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Discover our award-winning private tours to North East England – explore tours of Newcastle, Durham, Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Castle, Holy Island or Northumberland National Park with us! We create memorable & unique experiences for our visitors to cherish, enjoy and be proud of. We have created memories in Northern England for over 10 years.
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Chloe K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Would highly recommend this tour. Josh our tour guide made the tour interesting and fun, he had a lot of interesting knowledge about Newcastle true crime and other little facts of the city.
Written 17 May 2024
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Craig W
Richmond Heights, MO27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
TL;DR - Money well spent, you won't regret it. Book now.

I literally built my two week trip to the UK around seeing Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda, so if this wasn't great the trip was going to have a big hole in the middle.

Spoiler alert, it was the center piece of one of the best days of my life.

Side note - if you are budget traveling, you can do the Wall on foot, by bike, or car and spend almost nothing except the reasonable £12.50 admission at Vindolanda, but you'll really be missing out.

Booking was super easy and they gave me contact info for my guide about a month out and we emailed back and forth in the preceding days to tighten up the details. I highly recommend staying right in downtown Newcastle so you can catch some more sights and check out the wild Newcastle night life - I was there on a Friday and you have to see the parade of almost criminally underdressed Geordies down Quayside and downtown (apparently they're famous for it).

On that note we should talk about weather, it's still England so be prepared for cooler and damper than the US, but really warm when you get inside places. So layers, layers layers. You'll be outside a lot, so dress for hiking and wear appropriate shoes. I was there end of April and there was frost in the low spots overnight. However, Jupiter smiled on my trip and I got mostly sun, but Fran and Chris (who you'll meet in a bit) assured me that was not the norm.

Ok. So let's get to the actual tour. At a very civilized 9am met Fran literally coming though the door of my hotel as I was going out to see 10 minutes to 9 (I'm an "if you're not early you're late kind of guy). You know it's her because she has tour logo'd jacket. We went back out and met Chris at our posh ride. I don't know if they have other guides and drivers, and I would guess they are great too, but if you can request Fran and Chris definitely do it.

I could go on and on (as you may have figured out) about Fran, but she might read this and I don't want to embarrass her. They are some people whose mere presence just makes you happy. Her smile and laugh cut right through the chill and fill you with warmth. And she is going to give you an ocean of knowledge. I talk for a living and was impressed how she was able to provide a constant narrative as we went along, especially since I constantly interrupted her flow. This was not some rote presentation, but a great engaged dialogue. If you want to match passion to passion, Fran is your girl.

As for the tour itself, you start out in Newcastle and highlight the remnants of the wall that are just right in the middle of town. Gradually we made our way into the country and saw bigger stretches of the stones in wilder country. The North in the spring is absolutely breathtaking.

But those are just the amuse bouche, the feast is Vindolanda. Ruins, reconstructions, a museum that blew the British Museums Legion exhibit out of the water, and working dig site - all at the same time. If you are a history or archeology person, this is your Shangri-la.

Fran will take you through the ruins and give you context for all the ruins. And I know it's the real scoop because we got almost an echo of the narration from a school group that happened to be there at the same time. Sadly the kids weren't as interested as I was.

There was an active dig going on right there. You should Google about how they do it with volunteers and all the details. It's quite wonderful.

After the background, Fran gets to take a well deserved break, and you get a while to wander about and check out the museum and grounds. As I said, the museum has the best artifacts in an abundance that is unparalleled. Special call out to the coins and, believe it or not, shoes.

Reluctantly you will have to head back to Newcastle, but Fran gave some recommendations for the rest of the day - you can pop by the Great Northern Museum: Hancock and check out the stone that settle the debate over whether the wall was really build during Hadrian's reign.

If you're not as tired from the day as you are reading this review, then check out the famed Newcastle nightlife. I learned there are just as many kinds of UK English as there are American English. I also learned about stags and hens. Everybody was super nice and treated this solo Yank (do they even say that anymore?) like we were old mates.

I'm sure the number of people around the world for whom this is a life highlight wouldn't fill St. James Park stadium - especially since there wouldn't be an empty seat anyway - but if that is you, start planning now.
Written 28 April 2024
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Manus M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Josh our guide was a brilliant guide who was very informative yet was so funny and we had a great walk. Would recommend anyone to do a walking tour. Newcastle is a great city.
Written 21 March 2024
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Lydia R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Josh was an amazing guide! He was so easy to listen to, and answered all questions we came up with. He was friendly, fun, and has amazing knowledge! From all of the city tours that we joined so far, this one was by far the best! Not a single moment of drifting off with our thoughts, as he managed to keep us constantly entertained and interest in places and their stories. Poor future guides of ours - Josh made their job very difficult now.
Written 18 March 2024
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Just Wow :) Thank you for not only taking the time to write a review but for your truly kind words! I am passing this to Josh right away! Thank you and we hope to welcome you again to our city and region. Wishing you all the best, Alex
Written 20 March 2024
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Catherine M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very interesting tour I've lived in Newcastle all my life,francis was very informative a lovely person,really nice to talk to and to ask any questions.
Written 17 March 2024
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Jane T
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very interesting tour by our friendly, knowledgeable guide.
We had difficulty finding the start point of the tour due to the vague instructions and there was no response on the given help phone number. Hence 3 stars rather than 5.
Written 25 February 2024
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Dear Jane Thank you for taking the time to review our tour. I will pass on your feedback to Frances, the tour guide! With regards to the instructions given, we acknowledge this and are working to improve this as we speak. We are in the process of moving the meeting point and not all our tour partners / agents had the correct information. This has now been rectified. Thank you for flagging this to us, too. I must apologise for the frustration and confusion on the day. I would also like to apologise for the missed call on our end. We normally call back within minutes if we miss a call and I will check with the office why this did not happen. We are working on improving all aspects of our tours constantly and value your feedback. We hope to welcome you back on one of our tours in the future. Best regards Alex
Written 26 February 2024
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Alison T
Solihull, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Anna was so engaging, fun, knowledgeable & brought the crime history to life. There’s also a nice chunk of history & architecture thrown in - very much welcomed as we’d have loved to done a city walking tour as well, but couldn’t fit it in - next time! Thoroughly recommended.
Written 17 February 2024
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anne g
stokeontrent4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Lovely guide and very informative about the history and culture of Newcastle. Our guide answered all our questions and more.
Written 11 February 2024
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Lynn L
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Josh led us on a fabulous tour of busy parts of the city centre and quiet courtyards that we would not have found on our own. He spun tales of historic crimes, great and small and gave us lots of detail of life in Newcastle over the centuries. His account was funny and interesting in equal measure, as he led us through the varied parts of the town with his stories.
Written 6 February 2024
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Deborah l
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An excellent true crime tour of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fran and Josh were our guides for the evening. There was 5 lovely Irish ladies from Dublin, my wife and I, so it was a pleasant small group.
Fran was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and projected her voice well and it was a pleasure to spend time with her.
It was a little bit of a family reunion as Josh is my wife's nephew and she had not seen him in for 10 + years.
I would highly recommend this tour, not just to tourists, but locals as well.
Written 28 January 2024
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