Seven Stories, The Centre for Children's Books


Telephone: 0300 330 1095


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The measures we have put in place:

  • All staff will be wearing clear visors and gloves when serving customers.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout.
  • A one-way system is in place.

How you can help when visiting us:

  • Visitors are politely asked to wear a mask.
  • Tickets must be pre-booked to view the exhibitions.

There are three exhibitions to explore at Seven Stories, The National Museum for Children's Books.

Could there really be SEVEN STORIES in all the world? Exhibition

Some people believe there are only seven basic stories in all storytelling. Can it be true? Come on a journey with us to explore the seven basic plots and make up your own mind! See the original sketches of The Gruffalo, curl up for storytime with Mog, design your own amazing underpants and much, much more in our brilliant interactive exhibition.

Suitable for all ages.

Once There Was Magic

In this magical hour-long experience, you will journey through the Wild Woods where fiery portals offer a glimpse into the magical worlds of Cressida Cowell, J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, and many more.

Suitable for ages 7+

Shifter of Shapes: exploring The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Spells is a moving, joyful treasure of a book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, creators of The Lost Words. Seven Stories immersive exhibition experience invites visitors to step into nature, witnessing its power to amaze, console and bring joy.

Suitable for all ages.

Winnie and Wilbur Make Reading Magic

Fire your tot's imagination with our brilliant interactive Winnie the Witch and Wilbur room sponsored by Oxford University Press. Cook up a spell in the cauldron in Winnie’s kitchen, help draw Winnie’s house on our magical chalkboard wall and snuggle up to share a magical story.

Suitable for visitors aged 6 and under.

  • Seven Stories has a new system - visitors need to pre-book paid for tickets to experience their preferred exhibition. Find out more on the Seven Stories website.

Seven Stories have also digitised three of their previous, popular exhibitions so that you can enjoy the stunning artwork, interesting facts and carefully curated exhibitions from anywhere in the world! Here are three exhibitions showcasing some of the best in the Seven Stories archive collection.

Some people say there are only seven stories in the world but a thousand different ways of telling them. Seven Stories is about the thousand ways.

Seven Stories is The National Centre for Children's Books and can be found in the heart of Newcastle's cultural quarter, Ouseburn. The book-lover's paradise is committed to preserving British literature heritage for children and future generations and is guaranteed to spark creativity and imagination in all ages.

The literary museum is a great day out for the whole family in Newcastle where visitors can explore the amazing world of children's books in a number of original exhibitions which display rough drafts, unique manuscripts and original artwork by some of the most prolific authors and illustrators in Britain.

Explore your own creativity through writing, illustration and crafts or uncover a world of storytelling with dressing up and dramatic fun in the Seven Stories theatre. Visit for the day and get hands on with crafts, rediscover your favourite stories or attend an event designed to bring out your inner storyteller. Browse Seven Stories' independent children's bookshop and stop for a Cafe with a great selection of home-cooked food.

Find Seven Stories tucked under the Byker Bridge in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley, the perfect storybook setting and a brilliant place to explore.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books accessibility: Seven Stories aim to ensure all visitors have a comfortable and engaging experience at their venue. Provisions include free ear defenders on arrival to ensure a more comfortable experience, hearing loops, a fully accessible toilet with height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable wash basin, shower and a hoist and changing bed. Visitors can also take advantage of monthly Early Bird Openings for visitors with an autistic spectrum condition, Sensory Story times and relaxed performances.

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Bookshop: Thursday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Exhibitions: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm, pre-booking essential

Telephone: 0300 330 1095



Events at Seven Stories, The Centre for Children's Books

Shifter of Shapes

10 Jul 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


Once There Was Magic

24 Jul 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


How to find us

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle

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Arch 2 Brewpub and Kitchen

The Tyne Bar

Under the Bridge

The Cumberland Arms

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