Although mainly a commercial area, Haymarket features the facades of Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Newcastle Civic Centre. It is also the location of the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, a prominent city centre landmark. The grounds also include various war memorials.
The main pedestrianised shopping street in the city, Northumberland Street, meets Haymarket at its northern end.
Haymarket Metro station has been completely rebuilt, at a cost of £20 million, and was officially reopened by the Princess Royal in 2010. This new development called Haymarket Hub also includes new retail outlets. 
In 1999, at a cost of £270,000, a piece of public art consisting of 52 men standing shoulder to shoulder as its name suggests, was installed around the Metro station area of Haymarket, functioning as a fence to section of the heavy traffic from pedestrianised areas. The sculpture incorporated a water feature, which was turned off due to budget constraints.
In addition to the construction of the Haymarket hub, there are developments on the Newcastle University facade towards Haymarket, these are the INTO Newcastle buildings and the Student and Administrative Services Building, which is due for completion in 2010.
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