The Best Things to Do With Kids in Newcastle, UK

Angel of the North | © Toa Heftiba / Unsplash
Angel of the North | © Toa Heftiba / Unsplash
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.

Laing Art Gallery

Art Gallery, Bridge
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle | © Metro Centric/Flickr
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.
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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Art Gallery
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, River Tyne
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, River Tyne | © Mike Smith/Flickr
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.
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Angel of the North

Architectural Landmark
The Angel of the North, Gateshead. A steel sculpture by Antony Gormley
The Angel of the North, Gateshead. A steel sculpture by Antony Gormley | © DavidGraham86 / Shutterstock
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.
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Spy Mission Trail

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.

Victoria Tunnel

Victoria Tunnels, Newcastle
Victoria Tunnels, Newcastle | © Jake Cook/Flickr
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.
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