Laing Art Gallery
Laing Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern, and contemporary art to the North East. The Gallery has a packed programme of free events including gallery talks, family activities, and artists’ events. Donations welcome, free entry. Charges apply to some exhibitions.
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Bryan S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had a quick look around the gallery which was ok. Then went into the cafe. A £1 for a tin of pop (no glass, just a tin on a tray) and £3 for a small latte. The pop was chilled and thirst quenching. However, the latte was less desirable. It was awful, bitter and left a foul taste in my mouth... also, the staff seemed to be a bit blasè an uninterested. It was around lunchtime if the managers feel the need to speak with anyone.
Written February 3, 2020
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Hello Bryan S, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your latte, our team have had full coffee training and use popular local brand ‘Ringtons’, which we tend to only have great comments about. Did you bring this up to the Supervisor on site during your visit? We always prefer guests to bring this to our attention so we are able to rectify the issue with a replacement or a refund. We will investigate this matter further and discuss this with the team on site at the time of your visit and carry out further coffee training if needed. With thanks, Team Totally Delicious
Written February 4, 2020
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tony2
Cheadle, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We visited the gallery to see the Lindisfarne Gospels while they’re in Newcastle until 3 Dec 2022. It’s worth it to see the intricate artwork whether you’re a Christian, interested in art or history.

Tickets must be pre-booked to ensure everyone has ample time to view the Gospels and related exhibits. In practice, it still seemed crowded because people were bunched together by watching the introductory film.
Written October 11, 2022
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Kirsty R
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I thought this would an excellent exhibition but left feeling underwhelmed.

The immersive welcome screen was well done so thought the main event would be fantastic. You then enter another room with a few admittedly impressive artefacts and other examples of illustrated gospels from the time. The Lindisfarne Gospels themselves just seem to be plonked at the end of the room. No anticipation or excitement or effort to make them stand out. No interactive displays to be able to see the whole document unless you buy the £12.99 book. The text on the displays was so small it was barely legible in the darkened room. Everything was crowded into one small space, even at a quiet time it felt too busy.

There was a further room with spiritual art seemingly a tenuous link to the gospels. The exhibition price of £9.00 was probably too much but I felt more short changed by the disappointing exhibition which should have been amazing. The whole thing can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Plenty interesting art to see in the rest of the gallery which saved the day to be honest.
Written October 10, 2022
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KBofLB
Littleborough, UK552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This was our first visit to this gallery, specifically to se the Lindisfarne Gospels at the special exhibition. This was a charge event with timed tickets which meant that it was not overcrowded. The Gospels section of the exhibition was first class, but we found the added section based on the 'spiritual' concept was too woke for our taste.
The permanent displays (which are free to see) were very good, including those which adorn the walls of the reasonably priced cafeteria.
If in Newcastle, this gallery is well worth visiting.
Written October 9, 2022
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Penny F
Winchester, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Spent several hours in this Gallery on a recent visit to Newcastle... excellent café, interesting permanent collection, enjoyed the Enchanted Interiors exhibition too... highly recommended for art lovers and those interested in art and artists from the local area. All the staff we encountered were very helpful and informative - the shop was good too!
Written February 24, 2020
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Susan C
Barnard Castle, UK315 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Booked to see the Lindisfarne Gospels. Rather a mixed experience. At our time slot there seemed to be quite a lot of people gathering and climbing the stairs to the gallery. We both walk with sticks and there was no sign of a lift. I suppose we should have asked but with hindsight feel that either the “greeter” and/or ticket issuer (you have your online booking scanned but still need to be given a physical ticket) could have told us that there was one which was not far away, as it is not hard to miss that we had walking difficulties.

In addition to the adults on the time slot there was a large party (around 15 or so) of primary schoolchildren with three teachers. It was not easy to find a seat. As a result we did not see the introductory film; it was a very distracting format, projected on three walls, and it was obvious that if you did not press on to the exhibition proper you would be jammed up with the school party and others who had watched it to the end.

The exhibition itself was a disappointment. The remnants of Celtic crosses and other carvings were very interesting but it was hard to get close enough to read the informative texts. I did particularly admire the Irish pocket gospels and other texts shown. The Gospels volume itself is just sort of tacked on at the end with hardly any information. I understand that it cannot be brightly lit but it was really underwhelming. There are two teeny interactive screens where you can see other pages which are very interesting but once again you have to queue to have a go.

The spiritual art in the next gallery did not push my buttons. Nice shop, busy café, had already visited the permanent exhibitions on previous occasions and it is still a great venue but I felt they did not make enough of the treasures they had been lent.
Written November 16, 2022
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Lovett17
Claygate United Kingdom58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
How lucky is Newcastle to have this historic gallery so close to the commercial centre. Good shop, my new rating factor, with relevant and quality items at sensible prices and a good cafe make for a good backdrop to the gallery. DO NOT be beguiled by the special exhibition whatever it is and however good; there is a wealth of great works in the permanent collection - do not ignore!
Written February 11, 2020
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Simon
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
During a recent visit to newcastle I visited the gallery.As part of my visit I viewed the Enchanted Interior exhibition which effectively reads C19th century art as a cepiction of women in a gilded art. There are a lot of top notch Pre Raphaelite painting in the shoe such as Holma -Hunt or Burne-Jones as well as by their less well known female comte
mpories such as Emma Sandys.The exhibition was very interesting but such art is not e tirely to my taste.A highlight of my visit was a smaller exhibition based on the watercolour collection Watercolour at war which i luded work by sutherland, burra and
Nevinson.Therest of the permanent collection in interesting whilst the permanent Nofthern Spirit exhibigion showcasing local art over the centuries is well worth seeing especially in my view the paintings showing the city my favourite items are the 2 Grimshaws.The staff are nice as is the shop .Save for special exhi itions addmission is free
Written February 6, 2020
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suebell262
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK447 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Very disappointed in Lindisfarne Gospel exhibition today. Made a trip to see but not great items and descriptions badly lit, unable to read many. Gospels themselves were let down by poor display. Video was poor could have had more content and could have used other forms of technology visually and audible to make more interesting. Newcastle is my home town and I feel let down as gave visited many other galleries and exhibitions which were far better 😒
Definitely not worth entrance fee
On positive side other art in gallery are great as are staff.
Written November 7, 2022
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futtock21
London, UK16,405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I was in Newcastle for a court case in the swish new Civil and Tribunals Centre. As it finished early this gave me an opportunity to visit the Laing Art Gallery. I avoided the Lindisfarne Gospels which are a paid exhibition on the first floor choosing instead the ground floor galleries featuring everything from Northeastern Pre-Raphaelites to a local hero John Martin to more contemporary works by the likes of Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore. The galleries process seamlessly into a cafe and out the other side.
Written November 21, 2022
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