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Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books

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Address: The Centre For Childrens Books 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, England
Phone Number: 0845 271 0777
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Books Galore

We discovered this place by accident while walking in the Ouseburn valley. It is housed in an old waterside warehouse. We used the cafe which is good value and browsed in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
TenMileBank
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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went with our 1 year old, he had an amazing time. It was quiet as the sun was out so we had most of the place to ourselves. It is really well curated. The craft centre was really well thought out. And the little loved playing on level 4 with the trains and the open space. The Micheal Morpurgo... More 

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Thank bijaltarat
7stories, Guest Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! We're so pleased that you explored the whole building and enjoyed your visit. We love hearing from our visitors, especially when the feedback is as detailed as this, so we know how you spent your time with us and how we're doing. It's so rewarding for the... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is vastly overrated and when there is a family it's extremely expensive. We went as 2 adults and 2 children of 8 and 5 but the children quickly got bored especially the 8 year old, it seems better suited to younger children who enjoy having stories read to them

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Thank susanbakke9
newcastle upon tyne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on the free heritage day, which was about the only saving grace. We were met by a very enthusiastic man at the front desk, but things went down hill from there. The exhibitions were neither here nor there, very little to maintain the interest of my 8 year old daughter. We wandered around them all in about 45... More 

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Thank drewedmin999
7stories, Guest Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We take feedback very seriously and use it to inform and implement change where we can. As an example of this, during our refurbishment last year we prioritised issues that our visitors had highlighted; making changes to toilets, packed-lunch space and access. We're really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy... More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited again yesterday for what I imagine will be our last time. As a family of bookworms this place on paper ticks all the boxes but I always come away disappointed. My children at 9 and 5 were too old for much of the exhibits and it appears to be an overrun NCT toddler group now. Despite the fact... More 

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Thank Elle E
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

We're really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. We take feedback very seriously and we thank you for taking the time to write a review. We try to provide something for all our visitors so we're sorry to hear that you didn't stay long with us. We try to offer activities and events that will engage... More 

Downham Market, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this place by accident while walking in the Ouseburn valley. It is housed in an old waterside warehouse. We used the cafe which is good value and browsed in the bookshop which has every children's book imaginable. We will return and bring the grandchildren.

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Thank TenMileBank
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

We're so pleased to hear you found us and enjoyed your visit. Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to welcoming you back with your family soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great resource centre dedicated to the delight of stories. My kids love exploring the exhibitions, dressing up, and catching the live storytelling sessions. Highly recommended.

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Thank Gregor M
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Always brilliant to hear great feedback and delighted you and your kids had another lovely day at Seven Stories. More 

Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Really enjoyed visiting this place - very child friendly and had lots of activities to keep them busy and interested. My son enjoyed the story telling time the best.

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Thank Medicalcouple
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and very pleased you and your son had a brilliant visit. More 

Workington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Visited as a family of 4, children are 6 and nearly 4 and we all had a brilliant time. Wished we could have spent longer but as we had visited another museum we should have spent more time there. Only issue was we wanted to have a snack/drink but the cafe shut at 3pm so would have been handy to... More 

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Thank Paula R
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to share your Seven Stories experience on TripAdvisor. It is lovely to hear you had a great visit. Sorry that you were not able to grab a snack. Our Bookshop Coffeeshop on Level 3 is open until the end of the day for a quick pit stop. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

I was a little apprehensive upon visiting the Seven Stories museum as even though I had read a range of positive reviews, I can be an extremely harsh critic. However, from the moment I entered the museum I was blown away. The staff are so friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I could have spent an entire week there and still not... More 

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Thank Amelia G
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks very much for your glowing review - and from a self-proclaimed harsh critic! Delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon. More 

County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

Brilliant day out with children even those under a year. Story time sessions are brilliant as are the craft activities in the basement. The sensory stour times are really special and use ALL the senses!!! A special mention has to be given to the wonderful toilets...brilliant for small children who get 'lost' or intimidated with normal loos.

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Thank sparklinses
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this review

Thank you very much and glad that you even appreciated our toilets! We have tried to make them as accessible as possible for all our visitors. More 

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