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A rainy day in Newcastle is certainly not a day wasted, with plenty of things to do to pass a few hours taking in culture or learning something new. Hop on a train to Tyneside and discover what Newcastle has to offer.

Newcastle’s culture and arts

Some of the best indoor activities Newcastle has to offer can be found at the many Newcastle art galleries and museums, which can be counted among some of the best in the UK and Europe. For classical British art, visit the Laing Gallery, which has been a popular attraction for over 100 years. The gallery has a special Northern Spirit exhibit that focuses on talent from the North of England, as well as hosting a rotating array of historic and modern art, including regular talks by artists and curators.
With constantly changing exhibits, the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art is the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art space and is well worth visiting time and time again. The Baltic Centre is a great place to bring kids, with a sensory play room that is ideal to chill out with your little ones, and regular events like messy play and the Baltic Big Create to encourage the little artist in your family.
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If you’re on the lookout for live music in the city, make the eye-catching Sage Gateshead your first port of call. From folk music performances to enjoying your favourite film with a live orchestra, there’s something for all tastes and ages. Keep an eye on the website to see what’s coming up soon.


For the thrill seekers

If you want to take things up a gear, why not try an escape room in Newcastle. Escape Newcastle is a popular choice, featuring three challenging rooms with just 60 minutes to escape! Great for a family day out as it’s suitable for children over 10 years. Never Give Up Newcastle also offer three rooms, including a spooky Dungeon game – enter if you dare. 


A must for movie buffs

If you fancy a cosy day at the flicks, head over to Tyneside Cinema, the last surviving newsreel cinema operating in the UK and Newcastle’s favourite picture house. Grab a coffee or cocktail at the onsite Vicolo cafe before settling in to watch an indie, art house or Oscar winning movie in one of the cinema’s four unique screens.
Grab a bite to eat after your cinematic experience in nearby Fat Hippo Underground, which offer serious comfort food in the form of burgers, wings and fries that are just what you need to get you through a rainy day. For quirky British décor and the finest selection of whiskies Newcastle has on offer, head to local favourite Lady Grey’s and have yourself a post-cinematic indulgence of traditional bar food and a delightful beverage.


Newcastle’s pubs and bars

If after a day in the city you’re ready for a refreshing drink, Newcastle is the place to be.  Known for its abundance of bars and pubs it has everything you need for a great day or night out. Looking for a real ale pub where you can enjoy a thirst quenching pint in the city centre? Check out Bacchus, located on High Bridge, this award winning pub boasts nine hand pumps with ever changing guest beers. You can even learn about the city’s ship building past while you enjoy a pint. If real ale isn’t your thing and you’re on the look out for a chic bar to sip a fruity cocktail, we would recommend you make a stop at Lola Jeans. With a combination of elegant chandeliers and imposing art, this edgy, yet sophisticated bar is well worth a visit.