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Discover Durham & The Historic North East

Discover Durham & The Historic North East

Fully escorted by Karen Kirby!

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Durham is home to the most beautiful Romanesque cathedral in England, positioned next to Durham Castle, forming an impressive city panorama. You will enjoy exploring this compact city – the Beamish Museum, Bowes Museum and the mighty Raby Castle also feature on this holiday.

Day 1

Travel to County Durham making suitable comfort stops along the way, including a stop in Newark for lunch to be purchased. On arrival at the hotel enjoy a cup of tea/coffee whilst our luggage is taken to our hotel room. Time to relax before our evening meal.

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Day 2

After breakfast travel to the mighty Raby Castle to discover over 600 years of history during a guided tour. It is one of the finest and best-preserved medieval castles in North East England. The approach to the castle is particularly beautiful as its towers and turrets appear and disappear amongst the trees of the surrounding parkland with its ornamental lakes and herds of deer. The exterior dates to the 11th Century. Lunch can be purchased in the Stables Café before travelling to the award-winning Bowes Museum, which has been delighting visitors for over 100 years. A romantic history with stunning galleries can be discovered inside this fabulous, listed building which resembles a French chateau.

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Day 3

After breakfast travel north to visit the world famous Beamish Open-Air Museum. Experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes as the past comes to life. Beamish is unique - the objects aren't locked away in glass cases, this is hands-on history! Step into the past and explore the 350-acre site, as Beamish tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. We have a full day to explore everything on offer here before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.

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Day 4

After breakfast we join our driver and travel to Durham. This morning we have a guided tour of Durham Cathedral. Discover the story of a nation through this monumental building before free time this afternoon to explore the city. There are many shops to browse and plenty of restaurants to purchase lunch. We head back to the hotel ready for our evening meal.

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Day 5

We depart our hotel after breakfast and travel back to home area making suitable comfort stops along the way, including a stop in Stamford for lunch to be purchased.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

REDWORTH HALL HOTEL, NEWTON AYCLIFFE ****

Redworth Hall is a stunning 17th century Jacobean Manor House situated in the blissful tranquillity of its own 26 acres of landscaped grounds. This 4-star hotel combines traditional elegance with contemporary style. The health club offers fantastic facilities including indoor swimming pool, tennis, sauna, steam room and beauty room.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Tea/coffee on arrival

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Free use of the hotel leisure facilities

  • Entrance to the Bowes Museum

  • Entrance & guided tour of Raby Castle

  • Entrance to Beamish Open-Air Museum

  • Guided tour of Durham Cathedral

  • Coach excursions as described

  • Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1

 

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If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE

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Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
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Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
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Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
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Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
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