NewcastleGateshead Toon Tour

Toon Tour

Welcome to the NewcastleGateshead Toon Tour, the hop-on hop-off open top city tour bus from local bus company Go North East. 

When Toon Tour runs in 2021

  • 17 April until 30 May – weekends and public holidays
  • 31 May until 3 September – daily
  • 4 September until 31 October – weekends only (except 11 and 12 September due to Great North Run)

Toon Tour timetable and leaflet

Toon Tour route and stops

The service will run every 30 minutes from around 10am until 5pm, with buses starting from Central Station in Newcastle and then serving stops on a circular route which takes in some of the finest sights around the city.

These include Discovery Museum, St James' Park, Great North Museum, Ouseburn, Quayside, Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Baltic, Sage Gateshead, Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Newcastle Cathedral.

Customers can hop-on and hop-off at any stop along the route.

Toon Tour route

Toon Tour tickets

  1 day
Any person of any age £5
Family ticket 
(up to two adults and three children under 16 - minimum of one adult and one child)
£12

Buy in advance on the Go North East app or on the bus on your day of travel.

Other tickets such as GoZones, 5 to 25 and Network One can be used on our Toon Tour open-top bus.

Concessionary passes can't be used on Toon Tour, but show your pass to travel for just £5.
 

Tickets for use on Toon Tour and all other services (except Seasider X11)

  1 day 3 days
Adult £10 £25
Concession / student £8 £20
Child (under 16) £5 £12
Group (any 4 people) £25 £50
  these tickets also allow unlimited travel on all Go North East buses the same day

Free Wi-Fi on the Toon Tour

Attractions and sights across NewcastleGateshead

  • Life Science Centre – a great value attraction taking you to the beginning of life and back with lots of hands on displays and interactive games.

  • St James' Park – the home of Newcastle United. Our football team have played here since they were formed in 1892 and there’s been lots of ups and downs along the way.

  • Great North Museum: Hancock – built in 1884, the museum was originally named after John Hancock who was instrumental in securing the funds to build it. It's now home to the Living Planet gallery which is spread across two floors and tells the story of wildlife and habitats.

  • Laing Art Gallery – the Laing Art Gallery is the North East’s principle art gallery displaying a wide ranging exhibition programme catering for all tastes and ages.

  • The Biscuit Factory – take a look at the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft and design gallery in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter in a former Victorian warehouse. It showcases and sells work of over 200 artists, making art truly accessible.

  • Ouseburn – whether you enjoy the Ouseburn for its bustling music scene, its flourishing creative networks, or its abundant local history and heritage, the valley has something for everyone, including Ouseburn Farm.

  • Quayside – enjoy something to eat or drink in one of the great cafes and restaurants or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

  • By The River Brew Co. – an independent container community that lives and breathes beneath the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river. There's plenty to enjoy, including the brewery and tap, restaurant and various street food vendors.

  • Baltic – the Baltic is a centre for contemporary art, housed in the former Baltic flour mill and is now one of the biggest contemporary art spaces in Europe.

  • Millennium Bridge – opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002. It has a spectacular arch and is made of 850 tonnes of steel. It takes just 4 minutes to open for ships to pass and is worth a visit at night when the bridge is fully illuminated.

  • Sage Gateshead – a home for music and musical discovery, which opened in 2004. It provides unrivalled facilities for people of all ages to make music, hear music and learn about music.

  • Tyne Bridge – the bridge was opened by King George V on 10 October 1928 and it's been busy ever since. It's believed that the Sydney Harbour Bridge was modelled on the Tyne Bridge with both being built by the same company and started around the same time.

  • Grey's Monument – a 135 foot high monument named after locally born Earl Grey who became Prime Minister in 1830. Earl Grey was famous for steering through the Reform Act, despite facing a hostile parliament and he also reduced his own salary.

  • Grey Street – the street is regarded as the finest street, not just in Newcastle, but in the North. The street was designed to have all the drainage concealed, to preserve the good looks of the street.

  • Newcastle Castle – it stands on the site of the former Roman Fort of Pons Aelius which was built there due to its commanding position with views up and down the river. The original castle was built in 1080 by Robert Curthouse, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. 

Offers

  • Newcastle Castle – save 20% on entry when you show your Toon Tour ticket. Please check Newcastle Castle's website for opening times.

  • Newcastle United Stadium Tours – save 20% on a stadium tour when you show your Toon Tour ticket. Please check Newcastle United's website for more information on tours.