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Life Science Centre remains closed, but we are working hard behind the scenes so that we can make the necessary changes to safely welcome our visitors back soon!


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Members will not lose out during this lockdown closure, with the renewal date of all memberships automatically extended to cover the days that Life is closed.


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Science Centre ticket prices


Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

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Child (aged 5 - 17)

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Cafés and picnic area

Whether you’re visiting for the day, or just passing through Times Square, you can pop into one of our friendly cafés or visit the gift shop.

Young children are welcome at both of our cafés, where you can warm bottles and use highchairs. Children's meals and healthy choice options are available.

To cut down on plastic consumption (including purchasing plastic water bottles) we encourage visitors to bring their own refillable water bottles which we are happy to replenish at our cafés (free of charge). Just ask a member of staff. Find out more about the Refill Scheme at
Times Square Café is situated at the front of the Centre, accessible via Times Square, and is open to passers by as well as visitors to the Centre. Drop in to enjoy a Starbucks drink (eat in or take away) and a pastry or cake, sample one of our generously filled sandwiches or try our hot meals* - there's plenty on the menu to suit all tastes.

*Please note, hot food will not be available in Times Square Cafe during weekends. Visitors can still purchase hot food in our Life Cafe during this time.

Outdoor seating is available during warmer months making it the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch.

Times Square Café opening times

Opening times

Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Our menu changes regularly, and includes savoury bakery items, hot and cold sandwiches and sweet treats.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am. Lunch is served from 11.30am - close.
Pick up a Starbucks loyalty card to get your 9th tall drink free!

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Times Square ​Café
Life Café is situated inside the science centre and is open from around 11.00am - 5.00pm on weekends and school holidays only.

Re-fuel during your visit with a delicious hot or cold meal.

Sample menu:

Chicken breast in a creamy sauce with potatoes and vegetables £6.50
Cottage pie £6.50
Curried vegetables served with rice £6.50
Kids meal: pizza slice or turkey dinosaur with fries and beans or vegetables £4.00
Kids packed lunch meal: sandwich, drink and two additional items £4.00
Jacket potoes with a choice of filling £4.50
Individual quiche £2.00
Sandwiches from £3.25
Salad pot £2.95

The Life Café menu changes daily - the above is provided as a guide only. There is always a vegetarian option available.

Please note, we occasionally close Life Café early at quiet times. If this is the case you can still pick up a meal or snack from Times Square Café.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Life ​Café

We have an indoor packed lunch area for customers bringing their own food and drink.

You can also leave the centre for lunch and return later the same day if you'd prefer to eat elsewhere - just keep hold of your science centre ticket and make sure your hand is stamped so you can come back in with no fuss. We're in the centre of Newcastle so there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby
Picnic area

"Fun filled day out! The ticket price covered everything and we could have easily stayed until closing time."

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