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Newcastle sits on the River Tyne and boasts six impressive bridges; these can form a powerful first impression as your luxury liner pulls into port and the graceful double arch of the Millennium Bridge comes into view.

Cruise to Newcastle-upon-Tyne with MSC Cruises

A former industrial town, Newcastle-upon-Tyne today is a rejuvenated and modern city, with all the sights and delights of a bustling regional capital. If you’re travelling with MSC Cruise Lines on one of our Nordic or Northern European Cruise packages, you may wish to inject a burst of city culture to your holiday and step ashore in Newcastle, or go further inland to explore the rich heritage of northern England.

Newcastle sits on the River Tyne and boasts six impressive bridges; these can form a powerful first impression as your luxury liner pulls into port and the graceful double arch of the Millennium Bridge comes into view. Head to the city centre for a dose of history at the Castle Keep, which dates back to Norman times and to which the city owes its name.

Don’t miss the superbly elegant Grainger Town district, with its Neoclassical architecture; also home to the Theatre Royal and an array of lively restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries and independent boutiques. Those hunting for bargains can head to Eldon Square, the UK’s largest city-centre shopping complex, for ‘best of British’ shopping. Be sure to explore Grey’s Street and Grey’s Monument, erected to commemorate Earl Grey who also gave his name to the famous blend of aromatic tea. Alternatively, why not leave your luxury MSC cruise ship and go further afield for the best deals on local sights: we can help you make the most of your vacation with great day trips to nearby attractions, such as the Roman-built UNESCO site of Hadrian’s Wall. 

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 NCL01 - ROMAN HADRIAN'S WALL (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Pennines and County Durham during this panoramic tour to the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. The tour begins by skirting the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, before heading west through the Tyne valley. This area is dominated by the presence of Hadrian’s Wall, which was built by the Romans in the 2nd century as the northern limit of their empire and to stop the barbarian hordes attacking from the north. Travelling along a road that follows the original route of the wall, the tour arrives at Chesters Roman Fort, one of the best preserved sites along the wall. You will have a chance to explore the remains of the garrison buildings, including a centrally heated bath house. From Chesters, the tour follows this scenic road towards Housesteads Roman Fort, where a brief stop will be made at the nearby visitors’ centre. Continuing along this pretty route, stops will be made to photograph the wall when conditions permit. The return leg to your ship in Newcastle will take you via the main, military road that offers more stunning views of the Tyne valley. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 NCL02 - ALNWICK CASTLE & THE NORTHUMBRIAN COAST (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Departing the quayside at the port of Tyne, the tour first heads to Tynemouth, a pretty village overlooking the North Sea, before heading north along the coast through Whitely Bay and past the former coal mining community of Ashington. From here the coastline opens up to a wide expanse of empty beaches separated by small fishing villages including Amble, Alnmouth and Warkworth with its ruined castle. The castles of Northumberland reflect the turbulent history of the county. Inland from Alnmouth the tour arrives at Alnwick Castle, the largest and most impressive in the county. Alnwick Castle – a stunning series of towers and battlements that dominate the surrounding countryside – has been the residence of the Duke of Northumberland’s family since the early 1300s. Your castle experience includes visiting some of the beautiful staterooms. From Alnwick the tour heads south through lovely farmland affording views of the remote Cheviot and Pennine Hills. On your way back to the port, you will also pass through the pretty market town of Morpeth. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; some areas of the Castle are not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 NCL03 - BEAMISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM: A SNAPSHOT OF VICTORIAN WORKING LIFE (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  This excursion to the Beamish Open Air Museum will take you on a trip back in time. After receiving an introduction to the site and a map, you will have time to explore the complex at your leisure. To help you get around, the museum operates a fleet of restored old trams that travel along a circular route with stops near all the key exhibits. Visit Pockerley Manor and the Clydesdale horses and Dales ponies in The Horse Yard. Also stop at the Running Shed to see the 1822 locomotive that was built by George Stephenson and is said to be the third-oldest surviving railway engine in the world. The Town Centre is also worth a visit with costumed interpreters welcoming visitors and demonstrating a bygone way of life in the many shops. There is even a reconstruction of a Freemasonic Temple which gives an insight to the Freemasonry of the period. The working Home Farm will give you an idea of how the farm was worked and how the farmer's wife spent her busy day in the large farmhouse kitchen, while the Drift Mine with all its workings will show you how mining worked in the Victorian era. Beamish Station, finally, recreates a typical branch line country station. The tour concludes with your return to Newcastle and the ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The introduction to the site is given in English only; guests will visit the site individually. A few areas of the Museum are not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 NCL05 - HISTORICAL DURHAM AND CATHEDRAL (about 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  On leaving the port, you will first head towards the city centre of Newcastle. Dating from pre-Roman times, the city grew during the industrial revolution through the mining of coal and building of ships. It still boasts several grand Victorian building in addition to the famous bridges over the River Tyne. After leaving the city, a photo stop will be made at the Angel of the North, a huge steel sculpture with wings the size of a jet plane. The tour then continues on to the city of Durham. You will continue on foot to the historical city centre, now designated a World Heritage Site, and climb up the hill to the stunning Norman cathedral, which was built overlooking the river in the 12th century as a shrine to St Cuthbert. Information on the history and architecture of the cathedral will be provided. The next stop is Durham Castle (exterior only). Originally the residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham, it now belongs to Durham University, which is the third-oldest in England after Oxford and Cambridge. On your return to port, you will travel through countryside that once numbered among the world’s most productive coal mining areas. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Cathedral is prohibited. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 NCL06 - SCENIC DRIVE ACROSS THE NORTH PENNINES (approx. 6 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  This tour will take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the northern Pennines. The first photo stop will be at Heddon-on-the-Wall, where you will have an opportunity to see a well-preserved stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, which was built by the Romans to protect the northern limits of their empire from attack by the Celts. Continuing across Muggleswick Common, you will reach Stanhope. A stop will be made at the Stanhope Dales Centre where you can enjoy tea, sandwiches and cakes (not included). The next leg will take you west across the Pennines, through an area of outstanding natural beauty known as ”England’s Last Wilderness” where the air is pure and clear, and at night the stars are brilliant. Enjoy wonderful views over the high Pennines in a totally unspoilt rural area full of beautiful flowers including wild pansies and the rare bog-stars. You will also have a great view of the impressive peak of Burnhope Seat in the south. At the village of Alston, the highest market town in England, the steep cobbled streets provide further excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Leaving the Pennines, you will pass Langley Castle Hotel and travel along a scenic route dotted with ancient buildings, tiny villages and thriving market towns. Your return journey begins at Haydon Bridge and includes a short detour through the ancient Roman town of Corbridge before heading back to your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 NCL07 - NORTHUMBERLAND PANORAMIC & CITY OF NEWCASTLE  (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  New  This three-in-one coach-based outing includes a tour of Newcastle upon Tyne, a visit to the monumental Angel of the North sculpture and panoramic views of Northumberland’s spectacular scenery. Dating back to Roman times, Newcastle is known for its elegant buildings that were constructed during the city’s grand Victorian heyday. Look forward to driving by the monument to Earl Grey, who gave his name to the famous tea, the delightful Theatre Royal as well as the remains of the old city walls and castle. Then it’s on to the quayside for wonderful views of the old bridges. On crossing the river, you will see the huge Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art en route to the Angel of the North for a photo stop. This truly awe-inspiring steel sculpture, complete with wings the size of a jet plane, dominates the entire area. The tour then takes you north, through lovely farmland affording views of the Cheviot Hills, the Pennines and the market town of Morpeth in the distance, before passing through the towns of Whitely Bay, Ashington and Tynemouth. Further scenic views then await you during the return drive to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 NCL08 - HOWICK HALL GARDENS & COASTAL WALK  (approx. 6 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  New  A coach ride from the port up to Craster, a traditional Northumberland fishing village, will be followed a chance to enjoy rolling landscape, an old-fashioned fishing village, coastal views and the dramatic ruins of a former castle on a circular walk within a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. Starting at the Arnold Memorial Northumberland Wildlife Trust Reserve, the rural walk will see you reach Howick Hall, the highlight of the tour. As the historical home of the Earls Grey – name givers of the famous tea – the grounds also feature award-winning gardens, which you will have time to explore. Originally conceived in 1920 by the Grey family, these gardens have since been lovingly maintained and still retain their informal and natural feel. Leaving Howick, your walk continues towards the sea to follow the scenic coastal path back to Craster. You can then go for a drink in a local pub (not included in the price of the tour) or simply soak up the special atmosphere of this old village, a key fishing centre in the 19th century. Watch out for views of the 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle, now in ruins, on your way to the coach, which will then take you back to your ship in the port of Tyne. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as it includes long periods of walking (9.5 km); Sturdy footwear and a waterproof jacket are recommended.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.