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Best Of The North East: Newcastle Durham & Beamish 2021

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI3779

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

2021 - Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside - 5 Days (CU5AAJ)

Stay right in the heart of Newcastle in a hotel right on the waterside

River cruise, walking tour of Durham and entrance to Beamish Living Museum INCLUDED!

Exploring some of the North East’s finest destinations, we take a journey into the past in this fascinating part of Britain. Sparkling cities like Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham are thriving, with lots of shopping and plenty of nightlife. In Durham you’ll find ‘the finest Norman Cathedral in the world’ and in Newcastle and Gateshead there are loads of fantastic shops, cafés, museums and galleries to explore. Don’t miss a cruise on the River Tyne or a visit to the Beamish Living Museum. 

PRICE FROM ? £299 per person
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Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside

Whatever reason brings you to the North East, staying at the Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside not only offers you quick access to the city but also waterside views of the River Tyne from your room. The hotel is located south of the Tyne on the Gateshead Quayside, within walking distance of the iconic Millenium Bridge, shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the Sage and Baltic Centre. The rooms have free WiFi and en-suite bathrooms. 


Day 1

After joining the coach at one of our pick-up points, we head to the North East, with stops along the way to grab coffee/lunch. We aim to arrive at the hotel by late afternoon. You’ll have time to check in and stretch your legs before dinner and then enjoy some free time to explore the thriving city of Newcastle.

Day 2-4

After a delicious English breakfast, we head out on our INCLUDED excursions which include a guided walking tour of historic Durham, a cruise on the river Tyne and entrance to the fabulous Beamish Living Museum. You will also have free time to shop and see the sights in Newcastle. Return to the hotel every evening for dinner and more free time to explore and swap stories.

Day 5

After a tasty final breakfast, we say goodbye and join the coach to head back home. There will be convenient stops along the way. 


Durham with walking 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’. After a recent familiarisation by some of the Leisuretime team, we entirely agree – Durham is a very special place, and just had to be included in our 2019 programme. 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. Go and see for yourself! 

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. 


The Living Museum of the North Beamish Museum is an open air museum located at Beamish in County Durham that tells the story of life in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. There are loads of things to see and do at Beamish, such as visiting the 1900s Town so you can see how people lived up to World War I, exploring the 1900s Pit Villages and visiting a 1940s farm to discover life on the home front during World War II. Don’t miss the Beamish Tramway or getting traditional tasty treats for your lunch. 


  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Excursion to Durham with guided walking tour
  • River cruise on the River Tyne & Free time in Newcastle
  • Entry to Beamish Museum 


This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.





Important Notes

Important 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.


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.

Please remember that you will also need to keep up-to-date with latest government advice and requirements. 

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