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Things To Do In Newcastle upon Tyne

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is housed in the old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it rapidly became a renowned structure in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House ended up being a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993.

Discovery Museum began life in Exhibition Park, Newcastle in 1934 as the Municipal Museum of Science and Industry, the very first science museum outside of London. It was housed in the temporary pavilion that was built for the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition.

As you enter the museum you’ll come face to face with Turbinia. Charles Parsons’ 34 metre steam powered ship that was when the fastest ship worldwide and an iconic part of the history of Tyneside.

Laing Art Gallery

The funds to construct the Laing Art Gallery were provided by Alexander Laing, a Newcastle businessman who had actually made his money from his wine and spirit shop and beer bottling organisation.

The gallery was founded in 1901.

Alexander Laing didn’t leave any paintings or other art to the Gallery. He stated that he was confident “… that by the liberality of the inhabitants [of Newcastle] it would quickly be provided with photos and statuary for the motivation and development of British Art”.

The gallery today is the home of an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glass wares.

The Laing Art Gallery holds frequently altering exhibits of historical, modern and modern art, and occasions including artist and curator talks and family activities.

The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas

St Nicholas is the Cathedral for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle, which extends from the River Tyne to the River Tweed. Christian prayer and worship are offered here daily, just as they have been on this site for over 900 years.

The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Newcastle. As the “mother church” of the Diocese, we exist to support the Bishop’s mission, and teaching and pastoral ministry, throughout the diocese.

Our building is the focus for terrific Diocesan celebrations and civic services, as well as a place of peaceful peacefulness set amid the busyness of a lively city. It is the spiritual house of a caring, worshipping community.

Whether you live or operate in Newcastle, or check out from farther afield, we hope that you will feel really welcome here!

Grey's Monument

Climb the 164 steps to the top of Grey’s Monument on a trip with Newcastle City Guides. The Monument is called after the 2nd Earl Grey, Charles Grey, who hailed from the North East and was British Prime Minister in the 1830s – the popular Earl Grey tea blend was named after him too! From here you can enjoy unique views over Grainger Town’s magnificently maintained Georgian architecture.

Group trips

Grey’s Monument can be hired for group tours. A minimum charge of £ 75 + VAT (£ 90) applies, which offers approximately 2 1/2 hours of access and accompanying tourist guide. The Guides can supply a commentary on the history of Monument and the surrounding area, highlighting the local landmarks and places of interest. Please note that group trips will not operate from November to February due to the reduced daytime hours and increased possibility of bad weather condition and bad presence.

7 Stories

The Seven Stories Collection

Britain has a terrific heritage of composing and illustration for kids– from The Famous Five to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, British children’s books are amongst the very best understood and most widely read in the world. Seven Stories strives to preserve this heritage for this and future generations. We are the custodians of a distinct and ever-growing nationwide archive of modern-day and contemporary children’s literature.

Seven Stories collects all sorts of product associating with children’s books – not simply the completed work, however all that goes into the making of a book. Our Collection includes things like rough artwork, draft manuscripts, dummy books, correspondence, editors notes, evidence, and anything else that assists us check out how books are produced. Today, the Seven Stories Collection includes product by over 250 authors and illustrators: people like Enid Blyton, Philip Pullman, Robert Westall, Judith Kerr, Edward Ardizzone and Kaye Webb. We collect archives dating from around 1930, right approximately today day (we even have material for books that have not been published yet!).

The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory is an independent art gallery, founded in 2002 and situated in the cultural quarter of Newcastle, Ouseburn. A former Victorian biscuit production warehouse, The Biscuit Factory went through a considerate repair, ensuring that much of the original and characterful aspects of the building such as the beams and brickwork were maintained.

Adding in an upper flooring, accessible by a bespoke staircase, provided a treble height atrium that permits natural daylight to flood through the centre of the gallery and supplies exactly what is now our heading artist’s exhibition area. A variety of artist studios were likewise developed on the lower 2 floorings of the structure housing 25 imaginative work areas.

The ethos of the gallery has always been to provide a platform for local and nationwide artists, to support emergent makers, to showcase established artists and to contribute to the cultural landscape of the region. The huge scale of the gallery implies that we have the ability to display the work of over 250 artists at any time, with a group of Curators hand picking work throughout a large variety of mediums.

We show and sell initial paintings, handmade prints, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, furniture, style led homewares and jewellery. Getting over 50,000 visitors a year our focus is on making art accessible and creating an authentic market for artists and makers.

Centre for Life

We’re not like a museum where you’ll only find stuff in cases and be anticipated to look and not touch. At Life Science Centre, you’re motivated to get stuck in: explore, develop and have fun– whatever your age. Our friendly Science Explainers are always on-hand to respond to concerns– simply look out for individuals wearing the Life-branded blue polo shirts.

Your Science Centre ticket provides you access to ALL of the daytime activities inside Life Science Centre (see listed below). There are no additional charges for blockbuster exhibitions or for entry to the planetarium, live theatre programs and the 4D Motion Ride. You won’t discover any concealed charges here!

Great North Museum: Hancock

The Living Planet gallery spans the ground and very first flooring of the museum and informs the story of wildlife and habitats. It also includes live animal tanks and fish tank.

Likewise on the ground floor, the Hadrian’s Wall gallery makes it possible for visitors to discover the comprehensive history of the World Heritage Site as well as discovering all the forts, milecastles and associated museums that can be checked out today. The gallery consists of a wealth of archaeological finds from across the 73 mile stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Mouse House, near the entrance of the Museum, is especially for Under 5s and there are regular activities for more youthful visitors in this space.

Likewise on the ground floor is Fossil Stories, which uses fossils show major modifications to the landscape and the animals and plants that were around countless years earlier. It likewise includes a T. rex replica skeleton.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative

United by seven bridges across an incredible riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, varied and very dynamic visitor destination.

With many various locations each providing new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be astonished at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. First-rate culture, dynamic night life, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, wonderful shopping and well-known architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit.

Bessie Surtees House

A Jacobean home with a romantic history, Bessie Surtees House now includes workplaces, an exhibit space and remarkable period interiors that are open to the public and complimentary to check out.

The beautiful Jacobean public rooms will be open to visitors and playing host to the rock and roll band, The Rockafellas, who will be performing live music throughout the night.

There will be an uncommon opportunity to tour some of the personal spaces throughout the upper floors of your house * and a final opportunity to see Historic England’s post war public art exhibit ‘Out There’.

History of Bessie Surtees House

The two buildings now referred to as Bessie Surtees House base on a stretch of Newcastle riverfront that has been utilized as a quayside given that Roman times, when the very first bridge was built over the Tyne.

By the 16th century the business importance of the location was well established and many prominent merchants owned home here. The two buildings, initially numbers 41 and 44 Sandhill, were known respectively as Surtees House and Milbank House. Other houses further east along Sandhill are of a comparable date.

Ouseburn Farm

In case you’re not completely sure what we are, we’re a farm! But you won’t discover us in the countryside. We’re based right in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. We’ve likewise got a charming coffee shop serving wonderful food, and anywhere possible we make use of active ingredients from the farm itself.

Ouseburn Farm is a local visitor tourist attraction that’s supported by generous donations from individuals like you. We’re run by devoted personnel and volunteers for the benefit of the community. We’re a ‘working farm’ as well as a training and education centre.

We’re not your common farm, so you could say we’re a quite uncommon day out in town for all the household. Our personnel and volunteers produce a friendly, positive and nourishing environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

We really wish to make an enduring difference to people’s lives; not just because doing good feels excellent excellent, but due to the fact that it’s the right thing to do.

Come and visit us. See the magic on your own.

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the Theatre Royal Newcastle opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and quickly established itself as one of England’s leading theatres.

Three months prior to Queen Victoria rose the throne, in February 1837, the Theatre moved to Grey Street, a flagship structure in Grainger and Dobson’s popular city plan. It features exactly what is usually considered as the finest Theatre façade in the UK, later combined with a fine 1901 auditorium by among the terrific Theatre designers, Frank Matcham after the original interior had been destroyed by fire in 1899.

Over the centuries, much of the fantastic names of the English stage have actually played at the Royal, from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench and the Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon have likewise trodden the popular boards; Sir Ian McKellen has actually described the Theatre Royal as his preferred theatre.

The Grade I Listed Theatre today is both neo-classical monument and cultural engine, with an annual audience of 400,000 and over 400 efficiencies each year; the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the funny circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, spectacular opera– and (we believe) the best Pantomime in the country!

Tyneside Cinema

Tyneside Cinema is the North East’s leading specialised cinema and digital arts venue and lies in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. We opened our doors in 1937 and are the last making it through news theatre still operating as a cinema today.

Tyneside Cinema welcomes almost 500,000 individuals into its building every year, providing an abundant and varied creative programme of film, exhibits and occasions across movie, artist movie and film heritage for audiences of any ages and from all walks of life.

We also have a strong dedication to kids and young people, and provide a considerable and highly related to learning and involvement programme for, with and by kids and youths aged 8-24 years. This is housed in a devoted imaginative space opposite Tyneside Cinema’s primary building on Pilgrim Street.

With 4 auditoria, an art exhibition space, workshop/meeting rooms and three onsite bar-cafes, Tyneside Cinema is an inclusive, well-used and much-loved cultural venue and social location.

Live Theatre

Live Theatre has an international credibility as a new composing theatre. Along with producing and presenting brand-new plays, it looks for and supports creative talent.

In 2017 Live Theatre productions Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, composed by Lee Hall and co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland, won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and has actually finished a West End and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, starring Stephen Tompkinson, had effective runs at Live Theatre and on a West End transfer.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC’s mission is to create exceptional access to important and innovative contemporary art in a distinct setting, that encourages and makes it possible for knowing and transformational thinking.

BALTIC has gained a global credibility for its commissioning of innovative temporary exhibits. It has provided the work of over 436 artists from over 58 nations in over 204 exhibitions to this day. Because opening to the public in July 2002, BALTIC has actually invited over 7 million visitors.

BALTIC wased established with funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Gateshead Council, Northern Rock Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund and One NorthEast. BALTIC receives continued support from Arts Council England and Gateshead Council and is a signed up charity.

Spot White American Pool Lounge

Welcome to Spot White!


All of our tables are of the highest requirements and are re-clothed routinely, a lot more than many other clubs. Our company believe quality in everything we do is a concern.

From newbie to professional, Spot White offers all– for a fast video game or a night out, pre-theatre or when you just cannot sleep … a great option for a date or a peaceful getaway from the city. We take our client service to the next level– to ensure that as a member of our club, you will receive fantastic service, uses, worth and a sense of belonging in an environment that we fight everyday to keep the friendliest and most lively in the area.

If we still haven’t persuaded you then have a look at our evaluations on TripAdvisor!

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The Glamorous Owl

The Glamorous Owl is an unique, eccentric present shop developed by Claire Chapman, a local silversmith, in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Glamorous Owl has more than 80 local artists showcasing their operate in the present store. The shop has a gallery offering paintings, printings, photography, ceramics glass textiles and jewellery.

Occur and have a look around our present shop and enjoy a complimentary hot drink or a glass of wine while you browse or unwind in our sitting location. Check out our gallery to see some photos of our beautiful art and present products.

Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars was opened in 2001 by Andy and Sam Hook following on from the success of the seriously well-known Sidney’s Restaurant in Tynemouth. The dining establishment is now run by a team of exceptional staff directed by Group Operations Manager Ruth Terrington, Manager Rebecca Blackith and Head Chef Chris Wardale.

He then headed for the big lights of London where he watched Marco Pierre White open his famous very first dining establishment, Harvey’s in Wandsworth, a stone’s toss from his flat.

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