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Quingo Scooters Accessible Attractions: Discovery Museum, Newcastle

This week, as part of our Accessible Attractions series, Quingo Scooters are in the heart of Newcastle. If discovering ancient artefacts, as well as learning about maritime history, world-changing science and technology or fashion, interests you this attraction is perfect!

The Discovery Museum in Newcastle allows visitors to discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, using interactive displays, it makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.

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The museum

The museum offers many great permanent displays as well as temporary exhibitions, including:

  • Turbinia (Permanent) – once dubbed the fastest ship in the world! Charles Algernon Parsons built the world’s first steam turbine powered ship, Turbinia, changing the face of maritime history. In 1897 the ship measured 32 metres long and was the fastest in the world at that time.
  • Enigma & the North East (until 1 April 2018) – providing the opportunity to witness a rare Enigma machine, used to code secret messages during WW2. The exhibit tells the stories of Tyneside-built ships HMS Bulldog and HMS Petard, involved in salvaging material from German U-boats which were vital for the teams to break the German Navy Enigma.
  • Newcastle Story (Permanent) – walk through the history of Newcastle from the Roman period up to the early millennium, stopping by the homes, communities and businesses of the past.
  • All the Fun of the Fair: 135 Years of The Hoppings (until 1 October 2017) – All the Fun of the Fair showcases the history of Newcastle’s much-loved Hoppings fair, first held on the Town Moor in 1882. Included are a collection of 50 vintage coin-operated amusement machines – perfect for testing your pinball skills!

Opening times and entry prices

The museum is open every day from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Entry to the museum is free, however, donations are welcomed. For more information, visit the ‘Visit Us’ webpage here.

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Getting there

The museum is located on the edge of Newcastle city centre, it is 5 minutes away from Newcastle Central station as well as the Tyne & Wear Metro service.

Visitors travelling by car will find parking directly opposite the museum, however, this is very limited in busy periods. It is advised to park at the Grainger Town multi-storey car park located on Waterloo Street.

There are local bus routes that are available to transport visitors from the main transport hubs within Newcastle. For more information, visit the ‘Getting to Us’ webpage here.


The approach to the entrance of the museum is tarmacked, meaning there is easy access for scooter users. There is level access throughout the whole of the museum, as well as three lifts providing access to all floors. Accessibility information can be found on the ‘Access’ webpage here.

About Quingo

The Quingo Scooter range features six models to suit your needs and budget. New models are now available from just £22/week on our new contract hire scheme, which includes all servicing and maintenance, Insurance, Roadside Recovery, Call Outs and Consumables including Batteries and Tyres. For more information on this, or the latest Quingo Scooter range, please visit our website. Alternatively, if you have any service questions you can always contact us or call customer services on 01582 430 900.

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