Be amazed by the choice of Newcastle museums and galleries, many of which including The Discovery Museum, the Great North Museum, the Hancock Gallery and the BALTIC contemporary art gallery are free entry! A feast of interactive family museums and world class art galleries cluster in Newcastle city centre and along the Quayside. The city offers all those great features of a world class city break from open top bus tours and River Tyne cruises to a packed programme of festivals featuring free exhibitions and family activities across museum and gallery venues.
Visit Newcastle’s flagship Great North Museum, home to Newcastle University’s prized ancient treasures from ancient Egyptian mummies to a full size dinosaur skeleton of T-Rex. Take a tour of one of Britain’s best family fun interactive science villages – the Life Science Centre with planetarium theatre, simulator rides and a range of interactive zones which will keep the kids happy and learning in a fun interactive way for hours!
Discover the stories of old Tyneside and see the famous Victorian steamship Turbinia at the Discovery Museum. You’ve no shortage of fascinating fun family museums in Newcastle with a real interactive learning edge and children will love the unique celebration of children’s books, Seven Stories, The Centre for Children’s Books on the Ouseburn waterfront.
Outside of London, Newcastle is one of the UK’s premier cities for large scale contemporary art installations at BALTIC, the city’s famous free entry flour mill conversion on the Gateshead Quayside. The only gallery outside of London’s Tate to host the Turner Prize, BALTIC is where you’ll find the biggest names in contemporary art. Other galleries across the city including the Laing art gallery and the Hatton are brimming with art treasures like Kurt Schwitters famous Merzbarn Wall.
Explore Newcastle’s wealth of heritage sites featuring a Norman castle, a catholic cathedral designed by the great Gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin and the iconic Anglican Newcastle cathedral with a 15th Century exterior and a Georgian and Victorian interior. Architectural gems are at every turn, with highlights including Robert Stephenson’s great High Level Bridge, the medieval Bessie Surtees merchant house in Sandhill, the Georgian architecture of Grainger town and contemporary landmarks like Norman Foster’s Sage concert hall.
Enjoy around 30 of the best Flat and National Hunt racing meets at Newcastle Racecourse or take a tour of one of England’s most famous football stadiums St James Park. Newcastle is a centre for international athletics, rugby, football, golf and horse racing. The city’s exciting programme of festivals and events offer more fun things to do, whether it’s watching the annual Great North Run or delighting in a host of fun family activities during the Newcastle Science Fest and children’s Juice Festival. Take your pick of easy reach daytrips from World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall to The Angel of the North statue and mighty shopping village MetroCentre. Book Newcastle accommodation online now.