BBC Newcastle Tours offer visitors a unique opportunity to step behind the scenes of our television and radio world.
Scheduled carefully between our live television broadcasts, you are welcome to come in and have a good look around. Why do some newsreaders only wear one shoe? Why does the weather forecaster have an earpiece in their left ear, while news presenters have one in their right? In radio why do some programmes have a "driver"? And what is the RATS alarm?
After one of our tours, you might just know the answers!
The cameras are set for action, the news stories are being prepared and as the clocks count down, you can step into the shoes of a director or try out the presenter's chair.
You'll see for yourself how we make radio shows – we are on air 24 hours a day. It's fast-paced, exciting and we would love to show you!
'The Pink Palace', as the building is affectionately known, is home to Look North, Sunday Politics and Inside Out as well as the radio station BBC Newcastle.
This is the hub of the BBC in the North East and Cumbria and with so many exciting dramas being made in the region – such as award-winning show The Dumping Ground, Wolfblood and until recently, The Paradise and Hebburn – we have a massive amount to show off.
And if after seeing all that you fancy having a go yourself then why not? To round up, we have a whole host of interactive elements in our specially designed studio inviting you to make your own TV and radio programme.
Please remember that BBC Newcastle is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun.
- Adult tickets cost £10 per person. Child and elderly concessions available.
- Pre-booking is essential. Tickets are available to buy until midnight the day before your intended visit.
- Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- The number of tours available is limited because of the nature of the building, but we welcome all groups and organisations.
- The tour will last approximately 1 hour 45 mins and involve a certain amount of walking and standing.
- Security checks will take place prior to the tour. Please see the below link for further details.
- The venue is suitable for people of various disabilities. Please consult our NEAR page.
For further information, including booking and accessibility features, please click here.