Newcastle City Guides offer a fascinating programme of different heritage walking tours, covering central Newcastle and Gateshead, as well as surrounding areas: Gosforth, Jesmond, North and South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Heritage walks are usually held on Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm and Wednesday evenings at 7pm and this year, they will take place from June 2021. The tours will be listed just a few weeks in advance. Popular tours will be repeated so if the tour you would like to attend is full please check as it may well appear again later in the season.
Discover the stories of pioneering women in Newcastle or learn about the pilots who guided ships safely into harbour on a Heritage Walk in South Shields.
Season ticket holders. If you have a 2020 season ticket you receive free access to the guided heritage tours but must pre-book due to limited capacity and social distancing restrictions.
If you do not have a Newcastle City Guides Season Ticket then never fear - you are very welcome too and can pre-book your tickets at a cost of £5 per adult and £3 per concession (over 60s)
Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.
Do not just turn up for a tour as regretfully we will have to refuse you.
To book just click on the tour title link.
Guides will lead in groups of up to 6 people maximum.
If you are a 2020 season ticket holder, remember to bring along your ticket or you may be asked to pay for your tour.
Please ensure you have a face covering and observe social distancing throughout the tour.
WA - Wheelchair accessible
Sun 18th 2.30pm
Meet at the Bobby Robson Statue, St James’ Park. Finish at the Bobby Robson Garden, Gallowgate.
St. James’ Park is the oldest football stadium in the North East and Leazes Park was Newcastle’s first public park, both originally part of the Town Moor. Walk around the outside of St James’ and inside Leazes Parks and hear of the development of the two parks featuring intense local politics over the years.
Sun 25th 2.30pm
Fenham Features NEW WALK WA FULLY BOOKED
Meet and finish at St James and St Basil’s Church Fenham Hall Drive.
Fenham has a rich 18th century social history including a mining magnate and a talented heiress. After a sojourn at the Nuns Moor we discover a mischievous secret and an architectural gem provides a link to a beloved poet. Our walk concludes in a church garden but just where would you find a Hollywood star in a convent? Why Fenham actually!
Wed 28th 7.00pm
Saltwell Park Stroll WA
Meet and finish at the park entrance opposite the Little Theatre, at the corner of Saltwell View and East Park Road, Gateshead.
Walk around this beautiful Victorian park discovering stories of past and present. Find out the oddities of Saltwell Towers, the tale of the park’s oldest inhabitant and the story of the disappearing bandstands.
Meet at North Shields Metro Station. Finish at the Old Low Light Heritage centre.
See where industry and fishing once thrived and discover a hidden Second World War structure, the notorious ‘Jungle’ and a famous ‘Wooden Dolly’.
This walk includes some steep slopes and steps to negotiate.
Wed 4th 2.30pm
Jesmond Old Cemetery BOOK NOW
Meet and finish at cemetery gates, south side of Jesmond Road
Explore this 19th century private cemetery, the resting place for many of Newcastle’s eminent citizens.
Please wear suitable footwear as some areas of the cemetery are overgrown and can be slippery, especially in wet weather and the ground is uneven in places.
Sun 8th 2.30pm
Swinging Sixties Newcastle WA BOOK NOW
Meet under the Council Chamber, Newcastle Civic centre. Finish at Westgate Road/Clayton Street junction.
These boots are made for walking – are yours? This tour recreates the social culture of the Swinging Sixties in Newcastle. Join us on a magical mystery tour of yesteryear when man stepped on the moon, Strawberry Fields were forever and a pound in your pocket could last you all week.
Wed 11th 7.00pm
In Sickness and in Health WA BOOK NOW
Meet at the Castle Keep. Finish at the corner of St Thomas Street and Percy Street.
This walk looks at the medical history of Newcastle. Old hospitals for the poor, the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Doctor Gibb, “Dirty Dick’s” and Lucozade are just some of the medical topics you will hear about on this fascinating tour.
Sun 15th 2.30pm
Summerhill Sunday BOOK NOW
Meet and finish outside the main entrance to the Discovery Museum.
An early 19th century development, Summerhill is a delightful but little-known backwater. Come and explore this hidden area, home to some of Newcastle’s prominent Quaker families. Find out where Robert Stephenson lived and the links to the Victorian cricketer W. G. Grace.
Wed 18th 7.00pm
Gosforth Garden Village BOOK NOW
Meet at South Gosforth Metro Station (west side, corner of Rectory Terrace). Finish at Regent Centre Metro Station.
This walk explores the development and enlargement of the suburb of Gosforth, including its industry, pastimes, housing and education.
A footbridge with steps makes this walks unsuitable for the less mobile.
Sun 22nd 2.30pm
Bishops and Brewers NEW WALK WA
Start at Sunderland Metro/Train Station. Finish at the old Fire Station, High Street West.
Bishopwearmouth was one of the original three settlements on the banks of the River Wear that merged to form modern Sunderland. It eventually developed into the thriving Edwardian part of the town which has recently undergone a massive regeneration. This tour takes a look at how the area has been transformed and the new developments on the site of Vaux Breweries, who occupied it for 124 years.
Wed 25th 2,30pm
The Changing Faces of Forest Hall NEW WALK WA BOOK NOW
Meet and finish outside Benton Metro Station (Newcastle line side), Forest Hall.
A circular walk discovering how a church, a grand hall and the railway transformed a largely rural area to the NW of Newcastle into a bustling dormitory suburb. Communists, Balliol College, Oxford, the West Moor and Forest Hall Brotherhood and The Animals all played their part in the unfolding story from the late 19th century to today.
Sun 29th 2.30pm
Lovely Low Fell WA BOOK NOW
Meet and finish at the junction of Belle Vue Bank and Durham Road, Low Fell (opposite the New Cannon).
Discover how a pitman, an enterprising publican and the development of a new road changed Low Fell from an area of desolate waste to a prosperous Victorian suburb.
Meet and finish at Whitley Bay Metro Station
Discover how the village of Whitley grew into the major seaside resort of Whitley Bay. See how the Spanish City and Promenade have been restored to former glories as part of improving the area. We will also discover some less obvious, but still significant, historical items.
Sun 5th 2.30pm
West Jesmond & St Andrew’s Cemetery WA BOOK NOW
Meet and finish at the east side of West Jesmond Metro Station.
This walk combines the development of West Jesmond with an exploration of St Andrew’s cemetery taking in the lives of some of the interesting people to have been buried here and discover a surprise hidden orchard.
Wed 8th 2.30pm
Out of the Ashes NEW WALK WA BOOK NOW
Meet at Eldon Square entrance, Northumberland Street. Finish on Newcastle Quayside, opposite St Mary’s church.
Newcastle has been devastated by many fires. On this walk we will look at several that had major effects on Newcastle, their causes and issues in fighting the fire. Hear about the skills and bravery of the firefighters and the lessons learnt and action taken following the fire.
Sun 12th 2.30pm
Some Amazing Lives in Preston Cemetery BOOK NOW
Meet and finish at entrance gates of Preston cemetery, North Shields.
This walk remembers the lives of several local people including a Dame of the British Empire, a brave young man who won the George Medal and a pioneering journalist who went down with the Titanic.
As there is some uneven ground, suitable shoes are advisable.
Wed 15th 2.30pm
Arts and Architecture in Academia NEW WALK WA BOOK NOW
Meet at Manors Metro station. Finish at Haymarket Metro station.
This is a walk around the northern area of university buildings. Looking at some of Newcastle’s newest and older modern buildings and sharing some of the stories attached to them and the people who inhabited them. Come with your memories.
Sun 19th 2.30pm
Newcastle’s Campaign for the Vote WA BOOK NOW
Meet at Grey’s Monument. Finish at the Central Station.
The walk commemorates those who campaigned for the vote. We explore the part played by residents from the Newcastle region demanding universal suffrage.
Wed 22nd 2.30pm
As Time Flies NEW WALK WA BOOK NOW
Meet by the Sir Bobby Robson Monument on Gallowgate, near to St James Metro Station. Finish at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Haymarket.
This walk looks at some of the main public clocks on various buildings in the centre of Newcastle. We will hear stories about the clocks, those who made them, and the people attached to them to show how time has changed our city.
Sun 26th 2.30pm
Tales from the Riverside BOOK NOW
Meet at Wallsend Metro Station. Finish at St Peter’s Church.
Join us as we wander through the centuries of this historic town. From railways to Romans, sinners to shipyards, with a little Sting in the tale and many more interesting snippets too.
Please note we will be walking over uneven ground at times.
Wed 29th 2.30pm
Last Orders BOOK NOW
Meet at Northumberland Street entrance to Haymarket Metro. Finish on Newcastle Quayside
Explore the history of Newcastle pubs from Haymarket to the Quayside. Hear stories about the pubs and their characters to whet your appetite if not your palate.
A steep slope (Side) is part of this walk
Summer City Highlights tours have also been added to our website here
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