7 Things to Do Indoors in Newcastle

Planning a visit to the ‘Toon’ anytime soon? Then it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan in case of bad weather. Newcastle Upon Tyne may be one of the UK’s greenest and most walkable cities, but since it’s located in North East England, researching its best indoor attractions ahead of your visit is a smart move.

So, what under-cover and out-of-the-rain activities in Newcastle should you look out for when the heavens open? We’ve put together a few suggestions that you might like to consider – perfect whatever time of the year you plan to visit.

1.   Visit Tynemouth Aquarium

Tynemouth Aquarium is just a short drive from Newcastle, and you can also catch the Metro direct from the city centre to the coast if you prefer. The kids will certainly thank you for pulling this rainy-day suggestion out of your back pocket, with our unique animal attraction being one of the biggest and best aquariums in the region.

And it isn’t just wonderful displays of unique marine life that you can enjoy at Tynemouth Aquarium. Our beloved restaurant Bay & Laurel is open all year round serving up a delicious range of food and drinks, with visitors able to enjoy a spectacular view over the coast. So, whether you’re caught in a downpour or looking for lunch options with a view, why not stop by?

Note: Our restaurant is open to everyone, not just Aquarium paying visitors, and we are open all year round (except Christmas day), come rain or shine!

2.   Take a Tour of St James’ Park

Consider yourself a firm part of the Toon Army? Then what better way to escape the rain in Newcastle than with an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of the prestigious St James’ Park?

Home to the Magpies since 1892, St James’ Park is one of England’s oldest and most fortress-esque football grounds. As part of a guided tour, you’ll not only enjoy exclusive pitchside access, but will also have the chance to walk down the tunnel and see the whole ground from the highest point of the stadium. Check out the different tours available on the NUFC website.

3.   Explore Victoria Tunnel

Used for decades as a means of transporting coal from collieries to coast, Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel is an extraordinary feat of Victorian engineering. Extending from Town Moor to the Tyne, this historic tunnel presents a side to the city that you may not have thought possible, with guided tours offering a fascinating glimpse into Newcastle’s industrial past.

Armed with a headtorch and hard hat, visitors can follow in the footsteps of 19th-century colliers, all while hearing tall-tales of ghostly goings-on. During WWII, the tunnel was also used as a makeshift air raid shelter, with replica beds and benches giving a sense of what Geordies experienced all those years ago.

4.   Test Your Mettle at Newcastle Climbing Centre

Are you and the kids up for a challenge? Then strap in for an adrenaline-pumping visit to the Newcastle Climbing Centre.

As one of the largest dedicated indoor climbing venues in the North East, this is the ideal place to scale some walls and put your skills to the test. There are over 1,200 square metres of climbing walls to enjoy here, with instructor-led sessions available for beginner climbers of all ages. Find out more on the official Newcastle Climbing Centre website.

5.   Escape the Pirates at Whitley Bay

Escape rooms are arguably one of the funniest ways to escape a downpour, and Newcastle has no shortage of fun, themed rooms for you to, well, escape from. One of our favourites has to be Pirate Escape in Whitley Bay, which is located just a short drive or Metro ride from Newcastle city centre.

Suitable for guests of all ages, Pirate Escape grants visitors one hour to guess the clues, solve the puzzles, and plan their escape. Will you escape from the depths of Queen Anne’s Revenge? Or are you smart enough to outwit the East India Company? Book your place here.

6.   Catch an Exhibit at Laing Art Gallery

Sidestep the drizzle and soak up some culture with a visit to Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery. Housing arguably the city’s finest collection of art and sculpture, the gallery offers a diverse range of exhibits ranging from classic works by the likes of Henry Moore and John Martin, to cutting-edge contemporary pieces from some of Newcastle’s most talented up-and-coming artists.

General admission to Laing Art Gallery is free, although visitors are encouraged to leave a donation. Note, too, that fees apply to access some exhibits; you can find out what’s on at the Laing right here.

7.   Practice Your Putting at Mr Mulligan’s

Play your way through a rainy day with a visit to Mr Mulligan’s, Newcastle’s most popular crazy golf and activity centre. From the space-themed crazy golf course to the surprisingly fun electro-darts arena, there’s fun to be had for all ages in this weird and wonderful visitor centre.

Keen to stop by Mr Mulligan’s on a rainy day in Newcastle? You’re best to book ahead as spaces are very limited.

So there you have it: seven fun activities in Newcastle that are perfect for a rainy day in the city. Has Tynemouth Aquarium piqued your interest? Then plan your visit and book your tickets right here.

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