Ok, Ok don’t panic! On February 1st 2017, my heart was beating so fast, as I log into the Newcastle City council website to book tickets for Grey’s Monument – and finally got my hands on those precious babies! Yassss! Bring on August 5th 2.30pm.
You see, I’ve been walking past this monument for years and never thought it was open to the public. The photographer in me is dying to climb up there and take a birds-eye view of the city!
This tour is only open during the summer for the first weekend of every month until the beginning of September. You have half an hour to climb up 164 steps and enjoy the breathtaking views from above. There is a lovely volunteer who will point out the sights and history behind the buildings.
August 5th rolled on by – after praying the Sun God for good weather, we put on our walking shoes and head on up!
I’m taking this opportunity to show you Newcastle Upon Tyne from above.
They only allow 8 people at once, and I can see why – it’s not very spacious but roomy enough to maneuver ourselves around.
This is a view of The Botanist, it’s gorgeous inside with lights around the dome and you can see their outdoor terrace. Kind of weird watching people from this angle haha!
All of this area is the Monument area due to the fact the Grey’s monument is here. It is filled with bars, restaurants, and the retail chains.
You can see St James’ Football Stadium in its glory – home to Newcastle United. If you want to see the inside, check out my previous post.
See if you can spot the Millenium Bridge!
Don’t you think the people look like Lego figures from up here ?!
Honestly, I can’t get over how pretty Newcastle is and its lovely Georgian architecture!
It’s incredibly windy up here, and towards the end of our half hour tour, I felt big droplets of water – luckily it didn’t rain till about 5 pm that day! Phew! Oh and don’t worry, the fences are pretty high as you can see!
Hard to resist a selfie!
This is Grey street on the left, voted as the Academy of Urbanism’s 2010 Great Street Award winner. It is home to Theatre Royal and a range of restaurants, bars, and independent shops.
On the right street, is home to Grainger market which was the largest of its kind in Europe when first built in the 1830s. Inside, there are stalls with fresh produce from a wide range of butchers, grocers, as well as independent restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries.
I love this picture so much, I can’t resist editing it in three ways. Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments!
Did you know that The Grey’s Monument is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, Charles Grey? He was from the North East and the Earl Grey tea blend was named after him!
If you are planning to be around in Newcastle Upon Tyne next year, be sure to get tickets in February for the year.
The tour was worth the climb, and a bloody good workout, my thighs were in pain the day after – think the gym is needed more often!
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