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View Newcastle’s considerable architectural highlights on a driving tour through the most historical sections of town, which date back to the Roman period.
After departing from the pier, you will soon begin an enlightening tour of Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle. The town gained prominence in the 12th century when it was built up to defend England from Scottish invasion. Over the years, Newcastle became synonymous with the coal industry, a reputation it has now shrugged off.
Today, Newcastle is a thriving, elegant city with a stylish waterfront on the River Tyne, plenty of fine restaurants and art galleries, and countless architectural attractions. Among the highlights is Grainger Town, a beautiful Victorian district that architect Richard Grainger helped design between 1835-1842. Considered the heart of the city, Grainger Town contains nearly 650 buildings, 40% of which are of special architectural or historical interest.
While driving along popular Grey Street, you will see Grey’s Monument, which was erected to honor Prime Minister Earl Grey for passing the Great Reform Act of 1832. A famed tea also bears Earl Grey’s name, as it was first blended to offset the lime taste of the well water at his family estate.
In time, you will pass by St. Nicholas Cathedral, whose spire has dominated Newcastle’s skyline for more than 500 years. During a siege in 1644, the Scottish army threatened to destroy the building, so Newcastle’s mayor had Scottish prisoners of war put in the tower, effectively saving the building.
Next, it’s a visit to Washington Old Hall, found in the center of Washington Village. Home of George Washington’s ancestors, Washington Old Hall is a stunning manor house with an array of interesting displays that incorporate information about America and her links to British social history. As a relatively small property, Washington Old Hall creates an intimate experience that allows visitors to learn more about the first President of the United States in a relaxed, unique environment. Explore the beautifully maintained Jacobean gardens, including the delightful wild flower meadow, and take time to enjoy watching the bees at the Hall’s very own bee hive.
Following some free time, you’ll rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate and the garden has some uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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