Historic Durham and Beamish


Travel by Coach 0 Days
3 Included Excursions
  • History comes to life at the Beamish Open Air Museum
  • Visit the historic city of Durham where the cathedral towers over the cobbled streets
  • Enjoy the idyllic English themed gardens at Crook Hall
  • Discover ancient Barnard Castle

The beautiful city of Durham, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the jewel in the crown of an extraordinary county. The city’s Castle and Cathedral are almost 1000 years old and are the perfect place to discover the long history of Durham.

We will also enjoy the museums at Shildon and Beamish with different aspects of the industrial history of the North East on show. So come away with us and discover what the magical North East corner of England has to offer.

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Day One:
We make our way to Rushyford via the interchange. After check in at the Eden Arms Hotel we will enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Days Two - Four:
We spend the next three days in Rushyford, with three included excursions to discover the beauty and heritage of the North East.

We visit stunning Durham, one of the countries most important and historic cities, with thousands of years worth of people and stories to discover at the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Cathedral and Castle. We will also visit Crook Hall, a 14th century Grade I listed house in the city.

We will also discover more of the industrial history of the region at the museums at Beamish and Shildon Railway Museum. (B,D)

Day Five:
After breakfast at the hotel we checkout and travel home via the interchange. (B) 

Eden Arms Hotel


Set in the heart of County Durham the facilities at the Eden Arms Hotel include en suite accommodation, a leisure club and fully equipped conference and banqueting facilities. Dining is available in our bar lounge and Binchesters Restaurant, which serves a wide variety of dishes throughout the day. From light lunches in the bar, to bistro style cuisine in the restaurant you're sure to enjoy a most memorable meal. During your stay you can enjoy free use of the leisure club with its fully equipped gym, indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, spa. The hotel also provides excellent wedding and conference facilities, making the Eden Arms the perfect location for both your business or leisure break.

Rooms at this hotel

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Half Day: Shildon Railway Museum

We visit Shildon Railway Museum where a number of great original models are available to see and even climb aboard to discover the history of the railway in the UK. Shildon was the world's first railway town and in the museum you will be able to discover the process of what makes it tick. From workshop tours to shunting demonstrations you will see the process trains go through to get on the tracks as well as steam train rides and conservation workshops that celebrate rail history.


Full Day: Beamish Open Air Museum

Visit the superb Beamish Open Air Museum, a superb living, working experience of life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside it demonstrates the recent history of the region in an entertaining and fascinating away.


Full day: Durham and Crook Hall

Visit the historical city of Durham whose dramatic skyline, dominated by the stunning Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, overlooks the cobbled streets below. We go on to Crook Hall, where the Grade I listed medieval hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the stylish cottage gardens – this is a little gem of tranquillity in the heart of the city!