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 see many of the wonderful places that County Durham has to offer. We include admission to Beamish living Museum, the romantic Bowes Museum, the glorious Durham Dales and a Catherine Cookson tour. 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. 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 with time for lunch. 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. After a wonderful day out we return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
Wednesday A morning tour of Catherine Cookson Country, one of Britain’s most prolific writers taking in the area in which she was brought up and from where she based many of her popular novels. Later we return to Durham. Stroll along the banks of the River Wear, visit a museum or the iconic Cathedral and the impressive Castle which, together, form one of the first designated World Heritage Sites.
Thursday Today we enjoy a full day around the lovely Durham Dales. We travel via Weardale to Stanhope with its ruined Castle, we proceed via Middleton-in-Teesdale to Barnard Castle, a delightful town with many examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture and a specialist Antique Quarter. We include a visit 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. Our return is by way of Staindrop and Bishop Auckland arriving at the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
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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