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The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

Open Now: 09:00 - 19:00
Open today: 09:00 - 19:00
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A favourite place to visit

We visit here at least twice a month with our grandchildren, age 5 and 8. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathleen S
Hebburn, United Kingdom

Was trying to locate an article that featured a picture of my dad who passed away some years ago... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jarrow, United Kingdom
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“three floors”(5 reviews)
“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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

..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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

1  Thank mukhasben
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

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

Thank margaret m
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We visited to see the Monsters Exhibition and really enjoyed it. Loved the interactivity of it. In addition to this we went into the library itself which was great for an hour. It's an ideal place to visit on a rainy day, or if you...More

Thank LYPud
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Unless you get a kick looking at books I would not waste the time. Stay clear.. there is little to engage anyone who is not 'into' books

Thank hannaballecter
Reviewed 25 July 2018

The world is a very interesting place to visit as well as having exhibitions you can also use the archives to help with your family tree i found this very helpful also good for children

1  Thank jamesharbron
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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 Stephen W | 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.