Newcastle Upon Tyne is one of the most popular cities in the UK, rich in culture, heritage and of course fun things to do! But, in such a bustling city, where do you start to look? Here’s a list of 10 exciting, insightful and kid-friendly activities to do in Newcastle.
BBC Newcastle Tour
Step behind the scenes of television and radio at this insightful tour of the BBC. See the inner workings behind live BBC broadcasts and perhaps get a chance to sit in the directors chair yourself. With the tours taking part in between live broadcasts, no two tours are the same! The BBC Newcastle Tour is aimed at children aged between 6-12.
A monotonous museum experience is a thing of the past at the Life Science Centre, which lets you become the inventor, the researcher, or the scientist! Let your curiosity loose at the Life Science Centre, a whole village of science, space, nature, construction and so much more, suitable for all ages.
With seven floors of exhibitions, storytelling, learning spaces and of course wonder; Seven Stories is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild. With unique exhibitions showcasing children’s favourite authors and stories, a visit here will be a real page turner. Seven Stories is accessible for all ages.
Founded in 1901, The Laing Art Gallery encompasses all matters of British Art, specialising on oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. With an impressive display of native Newcastle artworks as well as British classic, modern and contemporary art, The Laing Art Gallery shows a different side to the city of Newcastle.
For when the weather is playing ball, why not be on par at the Parklands Mini Golf? Perfect for all golfers, from the putting novice to the professionals, enjoy 18 holes of bright putting greens, challenging obstacles and exciting water features.
Standing proudly on the South Bank of River Tyne, the Baltic Centre celebrates all aspects of contemporary art, encouraging learning and non-linear thinking. Since its opening in 2002, the Baltic Centre has seen around 204 exhibitions and 7 million visitors. Exhibitions change frequently, so be sure to check their website to find what’s on.
Offering individual lessons or group bookings for all rider levels, Stepney Bank Stables is a unique equestrian experience. Stepney Bank Stables aim to make horse riding accessible to the whole community, allowing riders to build confidence and gain life skills on well looked after horses. Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
One of the most well-known aspect of Newcastle and its twinned city Gateshead, the Angel of the North is a must see. Installed in 1998, the Angel of the North stands 20 metres high, is made from 200 tonnes of steel and can withstand winds of up to 100mph. Whilst in Newcastle, this unforgettable piece of public art is worth the visit.
Take the story of Newcastle into your own hands with a Spy Mission Trail, a guidebook that takes you on a self guided tour of Newcastle, cracking clues along the way. This two mile trail can be done at your own pace, with a free mobile service if you get stuck on a clue… if you think you’ve completed the mission, correct answers are entered into a monthly draw to win £100! Guide books can be purchased on the Treasure Trails website.
Upon first inspection this may look like any old tunnel, but the Victoria Tunnel holds a story underneath the city. First used as a waggonway in the 19th century to transport coal under the city, the tunnel was converted into a shelter for the Newcastle community in 1939 to protect from air raids in World War II. At the Victoria Tunnel, you can re-live these moments in history, see how the tunnel was used as waggonway and re-live the moments many people shared in this tunnel during the air raids. Suitable for children over seven years of age.