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Avoid the crowds and cancellations and instead, staycation in NewcastleGateshead this summer as a family. There are so many things to do with the kids from free museums and galleries to events, activities and attractions. Get outdoors and enjoy the surrounding coast and countryside or catch up with some great food at a local restaurant. 

Get ready to experience a fun-packed, family-friendly city break in Newcastle and Gateshead, and with some of the best places to stay - you're guaranteed to have a brilliant time. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay in Newcastle and Gateshead which have all the important features on your travel check-list such as adjoining rooms, self catering options, good parking or easy transport connections.

Read on for our guide to the best places to stay in Newcastle with a family...

Staybridge Suites

Serviced accommodation Staybridge Suites is an excellent choice for families looking for somewhere to stay in Newcastle. The reasonably priced hotel is well set up for families with a comfortable home-from-home atmosphere and range of practical amenities which will make holiday life much easy. Staybridge Suites is definitely a good choice for families who want to spend longer in Newcastle. Make the most of their onsite parking so that you can bring everything with you, except the kitchen sink - which incidentally you definitely won't need as each room has fully equipped kitchen facilities so you can keep costs down or cater for your hungry mini tourists at any point of the day. There is also the option to book connecting suites at Staybridge Suites which ensures families have full flexibility for their city break. Located on the edge of Ouseburn, Staybridge Suites (which is also dog-friendly) is well-positioned for visits to local attractions including Seven Stories, Ouseburn Farm and a wander along the iconic Quayside

Holiday Inn Jesmond

Stay just out of toon but with all the benefits of being close to the action with a family-friendly stay at four-star hotel Holiday Inn Jesmond. The  contemporary hotel is ideal for families on a city break and even has a 'kids stay free' policy worth checking out as well as kids aged 12 and under able to dine for free in their onsite Italian restaurant. Walk to nearby free attraction Great North Museum: Hancock, explore the cafes and park areas in leafy Jesmond or hop on the metro and zip off for a day trip to the coast. Kids go free every day on the Metro too so really - it's a no brainer! This is another great hotel option in Newcastle with ample complimentary onsite parking for families arriving by car.


Nestled behind the railway line not far from Newcastle Central Station, Roomzzz Aparthotel is a great option for families visiting NewcastleGateshead. Check out their Liberty two bedroom suite which has two separate bedrooms as well as a large, open-plan living area, so you can put the children to bed and not have to sit in the dark, in silence for the rest of the evening! The kids will love sleeping in bunk beds or if you're travelling with a small child or baby, there is flexibility to add a cot to many of the other suites.  Facilities include free access to the in-house laundry room, benefit from a fully fitted kitchenette within rooms and a complimentary breakfast to grab on go while you explore the city, or to enjoy in peace in your suite. 

The Grey Street Hotel

The Grey Street Hotel is a classy venue and located, unsurprisingly, on the stunning Grey Street firmly in the action of city life. Families who are looking for hotels in the heart of Newcastle will find The Grey Street has a flexible family policy that aims to accommodates all families staying in the city. Choose from Deluxe Rooms or Junior Suites, which are spacious and have a split level to give families a little extra space.  In both room options, families can request a free cot for children under 2, or an additional bed for older children staying in the room. There is a charge of £15 per night for an extra bed for children up to the age of 12 and £30 for children 13+ and adults. Even your four-legged family member is invited as dogs are welcome to stay at The Grey Street Hotel (for £10 per night per dog). It is definitely worth getting in touch with the hotel directly before you book to chat through your options. The downside to The Grey Street Hotel for families, is the lack of onsite parking - however the hotel is very close to the train station and there are a number of multi-storey car parks nearby including Dean Street Car Park, which is a minute walk away and free after 5pm - 8am.

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

With views across the iconic Quayside, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead is an excellently located hotel for any visitors to the toon. Families who are looking for places to stay in NewcastleGateshead will be well looked after at Hilton too with a special kids welcome, dedicated breakfast and choice of rooms with two double beds or a double sofa bed option to accommodate two adults and two children. Have a splashing time in the onsite swimming pool or wander across the High Level Bridge to visit the historic Newcastle Castle. The 4-star hotel has its own parking and the option to request an extra rollaway bed (both at an additional cost). 

Properties Unique (multiple locations)

Properties Unique provide a raft of luxury serviced apartments (at a more 'luxury' price too) located across Newcastle and Gateshead. The accommodation is most suitable for longer stays so if you're planning on being on holiday for a week or so with the family during school holidays, it's worth having a browse of their full selection to find something that is suitable for your family set-up. Properties Unique apartments are perfect for home-from-home holidays with all the benefits of a hotel too. One particular family-friendly Properties Unique location that we have found is the High Level in Gateshead which has space for six guests with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This apartment also has a living area and well-appointed kitchen so you would be able to enjoy your evenings once the children are in bed. 

Maldron Hotel

Another 4-star hotel makes our list, this time in the city centre. Maldron Hotel in Newcastle has a few bedroom options which are suitable for families of varying sizes. The hotel has a selection of interconnecting rooms which have a choice of king, double or single beds depending on the configuration of your family, or a large family room which includes two king size beds. Arrive by train into Newcastle, wake up to a great child-friendly breakfast and start exploring the city on your doorstep, or hop on the metro to the coast and countryside. 

Motel One

Tucked along the cobbles of High Bridge in the centre of Newcastle, Motel One is a stylish, budget-friendly hotel. A short walk from Newcastle's train station and within easy walking distance of the theatres, attractions and restaurants in Newcastle city centre - it is a brilliant way to ditch the car and enjoy a city break with the kids. Motel One is best suited for small families with one child but the hotel offer a friendly consultation service so contact them directly to find out how best they can accommodate you and your family. If you are travelling with one child aged 6 and under, they are able to stay in your room for free and enjoy complementary breakfast too. 

Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza is a luxury hotel behind Newcastle's train station and also has a large multi-storey car park onsite. Close to award-winning attraction, Life Science Centre and a short walk from Utilita Arena, Crowne Plaza is a great hotel for families arriving in Newcastle for a concert or a city break. The family rooms have plenty of space for two adults and two children and include complementary access to Crowne Plaza's swimming pool and Mineral Spa facilities. The hotel also tend to run regular offers especially for families who are looking for their next summer holiday. 

Sandman Signature

Sandman Signature is a modern 4-star hotel which welcomes children (and dogs!). The striking city centre hotel has a range of rooms including the Family King Suite which has fun bunk beds with space for two children. The high-quality suite is perhaps a better option for families with older kids as there is no bathtub in the room. However there is a fancy rain shower and other facilities such as the kitchen with cooker top, fridge and microwave ensure families can relax and enjoy home-from-home comforts on their city break. Nearby free attraction Discovery Museum has a raft of historic exhibitions and regular activities, while sports fans will love the proximity to Newcastle's much-loved St James' Park which runs regular stadium tours and has the official Newcastle United Football Club store

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