Newcastle, UK
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Newcastle: Castle Entry Ticket

1. 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.

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Newcastle: Historical Guided Walking Tour

2. 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.

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Northumberland: Full-Day Tour of Vera Filming Locations

3. 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.

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Segedunum Roman Fort: Guided Tour

4. 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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Newcastle: True Crime Guided Tour

5. 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.

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

6. 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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From Newcastle: Hadrian's Wall Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Newcastle: Hadrian's Wall Day Tour with Lunch

Travel to Hadrian's Wall with this tour from Newcastle. Stroll along a piece of history as you learn more about the Roman period. Eat a delicious lunch at Twice Brewed. Choose from group and private options that are with or without pickup and drop-off. Journey from Newcastle to Hadrian's walk. Start your tour at Steel Rig and walk the 2 1/2 miles to the Roman fort of Housesteads. See milecastles and the wild geography of the region as you walk. Get a view of what Roman life was like at Hadrian's when you visit the Roman fort of Housesteads. Find out more about the history of this fort, including its old name and how it was fortified by Germanic troops from Belgium and the Netherlands. Stop for lunch at Twice Brewed for some fantastic local food. Proceed to Vindolanda, an old Roman supply base that has been extensively excavated.

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Newcastle: Dark Secrets and Criminals Walking Tour

8. 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, and pass landmarks including Earl Grey’s Monument, Castle Keep, and Bigg Market as you learn about Newcastle’s dark past. Choose from different start times throughout the day and follow your guide through Newcastle. Hear tales of murders, explosions, body-snatchers, and gangsters from your guide.

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Newcastle: Highlights Walking Tour

9. Newcastle: Highlights Walking Tour

Discover the rich history of Newcastle on this walking tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide explore local hotspots such as the vibrant Grainger Market (open every day except Sundays), 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.

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What people are saying about Newcastle, UK

Alex is a fantastic tour guide. Due to the current circumstances I was the only customer which made the tour in Newcastle even more special to me. His knowledge together with this huge passion about the history of that city is an unbeatable combination. Listening to Alex made me think that Newcastle is one of the most interesting as well as important cities in terms of the past of England. He did patiently answer all of my questions and when I left I was totally fascinated by what I just learned. When you're looking for a tour guide who loves his job - Alex is the one you're looking for! His services are outstanding - so yes, I highly recommend booking a tour with Alex.

When you take a trip to Newcastle,your definitely going to notice the castle within the city, yes, you will probably wander around the grounds, and be fascinated by the the history and its surroundings. Well,I recommend that you book a visit to venture inside, the Black Gate is a fascinating building, best features, being the staircase, which heads in all directions. Not an expensive toll on the door, but adds to an enjoyable day, followed by a wee drink in the nearest keep you can find.

We really enjoyed Castle, didn’t realise we had one on our door step. Small but in very good condition. Lovely lady chatted to us about the history of the castle.

Alex was very knowledgable and made the tour interesting. He paced the route perfect for everyone.

Fantastic experience. I would defo recommend visiting.