Highlights of County Durham
A 4-night, 5-day tour – Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd March 2022
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.
Saturday: A breakfast time departure then we head north with ample comfort stops and on to our hotel in County Durham with time to discover and relax before evening dinner is served.
Sunday: We follow breakfast with time at leisure in Durham this morning. See the beautifully restored Victorian indoor market and the spectacular Durham Cathedral – one of the great buildings of Europe. Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line. This afternoon our tour visits Shildon to see visit the National Railway Museum. The museum exhibits the history of rail travel from the 19th century to the present day. Sited here is the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Returning to our hotel, relax before dinner is served.
Monday: After breakfast, join our official guide for a full day excursion around the Durham Dales. We travel via Weardale to Stanhope for a visit to the Durham Dales Centre, built within the walled gardens of Stanhope Castle. We’ll 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. Next, via Staindrop to Bishop Auckland, we return to our hotel in time for dinner.
Tuesday: Another breakfast – another day. A full day at 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 the traditional coal fired Fish & Chip shop! Evening dinner awaits you in the comfort of our hotel.
Wednesday: Our homeward journey commences with an extended lunch stop at an interesting Nottinghamshire garden centre. With tour highlights enjoyed, we continue to the local area to arrive during early evening.
An ideal tour base, overlooking the River Wear right in the city centre, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham is the perfect place to unwind. Each spacious room has a flat-screen satellite TV, laptop safe and large work space. All rooms also feature free tea and coffee and a private bathroom. The PACE Health Club has a spa bath, sauna, steam room, gym and indoor pool. Guests can also relax in one of the 5 Nu Spa treatment rooms. The Collage Restaurant offers British cuisine with a twist, and includes a range of signature dishes. The food is produced using fresh ingredients and a selection of wines are also available. Relax in the casual Lobby Bar.
All coach travel and visits as listed, a free newspaper on day of departure, porterage, 4 nights 3 course evening dinner, tea/coffee, bed and full English breakfast, a visit to Shildon National Railway Museum, Durham Dales official guided tour with a local guide, Beamish Living Museum, complimentary on-board hot drinks, a Travel & Information Pack and the services of a Tour Director throughout.