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  1. Dare You Climb the Tower?

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    Newcastle Cathedral – Dare You Climb the Tower?

    St Nicholas Square, Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1PF

    A rare chance to climb the 162 steps of Newcastle Cathedral’s Lantern Tower with breath-taking views of the city.

    Each aspect of the tower reveals a unique story of the heritage and people of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    During the climb up, we stop to take a breath at the Cathedral Bell Chamber and hear some of the fascinating stories behind the Cathedral’s history.

    This is a challenging tour; enclosed spaces and lots of steps!

    You must be physically fit to undertake this tour.

    Sensible footwear must be worn and no large bags are permitted on the tour.

    FREE but pre-booking via Eventbrite only. https://dare-you-climb-the-tower.eventbrite.co.uk

    Minimum age 13; all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Opening Times

    Friday 13 September 2019: Tours at 1000, 1200, 1400
    Saturday 14 September 2019: Tours at 1000, 1200

    Booking Details

    FREE
    Pre-booking: Required
    Go To: https://dare-you-climb-the-tower.eventbrite.co.uk

    Access

    Full wheelchair access within the Cathedral. The Cathedral floor is uneven in places and care should be taken. Tower Tours will only be accessible to those of full mobility.

    Additional Information

    Max 10 people per tour/session. Tours will last approx 90 minutes and pre-booking is required.

    Directions

    Newcastle Cathedral is located on the junction of Mosley Street and St Nicholas Street. The tour will meet by the font at the Cathedral’s West End.

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    Newcastle Cathedral

    Before booking, please ensure you have read the important Health and Safety information below:

    • There are 162 steps to the top of the tower. The steps are uneven in width and height. At the top of the tower it is necessary to bend under the cross-beams of the lantern.
    • The tower is not suitable for anyone frightened by heights or confined spaces.
    • The tower is not suitable if you have a medical conditionsuch as a heart or respiratory disorder which may be exacerbated by climbing stairs.
    • If you feel unwell or uncomfortable at any time you must notify the guide immediately.
    • Pregnant visitors are strongly advised not to climb the tower.
    • Children must be 13 years old or over and all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • No smoking in or at the top of the tower.
    • Suitable footwear is required in the interests of safety. Visitors cannot wear high heels, flip-flops, platforms, backless shoes, ‘heelys’ or have bare or stockinged feet.
    • No food or drink may be taken up the tower.
    • Large bags, including some large handbags, are not permitted.
    • It is advisable to have both hands free for your own safety.
    • Beware that floor length dresses could be a potential tripping hazard.
    • There are no toilet facilities in the tower.
    • There is a rest point half way up the tower, but there is no seating here or at the top.
    • Photography is allowed in the tower.
    • As we do share the space with some resident pigeons, we advise that you refrain from putting your hands near your face and that you wash your hands afterwards, especially before eating.
    • Newcastle Cathedral is not responsible for the loss of or damage to clothing or personal possessions.

    The Chapter of Newcastle Cathedral reserves the right to refuse entry to the tower at any time.

    What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    Newcastle Cathedral is within easy reach of many public transport links:

    RAILWAY
    Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes’ walk from Newcastle Cathedral. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Then follow Collingwood Street to bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral.

    CAR
    The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, at the back of the Cathedral. Follow the path left or right to approach the front entrance to the Cathedral. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside’s multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT
    The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre – with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Cathedral. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes’ walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms.
    The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Cathedral. Public buses run outside of the Cathedral into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).

    ON FOOT
    From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosley Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral.
    From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral.
    From the Quayside: Alight the Side – the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They’re steep but rise straight up to the Cathedral. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you to the Castle Keep. Keep forward along St Nicholas Street to approach the Cathedral on your right.

  2. Volunteers – We Need You!

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    Heritage Hub – Newcastle Central Station 6-9 and 13-16 September

    It’s been a great few months for volunteering at Newcastle Cathedral as we work to expand our volunteering programme.

    We are now looking for a group of enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to help support our exciting Heritage Hub as part of Newcastle’s 2018 Heritage Open Days.

    Volunteers’ role at the Hub will be to help direct visitors to a wealth of heritage venues throughout the city, including the Cathedral.

    Heritage Open Days run from 6-9 and 13-16 September and we will be in our cosy station hub from 10am-3pm each day.

    Please do sign up for a short morning or afternoon shift if you can.

    Full training and support will be available.

    For more information, please contact Abi Knowles, Volunteer Coordinator, via email: volunteers@stnicholascathedral.co.uk or call: 0191 232 1939.

    Other Volunteer Opportunities

    There are lots of other opportunities to volunteer at the Cathedral, from bell ringing and flower arranging, to joining our welcome and verger teams. If you’re interested in joining us we’d love to hear from you. We’ll provide full training and induction and lots of cups of tea or coffee!

    Volunteers are a vital part of the day to day life of the Cathedral and we hugely appreciate everyone who gives up their time to support us.

    For any volunteering enquiries, please contact Abi Knowles, Volunteer Coordinator, via email: volunteers@stnicholascathedral.co.uk or call: 0191 232 1939.