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Review: Laing Art Gallery

Attraction - Art gallery

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

A hidden gem in the city

  • By SilverTraveller Sologirl

    8 reviews

  • December 2016
  • Solo

There’s already a brilliant, comprehensive review of this gallery from a couple of years ago, but I just wanted to add that it’s great to escape to in the run-up to Christmas or when the city centre cafes are really busy. I’ve never failed to get a seat in the gallery cafe and it really is peaceful when everything outside is in a mad rush. They do a cake and coffee deal (very tempting), delicious soup, and you can also get a loyalty card stamped to save up for a free hot drink.

If, like me, you keep intending to see exhibitions and then find they’ve closed, you can sign up on the website for a free must-see museum membership where they match your interests to offers at the Laing and 8 more museums and galleries in Tyneside.

Laing Art Gallery website

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • Adventurer
    12 months ago
    Sound fantastic. What can b better to have tea and cake at an art gallery
  • ESW
    about 1 year ago
    Thank you for the additional information. Coffee and walnut cake is always my favourite.

    I've only been to the laing once, many years ago when it had the Lindisfarne Gospels there. I didn't really have chance to see much of the other galleries.
  • Sologirl
    about 1 year ago
    I had coffee and walnut cake (generous slice!) and that day they also had Victoria sponge and carrot cake as well as a selection of scones. My favourite part of the gallery is Northern Spirit which features local artists and gives a good picture of how art /skills in the NE developed. There is also a good display of locally made glass. At one point the banks of the Tyne hpused busy glassworks and that mass production made buying glassware affordable for many people for the first time. It's a interesting journey through local social history.
  • ESW
    about 1 year ago
    Apart from the cafe (and do tell me more about the choice of cakes!) what is your favourite part of the gallery?