Through the summer months Newcastle City Guides offer trips to the top of the monument for a few hours on one Saturday a month. They offer a wide range of guided walks in the city too based around a variety of historical, architectural, and cultural themes. For more information about the walks or to book your own visit to the monument click this link.
I hadn't been planning to visit. I'd been hugging people nearby and noticed that the little door at the bottom of the monument was open and people were outside. I asked one of them how I would be able to go to the top. I'll be totally honest here. I didn't even know that tours were offered to the public.
The guide told me about the tours and the website and said that tours were always booked up well in advance. At that moment the other guide said she had just realised there was one unbooked space. In ten minutes time. They wondered about this, because it never happens.
It happened to me though. So would else could I do? I paid my four pounds - all city tours currently cost four pounds for adults and two pounds for children - and said farewell to my new friends who had been sharing in the experience of hugging strangers. Two recent posts on this blog are related to that experience.
Photos were taken. Many photos. Some of them were attempted selfies. Newcastle Upon Tyne is an amazing city.
|St. Nicholas Cathedral|
|In the distance, The Baltic & Millennium Bridge|
|In the far distance, Byker Wall|
|Towards Newcastle Civic Centre|
|St. James Park|
|St James Park & Eldon Square|
|Emerson Chambers Roof|
|Part of Eldon Square Shopping Centre|
|Over the roof of Grainger Market|
|The steps leading back down|
|Grainger Street to Newcastle railway station|
|The Baltic & Millennium Bridge|
|55 Degrees North with The Sage beyond and All Saints Church|
|Grey Street. Theatre Royal on left|
|Good to see one of these flying at Monument|
|Newcastle Castle Keep, St Nicholas Cathedral|