The perfect place to have a break, with its rich heritage, Durham was founded over the final resting place of St Cuthbert and its Norman cathedral became a centre of pilgrimage in medieval England. Built on the banks of the River Wear the city grew to be the seat of the ‘Prince Bishops’ who ruled on behalf of the King. Our five day tour allows us to view many of the wonderful places that County Durham has to offer. This break really does offer a historic feel around County Durham.
The 4 star Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County is situated on the banks of the River Wear, and is much acclaimed by Fenn Holiday passengers. Parts of the hotel date back to the 17th century which means that the hotel can preserve historic charm but also offer modern amenities. All of the en-suite bedrooms feature a safe, iron/ironing board, a hairdryer, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. A lift serves all floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to the north east. En-route we make a stop at the floral town of Harrogate for lunch. This Yorkshire spa town offers a choice of activities from a spot of shopping, to a wander through gardens and plenty of coffee shops. This afternoon we continue towards the cathedral city of Durham to arrive at the Marriott Royal County hotel where we have time to settle in before this evening’s dinner.
Tuesday After a leisurely full English breakfast, we travel to nearby Beamish, a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in north east England during the 1820’s, 1900’s and 1940’s. Take a ride on the Beamish tramway, watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made using traditional Edwardian recipes at Herron’s Bakery and try the fish and chips, cooked in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping. After a wonderful day out we return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
Wednesday Today we visit the Bowes Museum, the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle. Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the museum was purpose built in the 19th century by a wealthy businessman and his actress wife. Their romantic story is revealed as we wander around this graceful and elegant Grade I Listed building. After out visit we have free time in Barnard Castle before returning to the hotel.
Thursday This morning we travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick. Twisting cobbled streets with an eclectic collection of shops are teamed with the country’s top attractions including Alnwick Castle – which was the location for the Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. Why not enjoy a cup of tea, or rifle through the shelves of one of the UK’s largest second hand book shops? Later we return to the hotel, via the Northumberland coast making a stop in Whitley Bay.
Friday After our final breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County and head to the seaside town of Whitby to spend time. After a good stay we continue our journey to return to our home area, arriving late afternoon.
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