2021 - Northumberland's Wonderland
2021 - Jurys Inn Newcastle - 5 Days (CU5AEB)
Stay at a brand new, 4* hotel in the very centre of Newcastle with fantastic excursions too!
Exploring some of the North East’s finest destinations, we take a journey into the past in this fascinating part of Britain. If you have never been to Northumberland before you don’t know what you’re missing. England’s most northern county is a charming corner of the country which you will immediately fall in love with.
Stretching from the unspoilt wilds of the Northumberland National Park, to the outstanding natural beauty of the Heritage Coast, in the Kingdom of Northumbria has some of Britain's most imposing natural scenery. Lush rolling countryside, spectacular forests, glorious sandy beaches, quaint villages and historic market towns mingle with mighty castles and ancient monuments that bear testament to the bloody battles and warring clans of a bygone era.
Sparkling cities like Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham are thriving, with lots of shopping and plenty of nightlife. Bustling market towns and pretty villages are scattered around the region which can lay claim to being ‘The Cradle of English Christianity’, particularly mystic Lindisfarne. There’s also Durham, with ‘the finest Norman Cathedral in the world’. The area has been home to pioneers across the centuries; the world’s first public railway steamed into life here, and the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which links Newcastle & Gateshead is one of the world’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.
Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the River Tyne, coming together at the dazzling Quayside. The area is awash with restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and must-see attractions. Rich in culture, architecture and history, with a great reputation for style and shopping, the breadth and scope of things to see and do in Newcastle surprises even the most well-travelled visitor. Enjoy wonderful food, and relax in pavement cafes, traditional pubs and contemporary bars. Find a spot by the riverside and while away a few hours soaking up the Newcastle atmosphere. There are boat trips too, going both up-river and down-river and some amazing walks. We've been, and we loved it!
If you haven't explored this part of Britain, please do it, at least once...and we guarantee you won't do it better than on a Leisuretime holiday!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Jurys Inn Newcastle
Jurys Inn Newcastle is in a fantastic location within easy walking distance of the top city attractions and landmarks. The best restaurants in the city are close by, plus there is a trendy bar and restaurant at the hotel. The spacious rooms include the usual amenities including WiFi and flat screen TV and refreshment dock. Jurys Inn Newcastle is in a fantastic location within easy walking distance of the top city attractions and landmarks. The best restaurants in the city are close by, plus there is a trendy bar and restaurant at the hotel. The spacious rooms include the usual amenities including WiFi and flat screen TV and refreshment dock.
After joining our coach at one of our local pick up points, head cross country to Newcastle making convenient coffee/lunch stops along the way. On arrival we'll check-in, have dinner and the rest of the evening free to relax or explore (or both!).
Enjoy hearty English breakfasts every day along with lots of free time to explore the great city of Newcastle. Make sure you join us for our INCLUDED excursions to Durham and a trip to the mystical Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle. There will also be a cruise down the River Tyne to the sea and free time in Newcastle. Return to your hotel in the evenings to enjoy more tasty dinners.
After a good breakfast we depart Newcastle to travel south on our homebound journey. We expect to arrive back home during the late afternoon/early evening.
Durham with guided tour
We visit the handsome university city of Durham. Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Conde Nast readers voted it ‘Best city in the UK’. The first sight of the city alone is breath-taking. Inside the city we find an abundance of impressive historical buildings and sight include the 11th-century castle, the university’s Botanic Garden and the highlight of the city’s skyline, the magnificent Norman cathedral. The grand Norman-era Durham Cathedral (which plays a role in Harry Potter), and nearby fairy-tale, turreted castle have the words 'World Heritage Site' written all over them. This majestic north east city is a historical treasure trove; castles nestle in riversides, parks thrive with deer, and living museums radiate with industrial heritage, but that’s just a taste of the best places to visit in Durham. You can learn more about the wonderful city with an included guided tour.
Holy Island & Bamburgh Castle (admission included)
We take a drive along the scenic heritage coastline and cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to Lindisfarne Castle and famed as the birthplace of English Christianity. There will be some leisure time to explore before our afternoon visit to Bamburgh Castle. Perched on rocks at the edge of the sea, this castle boasts magnificent views of the Farne Islands.
Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings. The Bamburgh Castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds. During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses. Bamburgh Castle has 14 public rooms and more than 2,000 artefacts, including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork. A true spectacle, not to be missed.
River cruise down the Tyne (Quay to Sea) & free time in Newcastle
Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the River Tyne, coming together at the dazzling Quayside. The area is awash with restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and must-see attractions. Rich in culture, architecture and history, with a great reputation for style and shopping, the breadth and scope of things to see and do in Newcastle surprises even the most well-travelled visitor. See the thriving city from the quayside in Newcastle down to the mouth of the Tyne at the sea on a river cruise, seeing everything from the sights of the city to the docks.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
- Excursion to Durham with guided tour
- Excursion to Lindsifarne (tides permitting)
- Entry to Bamburgh Castle
- Free time in Newcastle and cruise on the Tyne
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY
It is important that you familiarise yourself with our Enhanced Hygiene Protocols booklet as this will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you travel, what we are doing to keep you safe, and what you can do to protect yourself and those around. These Protocols are updated from time to time, so please re-check just before you travel.
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