Durham, Beamish and Heroes of the North East
With its iconic cathedral and castle, Durham City is the jewel in the crown of an extraordinary county. The quintessential old English university city offers relaxing riverside walks, galleries and museums and an array of shops and markets. The Castle and Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, offers stunning views over the city. The Dales and Vale of Durham are diverse landscapes, dotted with market towns and picturesque villages. To the coast, and dominated by the beautiful 13th century Abbey, Whitby is a traditional maritime town with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beaches.
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Durham and Crook Hall.
Enjoy a full day in Durham. The university city is home to one of the most beautiful buildings in Britain and a icon for the north east – Durham Cathedral. This ancient Cathedral has stood on the same spot for over 900 years and holds the remains of St.Cuthbert, the 7th century bishop of Lindisfarne and the tomb of Bede, the chronicler of Cuthbert’s life and the first English historian. Durham Castle is one of England’s largest surviving Norman castles – dating from 1072. You could visit the Cathedral or the Castle’s Museum or enjoy a relaxing sightseeing trip on the river. Later, visit Crook Hall, a rare example of three eras of English domestic architecture; Medieval, Jacobean and Georgian. The stunning gardens all have their own histoBeamishry and their own personalities.
Beamish Open Air Museum.
The museum is a living, working experience of life as it was in the great north in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Travel on the restored tramway to visit Pockerley Old Hall, The Town, Rowley Station, The Fairground, Home Farm and The Pit Village. This is definitely a full day visit. There are plenty of places for food and drink and many gift shops as well. The site is spread over 300 acres of countryside and full of costumed characters bringing the stories to life.
Catherine Cookson and Museum.
A full day with a local guide, who will take you on a journey and help you understand the life of Dame Catherine Cookson, one of the 20th century’s most well known and successful writers who was born in South Tyneside, and the area of her birth and childhood influenced many of her works. Finish at South Shields Museum, which features exhibits about Catherine Cookson’s life
Captain Cook Museum and Whitby.
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is in the 17th century house on Whitby’s harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. It was here Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his epic voyages of discovery. The unspoilt fishing port of Whitby is set among spectacular cliffs, beaches and bays. Much of the old town remains with its narrow streets, chapels and churches, steep yards, market place, picturesque alleyways and fine 18th century houses built by prosperous ship-owners. The skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey and the parish church of St Mary, whose churchyard inspired Bram Stoker’s book, Dracula. You must leave some free time to explore this lovely town.
Preferred Partner Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2016
Holiday Inn Washington ***
Situated adjacent to the A1 and a short drive from Washington & Durham in a residential area. There is an open plan lobby, lounge and bar and a restaurant. There are 135 recently refurbished and modern bedrooms, lift access and ample free onsite coach parking.
Radisson Blu Hotel Durham ****
This modern hotel is right in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Wear and within walking distance of the castle and cathedral. There is a large open plan lobby and lounge area, two bars and restaurant. The leisure centre has an indoor pool, sauna and gym. There are 207 modern and comfortable bedrooms. Lifts to all floors and ample onsite coach parking available.
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