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Newcastle-Gateshead - Arts and Culture

Things to see and do

Newcastle-Gateshead has a rich and diverse history just waiting to be discovered. Alongside our modern attractions sit architectural treasures and monuments straight out of the history books. There are museums galore and as an extra bonus most of them have free admission.

BALTIC, South Shore Road, Gateshead
BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art on the south bank of the River Tyne, and is one of the biggest contemporary art spaces in Europe.

Opus Gallery, Church Hall, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle
Opus Gallery showcases original works of art and exclusive limited edition prints by the world's premier contemporary artists and photographers.

The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle
This beautiful Victorian building and former biscuit factory contains the biggest single commercial art space in the UK.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, South Shore Road, Gateshead
This stunning and elegant bridge is a winner of Britain‘s premier architectural award, the Stirling Prize, and it‘s easy to see why. The bridge opens and closes like a gigantic eyelid (to let ships pass) and provides a pedestrian link over the River Tyne from Newcastle into the heart of Gateshead Quays. On weekend nights the coloured lighting is spectacular.

Castle Keep, St Nicholas Street, Castle Garth, Newcastle
It is one of the finest examples of a Norman Keep in the country and is now a Grade I listed building.The roof of the Castle Keep boasts fantastic views of the Quayside, its bridges and the city centre, and it’s well worth climbing the 134 steps to the top!

Gateshead Quays
Experience the spectacular BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, The Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Visitor Centre. Gateshead Quays lies in the heart of Tyneside next to the world famous Tyne Bridge.

Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street
Theatre offering wide variety of shows from opera to ballet, children's shows to classical drama and light entertainment. The Royal is the northern home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Rambert Dance Company.

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