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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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disappointing dull visit

The whole experience fell far short of our expectations. We were quite underwhelmed. The exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony H
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
Amazing facilities and great fun!!!!

Just came here for the first time with our two little biys and what an amazing place it is Loved... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ash Q
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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.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“story telling” (31 reviews)
“dressing up” (13 reviews)
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The National The Centre For Childrens Books 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole experience fell far short of our expectations. We were quite underwhelmed. The exhibits did not seem any different from those we saw on a visit some years ago. They were drab and uninspiring. The play area had very little to keep children occupied....More

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just came here for the first time with our two little biys and what an amazing place it is Loved story time, great for kids of all ages Absolutely awesome!!

Thank Ash Q
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Visited with my wife and granddaughter aged two and a half and spent four hours which seemed like two minutes. Great range of activities and stimulus to prompt interaction between the setting and you and me and my granddaughter. The bear book section was outstanding...More

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

I bring my boy (4) there a lot as we are local. He recently fell in love with a dragon puppet, i mean really really in love. Unfortunately this was for santa and due to logistics he was having trouble buying it. Enter Beth, the...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

A really great day with our two young children with story time, dressing up, bears, aliens and craft activities all included in admission price. Lunch was really delicious with a view of the canal too. Highly recommended.

Thank Ellie M
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We went on Halloween to see if there were any specific Halloween activities and were not disappointed with the story time with lots of spooky (well not too spooky for the little ones) stories that are so animated and involved...they're great fun for kids and...More

Thank LYPud
7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review! We try to stagger our exhibitions and content so that there is something new for people who visit throughout the year, we're pleased you found this to be the case. We're very proud of our staff...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017

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 16 November 2017

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 9 November 2017

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

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7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

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 7 November 2017 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 10 November 2017

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 1 November 2017

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 10 November 2017

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.

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Airdry
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Response from LYPud | Reviewed this property |
I'd say no, not with children.
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Bfordx
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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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