Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00. Free entry.

Schools visit


Architecture, planning and the built environment are integral parts of our daily life. Exploring our built environment helps us understand the world around us, and encourages us to be active participants, asking questions and making changes.

The Farrell Centre schools programme has been designed to support students and staff from Key Stage 1 through to 4 to interact in a fun and discursive setting. We also welcome home-schooling groups, FE and HE to visit and take part in tours and projects with us.

Self-led Visits

We actively encourage schools and student groups to visit the Farrell Centre, all visits are free of charge. An educational resource to support visits will be developed for each exhibition, this will include information on the installations and key themes, as well as suggested activities.

Visits will begin with a welcome and introduction from Farrell Centre staff, before a self-led tour of the exhibition spaces on Level 1 and Urban Rooms on Level 2. Farrell Centre staff can also support a final activity, such as reviewing key learning, at the end of the visit.

Please note that due to the size of our building we can only accommodate one school group per session (based on an average 30x student class). Guided tours can be available for smaller groups, for example up to 10-15 students, depending on the exhibition footprint.

Sessions are available Tuesday – Friday. Approximate session times are Morning 9.30am – 12noon (extendable until 12.45pm to cover an on-site dinner break) and Afternoon 1pm – 3pm. Tuesday is our School Takeover Day with the building only open to school bookings, Wednesday – Friday the building is also open to the public.

Visits should be booked at least 4 weeks in advance. For date enquiries and bookings please email:


Artist-led workshops are available to book on a first come first served basis. A small number of free practical sessions are available each month, to be booked on our Tuesday School Takeover Day sessions.

Workshops are facilitated by professional artists/creative practitioners and are developed to connect the Farrell Centre programme to the national curriculum. A menu of available workshops is updated to link to each exhibition, please requests the Workshop Menu for our current workshops.

Workshops need to be booked at least 6 weeks in advance. Please get in touch to find out about our available dates:


A tailored education resource is produced for each exhibition on Level 1.

We have a Pre-Visit Information Pack (click to download)

As well as our Workshop Menu (click to download)

And Campus Trails:
Under 11s Map (click to download)
Over 11s Map (click to download)

Teacher CPD and School Open Evenings

Upskilling teachers is key to improving education around the built environment. Our CPD programme will provide talks and workshops for teachers aimed to increase confidence and knowledge around architecture, planning and the built environment.

Alongside bookable, dedicated CPD sessions we will run a series of free open evenings for teachers and schools’ representatives to visit the Centre to find out more about our upcoming programme, take part in tours and activities and provide a forum to listen to schools’ ideas for future workshops, projects, and resources.

Please check our What’s On page or sign up to our mailing list to find out what is coming up next.

Travel Information

The Farrell Centre has no parking available on site.

There is a coach drop off point on Claremont Road (B1318), which is just across the road outside the Great North Museum (NE2 4PT). There is a pedestrian crossing which crosses Claremont Road and leads you to the Farrell Centre. The nearest coach parking is located on Ord Street, near the Newcastle Arena (NE4 7AD).

The University runs a bursary scheme for educational coach travel. Please see Visit Bursary – School and College Outreach – Newcastle University ( for further information and to enquire about reclaiming your coach fare.

We are located a 5-minute walk from the Haymarket bus/metro station. A pedestrian crossing point will allow safe crossing across Barras Bridge.

For summer 2023 we have a limited number of prepaid metro cards available for groups and schools’ groups for who costs might be a barrier to visit. Please get in touch ahead of your visit to enquire about availability:

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