Free Things to Do in Newcastle
A Geordie night out is the stuff of legend. Newcastle’s reputation for drinking dens is unrivalled across the nation. The city also has an abundance of interesting cultural experiences too.
If you’re looking for something decidedly easier on the wallet (and liver) then check out this list of great free things to do in Newcastle:
Take a photo with the Angel of the North
The Angel has been welcoming people to the North for nearly 20 years.
Looming over the A1, the 66ft tall structure, by artist Antony Gormley, is one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks.
You can get right up to her too, courtesy of an onsite car park. Perfect chance for a photo opportunity.
Follow the Geordie Walk of Fame
Take a walk along the River Tyne and you’ll spot the odd celebration of the city’s most famous folk. The Newcastle Walk of Fame honours the likes of Ant & Dec, Sting, Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson.
Discover Newcastle’s old Castle
The 12th century Castle is built on the original site of the fortifications that once gave Newcastle it’s new name.
‘The New Castle on Tyne’ site has a history dating back to William the Conqueror.
Nowadays, you can ride the East Coast Mainline train right through the gap between the Keep and Gatehouse.
Learn about the city’s rich history
Delve further into Newcastle’s history at the Discovery Museum and learn a bit about what makes this city tick. From the former fastest boat in the world and tales from Tyneside, to Roman forts and Newcastle United. The Museum is great for those looking to learn a little about Geordie heritage.
Explore the Quays
The banks of the river at Quayside are full of daily hustle and bustle.
Check out the local market for some unique gifts and delicious foods, or just simply take a stroll along the walkway and enjoy the atmosphere.
Return to your roots at the Centre for Children’s Books
Take a trip down memory lane at the National Centre for Children’s Books. This is the UK’s first and only museum dedicated to the art of British children’s books. Grab yourself a copy of your favourite classics and spend a quiet afternoon reading through the greats.
Get muddy at Ouseburn Farm
Newcastle’s hip and happening Ouseburn suburb might not be the first place you’d look for a farming experience, but here we are.
Grab the wellies and get stuck in to tilling the fields, tending to the animals, and learning about farming at this free inner-city project.
Spend time with the animals at Jesmond Dene
Escape the rush of the city centre with a stroll through the beautiful park at Jesmond Dene. Picturesque bridges, planted beds and a small petting farm make this a wonderful spot for a weekend wander.
Watch the winking bridge
One of Newcastle’s Seven Bridges, the Millennium Bridge is unique in the way it allows for the passing of boats underneath.
The famous ‘winking bridge’ has become something of a mini-tourist attraction, with loads of folk gathering to watch the structure open up.
Catch a free movie
Grab the popcorn and catch a classic film at one of Tyneside Bar Café’s weekly screenings. There’s plenty on throughout the week at this hip little joint, so check the listings to see what up next.
Walk the nation’s most beautiful road
Grey Street is something of a national darling. The award-winning road is consistently heralded as the UK’s most beautiful stretch of tarmac.
40% of the buildings are Grade listed, and the 19th century road is a slice of history in the heart of Newcastle’s busy centre.
Have a go at extracting DNA and take a look at how the human brain works at the Life Science Centre. As part of the Centre for Life, this interactive museum allows visitors to get hands-on with the lab-grade kit and get involved in experiments themselves.
Explore your inner art critic at BALTIC
Spend a Sunday morning on a free guided tour of the BALTIC art gallery. This historic building includes an ever-changing exhibit of art from across the region and beyond. After you’ve finished critiquing the works on show, head up to the top floor for wonderful panoramas of the Newcastle cityscape.
Stand at the last post of Hadrian’s Wall
Visit the Wallsend suburb on the outskirts of Newcastle and explore the spot where (you guessed it) the wall ends.
The site at Segendum marks an old Roman fortification where the Western part of Hadrian’s Wall terminated.
Part of the old wall was recently uncovered in the city centre, on Westgate Road.
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