Newcastle Highlights, Bridges & Contemporary Art

  • Port

    Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Starting At

    USD69.95

  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

The city of Newcastle takes its name from the New Castle built by Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror. Surrounded by medieval town walls, Newcastle was a great provincial center that grew rich on trade in wool, cloth, fish and hide, and prospered even more after the discovery of the rich coal seams here in the 1600s.

Throughout the city you will see signs of the history and innovation for which Newcastle is still known today. Your panoramic tour of the city center will pass some of the elegant buildings built during the city's Victorian heyday, including the monument to the Liberal Prime Minister, Earl Grey, who was responsible for the Great Reform Bill and also gave his name to the famous tea.

Watch for the delightful Theatre Royal as well as remnants of the city walls and castle. From the quayside, take in views of the city's historic bridges, including the magnificent Tyne Bridge opened by King George V in 1928. This bridge was the prototype for the more famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its two-pin steel arch was the longest of its type in Britain, with a span of 531 feet.

Cross the river to reach the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. One of the UK's leading modern art galleries, the Baltic Centre opened in 2002 in an old flour mill that has been wonderfully converted into an exhibition space.

Take advantage of some free time here to explore the art spaces, or perhaps take a stroll across the stunning Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne.

Re-boarding the coach, you'll head out of the city for a photo stop at the Angel of the North -- a wonderful steel sculpture with wings the size of a jet plane. It completely dominates the surrounding area.

Travel back to the ship, passing through countryside that was once one of the world's most productive coal mining areas.