Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Newcastle: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt Game

2. 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.

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Tour

3. 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.

Vera Half Day TV Locations Tour of Newcastle

4. 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: Walking Tour to Grainger Market & Quayside

5. 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: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Newcastle: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Ever Changing sculpture, Tyne Theatre and Opera House Blackfriars Friary as occupied by the Dominican Friars in 1239 China Town and its Chinese Arch View of St James Park St Andrews Church Eldon Square and the lifetime of John Scott Lord Chanceller Northumberland Street / Pilgrim Street Greys Monument and the lifetime of Charles Earl Grey Central Arcade, Grainger Market View of the Theatre Royal High Bridge and its links with Charles I Bigg Market and its link to the Blaydon Races The Stephenson Quarter, the Station, the Mining institute and the Litt and Phil including the development of electricity The Anglican St Nicholas Cathedral The Castle The guildhall and Besse Surtees House The riverside including the seven bridges that cross the River Tyne The redevelopment of the riverside including the Sage Gateshead, The Baltic and the artwork

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What people are saying about Newcastle Castle

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Our guide Susan gave us a really great, very individual and informative tour of Newcastle. She responded flexibly to the wishes of our small group (only 3 people) and we even had the chance to spontaneously add further stations according to the interests of the participants (e.g. a tour of the interior of St. Nicholas Cathedral). As a result, we got to see many highlights that are not considered at all on the usual tours. As previously discussed, we were able to extend the tour by almost 20 minutes and saw even more of the city. All in all a wonderful, highly interesting tour that we can recommend to everyone and will remember for a long time. Thanks Susan :-)

An ideal way to explore Newcastle! First time in the city for me and my best mate (or should that be first mate) and while there’s still loads more to discover it was a fantastic way to get to know somewhere new. The questions hit the sweet spot between challenging and manageable, we found out lots of interesting facts and had a lot of laughs along the way. All in all a great experience, and we’ll definitely look at Treasure Hunts in other cities!

We had a great time on Treasure Hunt Newcastle. We were there for the weekend and even though I've been to Newcastle quite a few times it made me notice things I'd never seen before, and learn some history along the way. The clues were fun and we could always ask for a hint if we were having trouble. It was a perfect way to see the city and spend a sunny autumnal afternoon with my partner.

Thoroughly enjoyed exploring newcastle and listening to Amanda re the crimes and murders. There was so much I learned about Newcastle I did not know.. Amanda was so knowledgable and engaging. Some stories very thought provoking and cruel. I noticed more historical sites and wonderful Newcastle architecture. A very informative and enjoyable evening

Really good visit well worth the money. Very interesting learnt a lot. Views from top of castle breath taking