Attractions, museums, art galleries and entertainment venues across NewcastleGateshead remain closed under national 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 whilst NewcastleGateshead and the North East enter national lockdown restrictions (from 5 January 2021).

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 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. 

The recent government announcement to set out a road map for reopening suggests that indoor attractions, museums and venues will be able to reopen from 17 May. We have started to add some initial information about reopenings below but will add more updates as announcements are made nearer the time.

Some outdoor areas of heritage sites and botanical gardens, as well as outdoor playgrounds remain open during the current lockdown (3). These can be used as part of your daily exercise with your household or support bubble. Check directly with businesses before visiting. 

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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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.

      Other outdoor venues like WWT Wetland Centre are currently closed until further notice.

      From 29 March: Outdoor facilities that will reopen

      • CBK Adventures aim to reopen from 29 March 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 will announce more information on Friday 5 March about which outdoor areas will reopen on 29 March. Find out more at

      From 12 April: Outdoor venues that will reopen

      • Ouseburn Farm hopes to reopen the popular city farm from 12 April.

      From 17 May: Indoor venues will reopen

      • Leisure and entertainment venues including cinemas, museums, art galleries, attractions, indoor crazy golf and performance venues will be allowed to reopen. This is subject to the reduction in coronavirus and various factors laid out by the government. We will update nearer the time.