Newcastle, Durham & Holy Island
AU5ACPExperience the very best of the North East on this fantastic Northumberland and County Durham Explorer!
Based in the centre of vibrant Newcastle at the lovely Jury's Inn Hotel, you will experience a warm Geordie welcome and get to know the 'Toon city' with plenty of free time to explore. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham is also a must see - voted the Best City in the UK amongst other accolades, the beautiful Cathedral has also been part of the Harry Potter story and it is easy to see why in this story book setting. You'll also be able to visit lovely Bamburgh Castle and the mystic Holy Island of Lindisfarne (tide permitting).
An ideal choice for:
* Lovers of fantastic scenery and majestic castles
* Explorers looking for a vibrant city base
* Those looking to experience a new and much loved area of the UK
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Join your coach from your convenient local pick-up point this morning and head north east to the fabulous city of Newcastle. On arrival check-in to your centrally located hotel with time to settle in and relax before dinner with friends and fellow travellers. Get ready to be charmed by the famous Geordie spirit in a city bursting with thriving nightlife, an award-winning restaurant scene, top-notch attractions and museums!
Days 2 to 4Your centrally located hotel gives you plenty of opportunity to explore vibrant 'Toon city' and all of its great attractions. United by seven iconic bridges across a bustling Quayside, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant destination. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a wander along the Quayside with its dramatic new architecture. After dinner each evening you may want to relax in your hotel with a drink, or wander out for a sample of the city's famous night life.
Make sure you don't miss your amazing INCLUDED excursions to this fabulous area. We'll take you to lovely Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - tide permitting. A visit to the area would not be complete without a visit to ancient Durham, with its castle and cathedral making one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. A guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site brings the magic of Durham alive.
After a final hearty breakfast it is time to say farewell to Newcastle and the charm of the north east today. Board your comfortable coach for a relaxing journey home full of lovely memories with your newly made friends.
DurhamINCLUDED Visitor DestinationEnjoy your visit to the handsome and historical university city of Durham. Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Conde Nast readers voted it ‘Best city in the UK’. After our own visit, we entirely agree – Durham is a very special place, and we just had to include it in your experience. The first sight of the city alone is breath-taking. Inside the city you will find an abundance of impressive historical buildings and sights include the 11th-century fairy-tale turreted castle, the university’s Botanic Garden and the highlight of the city’s skyline, the magnificent Norman-era Durham Cathedral (which plays a role in Harry Potter, and you will immediately see why), all have the words 'World Heritage Site' written all over them. This majestic north east city is a historical treasure trove; the castle nestles by the riverside, 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 find out for yourself!
NewcastleINCLUDED Visitor DestinationUnited by seven iconic bridges across a bustling Quayside, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. Get ready to be charmed by the famous Geordie spirit in a city bursting with thriving nightlife, an award-winning restaurant scene, top-notch attractions and museums. The origins of Newcastle can be traced back to Roman times, and the city takes its name from the Norman Castle built by the son of William the Conqueror. Today, Newcastle is a lively and cosmopolitan city that manages to perfectly mix the very best of old and new. Your guided tour will share some of the city's best sights and stories that give Newcastle its unique appeal. A visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Quayside, home to two of the world's most famous bridges, and take in the striking sweep of The Sage Gateshead, the latest addition to the skyline. You also have free time to explore your favourite parts of this wonderful city at your own pace.
- 4 nights hotel with English breakfast and evening meals
- Plenty of free time in Newcastle
- Excursion to Bamburgh Castle & Holy Island (tide permitting)
- Visit to the city of Durham
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Holy Island of Lindisfarne & Bamburgh CastleINCLUDED Visitor DestinationEnjoy a drive along the scenic heritage coastline and across the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to Lindisfarne Castle and famed as the birthplace of English Christianity. Visit the iconic Tudor fort, converted in 1903 to an intimate holiday home by Sir Edwin Lutyens with the lovely garden created by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911. Take time to explore at your own pace in your serene surroundings that have been revered for almost 1,400 years since Saint Aidan travelled from Iona in 635AD and founded the monastery here.
Perched on rocks at the edge of the sea, Bamburgh Castle boasts magnificent views of the Farne Islands. Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, 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. 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. Back to top
Leonardo Hotel Newcastle NewcastleLeonardo Hotel 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 and modern rooms include tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors and free WiFi throughout the hotel.
For more information, click here for the hotel website (opens in a new window). Hotel formerly known as Jurys Inn, rebranded November 2022. Back to top