Things To Do In Newcastle To Explore History

We've created a list of things to do in Newcastle to explore history because we know there'll be some of you who love history and archaeology, and naturally you'll be wanting to find things all those lines during your time here. We hope you find our list interesting and that it helps you to explore and enjoy Newcastle's history.

Segedunum Roman Fort

Segedunum, the Roman Fort is one of Newcastle's highlights and part of the famous Hadrian's Wall, built by the Emperor Hadrian to protect the Romans from the northern barbarians.

Segedunum is the most excavated fort along this wall and much of it forms part of the wall itself. There's an interactive museum and a reconstruction of sections of the wall, and there's also a bath house.

It's a real source of fascination if you love the Roman period coupled with a love of history and archaeology. Further information and clarification on where to go can be found at Buddle Street in Wallsend.

Hadrian's Wall

At Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort there are plenty of things to see and do as well as places to stop for something to eat and drink. There's some beautiful landscape to take in as well as the wall itself. If you fancy finding out about the wonders of Hadrian's Wall and the fort, then head over there, it's all run by the National Trust, so there's lots of information and everything has been beautifully preserved.

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey offers the visitor lots of history, over a thousand years of it, There's touch screens that show you how it would have looked back in its time, and you can explore the Abbey as it is today. Hexham Abbey also has many different events such as weddings and christenings, so if you feel this is something you'd like to think about, you can always get in touch with them at the Parish Centre. If you love medieval history then you'll love Hexham Abbey.

Arbeia Roman Fort

Above the entrance of the River Tyne is the Arbeia Roman Fort and in its day it would have provided security from intruders from the main sea route leading to Hardian's Wall. You can visit the Fort and see how they lived during Roman times, with plenty of reconstructions bringing this once lively Fort to life. There are lively events too, such as gladiator battles, re-enactments, stories and falconry displays. It's a brilliant way of learning about history if you have a young family, so give it a go during your time here.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Tynemouth Priory and Castle overlooks the River Tyne and the sea, and it has an impressive 2000 year history to boot. As you can imagine, there are some lovely views which can be enjoyed with the family on a long a walk. The priory and castle started out as an Anglo-Saxon settlement then a monastery, a castle, fort and finally a coastal defence. During both the first and second world wars a gun battery was built into the cliffs, underground.

Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn was a coal mine for 80 years during the 19th century, and after coal production stopped in the early 1980s, its mine shafts were used by a neighbouring colliery until the mid-1980s.

It was turned into a museum in 1989 and the building now has listed status. There are paintings, created by miners themselves, exhibition programmes and fascinating displays. You'll find the Museum at the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park.

We hope you've found our treasure trove of things to do in Newcastle to explore history as fascinating as we did when we were creating it. This is a list that we hope will fill you full of curiosity and help you to see Newcastle and the surrounding area in a whole new light. Enjoy your time in Newcastle and its history.