The very north eastern corner of Northumberland, between the historic towns of Berwick-on-Tweed and Alnwick on the Scottish border, houses a designated heritage coastline with a fabulous array of attractions that defined the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. This is a region of lush, rolling countryside and forests, sandy beaches and seaside towns, quaint villages and bustling market towns, mighty castles and historic monuments bearing testament to bloody battles of centuries long ago. With few hotel options for coach touring, take this rare opportunity to run a tour in this wonderful remote part of England.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Pick up from your local departure point and set off for our journey to your hotel.
Today you will enjoy a panoramic tour along Northumbria’s coastline taking in beautiful fishing villages and splendid castles such as Bamburgh. Following the guided visit to Bamburgh Castle we will then cross the dramatic causeway on to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – the cradle of English Christianity.. Here we will spend some time at the Visitor Centre with a fascinating museum on Holy Island and the ancient monks priory which was built nearly 1400 years ago.
Today we will discover Alnwick Castle, the country’s largest inhabited castle outside Windsor. Its medieval architecture and sumptuous interiors have made it a sought-after film location, such as Hogwarts School from the Harry Potter Series. Alnwick’s Gardens is one of the leading contemporary gardens in Europe.
Today we will visit Ford & Etal Estates, a rural agricultural estate centred round the villages of Ford and Etal. First, we will enjoy a ride on the Heatherslaw Light Railway, the most northerly steam railway in England, a return journey of 6.4km. The railway runs along the banks of the River Till giving you wonderful views of the Northumberland countryside and Cheviot Hills. Swans, heron, ducks and the occasional otter are some of the many residents you may spot along the way. At Etal we will visit Etal Castle and discover the bloody history of Borders warfare, with time to look round the pretty village before taking the railway back to Heatherslaw. Here we will explore historic Heatherslaw Corn Mill, a restored and fully working 19th century watermill and the only place in Northumberland where you can still learn how to grind your own flour! We will end the visit to this beautiful part of Northumberland with a visit to the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford village. Once the village school, the Hall tells the fascinating story of its founder, Louisa Marchioness of Waterford, and you will see her amazing watercolour murals which depict Biblical scenes and which line the walls of this stunning building.
Depart from your hotel after breakfast for your onward journey home, time to say goodbye to this lovely corner of the country.
Hotel3* Blue Bell Hotel
Ideally situated in the stunning Northumberland countryside, just off the A1 and a short drive to the coast and castles. The Blue Bell Hotel dates back to the 1700's and is steeped in history. A beautiful light and airy restaurant, informal bistro and friendly bar where both guests and locals mingle, plus 28 en-suite bedrooms and gorgeous sun terrace with private gardens, The Blue bell Hotel has it all.
Included in The Price
- Accommodation as Specified
- Holy Island Visit Incl Vistor Centre
- Priory Ruins
- Visit to Ford & Etal Coubtry Estate
- Narrow Gauge Railway Ride
- Guided visit to Banburgh Castle
- Alawick Castle & Gardens