Created 18th April 2023

Gosforth is an incredibly popular and affluent area to live, work and socialise situated on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne. Gosforth combines suburban living with plenty of green spaces, good schools, and a short commute into Newcastle city centre offering residents the best of both worlds.

Gosforth is an attractive location for professionals, young couples, growing families and retirees. Being just two miles from the centre of Newcastle, it has great access to everything the city has to offer and is perfect for commuters or those who just want to be close enough to the action of a thriving city.

Living in Gosforth

Gosforth is an affluent area that offers a wide range of house types, from modern apartments to traditional terraced houses and large family homes. The area offers property for all, including first-time buyers, growing families, and young professionals.

Central and south Gosforth are popular with homebuyers as they are dominated by leafy streets and fabulous post war housing set amongst some beautiful parks. Gosforth boasts an array of beautiful parks including Gosforth Central Park, Paddy Freeman’s Park, as well as The Town Moor, and a whole host of local independent businesses offering something for everyone.

Gosforth is situated perfectly offering access to city, county and coast all within a 10-30 minute drive. Whitley Bay has recently been named ‘the best place to live in the North of England’ and offers a beautiful coastline, local independent high street and access to other local landmarks such as St Mary’s Lighthouse, all of which is just a 23 minute drive.

Local retail and restaurants

Gosforth has a great range of amenities for residents and visitors, including Gosforth High Street which has been home to local shops for over a hundred years, where you can find a range of independent businesses, shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

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Gosforth’s longest running independent shop, Thorpe’s of Gosforth, which has been running for over 70 years and is still going strong and is a great place to pop into for a browse.

The area also boasts an eclectic collection of local cafes such as Trinity Café, and Etto in the Park, along with high street chains such as Caffè Nero and Costa Coffee. Additionally, The Brandling Arms Pub which lies on High Street even has its own local edition of My Monopoly using Gosforth’s locations. There is a wide range of pubs and wine bars on the High Street including Gosforth Hotel, The Queen Victoria, and The County Hotel which is famed for its large selection of real ales, as well as some newer names like Carruthers and Kent and Bar Luga.

Things to do…

The area has a rich cultural offering, with several art galleries and music venues, cinemas, and a library in the area, including the Jubilee Theatre in St Nicholas Hospital, which has a resident theatre company, First Act, who put on some incredible productions and workshops for all ages.

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Gosforth is also home to Newcastle’s Racecourse, that has hosted horse racing since 1881 and frequently hosts events such as Ladies Day, local fayres and corporate events. Not far from the racecourse is also Gosforth’s Cricket Club which is home to a hugely successful premier league team and attracts great crowds in the warmer months.

With such a close link to the centre of Newcastle, residents of Gosforth are able to enjoy a quick trip to Newcastle to experience what the city can offer with even more options for entertainment, including theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and so much more.

For a larger shopping experience, Intu Metro Centre is just off the A1 taking only quarter of an hour to get to, and is jam packed with hundreds of popular stores and restaurants as well as a huge IMAX cinema.

Rich History

Gosforth’s name originates from ‘Gese Ford’, meaning ‘the ford over the Ouse’, referring to the local River Ouse.

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During the Roman occupation of Britain, Gosforth was an important settlement on the road that connected the forts of Hadrian’s Wall. In fact, evidence of Roman occupation has been found in the area in recent years in the form of several altars and a range of historical artifacts.

During World War II, Gosforth was targeted by German bombers, and a number of buildings in the area were destroyed. In the post-war years however, Gosforth has been rebuilt to its former glory and now boasts some of the region’s most sought-after post codes.

If you’re looking for character, Gosforth is also home to some beautiful inter-war properties which are rich in history. North Avenue and Kenton Road is home to a number of classic 1930s family homes, with other parts of Gosforth also boasting beautiful early 1900 semis.


A great draw for families to Gosforth is its number of fantastic schools. There are 14 primary and secondary schools in Gosforth, including some of the highest-performing schools in the region. Including Gosforth Academy, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Archbishop Runcie C of E First School, and many more, making it an attractive location for those who are seeking great opportunities for their children.

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As well as local primary and secondary schools, there is also a substantial collection of private schools. High ranking schools including Royal Grammar School, Newcastle High School for Girls, and Westfield School are all situated in either Gosforth or Jesmond and offer first class education for a number of pupils across the North East.


Gosforth is well connected to Newcastle meaning it takes 10 minutes to drive to the heart of the city via B1318. With great transport links available through bus routes, Nexus Metro, cycle routes, and easy access to major roads Newcastle couldn’t be closer.

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Gosforth is also a brilliant location for providing fast and efficient access to the Newcastle International Airport and Central Station. Being situated only 13 minutes away from both the airport and the station, living in Gosforth offers perfect access to all modes of transport.

It is also well-connected to major roads such as the A1 and The Great North Road, that runs between Gosforth and Newcastle and joins both the A1 and A696, providing easy access to other parts of the North East.

Several bus routes run through the area and three metro stations (South Gosforth, Regent Centre, and Wansbeck Road) provide fast and frequent transport to Newcastle city centre as well as other destinations across the region. The Metro also provides quick and direct access to Newcastle International Airport taking only 23minutes from South Gosforth station, perfect for those who like to frequently jet off or work overseas.

Bradley Hall’s Gosforth office is situated on Gosforth High Street and hosts a wide variety of property types on streets such as Graham Park Road, Sheldon Grove, Kenton Road and Montagu Court. Featuring large family homes to plots of land that currently house garages and tennis courts just waiting for conversion, the agents at Bradley Hall have an abundance of properties and development opportunities in Gosforth waiting to be explored.

To view some of the fantastic residential properties on offer in the Gosforth click here.

Contact the Gosforth residential team on 0191 284 2255 or gosforth@bradleyhall.co.uk today.

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