Newcastle is one of the best cities in England for exploring, but what about when money is tight? These eight activities are some of the best free things to do in the city.
Walk Across the Seven Bridges
There’s nothing like stretching your legs and getting a bit of fresh air, and the picturesque waterside walks in Newcastle are ideal for this. The Seven Bridges—Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge, Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge, King Edward VII Bridge and Redheugh Bridge—provide picture-perfect views across the River Tyne and the city as a whole.
Walk the Walk of Fame
Newcastle’s Walk of Fame is set along Quayside, which is arguably the most iconic area of the city. Featuring the likes of Alan Shearer, Ant & Dec, Sir Bobby Robson and Sting, how many names can you spot?
Visit the Angel of the North
Situated in Gateshead, around a 15-20 minute drive from central Newcastle, is the most famous piece of public art in the UK, Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North. The statue is taller than four double-decker buses stacked on top of each other and stands proudly overlooking the A1 road, which leads in to the city.
Angel of the North, Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 433 3000
Check out the Discovery Museum
Newcastle’s Discovery Museum is a free-to-enter science and local history centre with regular exhibitions and events on offer for all of the family to enjoy. With everything from Joseph Swan’s lightbulb (which was invented on Tyneside) to the spectacular 32-metre-long Turbinia, the first steam-turbine powered ship ever built, this is a great day out for all ages.
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 232 6789
Browse Grainger Market
You can really get lost at the famous Grainger Market, home to more than 100 local traders with everything from seeds and clothes to video games and meats. Open 52 weeks a year, this is one of the most-visited retail spaces in Newcastle and is well worth spending a few hours here.
Find Peace at Jesmond Dene
One of the most beautiful spaces in the north-east of England, Jesmond Dene is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s city centre. Here you’ll find plentiful green space for picnics; a monthly arts-and-crafts fair on Armstrong Bridge; the free-entry petting zoo, Pets’ Corner; and the ruins of Newcastle’s longest standing religious building, St Mary’s Chapel.
Head to the Great North Museum: Hancock
Another example of Newcastle’s free-to-enter museums is Great North Museum: Hancock. Established in 1884, this museum delves into the region’s natural history and ancient Roman civilisation legacies, such as Hadrian’s Wall, Ancient Greece and much more.
The Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 208 6765
Take the Kids to Ouseburn Farm
This free-admission farm is perfect for the kids. A working farm firmly in the heart of Newcastle’s local community, Ouseburn offers a brilliant learning experience and the chance for children to meet popular farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep and goats.
Ouseburn Farm, Ouseburn Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 191 232 3698