Many of the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead such as Life Science Centre hold the Equality Standard Gold Award and provide excellent accessibility for a wide range of requirements as well as hosting fully inclusive events and tailored programming.
For information and ideas on attractions and days out in NewcastleGateshead, visit our section on Things to Do.
The Glasshouse, previously known as The Sage Gateshead, stands as a global hub for music and the exploration of musical wonders. Within its walls, you'll find two main stages renowned for their exceptional acoustics, a 26-room music education centre, a music information resource centre, four vibrant bars, a stylish brasserie, and a cosy café.
The Glasshouse has extensive accessibility facilities which include level access throughout and monitored light levels to assist those with visual impairment.
Spanish City is over 100 years old, with a domed ceiling that visitors can see from the ground floor, in a newly restored building. Host to wedding venues, to Christmas Markets, this historic landmark overlooks St. Mary's Island, making it one of the most recognisable places in the region.
Spanish City has a lift which is accessible to all floors and Blue Badge parking bays.
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art boasts a rich history that extends well beyond its inauguration in 2002. Situated within the beautifully renovated confines of a historic flour mill along the River Tyne's Gateshead bank, BALTIC stands as the world's largest gallery of its kind. It is a vibrant hub for contemporary visual art, offering a constantly evolving line-up of exhibitions and activities.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is fully accessible and offers walking stick stools, mobility scooters, large print information and subtitles on selected BALTIC films.
Seven Stories, located in Ouseburn in Newcastle, proudly holds the distinction of being The National Centre for Children's Books. This haven for book enthusiasts is deeply devoted to safeguarding the rich heritage of British literature for children and generations to come, igniting creativity and imagination across all age groups.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books offer monthly Early Bird Openings for visitors with an autistic spectrum condition, Sensory Story times and relaxed performances.
Tyneside Cinema, nestled in the heart of the vibrant city, offers a cinematic experience like no other. Within its stylish and enchanting interiors, you'll encounter a diverse film program that spans the globe, showcasing both the finest international gems and Hollywood's top offerings. Tyneside Cinema stands proudly as the North East's premier independent cinema, a true home for exceptional cinema experiences.
Tyneside Cinema is recognised as an accessible cinema, offering monthly, daytime film screenings.
Woodhorn Museum sheds light on Northumberland's mining heritage and proudly shows off many artworks and creations made by miners over the years. There are historical winding houses and a Coal Town exhibition which displays decades of coal mining culture.
Woodhorn offers a multi-sensory outdoor play area, accessible toilets, with induction loops and ear defenders.
The historic Theatre Royal, a cherished gem in Newcastle's cultural tapestry, unveiled its majestic doors for the very first time in February 1837. Since then it has undergone several renovations, with the most notable being prompted by a fire that followed a gripping performance of Macbeth in 1899.
Year after year, the Theatre Royal enchants its audience with a staggering line-up of over 300 captivating shows, drawing in more than 300,000 visitors. The Theatre Royal proudly serves as the artistic home to esteemed institutions such as the Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North, and Rambert Dance Company.
Theatre Royal, Newcastle is committed to making their programme as accessible to deaf, blind and partially sighted audiences as well as hosting regular assisted and relaxed performances for audiences with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders.
Northumberland College Zoo hosts 150+ animal species, from lemurs to meerkats, set in a historic 17th-century mansion. Enjoy unique animal experiences, like feeding meerkats and lemurs, with photo opportunities. It collaborates with Northumberland College's Animal Management programs.
Northumberland College Zoo has level access throughout, parts of the zoo have low lighting and there is an accessible toilet.
The Stand Newcastle has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the North East's premier comedy venues, receiving accolades from both comedy enthusiasts and comedians themselves. With a comedy line-up every night of the week, it consistently draws some of the comedy world's brightest stars while also nurturing emerging local talent. Whether you're a seasoned comedy fan or just looking for a good laugh, The Stand Newcastle has something special in store for everyone.
The Stand offers an accessible toilet in the bistro and auditorium and a purpose-built fully accessible hydraulic lift to allow access to the venue.
Alnwick Garden is a contemporary outdoor space for visitors to enjoy nature. Opened by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, the garden is host to the largest collection of European plants in the UK and the largest Japanese cherry orchard in the world.
Alnwick Garden has level access to the main entrance, display information in large print and colour contrast markings throughout.
Bamburgh Castle has been standing guard over the stunning Northumberland coastline for 1,400 years. It covers nine acres of land on its rocky perch, making it one of the biggest inhabited castles in the UK .
In 1894 William George Armstrong, an inventor, bought Bamburgh Castle. He had a vision for a quintessential castle, and he went to work to make it happen. Inside the castle, you'll find his amazing collection of art, ceramics, and other collectibles.
Bamburgh Castle offers two wheelchair accessible toilets in the grounds, this area is also equipped with a baby changing unit and both are fitted with alarms.
Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside at Discovery Museum, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.
Visitors to the Discovery Museum can reap the benefits of free entry, as it's positioned within Newcastle it has great transport links for both public and private transport.
The Discovery Museum offers three public lifts with voice announcers and Braille indicators, wheelchairs are available to borrow, and audio visual displays.
Nestled in the scenic Ouseburn Valley, merely a stone's throw away from Newcastle city centre, lies Ouseburn Farm, a community-driven initiative. There is a purpose-built barn and sprawling meadows which offer a home to an array of charming creatures, including sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. Your visits to Ouseburn Farm will always be brimming with delight, thanks to its frequent event calendar. These engaging occasions feature opportunities to pet and feed the animals, along with a medley of child-friendly activities designed to both entertain and educate during school holidays.
Ouseburn Farm provides on-site parking, with level access to the venue and a lift for public use.
Following an extensive revitalization effort, the City Pool and Turkish Baths in Newcastle underwent a grand reopening in 2019, emerging as a vibrant lifestyle hub in the heart of the city. This venue received a restoration, paying homage to its history and cultural heritage. The Grade II listed building has been thoughtfully rejuvenated, preserving many of its original architectural treasures, while introducing serene spaces for swimming and yoga.
Beyond the inviting swimming pool, the facility boasts top-notch fitness and wellness amenities, alongside a charming café bistro, creating a comprehensive destination for health and leisure seekers.
The City Baths offer a public lift, a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water and accessible shower.
Great North Museum: Hancock, situated in the vibrant heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, stands as a renowned family-friendly attraction. This gem welcomes visitors daily, offering free entry to those eager to embark on a journey through centuries of history.
The Living Planet gallery spans both the ground and first floors of the museum, weaving a captivating tale of wildlife and diverse habitats. On the ground floor, the Hadrian's Wall gallery awaits, inviting guests to delve into the intricate history of this World Heritage Site. Here, you'll uncover the fascinating stories behind the forts, milecastles, and associated museums that still beckon travelers today. The gallery also showcases a trove of archaeological discoveries unearthed along the 73-mile expanse of Hadrian's Wall.
The Great North Museum has Blue Badge parking bays, assistive listening and an accessible toilet.
There are many theatres to choose from in Newcastle and Gateshead where visitors can enjoy the thrill of live performance; each telling a different story. One such venue in the heart of Newcastle city centre is Tyne Theatre and Opera House which not only puts on a great show but is situated in a truly historic building with its own story to tell and forms part of Newcastle's must-see cultural hotspots. Tyne Theatre and Opera House celebrated five years as an independent venue in 2020.
Tyne Theatre and Opera House offers on street Blue Badge parking bays, sloped access and accessible toilets.
Experience the city of Newcastle in a different way. Take a Triple A Food Tour to discover Newcastle's culinary delights. Triple A Food Tours allow visitors to explore the cities culture and cuisine through local produce, such as freshly caught seafood and baked goods.
Triple A Food Tours have provided a 360-degree virtual reality accessibility tour for visitors prior to their arrival.
Newcastle Castle is an essential destination in Newcastle, where you can delve into the city's vibrant history while enjoying breath-taking rooftop views. This historic site unveils the fascinating story of how Newcastle earned its name centuries ago, inviting visitors to explore its rich past.
Newcastle Castle has assisted listening available, Blue Badge parking bays and has some available sloped access.
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NewcastleGateshead has some of the most diverse and interesting places to visit, many with facilities for visitors with disabilities seen and unseen. Most attractions will provide access and facilities for our less mobile visitors, but it is best to check specific requirements with the attraction before your visit.
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