Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle
This break to Northumberland explores the best the region has to offer. Home to rugged hills, spectacular seascapes, ancient castles, rolling moorland and bustling cities, this corner of Northeast England has something for everyone. During our break we explore the Holy Island of Lindisfarne we the 16th century Lindisfarne Castle is perched atop a rocky crag and was originally a Tudor fort before it was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edwin Lutyens. The famous Benedictine Lindisfarne Priory built during the late 11th century was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. We also visit the second largest inhabited castle in England – Alnwick Castle, it has been in the possession of the Percy family since 1309 and the castle houses an exquisite collection of art treasures, including the finest examples of Italian paintings in the north of England. Another highlight is Britain’s most significant Roman sites Hadrian’s Wall as well as one of the best-preserved Roman cavalry forts – Chester’s Fort and Vindolanda a Roman auxiliary fort. You may also choose to join us on the optional excursion to explore the university city of Durham, home to a wide array of historical buildings including Crook Hall, the Norman Castle and the Romanesque Durham Cathedral.
- Durham & Crook Hall
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
Outside Luton Parkway Railway Station
Outside the Railway Station
Coach bay in Queen Street, close to Athena
Bus stand outside Trent House, Station Street
Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.
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Day 1 -
We depart from our designated pick-up points and head northwards to Gateshead and our hotel for free time at leisure before dinner this evening in the hotel’s restaurant.
|Hotel||Ramada Encore Newcastle Gateshead|
Day 2 -
Today we depart for the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. (As the island is accessed by a causeway that is covered at high tide the morning and afternoon visits may be adjusted to accommodate). Once on the island there is much to discover, Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory are both fascinating places to visit (entrance no included). Perched atop a rocky crag, the 16th century Lindisfarne Castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect. Originally a Tudor fort, it was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edwin Lutyens. The small rooms are full of intimate decoration and design, with windows looking down upon the charming walled garden planned by Gertrude Jekyll. Lindisfarne Priory, the famous Benedictine Priory built during the late 11th century was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.
This afternoon we head to Alnwick Castle, the historic home of the Duke of Northumberland, which has been described as the ‘Windsor of the North’ and is the second largest inhabited castle in England. It has been in the possession of the Percy family since 1309 and the castle houses an exquisite collection of art treasures, including the finest examples of Italian paintings in the North of England.
Day 3 -
After breakfast this morning, we depart for an optional full day exploring the university city of Durham. The city is positively packed with all manner of historical buildings including the Norman Durham Castle and Romanesque Durham Cathedral. A leisurely walk north of the Castle is where you can find the 13th century Crook Hall one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham and its beautiful surrounding gardens. We spend the morning exploring this National Trust property before spending the afternoon at leisure. For the botanists among us, Durham University offers a Botanic Garden with woodland and tropical plants, perhaps visit the castle or cathedral before we reconvene and return to our hotel.
Day 4 -
Today is spent discovering the Roman heritage of the area. We begin at Hadrian’s Wall built as a fortification across northern Britain some 2,000 years ago before heading to Vindolanda, a Roman fortress situated just south of the Hadrian’s Wall which dates back to the third century. At the site we can see evidence of the fort’s walls and the commanding officer’s house as well as just to west of the fort, remains of houses, taverns and a bath house. There is an on-site museum which displays many of the fascinating object that have been recovered during excavations. Later, we also visit Chester’s Fort the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain where you can wander through the well-preserved baths, steam rooms and officer’s quarters.
Day 5 -
After breakfast we return to our original pick-up points.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Services of a coach driver guide
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|24 September 2023||BENB230924||24 September 2023 (Sunday)||28 September 2023 (Thursday)||£545
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