Newcastle Upon Tyne offers plenty to catch your eye, especially if you like visual art with a contemporary vibe. If you prefer old-school brushwork, you won't be disappointed either. 

    The city's repertoire of performing arts is equally wide, embracing classical music and experimental drama. You can enjoy them all in grand theatres and galleries endowed by 19th-century plutocrats, and in newer venues that are striking examples of contemporary architecture.


    Theatre Royal

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    Newcastle Upon Tyne is northeast England's liveliest city when it comes to music and dance. Large and small theatres and halls in the city centre host light-hearted operetta, musical shows, and variety theatre. 

    Newcastle Upon Tyne's grand old theatre is a triumph of Victorian architecture. Built in 1837 and renovated in 2011, it hosts visiting companies including Northern Ballet, Opera North, Rambert Dance Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Location: 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)844 811 2121


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    Northern Stage

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    Northern Stage's resident company has built a reputation for contemporary drama. This modern theatre also hosts visitors such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as edgy experimental groups.

    Location: Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RH, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)191 230 5151


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    Laing Art Gallery

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    In the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, you'll find a long-established artistic legacy. Galleries and museums in this part of the city include the Laing Art Gallery, with a fine array of Victorian works. Pride of place at the city's flagship art collection goes to paintings by 19th-century masters. The work of contemporary artists and artisans from northeast England is celebrated in the Northern Spirit gallery.

    Location: New Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)191 278 1611


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    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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    The opening of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2002 kick-started Newcastle Upon Tyne's reputation as an exciting hub for visual arts. It also shifted the cultural centre of balance from the city centre to fast-regenerating Gateshead. A striking example of 20th-century industrial architecture, it's housed in a former flour mill on the south bank of the Tyne. 

    You can expect to be surprised by the art on offer at BALTIC. With its constantly changing exhibitions and events, the venue has built a reputation for showing work that challenges and inspires, as well as infuriating more tradition-bound visitors.

    Location: South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Newcastle upon Tyne NE8 3BA, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)191 478 1810


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    BALTIC 39

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    For a taste of 21st-century art, visit BALTIC 39, the city-centre annex of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. It’s a hub of practicing artists. Here, you can admire the work of more than 30 resident artists.

    Location: 31-39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1EW, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 12 pm to 5.30 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)191 261 3830


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    Sage Gateshead

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    Sage Gateshead is home to the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britain's leading chamber music ensemble. It also hosts visiting companies like the Royal Northern Philharmonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonia. Its Folkworks program promotes traditional music, song, and dance.

    Location: St. Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE18 2JR, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)191 443 4661


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    Shipley Art Gallery

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    If the kind of art that BALTIC celebrates isn't your cup of tea, you'll be happier at Shipley Art Gallery. This collection includes works by 16th-century and 17th-century Dutch masters and some fine Victorian portraits and landscapes.

    Location: Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE8 4JB, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)191 477 1495


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