Heritage Open Days Newcastle and Gateshead

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Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of England's architecture and culture that allows visitors free access to historical landmarks that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee. It also includes tours, events and activities related to architecture and culture.

2022 Heritage Open Days Highlights:

During Heritage Open Days you can experience a wealth of culturally enriching experiences for all the family, and the best part is, they won't cost you a penny. Some of this year's highlights include -

  • Kids’ Bridge Building Challenge, The Common Room

Learn about the North East's engineering industry through LEGO. Build your own bridge like Robert Stephenson and Dorothy Buchanan. Choose your materials and challenges, and try to create a structure of strength, worthy of the river Tyne itself.

The Common Room building is a magnificent Grade II and is home to The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

You can discover the Kids' Bridge Building Challenge on:

Saturday 10 September: Drop-in between 10:00-12:30 and 13:00-16:00
Saturday 17 September: Drop-in between 10:00-12:30 and 13:00-16:00

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Quayside Tour

The Quayside Tour will take you on a relaxing walk along NewcastleGateshead. Meet outside the BALTIC and the crew will take you across the Millennium Bridge, learning about the history along the way.

Take in the views of the Quayside and find out all about the seven bridges that cross NewcastleGateshead's Quayside. The tour will finish at BALTIC Front Room where you can enjoy a well-earned refreshment.

Book onto the Quayside Tour on Thursday 15th September 10:00-10:45

  • Astounding Inventions at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Join the Tyne Theatre & Opera House for a cultural tour of the 19th century theatre. The tour guides will take you around the Grade I listed theatre, that was built in 1867 and show you around the amazing stage and machinery to see where all the theatre magic happens.

Book onto the Tyne Theatre & Opera House tour on:
Tuesday 13 September: 10:00 & 11:30 & 13:00
Wednesday 14 September: 10:00 & 11:30 & 13:00
Thursday 15 September: 10:00 & 11:30 & 13:00

  • Gibside

Don't forget to take your camera when you visit the picturesque landscape of Gibside. Walk around the Georgian landscapes and find rich wildlife and horticulture, you may even see some Roe Deer or Red Kites.

Gibside offers the Explorer Trail, where families can work together in the den building area, zoom across the zip line at Strawberry Castle play are and have a round of woodland disc golf in the Westwood.

There is also a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the crypt, especially for Heritage Open Days.

You can visit Gibside Heritage Open Days on:

Saturday 17 September: 10:00-16:30
Sunday 18 September: 10:00-16:30

  • Newcastle Guildhall

A hidden gem in Newcastle, the Newcastle Guildhall is not usually open to the public. On the Heritage Open Day, you can see inside over 250 years of history in Newcastle.

Book your ticket to Newcastle Guildhall on Monday 12 September 14:00

Discover the full list of Heritage Open Days events taking place in NewcastleGateshead here.

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