The Word

Newcastle & Gateshead

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is South Tyneside Council’s state-of-the-art cultural venue.

The building is brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to engage and enjoy, from a digital media wall and FabLab to an immersive storytelling experience and interactive touch-tables. The building is also home to 70,000 books and OpenZone, which provides digital learning and ICT to schools.

At its core, The Word celebrates the written word in all its forms through a rolling programme of events, exhibitions and workshops.

The Word is located within the heart of South Shields Town Centre adjacent to the Market Place. It sits on the site of the former 3-storey South Tyneside Council Wouldhave House offices which were demolished to make way for this development.

45 Market Place South Shields NE33 1JF

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  • Mon 9am – 7pm
  • Tue 9am – 7pm
  • Wed 9am – 7pm
  • Thu 9am – 7pm
  • Fri 9am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm
  • Sun 10am – 4pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all floors
  • Accessible car parking
  • Induction loops in café, staff pods and The Round
  • All floors wheelchair accessible
  • Unisex accessible toilets on levels G, 1, 2 & 3
  • Changing Places toilet available
  • Large print available
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