5 Things to do for Free in Newcastle (England)


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Following on from yesterday’s 5 free things to do in London, I thought it would also be good to look elsewhere in England for free things to do. Often people who visit England only come to London, so I wanted to inspire you go further afield with this next article!

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Housed in the (now) converted Baltic Flour Mill, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is home to many exiting exhibitions regularly. These have included exhibitions from the likes of Yoko Ono and Damien Hirst. It has also played host to the Turner Prize. Aside from the exhibitions though the building itself is also rather interesting. Definitely one of the best free things to do in Newcastle!

Jesmond Dene

For an escape from the city for a while and somewhere green, head to Jesmond Green. With a river, mini-waterfall, and many walkways, it’s the kind of place you could happily get lost. Expect to see a lot of dense woodland here despite its city location.

Angel of the North

This is one of those things you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re ever passing through Newcastle (in my opinion.) The Angel of the North, a work by contemporary artist Anthony Gormley, is something of an iconic figure in the north of England (and the UK). The Angel stands 20 metres tall and has a wingspan measuring 54 metres. It’s definitely the place to go if you want some great travel pictures from Newcastle to take home with you.

– The best way to get there is by bus from the city centre (take bus number 21 or 22 of the Go North East services to get there). It’s the kind of place that’s worth booking a hotel in Newcastle for, even if just for one night, to make sure you see it and get some good pictures during daytime.

The Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum, located on Blandford Square, is yet another free-to-do highlight in Newcastle. It highlights the history of Newcastle through technology. It also charts the region’s military, maritime, and mining history. It’s cool place to go if you want to learn about Newcastle and the city’s history.

Newcastle’s Town Wall

Newcastle is one of the only remaining cities in England that still has much of its original defensive wall still standing. Originally built sometime in the 13th or 14th Century and measuring 3km long (originally), this historic piece of Newcastle is yet another gem you can visit without paying a bean! The best part to visit is probably ‘The West Walls’, which is the longest remaining stretch and shadows St James’ Park.

One Response to “5 Things to do for Free in Newcastle (England)”

  1. Katy says:

    Good tips! It’s always nice to see a focus on destinations outside of London too in the UK so glad you did this.


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