Newcastle Cathedral holds the story of the city in its stones and monuments and has reopened following a 20-month-long redevelopment supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is the only cathedral in the UK dedicated to St Nicholas and represents over 900 years of Newcastle’s development: its iconic Lantern Tower having been a guiding light for ships sailing up the River Tyne.
The refurbishment has ensured that the historic and spiritual landmark in Newcastle has been re-established as a dynamic community hub and a key attraction. The Cathedral has been sympathetically restored and re-modelled into an accessible visitor attraction, whilst at the same time preserving and celebrating its ancient religious roots.
Interactive displays tell the stories of some of the notable characters commemorated in the Cathedral’s vast collection of ledger stones. Other highlights include spectacular stained glass, monuments to Tyneside’s industrial pioneers and the Cathedral’s oldest resident – the 14th-century effigy of a medieval knight.
Visitor facilities include a shop area, café and improved disabled access. Outside, a churchyard trail and landscaped terrace provide a sanctuary to unwind and learn about the Cathedral’s place in the city’s medieval quarter.
Alongside a regular pattern of worship and choral music, visitors can take part in events and activities inspired by the Cathedral and the city’s past and present.
Little Lanterns Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-2.30pm FREE
Join us for a weekly, creative play session especially for under 5s (during the school holidays, this session will include activities suitable for children of all ages).
No need to book – just drop in and explore our self-led play stations and activities around the Cathedral.
Resources for Schools
Find out about our programme of learning for schools here: https://newcastlecathedral.org.uk/learn/schools-and-groups/
General Opening Hours
Daily 08:00 – 18:00
Exclusions and changes apply for special services and events. Check the Cathedral’s website before you plan your visit.
Telephone: 0191 232 1939