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Tyne Bridge


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Newcastle-Upon-Tyne city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
The Tyne Bridge was officially opened in 1928, several buildings had to be demolished in the process, including the Goat Inn and a pickle factory. Coal was discovered in 1234 and Newcastle became the 1st coal port in the world. Thomas Trotter of Newcastle cured Nelson's other eye. A Newcastle player invented the offside trap. Newcastle is the 2nd driest city in the country. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the first rotating bridge in the world. Newcastle hosted the first dog show in the world and the first beauty contest in Britain. Impressed?


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Curious About... Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

  • An exploration of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Grey's Monument to Cathedral - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting from the imposing Grey’s Monument, this walk takes you through the bustle of the city centre, passing the legendary Grainger Market, and an old Square. Next we catch a glimpse of the town walls, before passing through Chinatown, via an ancient and remarkably preserved Friary. We take a longer look at the walls, before passing along the elegant Grey Street, to end the walk at St Nicholas Cathedral.
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed

2. Cathedral to Millennium Bridge - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the splendid cathedral, with its unusual spire, this walk heads next to the well preserved Castle Keep, before descending the unusual Dog Leap Stairs. From the bottom you can marvel at the engineering of the imposing arches of the Tyne Bridge, before approaching the Guildhall, the famous Bessie Surtees House and finally arriving at the impressive waterfront, dominated by four very different bridges.
1 hourOK but diversion maybe needed

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"The Curious About Newcastle walk is a brilliantly designed self-paced journey of historical discovery, which I enjoyed very much. I recommend purchase of the guidebook not only to tourists but residents of the city, as there is so much to discover. The walks are perfect for a long weekend, unusual date idea or family outing - so get curious!"

"Just thought I’d let you know that my (21-year-old) daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed following your booklet in Newcastle-upon-Tyne a few weeks ago. I’ve always loved treasure hunts and in spite of some wet, cold and windy weather we saw a lot more of this fascinating city and learned interesting things about it that I’d never have known otherwise."

Latest Revision : June 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail