25 fantastic free things to do in Newcastle
Newcastle Quayside

Entertaining yourself in Newcastle doesn’t have to cost a penny, with plenty of free things to see and do that can easily keep you occupied for days.

From picturesque walks to culture and history, there’s something for everyone.

1. Become a farmer at Ouseburn Farm

Ouseburn Farm

Nestled away in the heart of the Ouseburn is Newcastle’s very own city farm. Stroll around the fields, ponds and gardens and learn about farming and sustainability. The kids will love the wide range of farm animals and the free crafting and nature activities that take place in the school holidays.

2. Explore Chinatown

Stroll through the golden arch and take in the delicious smells of Chinatown. A street full of colourful restaurants and supermarkets, it’s the perfect place to escape the busy city centre.

3. Work out at the Quayside Gym

Who needs an expensive gym membership when you can exercise in the fresh air whilst admiring the beautiful views of the river? There are four pieces of gym equipment on the banks of the Tyne and when you’ve want a change of pace the miles of path are perfect for running.

4. Journey to the Angel of the North

Angel of the North

One of the most famous landmarks in the North East, the Angel is something that needs to be seen up close to be truly appreciated. Standing a proud 66 feet tall, stand at her feet and gaze up – you’ll never feel smaller!

5. Cycle along the Tyne

With plenty of flat paths the cycle route along the Tyne is perfect. If you’re feeling particularly energetic you can peddle your way to the picture perfect town of Tynemouth on the coast.

6. Explore the Sage

Offering fantastic views of the River Tyne, plenty of comfortable seats to relax and a lovely little shop to potter around the Sage is a great place to spend the afternoon. If you’re lucky you can sometimes catch some free live music taking place in the foyer.

7. Take the Walk of Fame

Forget the Hollywood Walk of Fame and walk in the footsteps of the very finest Geordie heroes. Scattered along the banks of the Tyne you’ll find tributes to famous stars such as Ant and Dec and Alan Shearer.

Walk of Fame

8. Discover our past at the Discovery Museum

Learn about the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions at the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square. The museum focuses on Newcastle’s importance to Britain and the rest of the world and also hosts frequent free talks, screenings and workshops.

9. People watch at the Quayside Market

Every Sunday the Quayside plays host to a market with plenty of local businesses selling their wares. A great place for a morning stroll, there’s always a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of people to watch.

10. Pet an alpaca at Pets Corner

Pet's Corner

In the heart of the beautiful Jesmond Dene you’ll find Pets Corner. Featuring animals of all shapes and sizes you’ll find alpacas, rabbits, goats and birds, perfect for an afternoon out with the family.

11. Play some Ping Pong

Ever fancied playing a spot of table tennis on one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets? On Newcastle’s Northumberland Street you’ll find a ping pong table ready and waiting. Bonus points if you manage to hit the ball into a passing shopper’s bag.

12. Browse round Grainger Market

Take in the sights and smells of the Grainger Market. Filled with local people and local produce, there are plenty of benches scattered around where you can take off a load and do a spot of people watching.

13. Watch the Millennium Bridge wink

Tilting Bridge

The only bridge of its kind, the Millennium Bridge not only offers pedestrians and cyclists access from the Newcastle Quayside to the Gateshead Quays but also tilts to allow ships to pass. A spectacular sight, people line the river banks daily to watch the bridge wink.

14. Follow the city walls

Newcastle is one of the few cities in the UK that has parts of it’s city defence wall still standing. Almost 8 metres high in places, the stretch by St James Park is worth a look.

15. Admire the view at the Baltic…

baltic

Hidden away on Level 4 of the Baltic art gallery is an outdoor viewing platform offering perfect panoramic views of the Newcastle cityscape  If bird watching is more your thing the platform gives a great view of the colony of Kittiwakes who nest at the Baltic every year.

16. …and appreciate some art

Housed in an old flour mill on the banks of the Tyne, the Baltic is a centre for contemporary art with a changing calendar of exhibitions. Free guided tours of the building, giving you access all areas take place every Sunday morning.

17. Feed the ducks at Leazes Park

Newcastle’s oldest park, Leazes Park is a lovely green space in the middle of the bustling city. Enjoy the peace and quiet with a stroll round the fishing lake to feed the ducks.

18. Walk the 7 bridges

Seven Bridges

The Tyne Bridge is an iconic feature of Newcastle but there are six other bridges across the Tyne that offer spectacular views of the river. Stroll across the Swing Bridge as it gets dark for a great view of the Millennium Bridge’s coloured lights.

19. Explore the Ouseburn

Newcastle’s trendiest suburb, the Ouseburn is a cultural haven for art and creativity. The home of the Biscuit Factory art gallery and Seven Stores, the national centre for children’s books there’s plenty of fun for all the family.

20. Hatton Gallery

The permanent collection at the Hatton Gallery on King’s Road comprises over 35,000 works which is a lot of free entertainment (website)

21. Enjoy a movie at the Tyneside Bar Café

Tyneside Bar cAFE

Every Sunday you can enjoy a free classic movie at the Tyneside Bar Café as part of Brunch Club, or if cult favourites are more your thing Cult Film Night is on every Monday evening. The Bar Café has a large screen and is a great place to meet up with friends.

22. Invite yourself over to Bessie Surtees House

A rare example of Jacobean architecture, the merchants houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries are stunning. Also home to the northern branch of the English Heritage, there’s plenty of free entertainment for history fans.

23. Stroll down an award winning street

Grainger Town

Voted the Academy of Urbanisms Great Street Award winner  in 2010, Grey Street is a bit of a stunner. 40% of the buildings are listed as being historically important, the classical architecture will take your breath away.

24. Run away from a skeleton T-Rex at the Hancock

The life size dinosaur skeleton at the Hancock on Barras Bridge is hugely popular with kids and if that’s not your thing there’s also a fully interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall and a planetarium.

25. Escape from the city at Jesmond Dene

Jesmond Dene is a short stroll from the city centre and is a calm oasis of woodland walks. Pack a picnic and take some time out by the waterfall where you can enjoy the peace and quiet without spending a penny.

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