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Old Low Light Heritage Centre & Cafe

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Always a pleasure

I work away and I visit every time I’m home. It’s always a pleasure to stop off there and have a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Valencian Country, Spain
via mobile

We had our son’s wedding reception on the top floor of this beautiful venue on Friday August 31st... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish quay”(15 reviews)
The Old Low Light is a grade II listed building - the oldest building on the Fish Quay in North Shields. We have a heritage gallery, which tells the story of North Shields and hosts changing exhibitions. A café and shop, to relax and chill, and...more
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Clifford's Fort | North Shield's Fish Quay, North Shields NE30 1JA, England
+44 191 257 4506
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Always an interesting, historical area, the North Shields fish quay and the corner around the Clifford Fort has been cleaned up and made into an attractive destination. The Old Low Light building has been restored and converted into an art gallery and visitors' centre. We...More

2  Thank Ros896
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Reviewed 6 January 2015

I keep saying TA should allow half stars as 2.5 may be more appropriate here because of the potential, but as I found it, it was disappointing. It is in an attractive area, on the Fish Quay generally, but set back a little bit. It...More

3  Thank ash666
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon this place while out walking. The cafe is fairly basic inside but does have a good selection of art work around the walls. A selection for sale as well. The atmosphere was nice inside with a couple of old men playing...More

Thank iaatkinson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I work away and I visit every time I’m home. It’s always a pleasure to stop off there and have a sandwich and a drink and possibly a bit of cake. The heritage centre is steeped in history and being from North Shields I relish...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2018

We had our son’s wedding reception on the top floor of this beautiful venue on Friday August 31st 2018 It was just perfect. There were about 50 guests and there was adequate enough room to set tables for the meal then dancing later. Photographs were...More

Thank jayyoung2018
Reviewed 27 August 2018

A fantastic visit to this great venue with some great art and a great museum telling lots of interesting facts about North Shields. Very informative staff and a great cafe with some really good music played at the right sound level for everyone to enjoy....More

Thank Jeter4567
Reviewed 16 August 2018

It’s not a big place but really accessible to the whole family, top floor was an art exhibition, middle floor a mixture of history and a great cafe and shop on the ground floor. Really welcoming and helpful.

Thank Mancity0327jo
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Good selection on the menu for both food and drink (hot and cold). Service was quick - I work nearby so this is ideal for lunch when you don’t have much time, outdoor area too so perfect for a sunny day. Would highly recommend.

1  Thank TCarter14
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We found this cafe purely by chance this morning. We often go to North Shields Fish Quay to buy crabs, fish, shellfish etc. We were on our way back to the car this morning with our purchases when we heard music & went to see...More

1  Thank Evelyn D
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Went to the Tynemouth Lifeboat Day and passed here on the way. Was curious so had a look in on the way back. £3 entry. On the top floor was a viewing gallery for the lovely view, and an art exhibition on. The 1st floor...More

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

What a little gem of a cafe. I didn’t know it was even there. It’s been open a while now and not heard anyone speak about it, but find it I did and it was brilliant. it was a Sunday afternoon when we arrived, a...More

Thank angela t
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

£3 entry. Interesting then and now pictures to get the feel of the area. Really good history of the place which is so changed. Nice coffee shop below with a couple of singer's strumming guitars.

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