NEW: Highlights of Northumberland & County Durham
Featuring the Farne Islands
Sunday 17th - Friday 22nd June 2018
6 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £25.50pp
Single supplement: £95
Northumberland is officially the most peaceful and tranquil county in England, with beautiful coastline and spectacular countryside. We also explore County Durham, “Land of the Prince Bishops”, and visit Durham City, where the magnificent Norman Castle and cathedral have dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE BEST WESTERN WHITWORTH HALL is a three-star country house hotel near Spennymoor in County Durham. It is set in a picturesque deer park, with elegant formal gardens and ornamental lake. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee maker and hairdryer. Bathrooms all have shower over the bath (no walk-in showers). There is no lift, but the Hotel does have ground floor rooms. There is a cosy bar and a conservatory lounge leading to an outside terrace, perfect for a pre-dinner drink. There will be a talk by a local historian on one evening.
HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS
WALLINGTON The impressive home of Sir Charles Trevelyan, the “Illogical Englishman”, with beautiful furniture, treasured art collections and quirky curiosities. It is surrounded by a landscape of lawns, lakes and parkland, with a hidden walled garden.
THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH Britain’s largest sculpture, made from 200 tonnes of steel.
THE FARNE ISLANDS Cruise to the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary, following the route Grace Darling and her Father took during their heroic rescue in 1838. We will visit the grey seal colonies and spend an hour or so ashore on Inner Farne. A landing fee is payable on the day (free to National Trust members). Passengers not wishing to do the boat trip can visit Bamburgh Castle, royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria.
RABY CASTLE One of the finest medieval castles in England, set within a 200-acre deer park.
WEARDALE & TEESDALE Explore this beautiful area, much of which falls within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
DURHAM CITY We take a guided tour through the ancient winding streets leading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral. Our day in Durham also includes the idyllic gardens of Crook Hall, a hidden gem from the 13th century, and a Price Bishop cruise on the charming River Wear.