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Majestic castles, pretty scenery and rich culture

6 days From £699 per person

2022 Tour code: 22LRS

About the tour

Experience Durham on this five night break based at majestic Walworth Castle, in the heart of alluring County Durham. Discover some of the region's other beautiful castles and step back in time with a captivating visit to the Beamish Museum.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - County Durham

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

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Durham

Head to Durham for a fascinating guided tour. Durham is a beautiful city, with its unmissable Castle and Cathedral complex boasting UNESCO World Heritage status. Take in the impressive Romanesque cathedral and 11th-century castle on a guided tour. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring the city at your own pace, discovering its 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Beamish Museum

Take a step back in time to 1913 at Beamish Museum. 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 contains authentic structures reclaimed from towns throughout north-east England, and features recreations of a typical inn, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank and dentist. Perhaps visit the Edwardian sweet shop and watch toffee being made by hand, or head to the bakers for a freshly made biscuit or cake.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Raby Castle

Visit the Head of Steam Railway Museum, located on part of the world's first steam-powered passenger railway. Enjoy an insight into the history of railways in North East England before continuing to Bowes Museum, in the charming market town of Barnard Castle. The museum is housed in a stunning Grade 1 listed French-style château, and boasts an impressive art collection, which you have time to admire. This afternoon, discover Raby Castle, one of the finest medieval castles in England. Built in the 14th century, Raby Castle is in remarkably immaculate condition. Enjoy a walking tour of the castle and its grounds, taking in the grand state rooms as well as the verdant gardens.

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

Discover the beautiful dales by train. Enjoy a journey on the Wensleydale Railway, a nostalgic heritage journey that takes you through the countryside to Hawes, hauled by a steam or diesel locomotive. Arrive at the Wensleydale Creamery, home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. You have time to look around the museum, watch a cheese-making demonstration, or perhaps buy a treat or two in the gift shop. After, you have free time to grab lunch in Hawes, a peaceful market town where traditional stone houses are linked by charming cobbled lanes. You then transfer to Redmire for a return journey on the Wensleydale Railway, before transferring 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.

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Walworth Castle, Darlington

Walworth Castle, Darlington

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Wensleydale Railway

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 62 reviews

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Mr David Ward

5 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

We think the hotel was excellent, service was prompt and are planning to visit early next year. The tour manager, Barry, was very much aware of the places we visited and kept us informed by giving us small chunks of information so we were not over loaded with facts. Unfortunately I had to return home early as I ended up with a hernia. God bless the NHS - I was in the doctors' surgery within 2 hours of arriving home, have had a scan and have a further visit to the Doctors to discuss the results. Just hoping for a good result so we can plan a future trip. Barry and his team were very helpful. Will be 82 next January but fingers crossed. Best wishes to Barry and the team from David & Sue

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Robert

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Everything as it should be

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G Keat

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Excellent hotel, brilliant tour manager, lots of interesting things to do, see and experience. A winner!

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Graham McDonald

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

The trip was really good and the hotel and staff were brilliant

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Mr & Mrs Elliott

4 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

Fabulous place Staff polite and generous v. Helpful. Huge bedroom well equipped but bed very hard! Food was excellent as was service

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Pete

5 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

Wonderful building and the most pleasant, friendly and professional staff.

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