8 free (or cheap) things to do in Newcastle

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1. Enjoy the views and the art at the BALTIC

With modern art to rival that of the Tate Modern, prepare to be stunned, amazed and surprised. Even if you’re not usually an art fan, it’s guaranteed to be a day out to make you think.

Housed in a former flour mill, this eye-popping space is always changing its exhibitions, so check what’s on before you go. There are regular special events for families too.

Go to the Level 5 viewing box to get stunning views across the city.

Where is it? Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, NE8 3BA

How much? FREE!

More info and opening hours: http://www.balticmill.com/ 

2.Take a selfie with the Angel of the North

Up your Instagram game with a filtertastic shot of the Angel of the North, one of the most unforgettable sights of the northeast. If you’ve got a bright day, Antony Gormley’s rust-coloured angel is a perfect picture against a clear blue sky. She’s 20m wide though, so pick your shot carefully… #angles

It’s easy enough to reach by public transport – there are regular buses from the city centre. 

Where is it? By the A1, Gateshead

How much? FREE!

More info: Visiting the Angel 

3.Get up close and fuzzy with the animals at Bill Quay Farm

Make friends with a very special group of animals. Rare breed species of common farm animals live here – including Hebridean sheep, Tamworth pigs and the playful Bagot goats.

The farm’s been around for 30 years, so is very much part of the area, and they host regular events including arts and crafts and special opportunities to meet more of their resident animals (rabbits, reptiles and even a hissing cockroach).

Entry’s free, so it’s definitely worth a stop. You can find it a short walk from Pelaw Metro station or take the 27 bus from Newcastle. 

Where is it? Bill Quay, NE10 0UE

How much? FREE!

More info: Bill Quay City Farm 

4.Buy a bargain at Grainger Market

It’s been on this site since 1835, hosting generation after generation of Newcastle shoppers. Isn’t that worth a look? You’ll find 4 rows and an arcade packed with stalls selling meat, fish, vegetables, fashion, fabrics, CDs and plenty more.

After the original roof burned down in the early 1900s, the steel and glass one was installed in 1904 creating one of the area’s most recognisable buildings.

Where is it? NE1 5JQ

How much? FREE!

More info: Grainger Market

5. Get Football fever at St James' Park

Feel the force of the fans at Newcastle United’s home ground. The atmosphere on match days in the area is incredible – so even if you don’t have a ticket to the terraces, if you’re in the area it can be tough to avoid.

If you want to get inside, join a stadium tour – they run 3 times a day on non-match days, and give you the chance to enjoy some unstoppable views of the pitch from the highest point in the stadium. You’ll also get the players’-eye view of the dugouts, dressing room and lots more too. If you’re a fan, you can’t miss it.

Where is it? Barrack Rd, NE1 4ST

How much? £10-18 per adult, depending on the tour you pick   

More info: Newcastle United

6.Put the castle in Newcastle

Get rich history and gorgeous views in equal measure at Newcastle’s Castle Keep. It’s been a royal seat, a fortress and a battleground over the years, and whether you visit or pay for the tour too, it’s the ancient side of Newcastle that you simply won’t get this well anywhere else.

You can make a solid day of historical buildings too if you stop in at next door’s St Nicholas cathedral – the most northerly in England.

Film screenings, theme nights and child-friendly parties make it a hot spot for more than just history fanboys – but even we can’t help but feel drawn into the ghost-spotting events that pop up from time to time. Haunted, you say?

Where is it? Castle Garth, NE1 1RQ

How much? Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £15.90

More info: Newcastle Castle

7.Engineer a good time at the Discovery Museum

Got children who love science and technology? No? You will have by the time you’ve toured this collection of awe-inspiring history.

Exhibits include some of the first lightbulbs and steam engines, but the main attraction is Turbinia – the first ship powered by steam turbines. See boats, cars and technology that will make you forget the smartphone even exists (for an hour at least).

Where is it? Blandford Square, NE1 4JA

How much? FREE!

More info: Discovery Museum 

8.Hit the Beach

Hop on the metro and in no time at all you’ll be at Longsands, Tynemouth. There’s nothing better for burning off a little holiday energy than a run on the sand – brave bathers can enjoy a dip in the sea too.

If the sun’s out, you know what to do – but even in the winter, this is a great place to run round, play rounders and enjoy the rugged coastline. Best of all? The legitimately breathtaking view won’t cost you a penny.

Where is it? Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Tyne And Wear, NE30 4JH

How much? FREE!  

More info: Tynemouth Longsands

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