Durham, Hartlepool Maritime Experience & 'The Happiest Place To Live'
2020 - Middleborough Sporting Lodge - 5 Days (OML5009)
Explore Hartlepool's maritime history & see the incredible city of Durham
Great hotel leisure facilities
This wonderful tour takes us 'up north' as we explore the awesome counties of Durham and Yorkshire. We'll have time in the incredible city of Durham home to ‘the finest Norman Cathedral in the world’, and really no wonder that some Harry Potter scenes were filmed here.
We also make a fascinating visit to the historical maritime town of Hartlepool and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience. Here we find a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport, telling the story of life at sea at the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar which dares you to experience life aboard a real British Naval frigate two centuries ago.
Finally, we take you to what is reputed to be the happiest place to live in Britain - the gorgeous market town of Hexham. Come and find out what all the fuss is about...
We love exploring... and hope you do too!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Middlesborough Sporting Lodge
This modern hotel is well placed for our included excursions and features a lovely bar and restaurant area. In addition and, as the name suggests, there are extensive leisure facilities including a large gym, indoor pool and a host of other fitness options - perfect for some evening relaxation. The bedrooms are very comfortably furnished with modern facilities and you are assured a warm welcome from the team.
After joining our coach at one of our local pick up points, head north towards the Durham Dales and Yorkshirel making convenient tea/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon allowing time to checkin and maybe have a drink in the bar before dinner. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax and explore the facilities.
Enjoy tasty traditional English breakfasts every day along with some free time for you to explore this hotel and the local area on your own. We have a full itinerary of INCLUDED excursions as we explore this wonderful region. We go to the incredible city of Durham, spend time exploring Hartlepool's fascinating maritime history and have a glimpse of what it is like to live in the Hexham, allegedly the happiest place to live in the country! Return to the hotel every evening to relax and enjoy more delicious dinners.
After a good breakfast we depart our hotel to travel south on our homebound journey. We expect to arrive back home during the late afternoon/early evening.
Bill Bryson called Durham ‘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 this year's 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!
Hartlepool & Hartlepool Maritime Experience
Today, we make for maritime Hartlepool - once an old fishing town and now home to award-winning attractions in the historic marina. The centrepiece is the award-winning Historic Quay – a faithful reproduction of an 18th century seaport portraying the exciting experience of what life was like at the time of Nelson and Trafalgar. Hartlepool Maritime Experience is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport, telling the story of life at sea at the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar which dares you to experience life aboard a real British Naval frigate two centuries ago.
Once the haunt of marauding Vikings 1300, Hexham now proudly holds the title of England’s favourite market town and happiest place to live. Come with us to find out why!
The town centre here is filled with winding streets with Hexham Abbey, the keystone of Hexham’s assets, at its hub. This flourishing place of worship was founded by the Northumbrian saint and bishop Wilfrid in 674. Don’t miss Hexham’s Old Gaol – an imposing stone cube, built in 1333 as England’s first purpose-built prison. The building’s history – and that of its infamous inhabitants including the Border Reivers – is told in full, gruesome glory across its four floors.
Hexham also enjoys a buzzing arts and cultural scene. Take a stroll around the town’s many galleries. Catch a performace at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, a magnificent Victorian building facing Hexham Abbey which attracts the best international and national artists from music, drama and dance.
Alternatively, why not shop in Hexham’s many eclectic independent shops whilst a browse through the town’s market stalls will yield many a bargain. You’ll find market stalls every day of the week in Hexham’s ancient Shambles.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- 4 nights accommodation
- 4 Full English Breakfasts
- 4 Dinners
- Excursion to Durham
- Visit to the Hartlepool Maritime Experience & Hartlepool
- Visit to Hexham
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. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact 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.
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