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Things to do in Newcastle

Visitors to Newcastle-upon-Tyne explore the city's maritime history at the Discovery Museum in the city centre, or take a City Sightseeing Tour to get their bearings, beginning at the Central Station. A beacon of modern art, the BALTIC Centre dominates the Gateshead riverside, and the past beckons at the Beamish North of England Open Air Museum, where a colliery village is brought back to life with City Sightseeing Tour.

Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum. © Beamish Museum

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle. Courtesy of NewcastleGateshead

    One of Britain's liveliest modern art galleries, the Baltic Centre occupies a former flour mill on Gateshead's waterfront. Exhibitions from the likes of Brian Eno and Beryl Cook cause occasional controversy. Visit the Rooftop Restaurant for great views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-6pm (from 10.30am Tue)

    Address

    South Shore Rd, Gateshead, Newcastle NE8 3BA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 191 478 1810

    Transport

    Quaylink bus Q1 from Newcastle Central Station

    Website

    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  2. 2. Discovery Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photo by Peter Atkinson, courtesy of NewcastleGateshead

    The Discovery Museum, set in Newcastle's city centre west, focuses on the history of Tyneside. The reconstructed Turbinia, a steam-powered ship, takes pride of place, alongside the interactive Science Maze and displays of goods manufactured on Tyneside in the past.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2pm-5pm

    Address

    Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 191 232 6789

    Transport

    Newcastle Central Station metro station

    Website

    Discovery Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Castle Keep - Attractions

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    Castle Keep, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Photo by Graeme Peacock, courtesy of NewcastleGateshead

    The last remaining part of the building after which Newcastle was named, 12th-century Castle Keep has superb views across the city centre and bridges over the Tyne. Visitors explore the Great Hall, with its 19th-century vaulted ceiling, and the museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    £4; concessions £2.50

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    Castle Garth, Saint Nicholas St, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 191 232 7938

    Transport

    Newcastle Central Station metro station

    Website

    Castle Keep

Special things to do

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  1. 4. Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum - Special things to do

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    Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum. © Beamish Museum

    Visitors step back in time at the The North of England Open Air Museum in Beamish, just outside Newcastle. An 1820s steam train transports you to Pockerely Manor and a 1913 colliery village, complete with actors in ornate costumes.Show this on map

    Cost

    Apr-Oct: £16, students/seniors £13, children 5-16 £10;Nov-Mar: £7.50, students/children 5-16 £6; under 5s free

    Opening hours

    Please check website as opening times and dates vary according to season

    Address

    Beamish, Newcastle DH9 0RG

    Telephone

    +44 (0)191 370 4000

    Transport

    Bus 28 or 28A from Eldon Square in Beamish

    Website

    Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum

  2. 5. City Sightseeing Tour - Special things to do

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    City Sightseeing Tour in Newcastle. Photo by Mandy Gaughan of City Sightseeing

    Visitors get a feel for the diversity of Newcastle and Gateshead by taking one of the two red City Sightseeing buses from Newcastle Central Station in the city centre. A multilingual commentary points out highlights, including BALTIC and The Sage.Show this on map

    Cost

    £8; concessions £6; children £4

    Opening hours

    Apr-Oct: Daily 10.30am-3.30pm, every 30-60 minutes; Nov & Dec: weekends only 10.30am-2.30pm, every 60 minutes

    Address

    Newcastle, NE1 5DL

    Telephone

    +44 (0)1708 866 000

    Transport

    Newcastle Central Station metro

    Website

    City Sightseeing Tour Website

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