Romantic Journeys Of The North
5 Days - Tour No AB2109
This tour is based in the scenic County Durham countryside and on arrival you will catch a glimpse of the wonderful 1693 façade and you will know you are staying in a historic place, ideal for exploring the surrounding areas.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
itineraryItinerary Day 1 Morning departure for the journey north to County Durham and the hotel in Darlington for a four night stay.
Day 2 Today you will visit the famous Beamish North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800’s and 1900’s. Attractions include a restored tram and replica bus rides, authentic town street, colliery village and you can go down the mine, an old fashioned sweet shop, working farm, steam locomotives and much more. Late afternoon you will return to the hotel.
Day 3 The first visit today is to Locomotion at Shildon, Locomotion is an outpost of the National Railway Museum in York and contains locomotives, artefacts and memorabilia dating back to the birth of the railways. In 1825 Shildon was home to the first ever steam-hauled passenger train. You will then travel to Weardale, in the heart of the Pennines, the least known major dale of the English uplands, yet the scenery is stunning and unspoilt, with the beautiful and gentle River Wear. At Stanhope you will have a break before continuing along the dale and across the moors to Alston, high in the North Pennines where you will enjoy a return journey on the highest narrow-gauge railway.
Day 4 Today you visit Gateshead, on the south bank of the Tyne, walk across the new Millennium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge to Newcastle’s famous Sunday Quayside Market. Plenty of time to browse around and obtain lunch maybe in a quayside pub. In the afternoon you board the boat for a fabulous cruise on the River Tyne, with expert commentary. To round off the day you will enjoy a return ride on the world’s oldest existing railway; The Tanfield Railway, part of which was built over 300 years ago to transport coal to the ships on the River Tyne.
Day 5 After breakfast, depart the hotel and commence the homeward journey.
Included in costIncluded in cost
- Coach Travel
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
- tea/coffee on arrival
- River Tyne cruise
- entrance to Beamish
- return journey on the South Tynedale Railway
- return journey on the Tanfield Railway
- visit to Locomotion in Shildon
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Your Holiday Hotel Blackwell Grange Hotel
A stunning 17th century mansion, which enjoys an enviable setting in the beautiful County Durham countryside. The hotel is nestled in wooded parkland between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Pennines. All bedrooms are en- suite with TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. Lift, bar, lounge, restaurant, terrace, gardens, indoor pool, hot tub/Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness centre.
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