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.
Overlooking the River Wear right in the city centre, the 4 star Radisson Blu hotel is in an ideal location to wander into the city for day of exploration. Hotel facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to the north east, making 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 Radisson hotel where we have time to settle in before this evening’s dinner.
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.
A day at leisure in historic Durham. As our hotel is located near the centre of the city, there is plenty to see and do within a short walk today. Perhaps visit Crook Hall & Gardens, the famous Durham Cathedral or maybe enjoy a river cruise to take in the city from a different angle. There is plenty to keep you busy, or you could just sit by the river and enjoy a drink.
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 Later, we head over the scenic North Pennines with magnificent views over many valleys and peaks. We spend time in the small market town of Stanhope, during our stop you could visit the Durham Dales Centre or the Lime Tree Gallery.
After our final breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Durham Radisson Blu 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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