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Newcastle United Stadium Tour

1. Newcastle United Stadium Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour stadium tour with plenty of visual and audio effects. The Newcastle United venue is the first in the U.K. to introduce a virtual assistant to enhance your tour experience. Visit the Media Suite for a fascinating insight into what happens at St. James’s Park on a match day. See where the manager delivers his post-match opinions and where player interviews are filmed and beamed all around the world. Whether it’s walking down the tunnel to Geordie music icon Mark Knopfler’s Local Hero echoing around the stadium, or sitting in your favorite player’s seat in the Home Dressing Room, there’s definitely something special for everyone.

Newcastle: Castle Entry Ticket

2. Newcastle: Castle Entry Ticket

Discover an imposing Norman fortress in the center of Newcastle upon Tyne, a rugged reminder of northern England's turbulent history. This was no baron's stately home. Newcastle Castle is a grim reminder of royal authority where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed. It is where the story of Newcastle began and the reason the city got its name. During your visit, enjoy the most commanding views over the city of Newcastle and the River Tyne. See Newcastle's most historic buildings, the Castle Keep and its 13th-century gatehouse the Black Gate, which were once part of a much larger fortress. Marvel at how much of Newcastle Castle has remained intact despite its tumultuous history. Today, you can explore the ancient passageways and chambers where kings walked and villains were imprisoned. Find the marks left by the inhabitants through the ages and learn the fascinating story of the Castle Garth community that grew up around the ruins. The two buildings that remain were cut off from each other by the Victorian railways of the 19th century — an unfortunate side effect of the North East's trailblazing role in the Industrial Revolution. Exhibits guide visitors through the Castle's history over the years: from settlement in Roman times, to medieval stronghold, to use as a modern day museum and everything in between.

Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

3. 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: Historical Guided Walking Tour

4. Newcastle: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historical highlights of Newcastle on a walking tour. As you stroll, learn about the city’s Roman, Norman and mercantile history. Admire Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, the Castle Keep, and more. Hear about the Victorian entrepreneurs who made Newcastle an Industrial Revolution powerhouse, and discover churches, hidden stairways, and a medieval monastery. Take in the revamped Quayside, where cutting-edge venues overlook the River Tyne, and absorb the city’s vibrant atmosphere, rooted in the famously friendly natures of the "Geordie" locals.

Northumberland: Full-Day Tour of Vera Filming Locations

5. 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: Dark Secrets and Criminals Walking Tour

6. Newcastle: Dark Secrets and Criminals Walking Tour

Meet your guide on Dean Street and start your walking tour through Newcastle’s most mysterious and spine-chilling streets. Listen to stories about criminals, body snatchers, ghosts, magicians, and gangsters that all call Newcastle home. Walk down Dean Street, Quayside, and High Bridge Street as you learn about Newcastle’s dark past from your guide. Hear tales of murders, explosions, body-snatchers, and gangsters from your guide, as you pass by some of Newcastle's spookiest landmarks, including Earl Grey’s Monument, Castle Keep, and Bigg Market.

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Tour

7. 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: Walking Tour to Grainger Market & Quayside

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Segedunum Roman Fort: Guided Tour

10. Segedunum Roman Fort: Guided Tour

Visit Segedunum, the first fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Learn about the old frontier of the Roman Empire, which extended for 80 roman miles, covers many landscapes, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View and walk along a section of the wall and explore a museum that brings the Roman world to life. Step into the Roman world and learn about this culture that conquered much of the known world. Discover how the fort was home to the mixed cavalry and infantry unit of troops from France, the fourth cohort of Lingones. Hear how they were responsibl for defending the river and policing the border. Indulge your love of history and discover more about the Romans while being close to an urban area.

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What people are saying about Newcastle, UK

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 204 reviews

I wanted my friend from the USA- who watches Vera, experience the beauty of the North East . It was ideal as she got to see a glimpse of the places she had seen on TV Our Tour guide , Anna, who met us in Newcastle , was excellent and her knowledge of the TV series and the area were outstanding. Our coach driver was also wonderful. First stop Woodhorn Museum, then on to, Alnmouth and Amble and past Walkworth Castle. An hour stop for lunch in Seahouses before we headed to the magnificent Bamburgh Castle for a photo stop. Of course the highlight was our stop on the Causeway at Lindisfarne to see the cottage used in the series, before our last stop in the village- Highly recommend the Ice Cream Parlour. Then lots of information on our ride back to Newcastle, I am from the North East but it was lovely to see the pure joy and appreciation of our wonderful county by visitors to the area. I can highly recommend the full Vera tour.

Well organised, Carol our guide, was informative without being overwhelming and very helpful in the questions she was asked. You can tell she loves the club, city and people by the way she talks. We were very impressed at the amount of the stadium you get to see. We would highly recommend.

The Walking Tour was interesting and fascinating.The excellent Alex was a superb guide who explained some of Newcastle history in a elegant and professional manner. I highly recommend this marvellous tour.

Fantastic day out brilliant very disabled access friendly as well

Fantastic tour; Alex was really knowledgeable. Highly recommended