Door 2 Tour

Coach Holidays, Escorted Tours & Events

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

County Durham

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TEDW3584

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

Once part of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Northumbria, County Durham offers a fascinating blend of industrial heritage and dramatic landscapes studded with historic buildings that will combine to surprise and delight the most discerning visitor.

EXCURSIONS

County Durham Coastline & Durham

We head for the County Durham coastline to The Hartlepool Maritime Experience to visit the oldest British warship afloat, HMS Trincomalee, the steam paddle ship Wingfield Castle. Enjoy the historic dock and quayside, an audio visual experience of a British ship at war “The fighting ships” and also learn about the horrors of the press gangs. Find out about the legend of “who hung the monkey” at the Museum of Hartlepool. We continue to Durham where you have the afternoon at leisure.

Richmond, Raby Castle & Seaburn

A mix of history, gardens and market towns. We first visit the Market town of Richmond where you will have free time. Located just across the County Durham border in North Yorkshire, Richmond is a town of unique character and beauty, little changed through the centuries, and its cobbled market place is the largest in England. We then continue to Raby Castle and Gardens, home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626, Raby is one of the finest medieval Castles in England, rebuilt by the mighty Neville family in the 14th Century. The gardens are a mix of traditional 18th century ornamental Walled Gardens, Yew Hedges, Trees, Plants and Ornaments from the 18th and 19th centuries. We return to Seaburn via the market town of Bishop Auckland and Escomb Village, to admire the hidden little gem of Escomb Saxon Church, considered one of the finest surviving 7th century churches in the country.

Tynemouth Coastal Tour & Catherine Cookson Country

Travel through the Tyne tunnel towards the beautiful coastline around Tynemouth for a coastal tour through Cullercoats and Whitley Bay to St. Mary's Island. We return to Tynemouth village to the glorious headland overlooking the piers at the mouth of the River Tyne with views of the ruins of Tynemouth Castle, Priory and a wonderful memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood the hero of Trafalgar. Located on the headland is the Volunteer Life Brigade Headquarters, the first in the world and now often used as a film location. In our visit we learn about this historic building and organisation. We then have free time in Tynemouth village, with its attractive Front Street, famous for its antique shops. We cross the river to visit the area linked with famous authoress Catherine Cookson, with rich history and proud heritage, from Roman times to the Venerable Bede. We see locations and enjoy stories, from Catherine's life, the little Saxon Church and monastery of St Paul, the home of the Venerable Bede in Jarrow, and the Roman fort of Arbeia.

Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland *** (NEW HOTEL)

Located next to the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland's Premier League football club and only a short drive from the city centre • En-suite bedrooms • Television • Tea, coffee-making facilities • Hairdryer • Iron & Ironing board • Restaurant • Bar/Lounge • Free Wi-Fi • Fitness Centre with Gym • Lift.

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PRICE FROM ? £389 per person
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Other Information

Executive coach travel

Dinner, bed and full English breakfast

Entry to Raby Castle

Entry to the Hartlepool Maritime Museum

Expert local guide for all excursions

Free time at resort plus excursions as listed

Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated



Departure Dates

30th Jul 4 nights £389 WW

16th Sep 4 nights £389

Single Room Supplement: £80.00

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