We’re ALL goin' on a Summer Holiday

Posted on August 1, 2023

A group of friends playing treasure hunt

The UK is BURSTING with amazing places, people and things to do. Having a Great British adventure this summer? With Treasure Hunt Newcastle you’ll see some of the best bits, and hidden gems that Newcastle has to offer. Whether you’re travelling for miles or minutes, grab your shipmates and keep reading!

With so much to see in Newcastle it can be hard to make sure you’re not missing out. Our routes have been cleverly designed and playtested to guide you to the best spots, from tourist highlights to local hangouts, you and your crew are sure to uncover some real treasures.

How does it work? ☠️

It’s designed for adults, so you’ll have a laugh together. If you’re adventuring with a large crew, we recommend splitting into smaller groups and seeing who can solve the final clue first! (after a few refreshment breaks along the way of course!) Captain Bess, our bossy pirate leader, sends cryptic clues, and treasure maps to your phone, shipmates work together to solve the clues and discover the next part of the journey. Ages 8+ are welcome too if you want to make a family day of it!

An illustration of how Treasure Hunt Newcastle works

Adventures wherever you go! 🗺️

Did you know Captain Bess has tours all across the UK? Wherever you’re going in the UK this summer, there might just be a Treasure Hunt tour nearby! See our other cities here.

🍹Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot?🍹

Whether you’ve lucked out and the sun is shining on fair Newcastle, or the rain is dampening play, fear not! Treasure Hunt Newcastle takes you past some excellent pubs and cafes, you can stop whenever you want to, grab a drink and cool down (or dry off! ☔) There’s no need to rush, take your time and enjoy it, grab some selfies, go viral on tik tok- you’ve got time!

As well as the best hidden gems, the route goes round some of the must-see sights of Newcastle including:

Tyne Bridge - the most iconic and celebrate of the bridges spanning the Tyne!

The steel and granite Tyne Bridge in the sunshine

Grey's Monument - built to commemorate Earl Grey, a political from Newcastle who went on to become Prime Minister.

The City Walls - the remains of a medieval defensive wall built when the North was under threat of invasion from Scotland!

Black Gate - A fortified gatehouse part of Newcastle's Castle, now a fascinating museum room.

The wooden entrance to Black Gate, an imposing stone gatehouse.

Central Arcade - a stunning shopping arcade, rebuilt in an Edwardian Style at the end of the 19th Century.

Two rows of shops inside of Central Arcade, with Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Former Co-op Building - a magnificent art deco building, this was once of of the city's most elegant shopping outlets.

The two towers of the art deco Former Co-op Building in Newcastle city centre.

The Quayside - a lively spot with spectacular vies of the Tyne and interesting historic houses.

Blackfriars Medieval Friary - establish in the 13th Century, this is one of the oldest buildings in Newcastle. Once one of the large friaries in the country!

A fabulous tree in a courtyard, surrounded by the brick buildings of the medieval friary.

Lit & Phil - stepping inside this magnificent independent library is like stepping back in time!

Numerous bookcases lining the walls of the Lit & Phil independent library.

St Nicholas Cathedral - located in the heart of the city, it's recently reopened after a major refurbishment and is stunning.

Intricate religious paintings on the altar inside St Nicholas Cathedral.

Grey Street - renowned for its beautiful Georgian architecture this street is one of the most beautiful in the country!

Theatre Royal - a leading theatre in the North East, each year it hosts over 300 shows!

By the end of the game, you’ll have unearthed the treasures of Newcastle and know which areas you’d like to come back to.

“We had a great time doing Treasure Hunt Newcastle! It was a really good length and took us all round the city, so it was a perfect way to orientate ourselves for the rest of the weekend. The clues were a good level of challenge, and there was always a helpful hint if we needed it! Plus plenty of great recommendations for places to stop for a well earned pint. Would highly recommend to anyone!”

—Hannah C, Tripadvisor


Telephone: 0191 743 9064
Text us: 07380 309380

The Castle and the Quayside starts from:
Grey's Monument, 150 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AF