Explore some of the fascinating local guided tours available in Newcastle.
When we travel, whether to other areas of the UK or abroad, many of us seek out guided tours to explore and get to know the towns, cities and countries we are visiting. However, how many of us know our area and region’s diverse history? Here we highlight just a few of the enchanting local tours available to us in the North East.
CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Newcastle City Guides offer a regular City Highlights Tour during the summer and autumn months, perfect for visitors and locals alike who want to learn more about Newcastle’s heritage. The tours run until 31st October and generally begin around 10.30 in the Central Arcade. The tour takes in many sights and provides a fascinating introduction to the history and culture of our wonderful city. Please be aware that the tour takes the Quayside and includes a steep hill.
As well as the City Highlights tour, the Guides also run a programme of fascinating heritage walks, which explore a more comprehensive range of topics, stories and regions around NewcastleGateshead.
GREYS MONUMENT TOUR
The City Guides also hold the hot ticket for the Greys Monument Tours, which provide a rare opportunity to climb the 164 steps to the top of Newcastle’s landmark and gain unrivalled views of the city. The tours run from May until August only, so please keep checking the website (details at the bottom of this page) for ticket release dates as these tours book up well in advance.
NEWCASTLE UNITED STADIUM TOUR
Sports fans must take a Newcastle United Stadium Tour at the iconic St James’ Park. Stand pitch side and imagine the roar of the crowd. Wander around the changing rooms, or head to the dizzying heights of the stadium rooftop to get a bird’s eye view of St James’ Park. Even if you are a regular at St James Park, the behind-the-scenes tours give you unprecedented access and a new perspective on the stadium you frequent every other week. You can opt for the classic tour, or for those of you brave enough, you can ascend to a walkway 150 feet in the air for the rooftop tour.
RIVER TYNE KAYAK TOUR
For the more adventurous, a fantastic range of tours is available courtesy of CBK Adventure Co. The award-winning outdoor adventure company offers everything from unique guided tours up the River Tyne in a kayak to exploring the coves, caves and beaches of Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay. You can even sail under the Bridge or head out at night for their popular Glow Tours in an illuminated kayak.
TOON TOUR BUS
The NewcastleGateshead Toon Tour sightseeing bus returns to tour the city until the end of September with a regular hop-on and off service. Visitors can hop on and off to their heart’s content as they explore Newcastle’s attractions and take in the city’s sights atop the latest sightseeing bus experience. Buses start from Central Station in Newcastle and then serve 17 stops on a circular route which takes in some of the finest sights around the city.
VICTORIA TUNNEL TOUR
Finally, you can head underground for a 2-hour tour of the fascinating Victoria Tunnel. The Tunnel runs beneath the city of Newcastle, from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne, and is now one of the must-see visitor attractions and heritage-guided tours for visitors to NewcastleGateshead and locals alike. The entrance to the historic tunnel can now be found in Ouseburn, beside Hotel Du Vin. Victoria Tunnel was built in 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to riverside staithes (jetties), ready for loading onto ships. In 1939, it was converted into an air-raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II.
Join the expert volunteers at Victoria Tunnel and don a helmet before setting off on a fascinating, underground guided tour. Experience the sounds of a wartime air raid and follow your knowledgeable guides underground to discover the Tunnel’s role as a colliery wagonway. Listen out for the oncoming coal wagons!
The Tunnel is open all year round to the public for guided tours, which include fantastic sound and visual effects, running regularly throughout the year. For full details on all of the above tours, visit www.newcastlegateshead.com/business-directory/things-to-do/guided-tours