Greys Monument Tours

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Monument tours will resume in Spring 2023 and if you check this page or follow Newcastle City Guides on Facebook or Twitter you will be among the first to hear when bookings start.

(Monument Tours are also available this summer via the Brunch with the Earl experience, an opportunity to tour the iconic Grey's Monument followed by a delicious brunch at Banyan. Tickets can be booked for selected dates here.)

In 2023 openings occur on the first Saturday of each month April till September Tickets will be for half hour slots between 10am and 4pm and will go on sale a week or two before each event. Keep checking this page to find out when they go on sale..

The next opening will be Saturday July 1st and tickets will go on sale at 9am on Saturday 10th June.

Tickets sell out extremely quickly so set your alarm clock!

Pre-booking is essential.

Climb the 164 steps to the top of Grey’s Monument on a tour with Newcastle City Guides. The Monument is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, Charles Grey, who hailed from the North East and was British Prime Minister in the 1830s - the famous Earl Grey tea blend was named after him too! From here you can enjoy unrivalled views over Grainger Town’s magnificently preserved Georgian architecture.

Please arrive no later than 5 minutes before your booking time. If you miss your slot, we cannot guarantee entry at a later time than shown on your ticket.


Tickets are £5 per person, season tickets are not applicable to Grey's Monument tours.

Children under 5 years are not permitted.

Group tours

Grey’s Monument can be hired for group tours between March and October subject to Guide availability. A minimum charge of £75 + VAT (£90) applies, which provides up to 2 ½ hours of access and accompanying tour guides. The Guides can provide a commentary on the history of Monument and the surrounding area, highlighting the local Newcastle landmarks and places of interest. Please note that group tours will not operate from October to February due to the reduced daylight hours and increased likelihood of bad weather and poor visibility.

Tours typically take 30 minutes, including climb and descent, with a maximum of 8 guests per tour. A 2 ½ hour hire could therefore accommodate a maximum of 40 people. Group tours depend upon guide availability and whether other events are taking place on Grey's Monument plinth. Tours can be cancelled at short notice in the event of severe weather or poor visibility. If this happens, we will try and book your tours on another date. Please email for more information.

Please note

  • Children under 5 years are strictly not admitted on Monument tours.
  • Children 5-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There are 164 steps to climb and at some points the staircase is narrow and dark.
  • If you have a fear of heights or confined spaces, have breathing difficulties, a heart condition, or are in the latter stages of pregnancy, please do not attempt this climb.
  • Please be aware that only 8 people can climb to the top per tour.

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