Family Discovery blog

Newcastle and the wider North East prides itself on being a family-friendly destination for visitors, with a passionate workforce ready to welcome you with our famed Geordie hospitality. Families can expect to be wowed by the sights, enthused by the unique experiences and make lasting memories whilst here.

After months of restrictions, the desire to get out into our cities and discover everything they have to offer, has never been so sought after. Whether you want to unearth the history and heritage of the region or throw yourself into some of the family-friendly experiences at our world-class attractions and facilities, there are countless ways to spend your stay.

Although we may be conscious of restrictions changing, come rain or shine we have run down the top ways families can discover the North East this summer. Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

1. Explore the world’s natural history

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Newcastle has many museums for young minds to discover right in the heart of the city and easily accessible by foot. Great North Museum: Hancock is a museum of natural history and showcases artefacts, objects and fossils from around the world.

Visitors can delve into different cultures as they move around the museum and learn about the ancient civilisations that inhabited Newcastle in the past, most notably the Romans who dominated the region.

Located in the city centre, the museum caters to all ages, including the Mouse House for under 5’s. This area offers free activity sessions for families and the opportunity to dress up and listen to story-time with dedicated staff members.

2. Unearth the secrets of Roman Britain

At the east end of Hadrian’s Wall, the UNESCO world heritage site, Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum can be explored with one of the area’s many knowledgeable touring companies. The two-hour Iles walking tour will guide you through the fort and its formidable history as well as showcase reconstructions of everyday Roman life.

Located in Wallsend, not far from Newcastle, this tour is ideal for families interested in learning about the region steeped in history.

3. Discover new worlds at the National Centre for Children’s Books

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For those with budding bookworms, Seven Stories in the animated suburb of Ouseburn is a hub for preserving the magic of reading for future generations and celebrating literature from across the world.

Visitors can expect to be transported to new worlds and discover stories beyond their imagination. The centre regularly hosts unique exhibitions specifically designed for children to engage with, including captivating playscapes. The centre also showcases original illustrations and manuscripts from some of Britiain’s top literary minds – it is a true booker-lovers' Utopia.

Before leaving visitors can peruse the bookshop for your next bedtime read or grab a snack in the café.

4. Step back in time to Norman Newcastle

Escape the Everyday Newcastle Castle family

Delve into the story of Newcastle and explore the city’s origins at Newcastle Castle. The historic Norman landmark is a brilliant way to unearth the secrets of the city as a family and learn about how Newcastle came to be what we know today. Explore the ancient chambers and winding corridors and gaze out at the magnificent views of the city from the tower.

Make sure your visit coincides with one of the castle’s many immersive re-enactment events and be transported to medieval Britain.

5. Fuel up at one of Newcastle’s social hubs

When there are hungry mouths to feed, one of the city’s container settlements, STACK Newcastle, is the perfect spot to enjoy food from a range of outlets in one central social space.

Street food vendors include locals such as Greek cuisine from Acropolis and pizza connoisseurs The Social Pizza. At STACK, there is something for everyone. A popular spot for locals and visitors alike, it is recommended that you book ahead to avoid queues. Seating is covered and heated.

6. View the city from below

Sink into the depths of Newcastle to discover the hidden gem that is the Victoria Tunnel. The 19th century tunnel which stretches from the Town Moor to the Tyne has served many purposes throughout its history, and the captivating tours of the tunnel immerse visitors in the experience of the former coal wagonway and air raid shelter.

Visitors will be captivated by the fascinating stories and spooky ghost sightings of former visitors, as well as be able to stand under some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

7. Have a day that is out of this world

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Budding scientists will love a day at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre. Just a stone’s throw away from Central Station, the Centre for Life boasts the biggest planetarium in the North East as well as a whole host of exciting and hands-on activities for families.

Visitors can don their lab coats and discover the secrets of outer space and the wonders of the human body at the centres varying exhibitions and activities. Keep an eye on their website for all the latest events they’re holding.

Having recently been awarded the Gold Standard by the North East Autism Society, the centre is also committed to providing a brilliant visitor experience for those with autism.

8. Visit the Angel of the North

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A short drive out of the city, the Angel of the North provides the perfect picnic spot for families. The 20-metre-high structure is an iconic symbol of the North East and a fantastic photo opportunity for the family. Installed over 20 years ago, the angel is a key landmark for all Geordies, often indicating that they have returned home, when driving up the A1.

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