History on a grand scale -
Gauranteed a warm welcome form the local "Geordies"! Step back in time with visits to Beamish Open air Museum, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne Castle. We also enjoy a 2 hour Tyne river cruise taking us from the heart of Newcastle, under 11 bridges into Newburn Countryside Park to appreciate the wildlife. Seals, grey herons & many species of wading birds & ducks are regularly spotted.
Bamburgh Castle - Appearances can be deceptive. Its only when you step inside and pass through centuries of history and enter the brilliant creation of Victorian innovator William Armstrong that youll discover a castle like no other, this amazing Castle has NINE ACRES of prime Northumberland history with lots of open air spaces to enjoy.
Alnwick Castle - is a top destination for Harry Potter fans & has now added the Downtons Crawley family to its famous visitors, having featured in a Christmas special. But of course the real story comes from 700 years of habitation by the Percy Family including Harry Hotspur Percy, the illustrious medieval knight. The Duke of Northumberland welcomes you to his family home which boasts sumptuous staterooms, stunning art collections and ancient walls steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance and chivalry.
Lindisfarne Castle - full of contradictions this is a castle (thats not a castle), on an island (thats not an island)!
Beamish - the living museum of the north this open air museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820's, 1900's & `1940's.
Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle****
Located next to the River Tyne in the riverside area of Newcastle, the contemporary Copthorne Newcastle is a 20 minute walk to the city centre. The 156 bedrooms (refurbished in 2017) all boast wonderful river views from the large bay windows and are comfortable and well decorated. The large, modern restaurant overlooks the river and is contemporary in style, whilst the bar has a sports-bar feel with comfortable seating. There is also an outside terrace that makes the most of the riverside location. This hotel does not offer walk-in showers.
Your holiday includes:
5 nights dinner bed & full English breakfast
Entrance to Beamish Living Museum
Entrance to Banburgh Castle
Entrance to Lindisfarne Castle
Entrance to Alnwick Castle
Free time in Newcastle
River Cruise with commentary
Scenic drive through the Durham Dales
Travel by Tally Ho Pullman Coach
Accompanied by our Tour Manager
£579 per person price based on two people sharing a twin/double. First 6 singles - supplement £131.
image from visit Britain, Pawel Libera
We travel to our hotel in Newcastle with plenty of comfort stops on route. On arrival we can settle into our rooms before dinner will be served.D
Sunday 1st August
A trip to Beamish, the 'Living Museum of the North' tells the story of life in the north east of England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside you step back in time as you take a tram ride through a real Edwardian market town, visit an authentic dentist, pit village and
colliery, where costumed staff are proud to share their heritage.
Monday 2nd August
After breakfast we visit Bamburgh Castle. Perched on rocks at the edge of the sea, the castle boasts magnificent views of the Farne Islands. In the afternoon, between tides we take a drive along the scenic heritage coastline and cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to Lindisfarne Castle, with time at leisure to explore.D, FE
Tuesday 3rd August
Our first adventure of the day will be a 2 hour cruise on the river Tyne taking us from the heart of Newcastle, under 11 bridges into Newburn Countryside Park to appreciate the wildlife. Seals, grey herons & many species of wading birds & ducks are regularly spotted. Commentary is included, The afternoon is free at leisure in the glorious city of Newcastle, exploring the city's many attractions and famous sights such as the Tyne Bridge or the Castle Keep that gave the city its name.D, FE
Wednesday 4th August
Today we make our way to the medieval market town of Alnwick which still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings. We visit Alnwick Castle, one of the finest medieval castles in England which famously features as 'Hogwarts' in the Harry Potter films. In the Afternoon we visit The Alnwick Garden, known locally for its Grand Cascade of 120 water jets, one of the largest treehouses in the world and of course gardens. There are plenty of refreshment opportunities before returning to our hotel.
Thursday 5th August
After breakfast we return home to South Devon.FE
D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plymouth 1|| Plymouth Derry's Cross |
|Plymouth 2|| Plymouth George P & R |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
|Totnes KEVICC|| Totnes KEVICC |
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