We're All Going To ... Newcastle!

15 April 2015

Newcastle Castle has just reopened after a £1.67m (A$3.19m) renovation project, and has fun events for kids over the holidays.

The medieval keep is one of the best in the UK, but that's not the only reason to visit Newcastle.

There are plenty of options for children and adults to keep everyone entertained.

 The ancient keep of Newcastle (Image: Getty)

Anything else for children to do?

Yes, you’re genuinely spoilt for choice. Moving Stories at the National Centre for Children’s Books showcases film and TV adaptations of fairytales and kids’ classics (until 20 April).

Maker Faire at the brilliant Life Science Centre is a family-friendly festival of invention, from 3D-printing to bio-hacking (26 and 27 April) – plus there’s the biggest planetarium in the north.

The Great North Museum has a lifesize T-rex, mummies from ancient Egypt and a virtual Hadrian’s Wall.


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Where shall we go for dinner?

They’ll love bowling, UV ping pong and “sea dogs” at Lane7, a smart bowling alley; mini burgers in the new Bar Cafe at the art deco Tyneside Cinema; or posh pizzas at the Herb Garden.

Is there stuff for grown-ups to do?

Plenty. Have a pint at the new Bridge Tavern brewpub, or a watering can full of raspberry and sage cocktail at The Botanist.

Get dancing at the Boiler Shop Steamer, a monthly event with street food, booze, live music and art. For more culture check out Sage Gateshead, the iconic concert venue on the Tyne, with a busy program offering music for all tastes from classical to jazz.

 The historic city of England's north (Image: Getty)

Anywhere to stay for under £100 (A$190)?

Yes, there are options for all budgets. Sleeperz Hotels is a budget mini-chain (the only other one is in Cardiff) in the heart of the city. Comfortable and stylish family rooms come with bunk beds.

Or, for a touch of 1930s glamour, try the Vermont Hotel, which has a cocktail bar and a mini-spa.

Do I need a car?

No. Trains run from across Britain to Newcastle Central station, including Virgin’s East Coast service from London.
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Visit your local Flight Centre or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Newcastle.

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This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

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Rachel Dixon

Rachel Dixon works on travel and features at the Guardian.