Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Whether you’re visiting the North East for the first time or have lived here forever then Baltic is one of those places that will leave you with another dose of beautiful culture. Home to 2,600 square metres of art space, it is the UK’s largest contemporary art institution and has welcomed seven million visitors since its opening.

As well as being an art gallery, during the Spring and early Summer months, the North Face of Baltic is home to 700 breeding kittiwakes. The largest inland colony in the world.

In 2011 Baltic hosted the Turner Prize, it was the first time the event had been held outside of London or Liverpool in its 25 year history. It attracted 149,000 visitors, more than any other previous Turner exhibition.

Situated on the banks of the Gateshead Quayside towering over the Millenium Bridge and the river Tyne this old flour mill transformed into a world-class contemporary art facility in 2002.

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Cost: FREE
Where: Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Times: Everyday (10:00-18:00)
Getting there
BALTIC is situated on the Quayside in Gateshead, a 10-minute walk from Gateshead Town Centre.

BALTIC is accessible for pedestrians from the Newcastle Quayside over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Parking spaces are available in the BALTIC Car Park. Follow Signage for ‘Gateshead Quays’ and ‘Other Car Parks’ until specific signage for BALTIC Car Park becomes visible. Spaces are pay on exit and cash-only.

BALTIC Car Park charges are as follows:
Up to 1 hour £1.80
Up to 2 hours £3.30
Up to 3 hours £4.80
Thereafter £1.30/hour

Blue badge holders park FREE. For ticket validation during gallery hours (10.00-18.00), please go to the Information Desk on the ground floor of BALTIC. Outside of these times please contact security via the intercom on exit. Motorcycles can park free at all times in the designated Motorcycle bay.

Coach drop off point is next to BALTIC on South Shore Road.

Travelling by Train or Metro:
Newcastle Central Station. 3 hours to London’s Kings Cross, 1.5 hours to Edinburgh.

Tyne and Wear Metro Service. Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange.

Travelling by Bus:
Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station. The bright Yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, at least every 20 minutes during the evening and directly serve BALTIC. The Quaylink service 1 (Q1) starts from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.