If you have half an hour to spare when taking a train from Newcastle's Central Station then pop along to the Lit & Phil near the station. You will be amazed.
This galleried reading room holds more than 160,000 books and is the largest independent library outside of London. The building dates back to 1825,though the Lit & Phil was founded in 1793.When you step inside it's as if the clock has been turned back .It is said that they never throw books away so the collection just grows and grows !!
There are concerts,book readings, lectures and other events -or just come along to browse the books.
If you are in Newcastle during the September Heritage Open Days then book (in advance) a tour of this historic building