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Historical Days Out In NE1

Whether you’re a history buff looking to learn more about the region, or searching for a family day out with a difference now that summer’s arrived, we’ve gathered the best historical days out for Tyneside time-travellers.



Looming above Newcastle, the castle keep is a unique reminder of our city’s rich history. With a whole host of atmospheric areas to explore, it makes for a fun-filled day out whatever the weather. Head up to the turrets for a fabulous view across the city, then, if the weather’s nice, pop down to the grassy banks surrounding the castle and enjoy a picnic with the family. £6.50




Newcastle’s quayside has some romantic tales to tell, encapsulated by Bessie Surtees House. Learn how the woman herself escaped from an upstairs window to elope to Scotland, and learn about the role of merchants’ houses in 16th and 17th century Newcastle as you explore five storeys of history. Then travel through time and explore the post-war art the building also plays host to – how’s that for a house with a past? Free




The Victoria Tunnel in Ouseburn is one of Newcastle’s hidden historical gems, stretching underground through the city. Attend a guided tour of the spooky old structure and learn about its role in Newcastle’s coal industry, as well as its later use as an air raid shelter. Rumour has it that paranormal fans might even spot a ghost or two! After your tour, head to one of Ouseburn’s cosy pubs for a bite to eat and a stiff drink! £6




We all know that Tyneside Cinema is the place to be for geordies young and old, a trendy, modern spot in the middle of the city. But the building itself is also a key piece of the toon’s history, and a tour round will show you its fabulous 1930s architecture and even old newsreels, giving you a taste of the cinema experience of yesteryear. Free




A trip to the Discovery Museum is an unbeatable way to learn all about Newcastle’s scientific, technological and maritime history. From the fascinating Newcastle Story installation, which traces the city’s history from Roman times, to exhibitions all about working and military life in the city, there’s just so much to see and learn. Remember to stop off at the gift shop to grab a historical souvenir! Free


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