Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | Day Out With The Kids

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

4 star Rating 4 / 5 1 reviews

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor

Baltic has lots of great things for the whole family to discover. Situated right by the Millennium Bridge on the NewcastleGateshead quayside, it is free to enter and has a changing programme of exhibitions.

You can enjoy stunning views, a relaxed and informal cafe bar and the best shop around for unusual cards and gifts. Plus there's a fantastic open area called Quay where kids can get creative whilst you relax with a book or enjoy the in-house TV station. And because it's free, you can stay for as long or as short as you like!

They also offer lots of fun drop in activity sessions for children. You don't need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.

Free family tours every Saturday at 11:00 with a member of BALTIC Crew. A great way to help you find out more the exhibitions.

Explorer Packs: pick up a free pack any time from the Information Desk. Aimed at children aged 13 and under, they contain explorer equipment such as a magnifying glass and binoculars as well as a fun activity sheet.

Children under 13 are welcome to come along every Saturday and Sunday any time between 14:00 and 16:00 to join one of the popular drop-in activity sessions, and there's always something interesting and creative going on in the school holidays, from Halloween pumpkin carving to creating your own mini book for Mother's Day.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 3BA, England


Click here to visit Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art's website
0191 478 1810

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00


Free admission

Last Entry

15 minutes before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Parking facilities

Parking Charges
Up to 1 hour: £1.80
Up to 2 hours: £3.30
Up to 3 hours: £4.80

Eating information

Six Rooftop Restaurant
Tuesday to Thursday 12:00 - 14:30/17:30 - 21:30
Friday to Saturday 12:00 - 14:30/17:30 - 22:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00


Only for those with an open mind!

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by JoyfullyAmy . 09.10.17

I have been here a few times with friends and with family and I really enjoy this attraction! The viewing deck on the 5th floor is breathtaking! It is the best view of Newcastle! Then the rest of the building is a contemporary art gallery. They change the pieces on display every month or so which means every time you go it's different! Most people do not enjoy contemporary art and I also find it very hard to understand but by opening my mind I quite enjoyed looking through the galleries. There is also a kid zone and a sensory room next to the library which is a great place for the kids! The cafe on the bottom floor is good. Not many choices but a nice cheap lunch for all of us. It's completely accessible but might be a bit boring for babies. Definitely will be coming back for the next exhibitions!