Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200
Located across the River Tyne in Gateshead, The Metro Centre is one of Europe’s largest shopping centres comprising 2 million square feet of retail space and 340 shops. Opened in 1986, The Metro Centre was extensively redeveloped in 2004 and 2006, now incorporating the Metro Qube for family entertainment and leisure. Metro Qube is purposely designed from clad zinc and glass to distinguish it from the rest of the Metro Centre and is a popular venue for catching a movie, 3D or IMAX movie. Kids and adults can while the hours away with fun and games at Namco Funscape, housing a ten-pin bowling alley, dodgems and soft play area for the little ones. A spot of retail indulgence? Shop till you drop in the Metro Centre’s malls boasting three department stores: Marks & Spencer; Debenhams and House of Fraser and a host of major fashion retailers like H&M; G-Star Raw and Zara. The Metro Centre is accessible from Whites Hotel via metro to Monument station and a direct shuttle bus from the bus stop outside the station.
Centre for Life
Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4EP
Tel: 0191 243 8210
Also known as the Life Science Centre, The Centre of Life offers a fun-packed day out for children and families visiting Newcastle and plays host to a range of scientific activities tailored for all age groups. Visitors can easily spend a whole day in The Centre of Life getting up close to hands-on displays, enjoying live shows and demonstrations in the Science Theatre and star-gazing in the UK’s most visited planetarium. Featuring the North East’s only 4D motion ride, The Centre of Life offers a myriad of activities and exhibits that illustrate science in a novel way. Central Station rail and metro station is the closest station to the Centre for Life, situated on Times Square just off Westmorland Road. The centre is opened daily and incurs an entry fee. Family tickets are available.
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789
Discover the social history of Newcastle and Tyneside at the Discovery Museum, brimming with interactive displays and temporary exhibitions that depict the region’s maritime history, engineering and technological innovations. The entrance features the museum’s most awe-inspiring exhibit, Turbinia, the first ship in the world to be powered by steam turbine and built on Tyneside. Once the world’s fastest ship until 1899, the history of the vessel is illustrated in the Turbinia Story display. The Discovery Museum is home to the BFI Mediatheque showcasing over 2000 rare British films and TV programmes. Viewings are free of charge from the viewing stations in the Mediatheque, open 7 days per week. Located in Blandford Square next to Saint James’s Park, The Discovery Museum is a short walk from Saint James Metro Station and entry to the museum is free of charge.
Segedunum Roman Fort
Baths and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Tel: 0191 236 9347
Segedunum Roman Fort is a principal roman site located at the eastern extreme of Hadrians Wall, constructed under instruction by Emperor Hadrian in AD122 to defend the Roman Empire from the Barbarians in the North. Translating as ‘strong fort’, Segedunum was established to protect the eastern end of the 73 mile long wall and was a stronghold of 600 Roman soldiers. Archaeology and history enthusiasts can experience the surviving relics of buildings and a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Classified a USESCO World Heritage Site, Segemundum incorportates a large museum, full reconstructions of a Roman bath house and a viewing tower with spectacular views across the site. Visits to Segemundum incur an entry fee for adults and concessions. Segemundum is situated in the eastern suburb of Wallsend, only a 3 minute walk from the Wallsend Metro and Bus Station. Take the metro from Monument or Saint James to Wallsend via the Coast Line (yellow line depicted on the metro map).
The Castle Keep
Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1RQ
Tel: 0191 232 7938
Giving the city its name, The Castle is Newcastle’s most prominent medieval fortification, comprising the Castle Keep (main fortified stone tower) and The Blackgate (the gatehouse). Dating from 1178 under the reign of Henry II, The Castle Keep lies to the east of Newcastle Central Station and pre-dates the city walls. Constructed of fine Norman stone, the new castle was erected on the site of a former Roman fortification, Pons Aelius and the subsequent Norman motte and bailey castle built by William the Conqueror’s son, Robert Curthose. The Castle Keep has grade 1 listing building status and commands breathtaking views over the river and Tyne bridges. The Keep is one of the UK’s finest examples with beautifully restored stonework and interiors. The Castle Keep, Newcastle is opened daily with last admissions at 4.15pm. An entry fee is applicable to adults and concessions. Take the metro or bus to Central Station. The Castle Keep is a 5 minute walk from Central Station via the Neville Street exit.