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Itinerary

Greet your guide near Grey’s Monument in central Newcastle. See how 1830s Grey Street was once known as “one of the finest streets in England” before you stroll down towards the historic Quayside that’s now been reinvented for the 21st century.

As you wander, learn about the city’s long history and the Victorian entrepreneurs who made the place a powerhouse—and an architectural wonderland. Hear about George Stephenson, the father of the railways, as you pass his monument.

Loop up to Newcastle Castle and discover the turbulent history of the castle that gave the city its name before you return to Grey's Monument, where your tour will end.

Locations visited
Grey's Monument
All Saints Church
Blackfriars Medieval Friary
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Overview

From the elegant itinerary to the knowledgeable guide, this Newcastle walking tour is tailor-made for lovers of history—particularly those with limited time. Learn about the castle that gave “Newcastle” its name and the Victorian entrepreneurs who made the city a powerhouse as you see sights like the Stephenson Monument, Grey Street, Newcastle Castle, and Quayside.

Highlights
  • Discover Newcastle’s history, heritage, and architecture from a local guide
  • See the city old and new, from 1830s Grey Street to the revamped Quayside
  • Learn about Newcastle Castle as you climb Dog Leap stairs to Castle Keep
  • Choose between morning and afternoon departures to suit your schedule
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Comprehensive tour

I highly recommend this tour with Alexander. Meet at Earl Grey Monument and explore the historical and architectural highlights of Newcastle. He keeps a good pace, but did not “out-run” my senior citizen legs. You will get down to the quay and learn about the...More

Thank gwynguy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Iles Historical Tour of Newcastle

An easy to find central pick up point. I wanted to be taken on a walking tour that showed to me and described for me, the history of the key buildings and features of central Newcastle their association with the river Tyne. This tour far...More

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile
History on the hoof!

This is a must to understand the history and the future of Newcastle. Alexander the guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable. It was like seeing history as Alexander described the history behind the beautiful buildings, cobble stoned streets and the origins of their names. It was also...More

Thank jorose17
Reviewed 12 June 2018
Excellent 2 hour walking tour

Alexander Iles provides an excellent 2 hour walking tour highlighting the historic heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This is not a strenuous walk, just a steady pace but it does involve some steep streets and flights of steps. Alexander provides a good balance of facts and figures...More

Thank BJEM
Reviewed 3 June 2018
Really enjoyable

Our son bought this tour for us as gift and despite living in Newcastle for over 30 years it was clear we knew only a few facts about the history of our home city after spending two hours with Alex. The tour was carried out...More

Thank Kevin C
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Response from howellchaos | Reviewed this property |
If you are arriving at the marina then you can walk there in 15 minutes. Taxi would probably cost about £5
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