This tour takes in the best that the North East of England has to offer, from the countryside to the coast. We travel through the centuries at castles, gardens, ports, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Durham, and the wonderful open-air museum at Beamish.
Day 1 We have an early departure, stop in the beautiful conservation town of Stamford over lunchtime and reach our hotel in Redworth late afternoon.
Day 2 We make our way to Durham where we meet our guide for a tour of this splendid city. After time for lunch, we enjoy a cruise on the River Wear.
Day 3 A full day out to Beamish. Britain’s favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s, demonstrating the recent history of the region in a ‘living’ way.
Day 4 We begin our day at 14th-century Raby Castle, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the North East, and now the seat of the 12th Lord Barnard. We have tea/coffee in the majestic Entrance Hall before we start our visit, and return to our hotel mid-afternoon.
Day 5 We visit Hartlepool Historic Quay, a faithful reproduction of an 18th-century seaport, and home to the Trincomalee – Europe’s oldest floating warship. In the afternoon we explore Wynyard Hall Gardens.
Day 6 Leaving our hotel after breakfast we head south with suitable refreshment stops and arrive back in the local area early evening.
A breath-taking Jacobean country house standing in beautifully landscaped grounds in Redworth, our four-star hotel has spacious and elegantly styled bedrooms equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and health spa. The hotel has WiFi and a lift.