Toon Tour Sightseeing Bus Review | Pip Milburn |AD
The Toon Tour is a new open top bus service run by Go North East, stopping at 18 fantastic attractions across Newcastle and Gateshead. Go North East asked us to hop on board and tell you all about the new sightseeing service. The bus will run every weekend from 1st September until 27th October. The service runs roughly every half an hour from from 10.05am until 4.05pm and you can check the timetable for each stop here.
Tourists in our own city
Our adventure began down at Ouseburn Valley, stop number six. You don’t need to start the tour at stop number one and can hop on and off the bus as many times as you like. In fact the ticket is valid for 24 hours!
We had 30 minutes to spare before the Toon Tour bus was due and headed to the Ouseburn Farm. The farm is a community led registered charity with lots of different animals including pigs, cows and reptiles. There is no entry fee but you can make a small donation.
We hoped on the bus for the first time at Lime Street, just along from Seven Stories, and headed to the Quayside.
The speakers next to each seat give a running commentary of interesting facts about the city as you pass them by.
We hoped off at the Newcastle Quayside and spent a while playing on the beach! The Quayside Seaside is set up with deckchairs and a little play area for children. We also spotted our first Elmer The Elephant that are dotted all over Tyne and Wear as part of the St Oswalds Great North Parade.
It was time for a little refreshment so we headed to The Great British Cupcakery. Located on Queen Street, just up from the Quayside. They do the most amazing cakes and afternoon tea.
Back down to the quayside we walked over the Millennium Bridge and headed into the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art. The viewing platform on level five at the Baltic has one of the best views of Newcastle and Gateshead, it’s a must see for anyone visiting the region!
We then visited level two where they have lots of kids crafts and activities as well as a sensory room.
We hoped on the Toon Tour bus once more just outside of the Baltic and headed across the Tyne Bridge. You can get off just before the bridge and walk across but we decided to stay on and get off at St Nicholas Cathedral. We then headed down to Newcastle Castle. You can get 20% off admission into the castle with your Toon Tour ticket. We decided not to go in but had a good look around the outside and the prison pit!
We hopped off at John Dobson Street and took a short walk down to Stack for a bite to eat. Stack is a fairly new arrival to Newcastle city centre. Built using shipping containers it housers bars and restaurants with a variety of different cuisines on offer. They also have regular live music. It was very family friendly during the day with lots of children and families enjoying a meal.
After a delicious meal we headed back to John Dobson Street and caught the bus for the final leg of our Toon Tour journey. We headed out of the city centre past Northumbria University and back down to Ouseburn Valley.
How much does it cost?
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).
You can buy tickets directly from the driver and you can pay by cash or contactless card. If you want to plan ahead you can buy your ticket from the Go North East App.
The Toon Tour sightseeing bus is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.
What happens if it rains?
The Toon Tour is a great wet weather activity. The lower deck of the bus is enclosed and it’s a great way to see the city without getting wet!
Extra discounts with a Toon Tour Ticket
Your Toon Tour ticket is valid on any of the yellow Quay Link buses and it also gets you great discounts into the following attractions!
Life Science Centre – free child admission with a paying adult when you show your Toon Tour ticket.
St James’ Park – you can enjoy a tour of the famous stadium and you can even save 20% with your Toon Tour ticket.
Newcastle Castle – You can get 20% off admission into the castle with your Toon Tour ticket.
What did we think about the Toon Tour?
We had a great day out exploring our city. It’s a great way to learn more about the city for residence and tourists alike. We often do sightseeing tours when visiting new cities but had never considered doing one in our own city. Im so glad we did!
My daughter Izzy loved sitting on the open top bus and seeing the sights of the Toon from a different angle. It was also a great way of getting around the whole city and seeing lots of different attractions all in one day.
I think it’s really good value for money and will definitely be recommending the Toon Tour to friends and family.
You can see more of our Toon Tour adventure here.
For more information about the Toon Tour please visit the Go North East website
*This post is a paid collaboration but all thoughts are my own.