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Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books

The National The Centre For Childrens Books 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, England
+44 300 330 1095
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Nice retreat on a windy weekend afternoon

What a nice, calm and relaxing place. The kids love it for the atmosphere alone. Always some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul M
grandchildren day out

i found this a most interesting experience as we had never been before.Our granddaughters loved the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Seven Stories is the National home of Children's Books. There is no other place like it in the UK. Everything we do celebrates children's books, their creators and their readers. Many of the best loved books for children are written by British authors and illustrators, changing the lives of those who read and enjoy them. We select original artwork and manuscripts - from first scribbles to finished books - to create our innovative exhibitions and popular events. Seven Stories' unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activities bring children's books to life - every day for everyone - making us a place to remember.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“story telling” (31 reviews)
“dressing up” (12 reviews)
“craft area” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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The National The Centre For Childrens Books 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, England
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+44 300 330 1095
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a nice, calm and relaxing place. The kids love it for the atmosphere alone. Always some activities going on downstairs. The coffee shop is small but offers a nice range of snacks and drinks. The place can be a bit tricky to find and...More

Thank Paul M
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paul, Thank you for your kind review! We understand that the roads around Seven Stories can become difficult to negotiate, work is underway to improve the parking and road markings in the Ouseburn area so we hope this makes getting to us easier for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i found this a most interesting experience as we had never been before.Our granddaughters loved the little theatre show and epecially the dressing up afterwards .We had a most enjoyable day. Parking was a bit of a problem and we had to park quite a...More

Thank palmersv16jfp
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review!, we're delighted that you enjoyed your day with us! We understand that parking in the Ouseburn can be difficult on busy days but changes are underway in the area that should make it easier. We'd like to have an update...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok it is a great place for kids to play read and get involved in the magic world of books. My opinion is though that is a bit more pricey meaning that families that are not so fortunate are unable to take their kids and...More

Thank IordanisG
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks for taking the time to review us, we're pleased that you enjoy your time with us. We understand that our pricing model can be a barrier to some, although prices have been benchmarked against other cultural venues like Seven Stories. We'll be sure...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on holiday in Newcastle last year and didn't know about this place but our kids are very happy we know now. It is very well laid out with different themes on the seven different levels. Personally the cartoon level was my favourite but...More

Thank Michael R
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, Michael! To us, you're never too old to enjoy a bit of cartooning! We hope to see you again next time you're in Newcastle.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent place to take the kids for a day out. The staff are all brilliant interacting with the kids. Loads to do and see. My grandchildren are 9,8,5 and 2 and it caters for all of them. Seven floors with just 1 or 2 rooms...More

Thank Carole1706
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Carole, thank you for your kind review! We're very proud of our staff and the experience they create for our visitors, we're pleased you enjoyed it. Our Comics exhibition was designed to suit a range of ages so its reassuring to hear that there...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Seven Stories last week with my 22 month old toddler, my sister and my 2yr old nephew...it's such a nice change from soft plays! Have been a few times before and it's impressive the amount of work that clearly goes into every new...More

Thank juscarr
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thanks for the kind review, we're pleased you had a great time with us! Our Story Catchers work extremely hard to create an inclusive and accessible experience in their performances and story times. Tom is a great example of this, we'll be sure...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I honestly have no clue what the money we’ve paid into here is used for! It’s a lovely facility and the staff were all nice and friendly but this place is so over priced it’s unreal. There’s better for free in the city centre. It’s...More

Thank Cherbit
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience with us. Seven Stories is a charity and while we do receive some funding, we do need to charge admission to supplement this in order to stay open to the public. We understand that our...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend decided she fancied a wander round ouseburn with the daughter as it was a lovely day so I tagged along. We met up with a group of friends who also had small children and headed to seven stories. The place is amazing for...More

Thank Allen1892
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your kind words - we're pleased that your family enjoyed your visit! I'm sure you will have been told, but an annual pass will be the most cost effective way of visiting us if you plan on returning often. Call 0300...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

My grandchildren are aged 9, 6, 4 and 4; they live near Portsmouth and I live in Saltburn Cleveland. I am a frequent visitor to the bookshop and have long wanted to bring the grandchildren to Seven Stories. However, I have been daunted by the...More

Thank rosemarynicholls9
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your kind review! Our staff are trained and on hand to ensure large parties with children are engaged and entertained throughout their visit - I will be sure to pass this along to them.

Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Had an opportunity to visit this amazing place dedicated to everything about Children's literature. Housed in an old Mill building, the name "7 Stories" is a play on words, with the centre set over 7 levels. Both Children & Adults alike will be filled with...More

Thank Matthew P
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Matthew, We're pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We have worked hard to make the centre accessible to all ages, so we're delighted that you found this to be the case - we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Bfordx
1 August 2017|
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Response from 155rachel | Reviewed this property |
I'm so sorry I've only just seen your question! I hope you did visit but if you didn't then I certainly recommend you take her. There is plenty for her to do and in particular there is one room which has dressing up... More
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SianArcher
22 March 2017|
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Response from 7stories | Property representative |
As Tony says, it is indeed a lovely walk along the river. You can also get the Metro to Manors and walk along New Bridge Street then down on to Stepney Bank. If you follow the road down and round to the right at the bottom... More
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