Spanish galleon forced to alter Newcastle timetable due to River Tyne tides

Galeón Andalucía moored at Spillers Quay in Newcastle
-Credit: (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

A replica Spanish galleon which is currently docked in Newcastle has been forced to change its visiting times due to tides.

Owned by the Spanish Nao Victoria Foundation, The Galeón Andalucía is an authentic replica of a 17th century galleon, with the floating museum moored at Spillers Quay, Ouseburn, as it continues its tour of UK ports. It first docked in the North East at Dun Cow Quay in Blyth, Northumberland for four nights.

However, its stay in Newcastle is considerably longer, with the ship's dramatic silhouette visible for almost a fortnight on the banks of the Tyne. Measuring more than 160ft long - roughly the width of a football pitch - and, at 500 tonnes, being as heavy as around 50 double-decker buses, it has six decks, three masts and seven sails.

On board, the 30-strong Spanish crew give a window (or porthole) into Spanish naval history, with visitors invited to come on board to tour its rooms and learn about the history of the galleons which were used by Spanish explorers and traders during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

However, the times that visitors can board the ship have been altered due to the tides. While it was originally supposed to open from 10am - 8pm every day of its stay on the Tyne, some days it will open later, close earlier, or have a break in the middle of the day.

New opening times for the Galeón Andalusia in Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday, June 29: 10am - 3.30pm and 5pm - 8pm

Sunday, June 30: 10am - 4.30pm and 6pm - 8pm

Monday, July 1: 10am - 5.30pm

Tuesday, July 2: 10am - 7pm

Wednesday, July 3: 10am - 8pm

Thursday, July 4: 10.30am - 8pm

Friday, July 5: 11am - 8pm

Saturday, July 6: 12pm - 8pm

Sunday, July 7: 10am - 11am and 1pm - 8pm

Tickets to visit the Galeón Andalusia cost £12 for adults; £6 for five to 10-year-olds and £30 for a family of two adults and up to three children. while under fives can be taken along for free. To book see here and anyone interested in arranging guided visits for schools or associations is invited to email for information.