Free Fun and Educational Places to Visit in the North East This Summer
The Summer Holidays can be an expensive time for parents as they look for activities that the whole family can enjoy. However you do not have to break the bank to have a good time as there are plenty of free things to do and see.
Newcastle is a great City full of things to see and do.
Discovery Museum in Newcastle
Let your children and yourself explore the history of Newcastle and the River Tyne in a safe environment. The Discovery museum houses lots of great exibits includind a scale model of the river complete with its iconic bridges. There are also many great features including coal dumps and cranes to load and unload ships. There is an exibit that takes you through Newcastles history from its humble beginnings right back through to the present day, showing you how life has changed over the years.
There are exibits showcasing Newcastles Industrial Heritage including models of some of the early steam engines and Locomotives as well as a locally built car.
There are also some great science experiments that are fun to try no matter how old you are.
Monday to Friday
10 - 4
Saturday and Sunday
11 - 4
Hancock in Newcastle
Full of lots of great interesting and educational exhibits this museum is a must if you are in the Newcastle area.
Monday to Friday
10 - 5
10 - 4
11 - 4
The North East and the Railways
The North East is famous for its role in creating the railways and this is celebrated by many Museums and attractions and some of them are free.
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Filled with a wealth of history Locomotion is situated in a town that has long been a part of the history of the Railways. There are interactive games and exhibits for the children to enjoy that will teach them about the importance of the railway to England's history and the North East.
Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields
This Railway Museum is dedicated to the man who helped make it all possible, George Stephenson. It is only a small museum but it is well worth a look especially is your kids love trains, which most do.
The Museum is free but there is a small charge if you wish to ride the Steam Train.
Open weekends and school hoildays from 11am till 4pm
Train runs Sundays and Bank Holidays.
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