Exploring the wonders of Northumberland’s Majestic Coastline bursting with magnificent castles and exquisite gardens
Hexham - 2 nights
Northumberland Coast - 3 nights
Northumberland is a haven for history and heritage lovers with a plethora of Roman, Norman and Viking influences and some wonderful castles. Hadrian’s Walls’ most iconic villages and forts are beautifully preserved and sit within rolling countryside on the banks of the River Tyne. Enjoy private tours of the iconic castles of the coastline including Warkworth, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Tynemouth Abbey and the mystical Lindisfarne.
National Heritage & Iconic Castles
Victorian Townhouse Stay
Manor House Stay
Expert Local Guides
Group Size: 6 – 12
Day 1 Travel to Newcastle. Hugging Hadrian’s Wall depart the city, stopping at a wonderful country pub just outside Corbridge for an introduction to the tour ahead. Continue to the market town of Hexham, on the banks of the River Tyne. Visit the 6th Century Abbey, one of the first seats of Christianity in the country, and the Old Gaol, the oldest in England, explore and take afternoon tea. So to The Beaumont Victorian Townhouse for two nights. (D)
Day 2 Travel to Hadrian’s Wall visiting Housesteads, the most complete Roman Fort in England and walk along the wall to Sycamore Gap. Free time for lunch at The Sill and an introduction to the history and legacy of Hadrian’s Wall. Continue to Vindolanda for a private guided tour with one of its prominent archaeologists. (B)
Day 3 Head to the coast for the first of two days of iconic castle visits. Walk into Warkworth Castle, visit the Hermitage, a chapel and priest’s house built into the cliff on the River Coquet. Continue to wonderful Alnwick Castle, one of the best-preserved, with exquisite gardens, private tour with a local expert. Continue to Doxford Hall and its glorious grounds for three nights. (B)
Day 4 Journey the short distance to Chillingham Castle to view the famous herd of cattle and one of England’s most haunted castles. Head to the wonderful village of Craster on the coast where we lunch at a great pub overlooking the sea, eating world-famous kippers and other seafood followed by a stroll along the coastal path to the atmospheric Dunstanburgh Castle. (B, L)
Day 5 Lindisfarne is undoubtedly a highlight of the tour. At low tide follow the Pilgrims route and walk the three miles to the island, either barefoot or in Wellies! You can take the bus across to the island to visit the Priory and 16th-century castle. Later walk along the beach to equally spectacular Bamburgh for a private tour with behind the scenes access to this majestic castle. Farewell dinner at Doxford Hall. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to Tynemouth, visit the beach, the Priory and Castle. Time at leisure before returning to Newcastle and making our homeward journeys. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
English Heritage card holders qualify for a reduction of £35 and National Trust Members a reduction of £10. Please register your Membership numbers when you book.
An independent Victorian townhouse hotel in the centre of Hexham, with stunning views of the 6th century Abbey. Family run, with individually styled rooms alongside a seasonal and locally sourced restaurant and lounge menu, staying here is truly an experience full of personal touches. The hotel has an open plan restaurant, lounge and bar and a seasonal menu from the open kitchen, where the majority of ingredients are sourced locally.
All rooms are cosy with their own individual touches. Inside you will find comfy king size beds with Egyptian cotton bedding. Your ensuite bathroom is stocked with toiletries from Aromatherapy Associates and luxury towels with complimentary filtered water, tea/coffee with biscuits and free WiFi.
Cocooned in ten acres of glorious private grounds, Doxford Hall oozes the timeless elegance of the quintessential English mansion house. This 200 acre estate makes the perfect place for a relaxing and memorable stay, with a 2 AA rosette restaurant. Built in 1818, the country house is the epitome of Georgian splendour. Northumberland’s only four AA red star awarded hotel has 36 handsomely appointed bedrooms, elegant lounges and a fabulous spa, swimming pool and gym. Individually styled rooms have period furniture and luxurious bedding, TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and Wifi.
Royal Station Hotel is well-located in the heart of Newcastle city centre, adjoining Newcastle Train Station and the Metro system. The Grade I listed hotel has an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and free WiFi. Spacious rooms each include a TV, telephone, work area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour room service menu.
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £295 (May 1 £365)
Rail Travel London’s Kings Cross to Newcastle £140
First Class supplement from £130
Secure parking at Newcastle station £75
Extra Nights - Newcastle
Royal Station House
(per night) £80
Single supplement £20
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services ,of expert local driver/guides and representative.
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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