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.
- Wheelchair accessible

June 2021 

Wed 2nd 7pm

Heaton Highlights WA

Meet outside St. Teresa’s Church, Heaton Road (NE6 5HN). Finish inHeaton Park.

Enjoy a pleasant summer stroll through Heaton Park and thesurrounding area. Recently revitalised, this is one of Newcastle’s
best Victorian parks, with a surprising history and many intriguing features.

Sun 6th 2.30pm

The Tyne Pilots of South Shields

Meet at the entrance to the new South Shields Transport Interchange. Finish at the Tyne Lifeboat, Ocean Road.

Pilots guide ships safely into harbour. Look at some of the buildings that were important in their work and social lives and as we walk where the pilots lived and worked, see how much of their proud maritime heritage is still in evidence today.

Please note the walk includes steep steps to descend but an alternative is available.

Wed 9th 7pm

Geordie Ridley - The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Meet at St Edmunds, Gateshead High Street. Finish at Dean Street/Mosley Street junction.

A walk remembering the life and times of Geordie Ridley, the places he knew and the people he wrote songs about, from bobbies to muck men, from rowers to racers.

This walk contains some steep slopes and main roads to cross

Sun 13th 2.30pm

Discovering Bensham WA

Meet at the entrance to St. Cuthbert's Church, Bensham Road, Gateshead (NE8 2HB). Finish on Barrington Place.

Bensham was Gateshead's first suburb, but how did it begin and why? How has it changed? Roll back the years and discover something of Bensham's unique but often very hidden history.

Wed 16th 7pm

Tynemouth Pleasures and Punishment

Meet and finish at Tynemouth Metro Station under the clock.

A circular walk via Northumberland Park providing an interesting insight into Victorian social history in Tynemouth. We look at how people used the new recreational facilities and the punishment they could expect if they broke the law.

This walk includes some uneven ground, some steps and steep slopes

Sun 20th 2.30pm

Summerhill Sunday

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 23rd 7pm

The Brasilia of the North NEW WALK WA

Meet at Newcastle Civic Centre. Finish at Millennium Bridge.

In 1960 T Dan Smith became leader of Newcastle City Council. The quote attributed to him that Newcastle would be transformed to become the Brasilia of the north has set the context for regeneration of the city over the last 60 years. The walk examines city centre regeneration with 2020 vision.

Sun 27th 2.30pm

Wonderful Women of Newcastle WA

Meet at Church of St Thomas the Martyr opposite Haymarket Metro Station. Finish at St Nicholas Cathedral.

This walk visits places associated with some of the wonderful women who have graced Newcastle and its history. Some were intellectuals, some were pioneers, all, however, were brave and each has a story to tell.

Wed 30th 7pm 

Brandling Village WA

Meet and finish at Jesmond Parish Church next to Jesmond Metro Station.

Brandling Village is an excellent example of a Victorian and Edwardian suburb developed between 1820 and 1920. This walk takes in the original 19th century core and its grand surrounding streets and houses.