Explore the unique history and heritage of this beautiful area of the north east of England. With the stunning scenery of the Durham Dales and the exciting attractions of Beamish Living History Museum and the National Railway Museum, this tour is sure to attract.
National Railway Museum • Beamish Living Museum • Durham Castle • Weardale
Day 1 Travel to the hotel in County Durham with a recommended stop in York.
Day 2 Time at leisure in Durham this morning. See the spectacular Cathedral and the beautifully restored Victorian indoor market. We also recommend an optional cruise on the River Wear taking in sights such as Durham Castle and the historic university buildings. Continue to Shildon this afternoon and visit the National Railway Museum. The museum exhibits the history of rail travel from the 19th century to the present day.
Day 3 A full day excursion around the Durham Dales. Travel via Weardale to Stanhope for a visit to the Durham Dales Centre built within the walled gardens of Stanhope Castle. Proceed via Middleton-in-Teeside and Eggleston Village to Barnard Castle. Admire the Victorian and Georgian architecture in the delightful town centre and browse the shops in the specialist Antique Quarter. Continue via Staindrop to Bishop Auckland returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day 4 A full day visit to Beamish: the Living Museum of the North. The world famous open air museum tells the story of the north east of England in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Enjoy unlimited rides on the restored trams and replica buses and see attractions including a working farm, an authentic town street, the colliery village and, newly opened in 2011, a traditional coal fired Fish & Chip shop!
Day 5 Homeward journey with a recommended stop in the seaside town of Whitby if time permits.
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Beamish Park Hotel,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Always well received, the hotel is situated within beautiful countryside, close to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum. The hotel is furnished to a very high standard and, as well as being immaculately kept, it boasts an award winning bistro.
• 3 star • 42 bedrooms
• No lift, but plenty of ground floor rooms
• Coach parking
Radisson Blu Durham
A modern hotel located on the riverfront in the centre of historic Durham, within walking distance of Durham Cathedral. The hotel has a stylish restaurant and comfortable bar in which guests can relax after dinner.
• 4 star • 207 rooms • Lift
• Leisure facilities • Indoor swimming pool
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board near Durham with:
Full English breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• Visit to National Railway Museum, Shildon
• Admission to Beamish
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