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The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

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What a beautiful building inside. There is an enormous atrium with a circular staircase to the top... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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My four year old and I visited for a show on 23/12 and had a great time! Fortunately we got into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durham, United Kingdom
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“market place”(6 reviews)
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is South Tyneside's state-of-the-art cultural venue which has a lot to offer! The building is brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to engage and...more
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45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF, England
+44 191 427 1818
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful building inside. There is an enormous atrium with a circular staircase to the top leading to different levels. There was a monster exhibition whilst we were there and interactive puzzles for the children. A gift shop and a great little cafe at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My four year old and I visited for a show on 23/12 and had a great time! Fortunately we got into the car park over the road, it can be quite a trek from the other nearest one with little ones. Issues with the lift...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LYPud
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

highly recommended for children of all ages especially king kongs hand which children can sit in and have their pictures taken.it also has dracula,quite scary for very young children.The library itself has very friendly and helpful staff.The cafe is great.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank patricia b
Reviewed 29 September 2018

We visit here at least twice a month with our grandchildren, age 5 and 8. There are lots of activities to keep them busy - apart from the library itself - Interactive screens, telescopes, live shipping information to name a few. The cafe with its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Was trying to locate an article that featured a picture of my dad who passed away some years ago! The staff were so helpful and accommodating they taught me how to look through the newspaper archives and also were wonderful with printing and laminating the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SianElise96
Reviewed 18 September 2018

..in our humble opinion! Combine your visit with a trip on the ferry from North Shields and its a great day out. Even telescopes on the roof . Very light and airy in a great position by the Tyne. We found it by accident but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

I had read some good reviews on the Word & they weren’t wrong, this place is a great addition to South Shields & there market place. The place was busy, with all different age ranges. It’s got a small cafe with plenty of seats. My...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank vickbi1982
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The word was built to replace a non descript library and has done it in style. On three floors, it’s far from just a place to read books. It is smart and clean, has a cafe, shop, places for exhibitions, (currently an all age friendly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

It is an amazing building and holds over 70,000 books amd celebrates the written word. There are a lot of different events held for adults and children. I enjoyed having a browse round the Catherine Cookson Exhibition as I used to love reading her books....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vivEngland
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The Word is Brilliant! Public library! Excibitions taking place all the time! Groups of interest for all young and old! Local history and a fabulous gift shop!! Cafe looking onto the river ... who could ask for more! Very central to Town Ctr

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank margaret m
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Barry B
16 February 2018|
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Response from Auditor33 | Reviewed this property |
10 til 4. Free (limited spaces) parking across the road near ferry landing, behind BT call centre.
Ian H
10 October 2017|
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Response from stephenwM5183DF | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I cannot help you out on this one. I know there's numerous events and exhibitions on throughout the year. Try having a look on their website, I'm sure all events will be on there.