1 - Check out the top ten attractions for your city on tripadvisor
If you haven't paid any of them a visit - change this! When I searched for Newcastle's top-rated attractions I realised we hadn't been to the Victoria Tunnel (number one attraction!), Boulevard show (although this is just for grown ups) and Escape games. These are all highly rated attractions on our doorstep so we will definitely be checking them out at some point this year.
2 - Visit your local Castle
During our visit to Newcastle Castle this Easter we discovered so much about the history of our city. When we are visiting another part of the UK, a Castle visit is always high on our list of priorities so it is crazy not to visit the Castle's that are on your doorstep.
3 - Jump on an open top bus tour or book onto a walking tour
During a girls holiday to Barcelona we bought a 48 hour ticket to the open top buses that regularly tour the city. This was a fabulous way to sight-see, learn about the history and some fun facts, get a feel for the city and also travel from A-B. I have noticed these buses in Newcastle over Summer and always fancied a trip. This year I will do this!
4 - Visit a local food market for dinner
When on holiday I always search out local food market and try to do the majority of my shopping there. It feels so much more authentic buying from a local trader and it is nice to support the economy of the place you are visiting. I do try and buy food from local markets when I can but this really isn't as often as I should. If you are stuck with inspiration of what to cook for dinner, I would highly recommend popping to your local market and asking for their speciality. Shop like a tourist!
5 - Visit a museum or art gallery
Most city centre's have at least one museum or gallery - regardless of it's theme or exhibits, why not give it a go? You might be surprised. We didn't visit the Laing Art gallery in Newcastle until last month and ended up loving it and there is still one museum in the city-centre we have yet to visit. This is going to be a priority this year!
Thousands of people from around the world probably flock to your home town or city to see the attractions right on your doorstep, it is madness to not appreciate.