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Walworth Castle, County Durham and excursions

6 days From £699 per person

2021 Tour code: 21LRS

About the tour

Experience Durham on this five night break based at majestic Walworth Castle, in the heart of alluring County Durham. Step back in time with a captivating visit to the Beamish Museum.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Walworth Castle

Your tour begins at Walworth Castle, a striking castle hotel that dates back to 1150 and is set within 18 acres of beautiful grounds, and is your home for the next five nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Durham

Return to Durham for a fascinating guided tour this morning. Durham is a truly beautiful city, with its unmissable Castle and Cathedral complex boasting UNESCO World Heritage status. Take in the impressive Romanesque cathedral and 11th-century castle, the only castle in the United Kingdom never to have suffered a breach, on a guided tour. Your afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring the city, a maze of cobbled streets lined with historic and listed buildings. This vibrant university city offers many attractions including an excellent indoor market, a selection of unique speciality shops, a diversity of art galleries and museums, and some delightful public gardens in which to relax and enjoy the views of this remarkable city.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Beamish Museum

Take a step back in time to 1913 today as you enjoy an excursion to splendid Beamish Museum, a world famous open-air museum unlike any other. Opened in 1972, and occupying three hundred acres of Durham's countryside, Beamish was England's first open-air museum. In the last four decades, this authentic recreation of everyday life in a north-eastern industrial community during the Victorian and Edwardian eras has won a host of awards.

Beamish features life-sized replicas of period locations which are accurate down to the finest detail. The Edwardian Town, for example, contains many authentic structures reclaimed from towns and villages throughout northeast England, and features recreations of a typical inn, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank, dentist and other businesses exactly as they were at the beginning of the 20th century. Beamish also features a recreated mining village and colliery, an Edwardian railway station and steam railway, a Victorian farm, and Pockerley Old Hall - a luxurious manor house. Perhaps visit the Edwardian sweet shop and watch toffee and other confectionery being made by hand, or head to the bakers where you can pick up a freshly made biscuit or cake.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Hadrian’s Wall

After breakfast, travel by coach to Hadrian's Wall. Stretching from coast to coast and dotted with the remains of the towers and forts that once kept watch over the 73-mile wall, this is a fascinating site to visit. You enjoy a guided tour of a section of wall, as well as the Birdoswald Roman Army Fort, the extensive remains of a Roman fort. Continue to Haltwhistle for a rail journey to Hexham, where you have the chance to explore the Grade I listed abbey here before returning to the hotel. Dating back to 674 AD, the abbey is truly stunning, with beautiful stained glass windows, sculptures, and an impressive Saxon crypt.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Wensleydale Railway & Hawes

Today, discover the beautiful dales by train. You enjoy a journey on the Wensleydale Railway, a nostalgic heritage journey that takes you through miles of verdant countryside to Hawes. Arrive at the Wensleydale Creamery, home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. You have some time to look around the museum here, watch a fascinating cheese-making demonstration, and perhaps buy yourself a treat or two in the excellent gift shop where you'll find plenty of award-winning cheeses on offer. After, you have free time to grab lunch in Hawes, a peaceful Yorkshire market town where traditional stone houses are linked by charming cobbled lanes. Then transfer to Redmire for a return journey on the Wensleydale Railway, before transferring back to the hotel by coach

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

Your holiday ends today, where you're free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Walworth Castle, Darlington

Walworth Castle, Darlington

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Wensleydale Railway

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 23 reviews

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Peter Baddoo

5 stars

Submitted 28/Jun

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute

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Mr Roscoe

5 stars

Submitted 21/Jun

The Management and staff did their very best despite Covid restrictions to make our stay comfortable one.

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Roy Jones

5 stars

Submitted 21/Jun

Excellent base hotel with good food and accomodation

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J Button

5 stars

Submitted 20/Jun

Confortable, freindly, relaxed. we felt pampered

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Elaine Penrose

5 stars

Submitted 20/Jun

Walworth Castle was a Lovely location, food was excellent. All staff were very polite & friendly. The opportunity to travel by ones own car to the location was a bonus in these “COVID” times. Selected tour days were well organised & our tour guide Barry Edwards ensured everything run smoothly, Rail Discoveries really did consider all aspects of COVID restrictions....which we all appreciated. We had never really been to this part of UK but would after this break visit again. Everyday gave us an opportunity to experience an area for its beauty & history with time to enjoy our surroundings at a leisurely pace.

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L Russell

4 stars

Submitted 19/Jun

The Walworth Castle experience was 5 star, but the tour difficulties created by COVID reduced the overall experience to 4star.

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