The perfect place to spend an Easter 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 four day tour allows us to see many of the wonderful places that Durham has to offer. We include admission to Beamish Living Museum and the romantic Bowes Museum.
The 4 star Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County is situated on the banks of the River Wear. 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, hairdryer, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. A lift serves all floors.
Friday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to the north east, Enroute we make a stop at the floral town of Harrogate. This afternoon we continue towards the cathedral city of Durham. Upon arrival at the Marriott Royal County we have time to settle in before this evening’s meal.
Saturday 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.
Sunday This morning after breakfast at the hotel we have the day at leisure to explore the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham. Why not embark on one of Durham’s walking routes, enjoy a Prince Bishop River cruise along the River Wear, perhaps explore Durham Cathedral which is set next to the Castle with the medieval city huddled below, or simply watch the world go by whilst taking in the fabulous city at one of the many cosy cafes and quaint tea rooms. We meet again for dinner this evening.
Monday After our final breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County and then travel to the Bowes Museum. This magnificent French chateau, which was created in the 19th century, houses internationally renowned collections of European fine and decorative arts spanning 5 centuries. After our visit we continue to the market town of Barnard Castle for free time and lunch before we continue our journey home after a memorable Easter break.
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