With world-class culture and a vibrant historical tapestry, it’s easy to see why Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular city break destinations. If you’re planning a trip to this northern city, you’ll no doubt have heard of its lively nightlife, outstanding restaurant scene and friendly Geordie population. You may already know about its deep-rooted traditions and interesting industrial history too.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this dynamic city, the best place to do just that is in its first-rate museums and galleries. To help get you started, we’ve put together five of the best Newcastle museums that are a must for your itinerary.
The Biscuit Factory
Hailed as the UK’s largest independent art and design gallery, it’s no surprise that The Biscuit Factory is often top rated for the best museums to visit in Newcastle. Here you’ll find contemporary art, sculpture, prints and homewares by over 250 artists. Exhibitions are regularly rotated, meaning there will be more than enough reason to visit time and time again. Don’t forget that everything is for sale in The Biscuit Factory, making it the perfect spot to pick up some unique souvenirs.
The Discovery Museum
Immerse yourself in local history at The Discovery Museum. This Newcastle museum is well worth a visit, with plenty of exhibitions depicting the unique and inspiring history of life, technology and science in the Tyne and Wear area. There are plenty of fun and interactive displays too, making it the perfect choice for both adults and children alike. Best of all? Entrance is free.
Laing Art Gallery
Housed in a stunning example of baroque architecture, the Laing Art Gallery is a must-visit for those interested in Newcastle museums. With art, sculpture and design exhibitions from artists in the North East, there’s plenty to be inspired by. The gallery features contemporary, historic and modern art, as well as family-friendly events and activities.
No trip to Newcastle would be complete without a visit to Newcastle Castle. With spectacular views over Newcastle and Gateshead, you’ll also find plenty of interactive information about the fortress that gave the city its name. The thirteenth century structure is suitable for adults and children alike, and the guided tours are particularly recommended.
The Victoria Tunnel
For a unique Newcastle museum experience, pay a visit to The Victoria Tunnel. Snaking beneath the city centre, this nineteenth century coal transport tunnel is an interesting way to while away a few hours. Interactive tours, complete with sound effects, take visitors through the varied uses of the tunnel (from moving coal to a World War Two air raid shelter). Remember that tours need to be booked in advance for this attraction.
From world-class art to interesting history, there is plenty to see and do in Newcastle’s museums and galleries. After all that sightseeing, relax and unwind at one of our two Newcastle hotels – Jurys Inn Newcastle or Jurys Inn Quayside.
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