North East Sightseeing Tours

Martin Stait North East Tour Guide

As an experienced tour guide specialising in North East England, I invite you to immerse yourself in a journey filled with history, culture, and discovery. Explore iconic landmarks such as Durham Cathedral, the Laing Art Gallery, Great North Museum Hancock, and Shipley Art Gallery with me on engaging site tours. Let me lead you through the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick upon Tweed, and Barnard Castle on captivating walking tours.

With memberships in both the British Guild of Tourist Guides and the North East England Tourist Guides, I am committed to delivering top-quality service and expertise.

Walking Tours Offered

Newcastle upon Tyne Walking Tours

Join me for an unforgettable 2-3 hour walking excursion, where I will guide you along a curated route featuring the town wall, Blackfriars, China Town, St. Andrews Churchyard, Eldon Square, Greys Monument, Grainger Town, Theatre Royal, Bigg Market, the Station, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Castle, Guildhall, and Newcastle Quayside. Let’s uncover the captivating stories and hidden gems of North East England together.

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Durham Walking and Cathedral Tour

Discover the enchanting beauty of Durham with my exclusive walking and cathedral tour. Embark on a captivating journey that spans 3 hours, beginning at the Durham Passport Office. From there, we’ll meander along the picturesque River Wear, crossing the iconic Framwellgate and Prebends bridges. As we ascend the South and North Bailey, prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking views of the majestic cathedral and castle from Palace Green.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. After soaking in the splendor of Palace Green, we’ll delve deeper into history with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Norman design as we explore the intricacies of the nave and quire. Learn about the remarkable legacy of Venerable Bede and Saint Cuthbert as we visit their tombs, immersing ourselves in centuries of spiritual significance and cultural heritage.

Conclude our journey by strolling through Durham Market Place, taking in the vibrant atmosphere before returning to the Walkergate shopping complex. Join us on this unforgettable excursion, where every step unveils a new chapter in Durham’s rich tapestry of history and culture.

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Site & Museum Tours

Durham Cathedral

A unique tour experience telling the tales of the cathedral, leading you through the medieval monastery.

Great North Museum Hancock

A unique tour experience of the Roman exhibits, geology and flora / fauna of North East England.

Coach Tours

North East Tourist Coach Tours

Experience the best of County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, and Newcastle upon Tyne with my expertly curated guided tours. From captivating historical sites to breathtaking natural landscapes, I provide unforgettable experiences across these vibrant regions.

Please note that while I can offer expert guidance on coach or taxi hire, arranging transportation is your responsibility. I recommend hiring a coach or taxi and driver to ensure a seamless journey throughout your adventure. Let me take care of the rest as you embark on a journey filled with discovery and wonder.

Contact Martin

Get in touch to start planning your own walking tours within the North East of England.

Through my experience and expert local knowledge, I can put together a tour that meets your requirements. This can be done through the best tours to take and ensuring that you see the best landmarks that the North East of England has to offer.

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WOW! Martin is the BEST! He was my tour guide and what a wealth of information he shared on our tour. It’s one thing to have a command of historic events and key destinations, but it’s quite a gift when one can bring history to life! Martin has the gift! The pace of the tour was quite leisurely with lots of time for questions and discussion. I especially liked the “side stories and lore” of key people. If you’re visiting Newcastle, I highly recommend taking this tour at your first opportunity. It has made the rest of our stay so much more meaningful!

Lisa R,

Very informative. Martin was an excellent tour guide who took the time to answer our questions thoroughly and in an interesting way. He clearly knew his stuff and the tour was pitched at the right level, including a well earned coffee in the historic market.


We booked this tour for something to do rather than the usual shopping etc and we were really glad we did. Very friendly and relaxed but informative.


Really enjoyed this tour of Newcastle. Martin’s deep knowledge of key figures and events in the city’s history, along with his obvious personal interest in and love of the place, made it a really pleasant afternoon. The pace was good and made what was quite a lot of walking very manageable (perhaps a little more time for letting people take photographs would be helpful, though) and the tour took in a wide variety of places of interest.
I would really recommend this tour, it was a good choice.