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Tour and Talk: ‘From Mansion House to Art House’

Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1SG

Join us for part of NE1’s festive ’24 Doors of Christmas’ – an advent calendar like no other – and enjoy a tour and discussion of a very special building.

An important part of the City’s heritage, now owned by Newcastle Arts Centre, 55 Westgate Road stands on the line of the Roman wall and was for many years a centre of power and cultural development.

From the street it appears to be a rather dull grey building, but the front is hidden at the back where it stands facing south, looking like a grand 18th century country house. Unrestored and mostly dating from around 1770, the interior is a surprisingly extravagant homage to both the Roman and British empires. It was the home of the Mayor in the 1680s and later became the town’s first Assembly House where Charles Avison gave his first public subscription concert.

Director of Newcastle Arts Centre, Mike Tilley will be your guide.

Event Times

Thursday 7th December: 11:00, 13:00 & 14:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Pre-Booking only
Booking Contact: events office Newcastle Arts Centre
Call: 0191 261 5618
Email: admin@newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk
Go to: https://www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk
Write to: Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road. Newcastle upon Tyne
Booking opens: 11th December 2023, 10:00
Booking closes: 6th December 2023, 10:00


Book Your Tour

Three tours are available, at 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00 on 7th December 2023. Maximum 35 people per tour/session.

Bookings are taken through our online store. Please select the tour you wish to attend, then add the number of tickets you require to your basket before completing checkout. The tickets are free.

If you wish to attend the 11:00 tour, please click here.

If you wish to attend the 13:00 tour, please click here.

If you wish to attend the 14:00 tour, please click here.


This is an un-modernised historic building and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Additional Information

Max 35 people per tour/session. 40 mins Newcastle Arts Centre is open 9:30am – 5pm just 50 yards up the street. The Assembly House stands across the street from the later Assembly Rooms. All day parking at the nearby Central Station is £7 from 10am. For more about this Building visit https://www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk/55westgateroad/ or just Google Newcastle Arts Centre and click on ‘about us ‘ Contact for the day: Event Office 0191 2615618


Near the Central Station on the A186 travelling east. Google wrongly advises using Clayton St when driving from the East. This is a Bus Lane, Cars cannot turn onto Westgate Road. When travelling West past the Central Station, do not turn hard right until St James Boulevard.