About the event

Today, Ouseburn if often called Newcastle’s cultural and creative quarter, recognised by Time Out as not just one of the top 12 coolest neighbourhoods in the UK but voted as the 29th coolest neighbourhood in the world. However, the area has a storied past, and once you delve in and look a little further at the iconic architecture and unusual attractions, you’ll uncover a fascinating history of industrial rise and fall, poverty, art and community. 

We have a range of walks that take you through all or some of the elements of the Ouseburn story.

Themes for the walks

Alongside our weekly public Back to the Future Guided Walk of Ouseburn, our private guided walks can offer history and community groups, universities and school groups, and even social clubs and groups of friends and family a private guided exploration of the area. 

The themes for our walks are:  

History behind the walks

The Ouseburn Valley is often considered the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Newcastle. The area’s rich industrial background dates back to the 17th-century. By the mid-20th century, many of the local industries, houses and pubs had either closed or moved out. The area presented a sorry neglected combination of empty buildings, derelict sites, scrapyards, warehousing, and car-related businesses. 

This all started to change with the introduction of artists and musicians to the area in the early 1980s. New organisations followed, partnerships developed, regeneration programmes were initiated and the area’s heritage and character reclaimed and promoted. Now, Ouseburn is a thriving urban village – home to a conservation area and often dubbed Newcastle’s Cultural Quarter. 

Cost: £50 for up to 12 people.

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