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Nostalgic Northumberland

Leave ❱ Sun 07 Apr 2019

❰ Return Fri 12 Apr 2019

Half Board

Tour Price: £559
Single Supplement: £75

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Nostalgic Northumberland

Our base for this tour is the stunning Slaley Hall Hotel, which is ideally located for exploring Northumbria and the North East.  Experience the history and heritage of this picturesque part of the country with visits to Holy Island, Bamburgh, Cragside, Hexham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Sunday – Day 1

Via the motorways we head north to the Slaley Hall Hotel to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne, our base for 5 nights.

Monday - Day 2

After breakfast we take a drive along the scenic heritage coastline and cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to Lindisfarne Castle. There will be some leisurely time to explore and have lunch before our afternoon visit to Bamburgh Castle. Perched on rocks at the edge of the sea, this castle boasts magnificent views of the Farne Islands. We call at the pretty fishing village of Seahouses before we return to the hotel Please note, today is subject to tidal times.

Tuesday - Day 3

We visit Cragside House and Gardens, former home of the famous inventor, Lord Armstrong.  In 1878, Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and it is crammed full of ingenious gadgets - most of them still working - as well as an eclectic collection of British art, furniture, ceramics and natural history.  Outside the house, one of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the lovely formal gardens. Please note, the terrain at Cragside House is uneven with steep footpaths, many of which are unsuitable for
wheelchair users.  Then we move on to discover Wallington one of the National Trust’s more unusual properties set in a 13,000 acre estate and famous for the huge pre-Raphaelite paintings that tell the history of Northumberland, and a collection of beautiful furniture and quirky curiosities. 

Wednesday - Day 4

After breakfast we meet our blue badge guide for a full day guided tour exploring Hadrian’s Wall Country and Hexham. We travel through the fabulously scenic Northumbrian countryside along the Hadrian’s Wall route, visiting the award winning Vindolanda, one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites, and it’s Roman Army Museum. We then visit the charming market town of Hexham, characterised by its stone architecture, cobbled streets and historic buildings before continuing on our tour along Military Road where we see the magnificent wall at close quarters.


Thursday – Day 5

We have free time in Newcastle to explore the city’s many attractions.  At midday we meet at the Quayside to embark on a 2 hour cruise, sailing to Ryton Willows Nature Reserve and Newburn Countryside Park, passing under eleven of the Tyne’s bridges, following the route of the world famous Blaydon Races. The cruise, which turns at Ryton Willows for the return journey to Newcastle Quayside offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the upriver wildlife where seals, grey herons and many species of wading birds and ducks are regularly spotted.  This cruise is complimented by a recorded commentary.  Please note, day of cruise is subject to 2019 timetable.

Friday – Day 6

After breakfast we depart our hotel and make our journey home.

Hotel Information

We stay at Slaley Hall Hotel – an Edwardian mansion set in 1,000 acres of stunning Northumberland countryside. All 141 stylish en-suite bedrooms are elegantly decorated and are comfortable and spacious.  They are all equipped with a telephone, a television, tea / coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron.  The hotel has a lift

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Nostalgic Northumberland

Additional Information

Tour Price includes

  • Home pick up
  • 5 nights’ half board accommodation at Slaley Hall Hotel
  • Visit to Lindisfarne
  • Visit to Bamburgh Castle
  • Visit to Seahouses
  • Visit to Cragside House and Gardens
  • Visit to Wallingford
  • Tour of Hadrian’s Wall Country
  • Visit to Hexham
  • Visit to Newcastle
  • Boat trip on River Tyne
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We have been operating tours and mini breaks around the U.K. and abroad for a number of years, and by far the most popular innovation that we have introduced in recent years, is to offer a virtually door to door service. Picking up as near as practically possible to your home in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire means you don’t have to worry about getting your luggage to the coach, and avoids the additional cost of having to use taxis.

By using our small fleet of mini-buses, we are able to keep the pick-up time to a minimum and get you on your tour coach and on your way as soon as possible. This way your holiday starts on the first morning. Once your holiday is over we will collect you again from the coach park and return you home.

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