Attractions, museums, art galleries and entertainment venues across NewcastleGateshead will remain closed following the lockdown as the North East moves into a new phase of local lockdown restrictions.

We wish our fabulous attractions and tourism venues all the best for another tough season as we work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Attractions and indoor entertainment venues will remain closed from 2 December as NewcastleGateshead and the North East move into Tier 3 local lockdown restrictions.

Some outdoor attractions and locations including National Trust North East outdoor spaces, are able to remain open for visitors in groups of up to 6 people. Read on for more information. 

NewcastleGateshead's popular museums and attractions proved they could reopen safely and responsibly after the initial coronavirus lockdown.  Many of the venues joined the Good to Go scheme and reopened over the last few months with great success and welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors for a range of great days out once again across the North East at their favourite places. We look forward to a time when visitors to NewcastleGateshead can enjoy a trip to an attraction again. 

Until then... look after yourselves, stay home and we'll see you on the other side.

We will keep you up to date with how and when attractions in NewcastleGateshead will reopen as well ways to enjoy virtual tours and experiences during the lockdown. 

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Outdoor Attractions which will remain open

We have all become much more acquainted with the Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland great outdoors over the past year. A handful of the region's popular outdoor attractions and parks and gardens around NewcastleGateshead remain open for safe visits under Tier 3 restrictions but ask that visitors show extra caution and respect during this challenging time to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Certain outdoor leisure activities including kayaking with CBK's Adventure Co (and their magical Glow Tours) are also available under new tiered restrictions.

Read on for a list of the outdoor attractions in NewcastleGateshead and Northumberland which remain open during the national lockdown and where you can prebook your tickets:

National Trust North East - outdoor areas open

    National Trust will stay partially open during the second national lockdown in November.  This means that National Trust's outdoor spaces, gardens, walks and coast will stay open. Visitors can also enjoy takeaway food and drink from the cafés and onsite food outlets, and outdoor play areas will stay open in line with government guidance.

    Venues that you can visit in the North East include Gibside National Trust in Gateshead, Seaton Delaval Hall, Cragside and Wallington in Northumberland - but don't forget, it's only the outdoor areas. Visitors wishing to head to the gardens need to buy tickets in advance online. 

    Online booking for National Trust will renew each Friday for visits the week ahead. You can read the full statement from National Trust here which has important information about how you book your place and what you need to know before you visit.

    Please check specific North East National Trust property websites to check for up to date information and specifics around available toilets and onsite facilities. Please note that all National Trust properties, shops and indoor venues will remain closed.

    WWT Washington Wetland Centre - open

      The outdoor attraction and nature reserve near Gateshead reopened in mid-June with great success. It provided visitors who were looking for things to do the perfect escape into the great outdoors. WWT Washington have announced that they will stay open during this second, four-week lockdown. However the indoor elements including the bird hides, shop and cafe will be closed. Visit the WWT Washington Wetland Centre website for more information. 

      English Heritage Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - open weekends only

      Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden is one of English Heritage's brilliant attractions near Newcastle. The Northumberland-based attraction will remain open during the second lockdown. Only the outdoor areas are open and visitors must pre-book their tickets for visits on Saturday and Sundays only (10am - 4pm). Find out more about Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden here.

      Hadrian's Wall - partially open

      The spectacular stretch of rugged countryside spanning the length of Hadrian's Wall is a great place to explore and enjoy some peace on a wintery walk. Please consider limiting your travel to the Wall and respecting others and the rural communities along the wall. Toilets and car parks will be open. A handful of outdoor English Heritage outdoor sites along Hadrian's Wall will remain open (find out full details here) although other attractions including Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum will be closed. 

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          Attractions which have closed for the second national lockdown

          • The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland: Closed until 3 December. Tickets are still available to book for an extended Christmas Light Trail at The Alnwick Garden which they intend will take place once the attraction reopens in December and run until 31 December. Visitors who have booked tickets for events cancelled as a result of the lockdown will be contacted directly by The Alnwick Garden. 
            • Newcastle Castle, Newcastle city centre: Closed until 4 December. Newcastle Castle plans to re-open on Friday 4 December with a general opening schedule of weekend admissions (Friday - Monday). Visitors wishing to plan ahead can also pre-book a post-Christmas visit for Sunday 27 - Wednesday 30 December. Tickets can be pre-booked and are fully refundable up to 48 hours before your visit. Buy Tickets Online or call 0191 230 6300 (calls will be answered between Monday - Friday only).
            • Pet's Corner, Jesmond: Closed 

            Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums venues

            Closed from 5 November - 2 December including the following venues

            Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

            Attractions that remain closed in NewcastleGateshead

            The following major attractions, museums and theatres in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East are also still closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Please find links to their websites for full, up-to-date information:

            Attractions and Museums

            Theatres & Music Venues

            Many attractions are offering virtual tours and running online events and virtual theatre performances during the period of closure, and you can stay up to date with the digital experiences on offer via the venue's social media channels.

            We will be monitoring government guidance and will share any new information about access to NewcastleGateshead's venues when this is available, so please check back at a later date.

            NewcastleGateshead's attractions look forward to welcoming you back when it's safe to do so.

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