We are delighted to return to Northumbria, visiting some of the best sights and towns of this delightful North east corner of England. Northumbria is a tapestry of wonderful sights and attractions with numerous castles and cathedrals, rolling moorlands, quaint towns and villages, intriguing history and spectacular scenery.
Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick, the White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation. The hotel is probably best known for its Olympic Dining Suite which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained-glass windows from the Titanic’s sister ship. All bedrooms are ensuite and have a television, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Although the hotel does not have a lift, some ground floor rooms are available on request
Sunday Our door to door service takes you from your front door to the waiting Club Class coach. We head north to make a stop for lunch in the delightful floral spa town of Harrogate. This afternoon we continue our journey to the northeast arriving at the delightful White Swan hotel late afternoon.
Monday Today we enjoy time at leisure in our chosen resort of Alnwick. We include admission to the beautiful Alnwick Gardens, offering much to discover including water sculptures, the Grand Cascade and the infamous Poison Garden. Dubbed the ‘Windsor of the North,’ Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percy’s, for over 700 years. The castle has featured in a number of films, including appearing as Hogwarts School in Harry Potter films. We return to the hotel for dinner.
Tuesday We journey through beautiful countryside to the capital of Coquetdale, Rothbury, which was once a popular health resort where people came to take the air in its riverside setting of wide open spaces and delightful scenery. From here we head for magnificent Cragside House, the former home of Lord and Lady Armstrong, now in the care of the National Trust. Cragside was the first house to be lit by electricity- a wonder of the Victorian age. After a good stay we make our back to the coach, and the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday Today’s excursion takes us across the causeway to Holy Island and the mysterious Lindisfarne Castle. Later, we visit Bamburgh for time at leisure, maybe explore the majestic castle on the beach or the Grace Darling museum.
Thursday After a leisurely breakfast we leave and begin our journey home, arriving back in our home area late afternoon after a delightful Northumbrian break.
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