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Walworth Castle & Durham

4.5 stars(43 reviews)

Majestic castles, pretty scenery and rich culture

6 days From £699 per person
Flexible Booking

Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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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.


What’s included


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

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

  • 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.


Walworth Castle, Darlington

Walworth Castle, Darlington

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Wensleydale Railway

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 43 reviews

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4 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2021

The accommodation was fair to good. The food, dining and restaurant service was very good. It was a shame that the TV in the was not working and that it took 4 days to get the areiel fixed by an outside contractor. When staff were informed more than once they did nothing except to suggest it was a fault with the mast and outside their control which it was not!

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A Grime

4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

I enjoyed the trip very much. The tour manager was excellent and the venues all very interesting. The hotel was comfortable and the staff there very welcoming. My concerns relate to the hotel room, where I felt some improvements could be made. Particularly regarding safety - I could only use the kettle by plugging it into a floor level socket as the moulded plug didn’t fit in the desk arrangement. Also in the bathroom, the bath taps were difficult to manage as they were extremely close to the wall. The TV was in an odd position, so to view it from the bed would have caused neck stiffness through viewing it at an angle. Fortunately I didn’t want to watch much TV!

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Mr Alan Caygill

5 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2021

Excellent few days away . Lovely hotel and well organised trip.

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M White

4 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2021

Good company and accommodation. Excellent leader and guides on this trip.Photos -1).with guide at "the Journey"sculpture in Durham (2).Origami angels above Choir stalls in Hexham abbey (3) At Scruton station on the Wensleydale railway with staff in 1910 gear.... I would have liked to spend longer in Hawes and Hexham. Beamish was very interesting .despite heavy rain till 1pm I would have preferred a hotel which could be reached by public transport without taxis (£30).

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John Davis

5 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2021

A super location in the countryside. Friendly staff and good food. Very relaxing.

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Anita Chapman

5 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2021

Most unusual venue but charming. Excellent food and rooms. Ask for ground floor room if need be as there are no lifts in a listed building

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Walworth Castle & Durham

Majestic castles, pretty scenery and rich culture


Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson