Museums and Visitor Attractions
Angel of the North
Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North (10 minutes south of Newcastle city centre on the A167), is one of the North’s unmissable sights. Standing 20m high (taller than four double-decker buses), with a wingspan of 54m, it weighs 200 tons.
Further information: www.gateshead.gov.uk/angel
Tel: 01665 511350
One of Europe’s most spectacular, contemporary gardens - the creation of the Duchess of Northumberland - the 12-acre grounds include a Grand Cascade, Poison Garden, Labyrinth, water sculptures and one of the world’s largest Tree Houses, which is home to a treetop restaurant.
Further information: www.alnwickgarden.com
Discounted tickets can be purchased from the hotel reception.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish, Co Durham
Tel: 0191 370 4000
Life in north-east England in the early 19th and early 20th centuries is recreated at this award-winning, open air museum with trams, steam engines, a farm, colliery village, town, shops and fairground set in 300 acres.
Further information: www.beamish.org.uk
Church Bank, Jarrow
Tel: 0191 489 2106
Anglo-Saxon monastic site and museum of Venerable Bede’s life and work (AD 673 – 735) plus a working Anglo-Saxon farm.
Further information: www.bedesworld.co.uk
Centre for Life
Times Square, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 243 8210
Family-friendly science centre with interactive technology, virtual games, 3D films and workshops that explain the origins of life and why we’re all different in an exciting, fun and often hilarious way. Changing exhibitions, planetarium, theatre and amazing Motion Ride.
Further information: www.life.org.uk
Blandford Square, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 232 6789
Discover Tyneside life from the Romans to the 21st century, from its maritime history and pioneering inventors to its fashion and music scene. Attractions include an interactive Science Maze and Turbinia, the world’s first steam boat and fastest ship of its day.
Further information: www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery
Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne bridges
Admire, walk or drive across the seven bridges in the city centre including the Armstrong-designed Swing Bridge, road and rail High Level Bridge (Robert Stephenson), iconic Tyne Bridge and the award-winning tilting Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The Millennium Bridge tilts daily at 12 noon as well as when required to do so by shipping.
Great North Museum
Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 222 7418
The North’s leading natural history and archaeology museum, re-opened after a £26million refurbishment, showcases a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, planetarium, Egyptian mummies, ancient Greek treasures, live and stuffed animals, life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and regular blockbuster exhibitions.
Further information: www.twmuseums.org.uk/greatnorthmuseum
National Glass Centre
Liberty Way, Sunderland
Tel: 0191 515 5555
Discover the history of glass-making, its amazing properties and scientific uses, interactive displays, glass-blowing demonstrations plus extensive collection of contemporary glassware to buy.
Admission: Free entry
Further information: www.nationalglasscentre.com
Seven Stories, The Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street, Newcastle
Tel: 0845 271 0777
Britain’s first centre dedicated to children’s literature with changing exhibitions, creative workshops, story telling, meet the author and illustrator events, reading room, play centre and huge bookshop. Set in an imaginative conversion of a Victorian mill.
Further information: www.sevenstories.org.uk