Best Family Days Out in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle is a city in North East England. It has a population of around 818,000 and is the 10th largest city in the UK. One of its most famous landmarks are The Angel Of The North, a gigantic sculpture by Antony Gormley. It’s also well known for being home to Newcastle United Football Club and for having one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls – Eldon Square. There are lots of other great attractions too like Hadrian’s Wall which stretches 73 miles from coast to coast across Northern England as well as plenty more museums, galleries and exhibitions worth exploring if you’re visiting with kids or on your own! Here are five places that make perfect family days out. Joslin Rhodes aren’t just your Newcastle financial advisers, we can also be your local tour guide!

St James Park

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The Newcastle United football stadium offers a great family day out. Whether it’s to watch an actual game of football or maybe a tour of the stadium. With a variety of restaurants and hospitality packages, St James Park has something to wow all ages. Stadium tours are offered in three different packages the classic tour, rooftop tours and group and private tours.

The classic tour offers many great experiences whether that is walking down the tunnel or sitting in the players changing room, you are sure to enjoy it. You are further given access to the media suite and the room where the manager gives his post match comments. Tickets can be booked on the Newcastle United website today.  Pricing ranges from £15 for an adult, £12 for concisions and £8 for juniors. Furthermore the tour is available from Wednesday to Sunday. Booking times are 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Wednesday to Friday and 10:30am, 1230pm and 2:30pm on Saturday to Sunday.

On the rooftop tour you will find yourself with a well versed guide on a walkway 150ft above the ground. This tour will offer you some truly amazing views of Newcastle and the surrounding areas. Once back down you will get the opportunity to see the stadium from the dug out.  This exclusive tour will cost £20 for an adult, £18 for concessions and £15 for juniors. Excluding match days you can take part in the tour on Saturday and Sunday at 12pm.

Group tours allow for your group of 15 to 30 to explore the stadium privately. With group tours catering which is on offer for any occasion. Private tours take place everyday, excluding match days.

Do I have to book?

For a definite place in the tour, bookings can be made online. But if there is space on the day you can pay on the day.

Is there parking?

There is no free parking available.  However there is a lot of parking available in the surrounding areas. Some options include The Strawberry Place East, Leazes Park Road and Terrace Place South. If these do not fit your needs there are alternatives that can be found online here.

Can you take photos?

Yes, you can take photos during this tour.

The Biscuit Factory

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The Biscuit Factory is another great place for kids and adults to visit together. Home to two floors of artist workshops, you’ll find everything from woodcarving to workshops, all with the chance to buy or just watch what’s going on in there. The Biscuit Factory is the UKs largest independent contemporary art, craft and design gallery.  Though if you want somewhere to relax after wandering the three floors a café can be found on the ground floor.

The factory kitchen offers a seasonal menu put together by chef Michael Waugh that ranges from brunch classics to inspirations from over seas.

The Biscuit Factory is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Is there an entrance fee?

There are no entrance fees at the Biscuit Factory.

How often do exhibitions change?

The Biscuit Factory uses a rolling exhibition schedule, which means there will always be something new each time you visit.

Is the Biscuit Factory dog friendly?

The Biscuit Factory allows friendly dogs within the bar and café.

Why is the gallery called the Biscuit Factory?

The gallery gets its name from the building’s old purpose of being a biscuit factory.

Life Science Centre

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The Life Science Centre has over eighty interactive features for visitors of all ages to try their hand at. It’s home to exhibitions on everything from how cells work, to weather forecasting and even live science experiments where you can get involved too! There are lots of themed zones to explore as well as an outdoor area for younger children. The Life Science Centre opened in May 2000 to help the north-east explore science and develop a better understanding. The Life Science Centre has also had many accomplishments such as being a pioneer in genetic research and IVF babies. Life believes it has never been more important to inspire people to explore the big issues facing humanity and how science and technology can help tackle them.

Are there any additional charges for activities?

There are no additional charges after the entrance fee. Your day ticket will give you access to all exhibitions, planetarium, all live shows and the experiment zone.

Is there parking available in the area?

Yes, Times Square can be found a short walk away. Onsite parking can be booked online at the same time as your entry ticket .

Is there prayer facilities available?

There are private spaces available upon request. You can call on 0191 243 8223 or ask a member of staff upon entry.

Are there restaurants within walking distance of the Life Science Centre?

Yes, there are a lot of restaurant options available within walking distance of the Life Science Centre. Tripadvisor ranks Rumba Casa Latina, Sashins Restaurant and Ottoman Turkish and some of the best options within the area.


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Beamish is a living museum set in the North East of England during the early 1900s. It has over eighty acres filled with historical buildings, gardens and homes that families can walk around and explore at their own pace. Kids will love seeing how people used to live all those years ago and you’ll probably pick up some facts along the way too! if your in the mood for a bike ride around Newcastle then why not bring your bicycle to beamish!

What options are available for catering?

There are many options available throughout the exhibition. Some of these options include The Sun Inn Pub, Herron’s Bakery and Davy’s Fish and Chip Shop.

Am I able to book a ticket?

Yes, tickets can be booked here.

How long would I be spending at Beamish?

With it being such a large site with an abundance of amazing content it is recommended to spend a full day at Beamish. Even after your full day it is likely you still haven’t experienced everything Beamish has to offer.

Can you take your own food to Beamish?

Yes you can take your own lunches to Beamish; there are a lot of picnic benches available throughout the site.

Go Ape

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Go Ape is a treetop adventure course where visitors can take part in over sixty challenges for all ages. Kids will love reaching out to their wild side as they clamber around zip wires, bridges and more. You’ll all have a great time as you travel from tree to tree taking part in different activities along the way. Bookings can be made on the website. For pricing it will vary depending upon activities that are taken part in: The tree top adventure will cost from £19;the treetop adventure plus will cost from £23; the treetop challenge will cost from £25; the nets adventure will cost from £19; the forest seaways will cost from £29; the zip trekking adventure will cost from £49; and axe throwing from £15.

Can spectators be brought along?

Yes spectators can be brought along to the activities.

Do you need to book in advance?

Yes, you must book in advance. You can book online or by calling up at 01603 895500. Bookings can be made on the day if there is space is available.


Thank you for reading! We hope that you’ve been inspired by some of these ideas and will pop by next time your looking for a day out with the family! If not, don’t forget to come back for more soon!

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