Scroll through each of our seven floors below to discover what you can enjoy during your visit to Seven Stories!

Word Lab


The wizarding world of Harry Potter has been brought to life at Seven Stories as we celebrate Jim Kay’s stunning full colour edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Diagon Alley is the bustling backdrop to our enchanting attic, where storytelling, special events and live performances take place. Visit Mulligrubs to pick up your groceries and explore the shelves of Flourish and Blotts to find your next favourite book!

The attic is available for hire, ideal for a dinner event, reception or presentation. Find hire information here, or contact us;

E: or T: 0300 330 1095


Gillian Dickinson Library

Aliens Love Underpants Exhibition

Aliens have landed at Seven Stories and they only want one thing… your underpants!

To celebrate 10 years of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s bestselling book,, the troublesome team of space-travellers present their prized pants collection in our very special Aliens Love Underpants exhibition.

Enter an intergalactic environment with our pantastic sensory space, full of lights, colours and textures, just remember to keep an eye on your underpants!

Exhibition showing throughout 2017


The Gillian Dickinson Learning Space

This private space is available for available for hire, perfect for training, larger meetings and networking sessions. Find hire information here, or contact us;

E: or T: 0300 330 1095


Coffee Shop
Robert Westall Gallery

Elmer and Friends Exhibition

Opening 8th February 2019!

ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee celebrates 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and is the first major retrospective of David McKee’s striking artwork.  

Alongside artwork and manuscripts from the world famous Elmer series, some of which will be on display for the first time, the exhibition will also showcase artwork from David McKee’s other popular stories, including Not Now, Bernard.

Find out more here!


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Story Station
Sebastian Walker Gallery

Where Your Wings Were… Journeys with David Almond

Embark on a journey through Tyneside like never before, discovering how its landscapes, language and people inspired the magical stories of David Almond.

Delve into the writer’s dreamlike world where tales such as Skellig and My Dad’s a Birdman took root.

Bringing to life Almond’s archive, the exhibition at Seven Stories explores themes of love, loss and hope though characters real and imagined.

Meet angels and devils, question what it means to be human and experience the North East through the eyes of one of its most creative sons.

This exhibition is part of the Winged Tales of the North trail; both trail and exhibition are delivered as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.  Great Exhibition of the North receives funding from a variety of sources including public and private sector. Visit the website for details #GetNorth2018

Exhibition supported by Hachette Children’s Group and Walker Books


Story Station

Young visitors can enjoy creative, sensory play in our Story Station! Get comfortable in our cosy snug and explore seven of our favourite books with the help of sensory boxes full of activities based around texture, colour and sound. Our handcrafted, wooden train set also allows budding conductors to put themselves to the test.


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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. There is always lots to do – with unique exhibitions, engaging storytellers, visiting authors and fun activities for all ages.

Click here to find Seven Stories’ opening times and admission prices.



Start your visit with a smile with our welcoming and helpful reception team, who will tell you all about what’s going on in the building, including story times, performances and crafts. Please speak to our team about any access needs you may have, you can also find accessibility information here.

Sensory Backpacks are available to borrow from reception. These multi-sensory backpacks will enhance your gallery experience and give you further ideas on how to explore and engage with stories together. Ear defenders are also available to borrow free of charge.



We’re very proud of our independent bookshop, recognised by The Bookseller’s Association as one of the best independent bookshops in the country. We have a fantastically wide range and choice, from baby and toddler picture books to young adult novels. Our specialist bookshop team are always on hand to help you find the perfect book for you!

You can visit our online shop here.


Bookshop Coffee Shop

Visit our bookshop coffee shop at any point during your visit for a hot drink and a sweet snack, with seating facilities available for short breaks from exploring!


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With FREE entry and a riverside view, our café is a great place to refuel during your visit! Tuck into a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, wraps and soups as well as a delicious range of cakes and buns. View our Menu and Children's Menu here!

Baby facilities are available, including high chairs, a buggy park, a microwave to warm baby food and access to baby change facilities.

Collect a Loyalty Card from the Cafe or Bookshop Coffee Shop. Buy 6 hot drinks and receive the 7th FREE! 

Terms and Conditions: Only one loyalty card can be used per transaction • Upon receiving six stamps, you are entitled to one free hot drink per transaction • Card cannot be used alongside other offers within the Bookshop Coffee Shop or Café.


Café Opening Times:

During Term Time:

Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday  and Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 3.00pm


During Holiday Periods:

Monday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 3.00pm


Hot drinks and snacks are available in our Bookshop Coffee Shop on Level 3 throughout the day.

Please Note: We politely request that you do not consume your own food or drink in the Seven Stories Café, our packed lunch space is available in The Word Lab on Level 1.



The Studio

Our studio is the perfect place for families to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build together.

Making, doing and tinkering is essential in helping us to experiment, learn and have new ideas. The Seven Stories studio is the perfect place for young artists, budding writers and creative thinkers to explore, imagine, be inspired and have fun.  

We love to host exciting events with artists, illustrators and authors in our studio. Find our full programme in our What’s On calendar!

Please Note: The studio is open from 1.30pm on weekdays during term time to allow school groups to enjoy the space in the morning. Our creative craft activities are always available elsewhere in the building!


The Word Lab

Enjoy a picnic in the unique surroundings of our World Lab. Walls are covered with manuscripts from the Seven Stories Collection, showing how writers shape their ideas into our favourite stories.

Word Lab Availability

Weekdays during term time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Weekends and weekdays during holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Please Note: Hot drinks purchased from our cafe and coffee shop can only be consumed in those areas.