Why take the train to Newcastle?

Newcastle is a city that offers many things to do, with its history, charm and bags of personality. Museums and hidden attractions - many of them free - are also within easy walking distance.

Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP

North East Lego Landmarks: 14 January 2017 – 14 May 2017

Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price

Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks. See his collection at Life, including, BALTIC, Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this exhibition.

Rugby League Magic Weekend: 20 & 21 May 2017

Dacia Magic Weekend will once again return to St James’ Park, Newcastle in May 2017 for a third time. The home of Newcastle United will feature all First Utility Super League teams going head-to-head across one weekend, showcasing the biggest and best Super League derby matches in one venue. The fun doesn't end there with activities for all including live music, face painters and a fanzone entertaining fans all weekend.

Live Theatre

Head along the waterfront of Newcastle’s Quayside and you’ll reach the Live Theatre. The venue, favoured by Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall, hosts intimate performances in a cosy, flexible space. A trio of eateries cling to the building, the pick of which is
The Broad Chare, a pub that offers fancy - but hearty - versions of classic English grub.

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The Boiler Shop Steamer

This monthly event takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of every month attracting clued-up out-of-towners, networking professionals and trendy locals. Visitors arriving on trains to Newcastle can probably smell the mix of world street food on offer at Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop which is tucked right behind Central Station.


Need a list of things to do in Newcastle when it’s raining? Ever tried beer pong? Or neon ping pong? Ok, ten-pin bowling then? All of these family-friendly, date-friendly and mate-friendly games are on offer at Lane7. This boutique venue doesn’t try too hard to be cool, but it really is. The food is good too, though you aren’t far from Electric East for fusion eats or Akbar’s, one of Newcastle’s best curry houses. Also nearby is the free and fun Discovery Museum.

The Biscuit Factory

Manors Metro station serves the Shieldfield area of Newcastle, an up-and-coming student area which is also home to The Biscuit Factory. This is an art gallery full of affordable pieces which celebrates the work of resident and local artists. Biscuits are no longer made on an industrial scale here, but you’ll get your chance to dunk one in the first-floor cafe.

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Tyneside Cinema

Secreted on Pilgrim Street, right in the heart of the city, is Newcastle’s most popular independent cinema. The Tyneside caters for all, with plenty of mainstream Hollywood movies and indie productions, but also celebrates film culture through workshops and free events. It’s also home to a range of groups such as the returning knitting club. Cinema and a good yarn always did go well together…

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The Hatton Gallery

With a repertoire of historical, and contemporary art exhibitions worth boasting about, the Hatton Gallery is best described as impressive.

Laing Art Gallery

Has an exceptional collection that will make any art fiend salivate, and plenty to keep non-art fiends entertained too. Enjoy a visit on your next trip to Newcastle.

Discover Museum

A long and rich Tyneside history just waiting to be discovered. The mighty Turbinia - once the worlds fastest ship- is a good place to start.


An imposing former industrial building that houses an ever-changing calendar of show stopping contemporary art in Newcastle. Once you've exhausted yourself in the gallery head to the bar or the spectacular roof-top restaurant.

Northern Stage

Three stages, two bars, a restaurant and productions to make you sit up and take notice, Newcastle's Northern Stage will always come up trumps.

The Bridges

Take a stroll along the river Tyne and contemplate Newcastle's most famous of vistas. Admire the Tyne Bridge and the Swing Bridge. Gawp at the blinking-eyelid like Millenium Bridge.

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