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Newcastle Castle's Friends and Other Exciting Heritage Venues

While Newcastle Castle is the place that gave the city its name and a key part of where the story of our city began, we are excited to play a big role in the story of our city continuing to be an incredibly exciting one alongside some excellent venues and ventures. Check out the programmes from our wonderful friends.

Newcastle City Guides 

A group of enthusiastic, well-trained volunteers who, with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, share a passion for the history, heritage and culture of our great city. They offer up entertaining and fully researched historical walks around Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding areas.

Newcastle St Nicholas Cathedral 

Newcastle Cathedral is the Cathedral for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle, which stretches from the River Tyne to the River Tweed.  Christian prayer and worship are offered here daily, just as they have been on this site for over 900 years. A truly beautiful building that offers up so much including a piece serenity set amid the busyness of a vibrant city.  It is the spiritual home of a caring, worshipping community.

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

St Mary's Heritage Centre is a unique visitor attraction combining art and heritage. It sits high above the River Tyne in Gateshead. The interior of the Grade-1 listed church was completely stripped out to return it to its former glory. It is now open to the public and runs an extensive programme of exhibitions and activities. This includes the family history section, which is focused on the church and the nearby area. The centre welcomes visitors to learn more about the history of Gateshead, as well as providing a spectacular venue for events, family history research and educational activities.

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is housed in the old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it quickly became an iconic building in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House became a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993. Discovery Museum started life in Exhibition Park, Newcastle in 1934 as the Municipal Museum of Science and Industry, the first science museum outside of London Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area's maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain and the rest of the world.

Great North Museum

The Great North Museum: Hancock was purpose built in Newcastle as a natural history museum in 1884 to house the growing collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Following a £26million redevelopment in 2009, (when the Hancock Museum merged with the Museum of Antiquities and the Shefton Museum), the Great North Museum: Hancock is now a popular free family destination with a varying programme of exhibitions, expert talks, courses and activities for children.

Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. There is always lots to do – with unique exhibitions, engaging storytellers, visiting authors and fun activities for all ages. A key part of the Ouseburn area of Newcastle, it's offered up a home for children and families with an interest in literature.

Literary and Philosophical Society Library

Since opening in 1825, the Lit & Phil has welcomed thousands of people, witnessed ‘world firsts’ in innovation and grown a unique collection of books. It’s now so much more than a library. Depending on who you ask, it’s an historic building, a refuge, a meeting place, office, theatre, lecture hall, performance space and of course, still an outstanding library.

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Their mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.

The Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, built to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The Tunnel was converted in 1939 into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.