Attractions, museums, art galleries and entertainment venues across NewcastleGateshead are beginning to ready themselves for reopening and we can't wait!

Our fabulous attractions and tourism venues have shown great resilience over a really tough season of closures and limited reopenings this past year. However, it's time to rediscover culture, experience entertainment and admire art as indoor attractions and entertainment venues in NewcastleGateshead begin to reopen from 17 May 2021. 

Outdoor grounds, gardens and activity areas at popular heritage sites and botanical gardens have been welcoming visitors since late March this year and now it is time for NewcastleGateshead's popular indoor attractions, museums and entertainment venues to open. We're thrilled to welcome visitors back to NewcastleGateshead.  

Read on for our guide to which attractions are reopening from 17 May and how to book your tickets to venues in NewcastleGateshead.

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Indoor attractions reopening from 17 May in NewcastleGateshead

Come on in and welcome back to NewcastleGateshead! From 17 May, leisure and entertainment venues including cinemas, museums, art galleries, attractions, indoor crazy golf and performance venues have started to reopen! It's worth noting that most venues will be asking you to pre-book tickets so check their websites to familiarise yourself with what is required before you visit.

A list of attractions in and around NewcastleGateshead with links to their websites:

Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums venues

Theatres & Music Venues

Many attractions are offering virtual tours and running online events and virtual theatre performances, 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 indoors once again!

Top tips for enjoying your return to NewcastleGateshead visitor attractions:

  • Please do so safely, respecting a 2 metre distance with people outside your household. 
  • You need to be in groups no bigger than 6 people or two households. 
  • Follow the guidelines in place at the attraction and familiarise yourself with specific requirements ahead of your visit, especially checking their open hours which may have changed as well as the specifics around which areas may remain closed.
  • Be prepared to prebook your tickets online before you visit as attractions will be monitoring and limiting their daily visitors to ensure they can reopen safely.
  • It's worth noting that even if you have a membership to the attraction or venue you want to visit, it is highly likely that you will need to pre-book your ticket so that the venue can monitor daily visitor numbers.
  • Expect high demand so make sure to plan ahead and book tickets in advance, especially in the first few weeks after reopening.
  • It's best to avoid busy periods and crunch times like arriving at beginning of the day when the venue has just opened - try to stagger your arrival.
  • Expect queues and new ways of getting around the attraction.
  • It's hungry work having a day out, especially with kids, so plan your meals too. Many cafes at venues will be running takeaway options, small indoor cafe areas or provide picnic spaces but again, check on the attraction's website before you visit.
  • Toilet facilities may be limited during the first stages of reopening. Check attraction websites and their FAQs for more specific information.
  • Many attractions will have hand sanitiser available throughout their buildings but we know you're also getting used to packing your hand sanitiser along with your keys, face mask and phone! 
  • Have consideration for local communities if you're travelling to a park, garden, coast or attraction outside the city.
  • It is mandatory to wear a face covering when visiting museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites. Click here for more information on when you need to wear a face mask in Newcastle and Gateshead. Although only outdoor areas are currently available, it may be required to wear a mask on arrival or within toilets etc.
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Outdoor attractions which are currently open

National Trust North East - outdoor areas currently open

    In England, all National Trust houses and other indoor areas are closed and cafés are takeaway only. During the lockdown, National Trust have kept open some of their outdoor spaces, gardens, walks and coastal areas to enjoy as part of your local, daily exercise.

      Outdoor spaces 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.

      CBK Adventures 

      One of the first activities to reopen and with great success. CBK Adventures is now open, operating with stringent social distancing and hygiene levels. Choose from kayak and paddle board hire, guided tours and classes. Find out more on the CBK Adventures website.

      English Heritage Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden

      Wander the grounds and gardens at Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden and grab a hot drink from the takeaway cafe. The indoor areas remain closed. Visitors need to prebook entry tickets to the gardens. 

      Alnwick Garden

      Alnwick Garden invite visitors to enjoy a change of scene with a walk around their gardens. Pre-booking online is essential to ensure social distancing can be maintained. The Pavilion Kitchen and Gift Shop will be open as well as The Poison Garden (no guided tours) and the Cherry Orchard, which will be hopefully in spectacular full bloom in April-May. Limited toilets will be available onsite and it is the responsibility for visitors to maintain social distance and respect other visitors. 

      Hadrian's Wall

      English Heritage venues along Hadrian's Wall reopened from 29 March and there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy at each site. The indoor spaces will not be open but there will be takeaway options at some attractions. Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall is also open outdoors with plans to reopen the indoor museum from 17 May.

        Alnwick Castle grounds 

        Alnwick Castle reopened their grounds from 29 March allowing visitors to enjoy the fresh air and stretching their legs within a new environment. The grounds at Alnwick Castle are now open daily from 10am - 5.30pm and there will also be an outdoor coffee cart available for takeaway hot drinks. All visitors must pre-book their tickets online and follow current coronavirus lockdown measures at all time. Tickets for adults cost £5pp and children aged 16 and under go free. Visitors can now learn to ride a broomstick and enjoy medieval entertainment.  

        Tickets are now also on sale for visits inside Alnwick Castle between 17th May and 30th June when indoor areas will be able to re-open for stage 3 of the Government Roadmap. 

          Find out more and book your timed tickets on Alnwick Castle's website.

            Ouseburn Farm

            Ouseburn Farm, the popular city farm, is currently open. Pre-booking is essential. Book your FREE entry ticket online.

            WWT Washington Wetland Centre

            WWT Washington Wetland Centre is currently open. It is essential for everyone to prebook their entry tickets (including members). The cafe is offering takeaway options as well as limited indoor seating from 17 May and there are lots of picnic areas too. 

            Wildlife watchers can see nature up close and in comfort once more, as the hides at WWT Washington Wetland Centre reopen to visitors from 17 May. The hides at Hawthorn Wood, Wader Lake and the saline lagoon will welcome people back for the first time since last summer - there will be social distancing measures in place for your safety.

            Beamish Museum grounds only

            Beamish Museum's outdoor areas are now open. This includes their food and drink hotspots for takeaway. It is essential to prebook timed tickets. You can find out more about the reopening of Beamish Museum and how to book a ticket on the Beamish Museum website here.

            You can now pre-book your tickets to visit Beamish Museum's indoor exhibits from 17 May. 

            Escape Key

            Escape Key is an independent escape room company in Newcastle. They have developed two outdoor escape games which will test your brains as you explore Newcastle with your friends. The newest game is called Thirteen Ghosts and promises to bring all the thrills and chills when you set off to explore Newcastle's most haunted places whilst becoming paranormal investigators! Find out more from Escape Key.

            The Climb

            The Climb - indoor bouldering gym in Ouseburn is open. Pre-book your space online and please arrive ready to climb. The slots are for up to 2 hours but you are guaranteed to have fun whether this is your first or 500th visit! Book online with The Climb.

            Segedunum Roman Fort

            The latest museum to reopen in Newcastle is Segedunum in Wallsend which reopens its outdoor areas from Saturday 1 May. The museum will reopen its indoor areas from 17 May. Find out more and book your free admission on

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