to “scaling the north face of the Eiger.” Many remarked that although the view is still good, seats are a long way from the pitch and would not suit those with poor eyesight.
Otherwise, most visiting fans enjoyed their day at St James’ Park, though some thought the stewards overly strict. The highlight of many fans’ day was the welcoming reception given by the home supporters. Numerous fans noted Newcastle as one of the best away trips in the country.