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The Discovery Museum is a free-entry science and local history museum, perfect for a day out with the kids. The fascinating exhibitions chart Newcastle's journey from Roman times to the present day and showcase the city's technological and maritime importance. 

The museum is located smack-bang in Newcastle's city centre, just a 5-minute walk from Newcastle train station. As you exit the station, head west on Neville Street - the same direction as the one-way traffic. You'll see the Life Science Centre on your left, eventually reaching a crossroads slightly further on. Just beyond the crossroads, you'll find the Discovery Museum; its redbrick facade is unmistakable!

Newcastle station is a major hub for the North East, served by Northern, LNER, TransPennine Express and CrossCountry trains. With regular arrivals from London, Liverpool, Leeds and Edinburgh, it's super-easy to travel by train to Newcastle.

 

Whilst the current government advice is to only travel if your journey is essential, we will update this page as the situation changes. We will always provide official information on how to visit this attraction safely and responsibly by train.
This attraction has free entry for all.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Advance tickets, reservations and Railcards are only available during the following hours: Monday - Friday 07:00 - 2000 Saturday 07:00 - 19:00 Sunday 08:45 - 20:00
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 21:20
Saturday 05:00 - 21:20
Sunday 07:30 - 21:20
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsAvailable
Shops note<p>Paperchase, WH Smith, Boots, Sainsbury, Costa, Cafe Nero, Ugots, Pumpkim and ATM Coffee</p>
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop Food vending machine Public House/Bar Food outlet (Seating available)
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsAvailable
Toilets notes<p> Toilets are available on Platform 3 & 4  and also Platform 12  </p>
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

ÿChanging PlacesÿToilet is available on Platform 12

Customer Service notes

We welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas to help us to make changes that can develop and grow our business.

Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Everyday04:00 - 23:00
Carpark nameStation Car Park Short stay
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces469
Carpark charges
Annual£1950.00
Daily£15.50
Monthly£255.00
Off-peak£7.50
Three Monthly£650.00
Weekly£68.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces116
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 12
Cycle storage notes<p>28 stands accommodating 56 cycles</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Level/ramp access to all platforms. Underpass with lifts to platforms 3 & 4.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:15 - 21:00
Saturday 06:15 - 21:00
Sunday 10:00 - 21:00

Located

South end of Platform 3

Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounges

Tickets Accepted

  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one train
  •  Any First Class Open ticket valid for travel on the Virgin Trains East Coast route
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Advance (routed VTEC/VTEC & connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Reader Offer (routed VTEC/VTEC & connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Rewards First Class Leisure Single (routed VTEC/VTEC & connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Self Print First Class Upgrade voucher (routed VTEC/VTEC & connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (Superbreaks etc)
  • Weekend First

Restricted tickets

  • All First Class tickets valid only on other train operators, including Caledonian Sleepers

 

Facilities

Toilets / Meeting rooms, TV, newspapers

Refreshments

Complimentary: tea/coffee/hot chocolate/orange juice/water/ biscuits

Wi-Fi

Yes

Showers

No

More about the Discovery Museum

As you enter the building, you'll be greeted by the Turbinia - the world's first steam turbine-powered steamship. Built over a century ago and measuring 32 metres, it's an icon of maritime history. Head up to the Turbinia Cafe on the second floor to get a bird's eye view of the ship while enjoying a cup of tea.

Each floor is home to unique exhibitions, exploring the history of Tyneside and its inhabitants. Explore the Destination Tyneside exhibition on the second floor, telling the stories of those who migrated to Tyneside, and wander through the Science Maze to find the museum's steam engines. There is an under-sevens play area on the first floor and the PLAY + INVENT space, which holds events which get families working together creatively!

Learn more about the Discovery Museum on their website.

Departures and arrivals from Newcastle

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Newcastle station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express07:494Scheduled
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway08:253Scheduled
to NunthorpeNorthern08:307Scheduled
to EdinburghLondon North Eastern Railway08:454Scheduled
to CarlisleNorthern08:458Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from MorpethNorthern23:178On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express23:263On time
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway00:192On time
from MiddlesbroughNorthern09:517Scheduled
from LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway10:092Scheduled
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