Things to do for free in Newcastle

You don’t have to break the bank to have a great time in Newcastle. This diverse and lively city is an excellent place to explore and is one of the most iconic cities across Britain. From beautiful green spaces, famous bridges, iconic landmarks as well as markets and plenty of museums, there is so much to do for free in Newcastle.

Walk the Seven Bridges

Tyne Bridge, 19-minute walk from hotel

Get your walking shoes on and walk across the 7 bridges of Newcastle. Each bridge spans across the River Tyne and offer a unique view of the city and its surroundings. The most famous of the bridges is of course Tyne Bridge, 19-minutes from Maldron Hotel Newcastle. Tyne Bridge was built in 1928 by the same group behind Sydney Harbour Bridge, and connects Newcastle to Gateshead.


The Angel of the North

13-minute drive from hotel

A short 13-minute drive away from Maldron Hotel Newcastle is the magnificent Angel of the North, one of the most famous examples of public art across the UK. The sculpture was completed in 1998 by Antony Gormley and is the largest sculpture in Britain. The sculpture makes for an excellent snap for your Instagram, standing at 20m high and 54m wide.

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Jesmond Dene

10-minute drive from hotel

Jesmond Dene is a beautifully calm escape from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle. Located only 10-minutes’ drive from Maldron Hotel Newcastle, Jesmond Dene is a peaceful haven for residents, visitors and wildlife alike. The most popular attraction is the free, family-friendly pet’s corner. Here you will find animals of all shapes and sizes, including pigs, goats, alpacas, sheep and many more.


Discovery Museum

10-minute walk from hotel

The Discovery Museum is the ideal location for a free, educational family trip. Immerse yourself in the history of North Tyneside told through permanent displays and visiting exhibitions. As you enter you will come face to face with Turbinia, Charles Parson’s iconic steam powered ship which was once the world’s fastest ship.

The first floor consists of the Newcastle Story; which takes you on a trip through the city’s history and Tyne & Wear Archives, while also delving further into Tyneside’s industrial and maritime past with Working Lives, Tyneside Challenge and Story of the Tyne. You will find Turbina Café on the second floor, where you can enjoy a coffee and treat overlooking Turbinia and Story of Tyne gallery.

Grey Street & Grainger Market

5-minute walk from hotel

Grey Street, built in the 1830’s is the most significant street in Newcastle. The street, 5-minutes’ walk from Maldron Hotel Newcastle, is famous for its Georgian architecture, regularly being voted as the best street in the UK. Grey Street runs from the famous Grey’s Monument to Dean street and is home to many restaurants, bars and iconic buildings such as Theatre Royal.

Just minutes away from Grey’s Monument is Grainger Market, a vibrant market home to over 100 vendors who sell everything from vegetables, fruit, clothes, jewellery, meat, souvenirs and much more!

Visit Quayside

10-minute walk from hotel

Quayside is one of the most iconic areas of the city, stretching along the River Tyne and home to the famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Newcastle’s Walk of Fame is also set along Quayside. Here many of the city’s local heroes are celebrated with their own bronze embedded plaque into the pavement. Heroes include Alan Shearer, Ant and Dec and Sting.

Every Sunday the Newcastle Quayside Market takes place from 9am – 4pm. This has played an important role in North East culture for many years and features independent traders from all over the region selling handcrafted goods and local products. There is also plenty of buskers and street performers on hand to keep you entertained while you browse.

Ouseburn Farm

7-minute drive from hotel

This free entry, working farm is one of Newcastle’s most popular tourist attractions. Tucked under Byker Bridge, a 7-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Newcastle, Ouseburn is a green oasis in the busy city, giving visitors the chance to see and pet various animals like pigs, sheep, rabbits and many more. This is definitely a must-do when visiting Newcastle with children.

The Great North Museum: Hancock

14-minute walk from hotel

The Great North Museum: Hancock is another excellent free-to-enter museum in Newcastle. The museum is only a 14-minute walk from the hotel and focuses on natural history and ancient civilisations. The museum offers a varying programme of exhibitions, expert talks, courses and activities for children.

Highlights of the museum include the Living Planet which tells the story of wildlife and habitats, Fossil Stories where you will learn more about the animals and plants that graced the earth millions of years ago and also the world of the Ancient Egyptians exhibition.

Maldron Hotel Newcastle

Ideally located at the heart of Newcastle City Centre, Maldron Hotel Newcastle is the perfect base for exploring all of the best fun, free activities that Newcastle has to offer. Start your morning off right with a delicious Vitality breakfast or enjoy a tasty evening meal in our Grain & Grill Restaurant. After a busy day of exploring have the perfect nights sleep in our spacious, comfortable rooms.

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