Free things to do in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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A trip out can start to become expensive after travel, food and paying into attractions. Newcastle Upon Tyne has a selection of free attractions so you can enjoy a day out without breaking the bank.

With the seven bridges across the iconic River Tyne and the edgy Ouseburn area there’s plenty to discover. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some fun free things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art

The centre hosts a range of contemporary art exhibitions all year round. If that’s not enough to spark interest it also has unrivalled views of the River Tyne from the viewing platform – which is home to the largest inland colony of Kittiwake birds.

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The Ouseburn Farm

This area is like a mini Berlin in Newcastle, think graffiti, quirky pubs and a not-so-common city farm. You’ll often find live music in the Tyne Bar or Cumberland Arms – both with no admission fee. The Ouseburn Farm is also worth a visit, where you can meet animals big and small!


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Newcastle Quayside

A walk along River Tyne is a great way to spend an afternoon, where you can walk over the Millennium Bridge – the world’s first and only tilt bridge. On Sunday, the Quayside Market takes over with stalls of local crafts and street food vans.

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The Great North Museum: Hancock

If you love learning about animals and their habitats, The Great North Museum is the place to be. With all things Natural History, from fossils and Egyptians to animals and cultures in the present day. The perfect place to take the littles ones.


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Grainger Market

A quirky indoor market in the centre of Newcastle, the place is filled with tasty eateries and little shops. If you fancy a cheap lunch, some of the vendors hand out free samples. The market is a Grade I listed building with beautiful architecture and a homely feel.

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