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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 costumed actors and steam trains.

Castle Keep, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Photo by Graeme Peacock, courtesy of NewcastleGateshead
Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photo by Peter Atkinson, courtesy of NewcastleGateshead
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Discovery Museum

The Tyne's history

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.



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

Tyne & Wear Museums Website

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle. Courtesy of NewcastleGateshead
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Landmark mill turned gallery

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.



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 Arts Website

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

Newcastle's Norman roots

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.



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 Website

Waterfall, Jesmond Dene. Photo by John Williamson, courtesy of NewcastleGateshead
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Jesmond Dene

Rural idyll in town

The Jesmond Dene park, with its pretty waterfalls on the banks of the Ouseburn, features a boating lake and a Sunday market. Set in Newcastle's city centre, it was left to the city by industrialist William Armstrong 120 years ago.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours

Address

Jesmond Vale, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3QJ

Telephone

+44 (0) 191 281 0973

Transport

Bus 38 to Jesmond Road

Website

Jesmond Dene Website

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

Tour of Tyneside

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.



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

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

Reliving the northeast's past

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.



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 Website

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