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Living in Whickham: The Local Area Guide

Located just a few miles away from the big cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, yet positioned in a picturesque rural setting, the town of Whickham enjoys an ideal location. It’s nestled high above the River Tyne and offers sweeping valley views. Modern homes sit next to stone-built cottages, offering a pleasing blend of architectural styles and features. Whickham’s oldest building is St Mary’s Church, which dates back to Norman times, and is placed on the bustling high street alongside a selection of friendly pubs, international restaurants, and independent boutiques.

Leisure activities are also in abundance in Whickham: there’s a golf club, cricket club, and outdoor centre. The outdoor centre offers a broad range of enjoyable activities, whether you prefer climbing walls, mountain biking, or archery. There are also dry ski slopes on hand for skiing and snowboarding practice. With friendly locals and an idyllic location to its name, Whickham is certainly a town in high demand.


Whickham draws a broad range of residents. At one end there are young families drawn to the detached homes and good schools, whilst at the other end there are retirees drawn to the tight-knit community and impressive rural views. Whickham is known as something of a commuter town, due to its proximity to big cities. At any rate, once people move to Whickham, they tend to stay there long-term.

Professions in the area are varied: with the Metro Centre shopping mall in close proximity, many work in the retail and wholesale industries. Additional occupation types listed in Whickham North Ward include administrative, professional, and associate professional roles.


Primary, secondary, and specialist schools are all close by in the small town of Whickham, making it as popular with families as it is with commuters. At the primary level, Front Street Primary was rated “good” by Ofsted in 2012. It was recently constructed and provides top-tier facilities for its young pupils. At the secondary level, the Whickham School and Sports College is conveniently located for local families. First established in 1962, it now serves upwards of 1700 students and has academy status. Qualifications include BTEC, A-levels, and GCSE.

There is also a specialty school within Whickham for students with special needs and learning difficulties: The Gibside School was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, exceeding expectations for its high standards of education and care.


Whether travelling by public transport or motorway, Whickham residents will find it easy to get around the region. The A1 motorway is just a short drive out of town, which allows residents to access London to the south or Scotland to the north. Newcastle city centre is also a short drive from Whickham, as is Gateshead. Additional major roads in the area include the A692 and A694.

Although there’s no metro station within Whickham, residents can hop on the Tyne and Wear Metro in nearby Blaydon. This metro station is just two miles away. It’s only three miles to Gateshead, and four to Newcastle. Public buses are on hand serving all of these destinations. The Newcastle International Airport is a 15-minute drive from Whickham, where you can catch national or international flights.

Amenities & Shopping

One of the area’s biggest shopping destinations is within easy reach of Whickham. The Intu Metro Centre mall is the largest of its kind in the UK. It spreads out over 2,000,000 square feet of floor space, and holds over 340 shops along with restaurants, markets, and a large ODEON cinema. Just a 7-minute car ride from Whickham, this is a popular destination for those wishing to find a range of branded items.

Whickham’s own high street also has a number of shops and services available to residents. You’ll find banks, estate agents, takeaways, a fish and chip shop, and a number of gift boutiques. There’s also a GP surgery, beauty salon, optician, and hairdressers to visit, all forming a lively hub for the community.

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