Holidays 2022

Back in Tyne & Northumbria

Departs:
Sunday 9th October 2022 | 5 Days

Back in Tyne & Northumbria

Tour Price:
£449.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

The county of Northumberland is the most northern of the English counties bordering County Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne in the south, Cumbria and The Lake District to the west and, of course, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Border country to the north.

Much of the area is unpopulated, tranquil, with mile-after-mile of clean and safe award-winning golden sandy beaches, quiet country lanes and an unequalled sense of freedom.

Explore mile upon mile of gloriously uncrowded golden sandy beaches and stunning countryside set amongst two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged Northumberland National Park.

Discover more castles than anywhere else in England, the birthplace of English Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the historic World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, picturesque towns and villages and, at the end of it all. Historic Houses and Heritage Sites abound in Northumberland.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • Porterage
  • 4 nights half board
  • Excursions & entrances
  • Services of driver/guide

Special Notes

  • Insurance.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • If you have a bus pass this can be used in Durham from coach park to Cathedral.

Tour Price

Price Per Person
£449.00

Single Room Supplement: £84.00

(Twin/double)

Your Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Newcastle,

The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 3RT
Tel: 0191 2220333

The 4 star Copthorne Hotel Newcastle is located right on the quayside, overlooking the River Tyne in the heart of the city, just 0.5 miles from shops, restaurants and The Theatre Royal.

All 156 spacious bedrooms are well-equipped with a satellite TV with on-demand movies, tea/coffee facilities, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a trouser press. Each room also has a private bathroom and riverside views.

Quay 7 Bar provides a stylish space to enjoy a cocktail or snack, while the outdoor terrace on the quayside offers panoramic river views. Guests may also dine in the hotel's contemporary restaurant.

The hotel also offers an on-site fitness room.

Back in Tyne & Northumbria
Back in Tyne & Northumbria

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart for Newcastle

Departing our local area, we travel north to the City of York, one of the most attractive old cities in England. The city walls, themselves among York's main attractions, enclose streets which follow their narrow and irregular medieval course, with overhanging rows of old buildings. The beautiful York Minster is the largest English medieval cathedral. We will stay here for lunch and sightseeing, and then we will continue on to our hotel, for the next 3 nights with dinner bed & breakfast.

Day 2: Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Today we travel into Northumbria to Alnwick gardens, set within a secretive walled garden, its centrepiece the Grand Cascade, the largest water feature of its kind in the country. More than 120 separate water jets create spellbinding water displays. It is a garden for all seasons; the Tree House (one of the largest structures of its kind in the world) will provide an amazing selection of buildings linked together by suspended walkways in the sky. A place to eat, walk, rest and much more. The Castle, which has been made famous as the setting for the Black adder series and Harry Potter Films. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumbria. The castle has magnificent views over the river Aln and surrounding countryside. Within the massive stone walls, the beautifully kept grounds contain fascinating exhibitions. Enter the wonderful family home; see the staterooms, refurbished in the mid 19th century by the fourth Duke, the Library also used in the Harry Potter Movie. Just a short walk away is the lovely old town of Alnwick. We return to our hotel after a great day out.

Day 3: Bamburgh Castle

Today we visit the North East coast of Northumbria and Bamburgh Castle. Follow in the footsteps of Uhtred into the real Last Kingdom of Bebbanburg, an Anglo-Saxon citadel where saint kings ruled the Kingdom of Northumbria. Discover a Norman stronghold, Royal seat and the first castle in the world to fall to gunpowder. Experience the magic of magnificent Bamburgh Castle for yourself that captured the heart and mind of one of the Victorian's greatest inventors, William George Armstrong. Its treasure filled staterooms, including the castle's centrepiece - The King's Hall, discover a fortress like no other at Bamburgh Castle. Bamburgh Castle remains the private, family seat of the Armstrong family to this day and has starred in countless films and small screen productions, from Transformers The Last Knight, to Netflix hit Frontier and of course, The Last Kingdom.

Day 4: Beamish Museum

Departing after breakfast, we head just a little south from Newcastle to Beamish Open Air Museum. Beamish is a large museum with a rich and varied range of exhibits reflecting life in northern England during the early 1800s and 1900s. Covering an area of 300 acres, the buildings from around the region have been dismantled, moved to Beamish, and rebuilt and furnished appropriately. The Town, Colliery Village, Farm and Railway Station are set in 1913. Pockerley Manor and Wagon way are set in the early 1800s and depict the lifestyle of a Yeoman farming family. At Beamish you will not see any 'Don't Touch' labels. Objects are displayed in their appropriate settings - desks in the School, drills etc. in the Dentists, coal picks and shovels in the Drift Mine and cash machines in the Co-op Shops. This enables everyone to understand more about how things worked, who used them and how ordinary people lived. Costumed demonstrators around the Museum will make the visit even more enjoyable, explaining the displays or demonstrating traditional crafts and pastimes. To get the most out of a visit you should talk to the costumed demonstrators, and ask questions! They will explain, in detail, what life was like all those years ago! The Beamish Tramway runs right around the museum, with trams running every 20 minutes. In each direction. The Beamish Tramway is the longest period tramway in Britain. Rides on the trams and busses are free.

Day 5: Depart for Home

After breakfast and the cases have been loaded onto the coach, we say farewell to our hotel and head for home first stopping at the beautiful City of Durham. Durham is a compact city and was once described as 'a perfect little city'. Durham Castle and Cathedral are renowned as one of the most popular historic sites in Europe and they are now designated a World Heritage Site. The Cathedral was founded in 1093 and is regarded as a fine Example of a Norman Cathedral. The castle was formerly a Norman Fortress built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror on a hill overlooking the river Wear and was an ideal location to defend Northumbria against the Scots. On departing Durham, we continue our journey home, arriving in your local area by early evening.

The driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.