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Tunnel tours

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.
Website: http://ouseburntrust.org.uk

Walking tours

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

Newcastle excursions

Hadrian's Wall

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.
Website: http://www.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

Alnwick Castle

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.
Website: http://www.alnwickcastle.com

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Grey Street Hotel

Situated inside a Grade II listed building, this wonderful boutique hotel offers suitably classy accommodation with high ceilings, elegant Georgian bedrooms and triple-glazed windows. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, plasma TVs, DVD and CD players and beds worth spending time in. Its onsite restaurant, The Living Room, is rather good too.

Mercure Newcastle County Hotel

Located opposite Central Station, this attractive hotel makes the most of its listed, 19th-century features with 114 sympathetically restored rooms. There are also 18 premier executive rooms to choose from. The informal onsite restaurant is very good and guests are granted free access to the nearby Body Zone fitness centre.

Express by Holiday Inn

Slap bang in the middle of town, and with the Holiday Inn stamp of familiarity, this modern 3-star hotel features 130 comfortable bedrooms with flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. It underwent a beautifying refurbishment in 2015 and also has a fully licensed bar. Breakfast included.

Roomzzz

This stylish apartment hotel with colourful boutique-style furnishings is set within a handsome Victorian mansion. Handy options include cosy studios sleeping two and Maxima suites for four, both with ample kitchen facilities and lounge areas with HD TVs. Splurge on a spacious Penthouse Suite with mezzanine and fine city views.

Hotel du Vin

The former home of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company has been converted into a 42-room property offering monsoon-style showers plasma TVs and breathtaking river views. It also has a very decent onsite bistro Bistro du Vin as well as the delightful Bubble Bar and an outstanding wine cellar.

Jesmond Dene House

This indulgent boutique hotel occupies a striking 19th-century mansion, surrounded by leafy woodland. From the underfloor heating in the bathrooms to the exquisitely designed rooms, every last detail has been considered to retain the charm and atmosphere of a manor house. There are 40 rooms, all of them sleek, spacious and modern, plus an award-winning restaurant and expansive gardens.