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Newcastle: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt Game

1. Newcastle: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt Game

Explore the beauty of the city of Newcastle on a self-guided tour. See the famous landmarks and hidden gems of the city through a mobile-based adventure game. You will receive messages on your phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate who is testing out recruits to join her ship. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place and try to decipher the clue. During the tour, you will get hints if you get stuck in the game. Start the game at the Grey's Monument and walk along the grandest streets to discover the ancient friary. Stroll through the alleys of the city and see the stunning Victorian engineering. Learn some interesting facts and stories about the things you will spot and get a better understanding of the history of Newcastle. Get ready to visit Newcastle in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt game.

Northumberland: Full-Day Tour of Vera Filming Locations

2. Northumberland: Full-Day Tour of Vera Filming Locations

Follow in the footsteps of Ann Cleeves’ no-nonsense Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope on this full-day guided tour of “Vera” film locations in Northumberland by coach. Get an insider perspective of ITV’s best-loved detective drama. Starting and ending in the center of Newcastle, visit coastal locations in Northumberland including Amble, Warkworth, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, and Lindisfarne Island (or Holy Island), the fictional home of Vera. See more than 15 actual locations from episodes all the way through ten years of "Vera." Enjoy time to get on and off the coach and see some locations up close with plenty of opportunities to take photos.

Newcastle: Walking Tour to Grainger Market & Quayside

3. 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).

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Tour

4. Newcastle: True Crime Guided Tour

Learn about murder, intrigue, and the dark past of the historical city of Newcastle on this guided tour of the northern English industrial center. Learn about the fames powerhouse of the North and its great inventions such as the railways or the steam turbine among its own. Explore the underbelly of this great city’s past and have a romp through Newcastle’s history of crime, executions, and tales of debauchery. Hear about witchcraft, the lucrative trade of the body-snatchers, or a prank gone badly wrong. Locations include Newcastle’s former jails, places of execution and courtrooms, where you'll hear about the most infamous court cases and revisit actual crime scenes of days gone by.

Newcastle Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

5. Newcastle Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - *NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

6. 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: Smartphone treasure hunt style heritage walks

7. Newcastle: Smartphone treasure hunt style heritage walks

If you are Curious About Newcastle, take one of our quirky self-guided walks, where you can explore the heart of Newcastle. Not only will you visit the better-known places – we make sure you visit the unusual and intriguing ones too! Added to this we provide compelling stories about the history around you, whilst you have fun following our detailed directions, finding answers to our addictive clues and matching pictures to places along the way. You’ll discover "hidden treasures", whilst reading about the history of Newcastle and the people and events that have shaped it – whether you’re familiar with Newcastle or a first-time visitor, you will spot things you would not have otherwise noticed. Download the walks to your mobile device, then follow the directions and enjoy our self-guided heritage walks at your own pace and level of interest The walks are 1.5 miles and 1 mile respectively. Both walks are suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

8. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to UK hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in UK and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4, and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photos to confirm eligibility. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (including Cyclades), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (including Vatican, San Marino, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Newcastle: Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

9. 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 hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

Newcastle: Hadrian's Wall and Roman Fort Half-Day Tour

10. Newcastle: Hadrian's Wall and Roman Fort Half-Day Tour

Find out more about the Romans and Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, on this half-day tour. Head to the frontier of the Roman Empire while being close to an urban center on a guided tour that focuses on the east end of the wall, Segedunum, now called Wallsend. Visit the Great North Museum as well and discover its varied artifacts. After meeting your guide at Newcastle Central Station, make your way to Segedunum, a fort home to fantastic reconstructions of the Roman way of life, such as a section of the wall which can be viewed and walked along. Once there, step into the Roman world and learn about this fantastic, ruthless but creative culture that conquered much of the known world. Following your fort visit, go to the Great North Museum in Newcastle, which has one of the largest collections of Roman artifacts in the north of Britain. As your guide interprets them, get an insight into Roman life at the northern frontier of the empire. After your guided tour of the museum, you'll be taken back to central Newcastle where you will be able to enjoy the city center. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of key sites or cafes and restaurants. This half-day tour can be taken in the morning or afternoon.

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4.6 / 5

based on 72 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.

Absolutely loved this tour! Not just true crime, but a lovely smattering of Newcastle history too, fantastic guide. Easily five stars.

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.