Around Gateshead

All Museums & Attractions


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Angel of the North

Open access.

Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead, NE9 7TY

A regional landmark with a wingspan of 54 metres, it’s a fun photo-op and a pleasant short paved circular walk around the base on a panoramic hilltop.

Free.

Arbeia Roman Fort

Open April – Sep (closed Oct – March)
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

Baring Street, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2BB
Tel: 0191 456 1369

Excavated remains and reconstructions of original buildings, displays of finds and artefacts discovered at the site. Offering regular family events throughout the summer, with crafts, gladiator training and falconry.

Free, donations welcome.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Wednesday – Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10.30am – 6pm

Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

You can enjoy a changing programme of exhibitions, stunning views, a cafe bar and gift shop. There’s also an open area on Level 2 where kids can get creative with crafts and toys, plus a sensory room and sensory wall for infants.

Free.

Beamish Open Air Museum

Open daily from 10am.
Closed Mon & Fri during Jan – Feb.
See website for full details.

Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Tel: 0191 370 4000

Open air museum set in 300+ acres recreating life in the early 1800s and 1900s. Take a trip down a drift mine, watch sweet making, visit a Masonic Hall and ride a replica steam train.

Adults: £19.50
Kids (5-16): £11.50
Family from £36.50

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens

mid Feb – Sep, daily: 10am – 6pm
Oct, daily: 10am – 5pm
Nov – mid Feb, weekends: 10am – 4pm

Belsay, Newcastle, NE20 0DX
Tel: 0870 333 1181

An English Heritage site with a medieval castle, grand Grecian villa and 30 acres of gardens, including: Crag Wood Walk, Yew Garden, Magnolia Terrace, Rhododendron collection and a Quarry Garden of exotic plants. Tearoom serving lunch and treats.

Adult: £10
Child (5 – 17 years): £6
Family tickets: from £26
Under 5 years: free

Bowes Railway

Open selected dates throughout the year, see website for schedule.

Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7QJ
Tel: 0191 416 1847

Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it’s an exciting visit for train and history enthusiasts. Including old disused trains, model trains and a toy train set, plus events and workshops.

Aged 16+: £2.00.
Aged 5+: £1.00.

Diggerland Durham

Open from 10am selected weekends/school holidays.
See website for full details

Riverside Industrial Estate, Langley Park, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9TT
Tel: 0871 22 77 007

Digger-themed adventure park where children and adults can drive and operate diggers, dumpers and more. Plus fairground-style rides, dodgems, go karts, mini landrovers, an under 5s zone with ride-on toys and an indoor soft play.

Over 90cm: £23.95
Under 90cm: Free
(Discounted online price)

Discovery Museum

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Weekend: 11am – 4pm

Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789

Exhibitions on local maritime, scientific and technological history. Plus a water play room with a mini River Tyne replica (£1.50), and a ‘play+invent’ space for older children to explore and build inventions (drop-in sessions free, facilitated activities-£1.50).

Free, donations welcome.

Durham Cathedral

Monday – Saturday: 7am – 6pm
Sunday: 7am – 5.30pm
(Later closing during selected dates in July/August)

The Chapter Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Tel: 0191 386 4266

Welcoming of all faiths and ages, with guided tours and regular toddler/family activities. Borrow a kid’s backpack with toys and games, and see the 300,000 brick Lego replica cathedral. Plus nearby are lots of woodland and riverside walks.

Free, donations welcome.

Jarrow Hall

Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm 
Closed mid Dec until Feb.
Open bank holidays & school holidays.
Opening hours vary seasonally, check with organiser.

Village and Bede Museum, Church Bank, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3DY
Tel: 0191 424 1585

Museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Venerable Bede along with Anglo-Saxon dwellings, set in 11 acre grounds including a farm with rare-breed and rescued animals.

Adult (16+): £5
Child (5-15): £3
Family (2+4): £16

Laing Art Gallery

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday: closed

New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AG
Tel: 0191 278 1611

Art and sculpture galleries, including a play space for toddlers with toys, books and dress-up, and weekly pre-school workshops with gallery exploration, practical art activity and story time (term-time only, booking required). Also regular Saturday art classes for 10-15 years (booking required). Cafe serving hot and cold meals.

Free, donations welcome.

Life Science Centre

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Outdoor Ice Skating: mid Nov – mid Feb.

Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
Tel: 0191 243 8210

Fun and interactive science exhibitions, including a Planetarium and 4D-motion ride. Tuesday preschooler discount, with half price adult ticket and special activities, such as music workshops and mini-beast handling.

Adults: £15
Kids (5-17): £8
Family: £34
Under 4: Free

Millennium Bridge

Open access.

Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 433 3120

Gateshead Quays is home to the Millennium Bridge, Baltic art centre and Sage Gateshead. From May until October each year across the footbridge you will find Newcastle’s Quayside Seaside, an artificial beach with sand, deckchairs, palm trees, beach huts, kids’ climbing wall and slide.

Free.

National Glass Centre

Daily 10am – 5pm

Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Tel: 0191 515 5555

Gallery exhibitions, daily glass making demonstrations and a virtual glass making game, plus borrow a kids adventure backpack with activity cards and colouring activities (£5 refundable deposit, ages 4+). Regular family workshops including glass painting, glass fusing and sandblasting. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Free, donations welcome.

Sage Gateshead

Open from 9am, 7 days a week

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4666

Enjoy fun, creative and engaging family concerts and workshops. You can also make a visit for the free children’s playspace, crafts, and cafe.

Free entry for visit, performances prices vary.
(FREE metro travel to/from Gateshead, retain concert ticket for inspection on Metro).

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum

June – mid Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Times change seasonally, see website.

Buddlestreet, Wallsend, North Tyneside, NE28 6HR
Tel: 0191 236 9347

The most excavated and developed fort along Hadrian’s Wall, featuring a 35m high observation tower, Roman garden and colliery. Museum displaying Roman artifacts with interactive displays, kids craft activities and cafe.

Adults: £5.95
Under 16: Free

Seven Stories

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday: closed (excluding school holidays)

30 Lime Street, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0300 330 1095

The National Centre for Children’s Books, with interactive exhibitions, craft activities and regular family events. Level 4 has a play room with sensory toys and a train set, you can also borrow a sensory backpack from reception. Cafe serving lunches and treats.

Kids/Adults: from £6.60
Toddlers (1-3): £2.50
Under 1’s: Free
Families: from £23.10

Shipley Art Gallery

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Monday & Sunday: Closed

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, NE8 4JB
Tel: (0191) 477 1495

Five gallery spaces showing a range of exhibitions, with regular events including family activities. There is a children’s play space with toys and books, plus you can request a ‘Magic Carpet’ play mat or Toddler Backpack with additional toys and creative activities.

Free entry, donations welcome.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Ocean Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2JA
Tel: 0191 456 8740

Works of art and interactive exhibits on local social, industrial and maritime history, and 20th century author Catherine Cookson. Plus Creature Corner with live reptiles and insects and free family activities during school holidays. Cafe serving hot and cold refreshments.

Free, donations welcome.

St. James’ Park Stadium Tour

Daily from: 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Matchday tours subject to kick-off times.

Strawberry Place Newcastle Upon Tyne Ne1 4St
Tel: 0344 372 1892 (option 1, then option 4)

Range of tours available. The Classic Tour gives you deeper understanding of the club and its proud heritage. In the Rooftop Tour ascend to a walkway 150ft above the ground for panoramic views.

Adults: from £15
Junior: from £8
(additional supplement for matchday tours)

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: closed

Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

Medieval, grade one-listed building formerly a parish church, with displays about local history and a heritage bookshop. Also events and workshops including children’s activities, local history talks, tours, concerts and performances.

Free.

St Marys Lighthouse & Island

Open daily, tides permitting.

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 4RS
Tel: 0191 200 8650

St Mary’s Island is reached by a short causeway covered by tides twice a day, with exhibits on the lighthouse’s history and surrounding Nature Reserve, including cliffs, grassland, beaches and rock pools. Brave the 137 steps to enjoy spectacular views from the top.

Adult: £3.30
Child: £1.70
Family: £7.70

Stephenson Railway Museum

April – Oct, weekends: 11am – 4pm
Plus bank holidays and school holidays.

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 8DX
Tel: 0191 200 7146

Steam railway museum with interactive exhibitions and a range locomotives and carriages. On Sundays, bank holidays (and selected dates) take a four mile return trip on a vintage locomotive in 1950s passenger carriages.

Free, donations welcome.

Train ride: £5 – £7
Under 5 years: free
Family: £17
(pay once, ride all day)

Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour

Tours are available most days (excluding matchdays), contact to book.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Tel: 0191 551 5055

Take your mini-footballer to see the black cats and they’ll be made to feel like a professional footballer. Take a walk through the tunnel, and hear all about the club’s history.

Adults: £10.00
Concessions: £5.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £25.00
(Includes an official tour certificate).

Tanfield Railway

Runs on selected dates, see website for schedule.

Old Marley HIll, Marley Hill, Gateshead, NE16 5ET
Tel: 07508 092365

Steam trains run Sundays and Bank Holidays for a 6 mile round trip on the world’s oldest railway. Explore Europe’s oldest working engine shed and the world’s oldest railway bridge.

Adults: £10.50
Child: £6.50
Family (2 & 2): £27.50
(unlimited all day travel)

The Bowes Museum

Open daily: 10am – 5pm
(exc 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan)

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP
Tel: 01833 690 606

A 19th century museum with fine and decorative arts, set in acres of parkland with childrens’ play area, including climbing frame, slide, bucket swing & balancing equipment.

Adult Pass: £14
Child Pass (5-17): £5
Family Pass (2+4): £30
Fees include unlimited entry all year around.

The Great North Museum (Hancock)

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE2 4PT
Tel: 0191 208 6765

Interactive displays on Natural Science, Living Planet, World Culture, Archaeology and Geology. Plus a Planetarium, live animal tanks, virtual aquarium, and full sized elephant and shark models. There are regular baby/toddler/family workshops and events.

Free, donations welcome.

The Word UK

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 4pm

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 1JF
Tel: 0191 427 1818

Various family-friendly activities, events and exhibitions. ‘Amazing Space’ exhibition includes space-themed stories and film (until 23/2/20). Also regular storytelling sessions with special effects (booking required), over 80 playable console games, and workshops using 3D printers and vinyl/laser cutters (booking required). Cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

Free.

Tynemouth Priory & Castle

April – Sep, daily: 10am – 6pm
Oct, daily: 10am – 5pm
Nov – March, weekends: 10am – 4pm

Pier Road, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE30 4BZ
Tel: 0870 333 1181

An English Heritage site on the headland of Tynemouth, with fantastic views overlooking the river Tyne and North Sea. There are interactive exhibits on the history of the site, including the ruined castle, priory, 15th century chapel, restored gun battery and cannon.

Adult: £6.30
Child (5 to 17 years): £3.80
Family: £16.40

Victoria Tunnel

Weekends: 1h tours
Wednesday – Monday: 2h tours
Times vary, see website.

53-55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0191 2304210

Guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel, used to transport coal under the city during the 1800s then converted into an air raid shelter during World War 2. Learn what colliery life was like and listen to ghostly tales.

Adults: £8
Ages 8-15: £4
2h tour not suitable for younger children/babies.

Wallington

Estate/woodland: open daily until dusk.
Indoor areas: opening varies seasonally, see website.

Cambo, near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR
Tel: 1670 773 600

A 13,000-acre National Trust site, with a grand house featuring historical paintings, furniture and curiosities, plus gardens, lakes, rivers, woodland and farmland. There are various walking trails, an easy cycling trail and bike hire, three outdoor play areas, and cafe serving hot meals, snacks and treats.

Adult: £14
Child:£7
Family: £21 – £35

Washington Old Hall

April – Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Reduced opening hours Nov-March, see website.

The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 7LE
Tel: 0191 416 6879

A National Trust manor house with displays on life during the 17th century, with compact gardens including an orchard, nuttery and vegetable patch. A children’s quiz/trail is available and there’s an outdoor play frame with slide. Tea room serving light bites and treats.

Adult: £6.70
Child: £3.35
Family: £10.10 – £16.75