5 days - from only £389pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Northumbrian Coast and Durham

A tour of Northumbria, a land rich in heritage and history. Enjoy castles, dramatic coastlines and glorious countryside on this midweek break

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hexham

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to Hexham for free time. With its striking cathedral, Hexham is regarded as one of the finest market towns in the UK.

    We continue to our hotel in Newcastle for four nights.

    Included meals: Dinner

    Hexham

    Hexham

    Included Highlights

    • Hexham
  • Day 2: Alnwick Castle & Gardens and Warkworth

    Today’s included excursion takes us to the town of Alnwick. This historic county town is one of the most picturesque market towns in Northumberland. The cobbled streets and narrow alleys provide a peaceful retreat and many of the fine stone buildings now house specialist shops, including bookstores and craft shops. Alnwick Castle was the ancestral home to the Duke of Northumberland and is the largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle. The castle has been the backdrop for many TV shows and films including Blackadder, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves, Elizabeth and most recently Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The stunning grounds landscaped by Capability Brown sit alongside the new gardens, which you can see growing day by day.

    We later visit the market town of Warkworth, home to a beautiful castle. The castle is the most splendid ruin of its type in Northumberland and the first fortification on the site was in the 12th century. The castle came into the hands of the Percys in the late 14th century and remained theirs for some 600 years. The town itself is of interest with terraces of 18th and 19th century houses built in grey stone with red roofs. It still looks as if it were clinging to the protection of the great stronghold. Follow a path upstream to the Hermitage, an unusual refuge dug into the face of the bluff by a hermit in the 14th century.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Alnwick Castle

    Alnwick Castle

    Included Highlights

    • Alnwick Castle and Gardens
    • Warkworth
  • Day 3: Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    Travel to Durham, famous for its picturesque location on the River Wear. The city of Durham has been dominated by the magnificent Norman Castle and Cathedral for over 900 years. Set in a loop of the River Wear, its rocky peninsula and wooded gorge provided a defensive stronghold for the Prince Bishops. Today the Castle and Cathedral are a World Heritage Site due to their exceptional quality and international significance. Durham still retains its medieval layout and the narrow winding streets and alleyways are a joy to explore on foot.

    Later we return to Newcastle and the revitalised quayside area. Famous for its trademark bridges, great museums and exceptionally friendly people, Newcastle is an exciting city bursting with vitality. Wander down to the transformed waterfront, the Quayside, now lined with stylish hotels, designer bars, restaurants and public art. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a work of art in itself, arches across the Tyne to link the City to Gateshead Quays and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Tyne Bridge

    Tyne Bridge

    Included Highlights

    • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    • Durham
  • Day 4: Northumbrian Coast

    Join our full day scenic tour of the stunning Northumbrian Coast. We start with a visit to the little fishing port of Craster, famous for the distinctive flavour of the kippers processed in the village. The resort features in Geordie rhyming slang where slippers are known as Crasters, short for Craster kippers!

    The route continues via the coast road to Seahouses, a popular small seaside resort with a little harbour, and later to magnificent Bamburgh Castle on its commanding perch on the seafront.

    We include entrance at the Castle, scene to numerous films and the site from where the ancient Kings of Northumbria ruled. Then, tides and weather permitting, a visit will be made to Holy Island and Lindisfarne, famed as the birthplace of English Christianity.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Bamburg Castle

    Northumbria Coast

    Included Highlights

    • Northumbrian Coast
    • Bamburgh Castle
  • Day 5: Hartlepool Historic Quay

    We leave our hotel and head to Hartlepool historic quay, a faithful reproduction of an 18th century seaport, and home to the Trincomalee, Europe’s oldest floating warship.

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £89.00 (5 days).

Hotels

You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Jurys Inn Newcastle, within walking distance of the city centre. 

13 June and 5 July 2021 departures
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Caledonian Hotel in Newcastle. 

  • Jurys Inn Newcastle

    Jurys Inn Newcastle offers great-value accommodation in the very centre of vibrant Newcastle. The hotel is just a short walk from a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants and just a 10-minute walk from Eldon Square and The Gate shopping centres.

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
  • The Caledonian Hotel

    Osborne Road Jesmond, Newcatle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2AT

    The Caledonian hotel Newcastle, is located in the heart of Jesmond, a chic and leafy area, only one mile from Newcastle city centre with a vibrant cafe and bar culture. Positioned just over a mile from the city centre, this Georgian hotel has, in recent years, undergone extensive refurbishment and combines many of its original features with a contemporary twist.

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

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