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Newcastle: Walking Tour to Grainger Market & Quayside

1. Newcastle: Walking Tour to Grainger Market & Quayside

Discover the rich history of Newcastle on this walking tour. Along with a tour guide, explore local hotspots such as the vibrant Grainger Market, Chinatown, and Stadium Quarter. Immerse yourself in one of the greatest cultural cities in the country, full of markets, museums, and art galleries. Learn more about the city's world-class architecture spanning from the ancient techniques through classical to post-modern! Walk over history on medieval castle grounds and then check out Newcastle's authentic Quayside with its picturesque bridges spanning the River Tyne. On this tour, discover the history, present, and future of the city ─ from Roman times through the industrial revolution to today and beyond. MEET: Newcastle Central Station (within entrance portico between Café Nero and Destination 1850 bar).

Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

2. Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

Join this wonderful tour which takes fans of the show 'Vera' around the heartlands of where it is filmed in Newscastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead in Northumberland. The fully guided coach tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts and finishes from central Newscastle. For the first part of the tour you will get to visit some of the Vera locations in Newcastle as well as Gateshead on the other side of the River Tyne. For the second and longer part of your tour you will be heading out towards the coast to explore some of the murder scenes and filming locations at Fish Quay in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay before heading back into Newcastle. As part of the tour you'll have the opportunity to get out and see up close some of these locations to catch a good view. Sites you'll visit include Castle Keep, Industrial Film sites, The Staiths, The Sage Gateshead concert venue, the seven bridges of Newcastle, and you’ll have 30 minutes time to explore the Sage and surroundings. During the course of the tour you will get to see clips from the TV show to help you recognise the locations that you'll see on the day.

Newcastle: Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

3. Newcastle: Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

Explore the streets of Newcastle and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). Regional capital of the North East and cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Newcastle has a fascinating history that rivals other large UK cities. It is one of the most iconic places in Britain famous for its seven bridges, nut brown ale, popular nightlife and of course its distinct ‘Geordie’ dialect and friendly locals. As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Toon adventure will start at the Castle Keep which gave Newcastle’s its name then wind you through Grainger Town and down to the Quayside and River Tyne. Along the way, visit a vampire rabbit, learn about Newcastle’s ties to the railways and how a local mayor saved the St Nicholas’ Cathedral, see the first building lit by light bulbs and even hear a ghost story or two. So shout ‘Wey Aye’ put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Newcastle Quest. This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing Get Questing today!

Sunderland:Tandem White Water Rafting

4. Sunderland:Tandem White Water Rafting

Tandem White Water Rafting is so much fun; the perfect group adventure. Don’t worry if you’ve got an uneven group size, we’ve got some solos too. Catering for groups of up to 22, you and your friends will go on a 8km long journey where you will be met with white water rapids, river waves, eddies, stoppers and exciting river currents. Our specialist tandem white water rafts will give you the confidence needed to navigate the river. Not only that, our team of experienced white water guides will give you some helpful skills to get you down the river safely. Your journey will start off nice and easy, given you time to get comfortable in your boat. As your journey progresses, you will tackle rapids of up to grade 3.

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(10 reviews)

Excellent tour! Frances was a terrific guide who provided a lot of info about the history of Newcastle and the various buildings and structures (walls and bridges) around the town. She kindly used a microphone which enabled us to hear her very well, despite the fact that it was quite windy. Be aware that this tour involves a lot of walking (3.5 km) at a fairly rapid pace. It’s great because it lets you see a lot of things, but I wouldn’t recommend it for folks who are out of shape or with small children.

a brilliant half day tour with a very knowledgeable host. we learnt so much about the show Vera and also about Newcastle itself! Absolutely great, well worth the money

A great tour of Newcastle city centre. Felt like I learnt a lot in a short space of time.

Our tour guide was lovely. Very informative and pleasant. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I loved the whole day, so interesting, will definitely be back for more tours.