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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 a tour and discussion of a very special grand country house in the City, which appears dull from Westgate Road but is quite different from a hidden courtyard and has a surprising interior.

Visit 55 Westgate Road and discover the history of the city’s oldest arts building that stands on the line of Hadrian’s Wall which was built as the boundary of the Roman Empire, it stood within the City Walls that for centuries defended Newcastle as an outpost of the English Monarchy.

As a Mansion House, it was the centre of civic power in the 1680s and became the City’s 1st Assembly House, and later an important home. Featured as ‘Assembly House’ on the ‘Corbridge Map’ of 1723. The celebrated Newcastle composer Charles Avison gave his first public subscription concert here in 1735.
The building now stands as modernised in 1775 with the interior awaiting a full restoration. It is run by Newcastle Arts Centre Trust as an occasional events venue and film set. A project to fully restore this treasure is planned.

Event Times

Saturday 9th September: 11:00, 12:00, 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: 19 August 2023 10:00
Booking closes: 9 September 2023 10:00


Book Your Tour

Three tours are available, at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00 on 9th September 2023. Maximum 30 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 12:00 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 30 people per tour/session. 40 mins Newcastle Arts Centre is open 10 am 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.