Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery can be found on New Bridge Street, where you'll also find the public art installation 'The Blue Carpet,' outside the gallery. Housed in a Baroque-style Grade II listed building, the gallery opened in 1904 and today is one of the city's most popular attractions. Entry is free and the gallery houses works by artists such as Turner as well as pottery, ceramics and enamelled glasses from the mid-19th Century. Couples, families and groups of friends looking for accommodation close to the gallery will find independent and chain hotels within easy walking distance, as well as a number of free galleries and museums.
Independent Hotels close to Laing Art Gallery
If you're an art or architecture enthusiast, you probably want to stay somewhere a little less generic than a chain hotel. Luckily, Newcastle city centre has its fair share of independent hotels, some housed in historic buildings. One thing all these hotels have in common is that you're assured of a full cooked breakfast and a warm Geordie welcome - and free WiFi is generally available too. It's just a short walk to most of the city's galleries and museums, although the metro and the buses here are reliable ways to get around too, great for rainy days.
Free Days Out in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
You don't have to blow the budget to enjoy a city break in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Many hotels offer free self-parking, and with parts of the city centre pedestrianised, walking is the best (and cheapest) way to get around. Newcastle has its fair share of free museums and galleries too. Don't miss the Great North Museum Hancock, where you can see Ancient Egyptian mummies and a life-size skeleton of a T-Rex. It may not be free, but the Life Science Centre in Times Square is well worth visiting too, home to the biggest planetarium in the North of England, a 4D motion ride and regularly changing hands-on exhibits and events.
Affordable Accommodation with Excellent Amenities
Newcastle-upon-Tyne's independent hotels provide excellent amenities at affordable rates for families and couples on a budget. With most offering amenities such as flat-screen TVs and coffee makers in guest rooms as well as free WiFi, you'll feel right at home.