NewcastleGateshead 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. 

The Toon Tour season finished in October 2019.

Toon Tour – map and timetable Toon Tour – ticket prices

Toon Tour route

The service will run every 30 minutes from 10.05am until 4.05pm, with buses starting from Central Station in Newcastle and then serving 17 stops on a circular route which takes in some of the finest sights around the city, including the 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.

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Toon Tour tickets

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and students, £4 for children up to the age of 16, and £20 for a family (up to two adults and three children). Tickets will be valid for 24 hours from the time of issue on the bus and will also be valid on Quaylink buses in central Newcastle and Gateshead. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Go North East app or from the driver on the bus, with payments being made with cash or contactless card.

Buy your ticket on the Go North East app

Attractions and sights across NewcastleGateshead

  • Life Science Centre - free child admission with a paying adult when you show your Toon Tour ticket

    A great value attraction taking you to the beginning of life and back with lots of hands on displays and interactive games. You can even save with your Toon Tour ticket – one free child admission with every full paying adult.

  • St James' Park - save 20% on Stadium Tours when you show your Toon Tour ticket

    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. You can enjoy a tour of the famous stadium and you can even save 20% with your Toon Tour ticket.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Sage Gateshead is 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

    Grey 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 - save 20% on entry when you show your Toon Tour ticket

    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.