Newcastle tours and excursions
The Victoria Tunnel is an old waggonway, which runs under the city from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne. Visitors can descend beneath Newcastle's streets to experience the sounds of a wartime air raid and discover the Tunnel's role as a colliery waggonway. There are five regular tunnel tours each week on Thursdays at 6.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.Tel: +44 191 261 6596.
From June until late October, the Newcastle Association of City Guides offers 90-minute walking tours of the city daily (except Sundays) at 1030. The tours are a great introduction into the history and culture of the city, while special themed walks, open days and climbs up Grey's Monument take place throughout the year.Website: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/city-guides/city-highlights-daily-walking-tours
Sections of Britain's greatest Roman monument can be visited on half- or full-day trips from Newcastle. Stretching 241km (150 miles) from South Shields on the east coast to Cumbria on the west coast via rugged moorland and unspoilt countryside, the wall is a mecca for history buffs, walkers and cyclists and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed under the Emperor Hadrian in AD122, Hadrian's Wall was built to mark the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in the British Isles.Tel: +44 191 440 5720.
53km (33 miles) north of Newcastle is Alnwick Castle, an impressive border fortress that was built in the 11th century and made famous as a filming location for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. It boasts a wonderful garden with Britain's largest treehouse, opulent state rooms and a magnificent art collection.Tel: +44 1665 511 350.