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Grey's Monument

Climb the 164 steps to the top of Grey’s Monument on a tour with Newcastle City Guides. The Monument is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, Charles Grey, who hailed from the North East and was British Prime Minister in the 1830s - the famous Earl Grey tea blend was named after him too! From here you can enjoy unrivalled views over Grainger Town’s magnificently preserved Georgian architecture.

Monument tours in 2018 are sold out

Dates for Grey's Monument Tours 2018 are;

Saturday 7 April - sold out
Saturday 5 May - sold out
Saturday 2 June - sold out
Saturday 7 July - sold out
Saturday 11 August - sold out
Friday 17 August - sold out
Saturday 1 September - sold out

Tours typically take place between 10am - 4pm and last 30 minutes. The last tour starts at 3.30pm.

Please arrive no later than 5 minutes before your booking time. If you miss your slot, we cannot guarantee entry at a later time than shown on your ticket.


Tickets are £5 fee per person, season tickets are not applicable to Grey's Monument tours.

Children under 5 years are not permitted.

Grey's Monument - Practical information

Special tours and events

The Monument is sometimes open on additional dates for events, including Heritage Open Days in September.

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Group tours

Grey’s Monument can be hired for group tours. A minimum charge of £75 + VAT (£90) applies, which provides up to 2 ½ hours of access and accompanying tour guides. The Guides can provide a commentary on the history of Monument and the surrounding area, highlighting the local landmarks and places of interest. Please note that group tours will not operate from November to February due to the reduced daylight hours and increased likelihood of bad weather and poor visibility.

Tours typically take 30 minutes, including climb and descent, with a maximum of 8 guests per tour. A 2 ½ hour hire could therefore accommodate a maximum of 40 people. Group tours depend upon guide availability and whether other events are taking place on the Monument plinth. Tours can be cancelled at short notice in the event of severe weather or poor visibility. If this happens, we will try and book your tours on another date. Please email for more information.

Please note

  • Children under 5 years are strictly not admitted on Monument tours.
  • Children 5-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There are 164 steps to climb and at some points the staircase is narrow and dark.
  • If you have a fear of heights or confined spaces, have breathing difficulties, a heart condition, or are in the latter stages of pregnancy, please do not attempt this climb.
  • Please be aware that only 8 people can climb to the top per tour, and Monument tours are incredibly popular, so entry cannot be guaranteed.

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