County Durham, the ‘Land of the Prince Bishops’ is a region rich in history, culture and outstanding natural beauty. The glorious Durham Dales offer a nice contrast to the splendour of Bowes Museum, the nostalgia of Beamish Museum and the magnificent Durham Cathedral.
The Blackwell Grange Hotel is a beautiful 17th century mansion that is peacefully situated in nine acres of its own grounds. The building commenced in 1693 and was completed in 1717 and the hotel was a private home until 1953. Hotel facilities include a leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. All of the 108 spacious en-suite bedrooms feature a TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Northumbria, arriving late afternoon at the Blackwell Grange Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served on arrival which is followed by time to settle in before this evening’s dinner.
Tuesday Leaving after breakfast we begin our day with a drive to the market town of Barnard Castle. Known as ‘Barny’ to the locals, we have time to explore the town and obtain lunch. You can see where Dickens immortalised ‘Dothboys Hall’, take a look at Cromwell’s refuge, browse round the antique shops or visit the castle itself, high above the Tees. We then visit Bowes Museum, just outside the town. This is one of County Durham’s biggest surprises. Housed in a majestic French-style chateau, the Museum opened in 1892 and will amaze you with its superb collection including the amazing and beautiful Silver Swan.
Wednesday Today we head for the famous Beamish - North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800’s and 1900’s. Attractions include restored tram and replica bus rides, authentic town street, and colliery village, go down the mine, old fashioned sweet shop, working farm, steam locomotives and much more.
Thursday This morning we travel to the ancient and historic City of Durham, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, high above the River Wear. We have the day to explore the city with its labyrinth of little streets and alleyways, or you may fancy a stroll by the river.
Friday After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive through the North Yorks Moors National Park before descending steep Sutton bank to join and make use of the motorways on our drive south, arriving in our home areas late afternoon after an unforgettable break in Northumbria.
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