Newcastle History Tour: From The Romans to The Victorians!

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When: 21 Sep - 25 Sep 2020

Cost: £78.00 Adult
£70.50 Concession

Ticket notes: Ticket prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a camping unit. Prices are available on enquiry for single campers. The prices are a package for 4 nights camping with electric and the tour.

Opening hours: 8am-11pm

The Norman Castle Keep in central Newcastle

The Norman Castle Keep in central Newcastle

Old Newcastle - its Roman start to Georgian heyday.

Newcastle is a city that offers a lot more than meets the eye. Famous perhaps for its location on the Tyne and the several bridges that span the river, famous also for its industrial heritage. However, the city is of tremendous historical interest having welcomed settlers in Roman, Saxon and Norman times, from whence it grew in importance and stature through to the present day. This package includes a walking tour of the historical highlights, with something of interest for everyone.

The package includes:

  • 4 nights camping with electric (21-25th Sept)
  • Wine reception and introductory talk (21st Sept)
  • Old Newcastle History Tour (22nd Sept)
  • All transport and entry fees
  • Plenty of optional activities for your 2 free days in the North Tyne Valley



Old Newcastle Tour Details:

We journey to the end of Hadrian’s Wall, stopping at Segedenum Roman Fort for morning coffee (complimentary) and a stroll around the fort grounds, including a quick walk to the site of its baths. Segedenum contrasts sharply to the rural environment of other forts on the Wall, having been located at the site where the Newcastle shipyards grew and died.  We then move on to the Quayside to start a short historical walking tour of Newcastle. The bridges across the Tyne have a great history, the Swing Bridge marking the position of the first bridge built in Roman times. We will pause to admire the best bridges of the Tyne and comment on their history and engineering. Sights walking from the Quayside include the Guildhall, the marvellous Jacobean Bessie Surtees House, the Castle Keep (from whence the city gets its name), the best preserved Normal keep in England with a great view, St Nicholas’ Cathedral and the historical heart of the city - Grey Street to Grainger Town (with Victorian indoor market offering several stalls and eateries, including an original Marks and Spencer Penny Bazaar!). Sir John Betjeman said of Grey Street, with its impressive Georgian architecture: “As for the curve of Grey Street, I shall never forget seeing it to perfection, traffic-less on a misty Sunday morning. Not even Regent Street, even old Regent Street London, can compare with that descending subtle curve.” At the top of Grey Street is Grey's Monument, a column in honour of Earl Grey of political fame and to whom we owe the renowned tea.

The tour may break for lunch near the Quayside or at the Cathedral, dependent on timing and the weather.  There may be free time at the end of the day to dwell in Grainger Market, make more historical explorations, revisit the quayside (the Sage or Baltic) or just shop! Segedenum Fort and Castle entry fees, transport and guidance all included. 

The 4 night package also means you have time to explore the North Tyne Valley where Bellingham lies, with many lovely walks or cycle rides and a short drive to Kielder Forest and Water Park.  Alternatively, you can indulge in more history with a visit to Hadrian's Wall and/or one of its impressive forts, or take yourself to the Wallington or Cragside National Trust properties, or visit Alnwick Castle and/or gardens.  Bellingham is a perfect base for exploring much of Northumberland.

To book/enquire please phone the site direct on 01434 220175.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2JY

Contact details

Tel: 01434 220175


The location of our site is given on the Club's website. We are on the B6320, south side of Bellingham village, next to the Forestry Commission buildings. We are also on the South side of Bellingham Bridge.


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