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Grey's Monument
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Owner description: Grey's Monument is a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838 in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It was erected to acclaim Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and stands at the head of Grey Street. In addition to being a great place to meet, Newcastle City Guides open this iconic monument on a number of days throughout the year. Join us on a climb of 164 steps and take in great views of Newcastle's city centre and beyond.
Hellevoetsluis, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

On the square around Grey's monument you have a lot of people who do several things. You can discuss, there was a gospel group singing, every evening you could look at a movie on a deck chair.

Visited August 2013
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“stars for the monument and especially for the Tourist Information Centre too”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

On a gloriously sunny April day we enviously saw photographers on the viewing platform at the very top of this impressive column smack dab in the middle of Newcastle’s pedestrian zone. After walking around the base and only finding one very small door with no knob, we headed to Tourist Information for more information about how to get to the top. One very friendly staff member told us about limited access but encouraged us to put our names and email addresses down for the next tour – even though we live in Germany!

And we were very pleasantly surprised to actually receive an email a couple of months later with the possibility to reserve tickets for special tours in July. While we couldn't make it then, we’ll be contacting the very helpful and professional Newcastle Gateshead Visitor Information Centre in advance so that on our next trip to Newcastle we’ll be able to climb up to the very top of the monument actually dedicated to the passing of the Great Reform Act during Prime Minister Grey’s leadership.

But instead of trying to understand the complications of the great reform of English electoral law, we’ll be having a cup of Earl Grey tea in celebration of our mounting of the Monument, even if the Oxford English Dictionary sees a connection between the 2nd Earl Grey and the tea of the same name according to latest findings as “unlikely.”

Visited April 2013
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“164 Steps of Grey”
Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Iconic monument to a man who added oils of bergamot to his tea and created a lasting alternative to Newcastle's more famous brew, Newky Brune. Everyone has seen it towering over the Monument metro station, and listened to the buskers, political activists, and street traders who mill at its base but who dares go through the little blue door and ascend the 164 steps to see what usually only the pigeons see? I last climbed the inards of this pedestal to the Prime Minister and author of Great Reform Bill of 1832 in the 1950's for a tanner with my Dad and I took advantage of one of its few openings a year yesterday to relive the experience [for £3! And well worth it.]. Enthusiastic guides affiliated to the Association of Newcastle City Guides (www.newcastlecityguides.org) tell you all you want to know about Grey and the Grainger Town his monument dominates; and the struggle they have to open up this monument to the public with the Council. Give them your support and enjoy the treat of access to a bird's eye view of Grainger's Newcastle. Truly memorable.

Visited July 2013
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“Not too bad.”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

An interesting monument in the heart of the historic center of Newcastle, it is located on Grey Street the same name.
A high column with on top a statue of Sir. Earl Grey, after all, is a beautiful sight, one of the many landmarks of the city and I think it's impossible to miss it.

Visited April 2013
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“This is where things happen ...”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

With a busy Metro hub below and line of bus stops above, the mostly pedestrianised area around Grey's Monument is a natural place for "happenings" in Newcastle - maybe a lone bagpiper, maybe a Continental market. There are a few seats as well as the Monument steps so there seems to be always a few groups about - either enjoying the entertainment or simply waiting to see what will happen next. A popular place for picnics, too.

Visited May 2013
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