Group Tour Operator and DMC for County Durham
Durham and Beamish
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.
Dates available throughout 2020 & 2021
Travel to Durham
Durham, and Crook Hall & Gardens
Today we spend the whole day exploring Durham. It’s a captivating city with winding cobbled streets, a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offering one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. The 900-year-old cathedral holds the remains of St Cuthbert, the 7th century Bishop of Lindisfarne, and the tomb of the Venerable Bede, the chronicler of Cuthbert’s life and the first English historian. Our trip today includes a visit to the wonderful Crook Hall & Gardens, a 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall, and one of the oldest inhabited houses in the city. The hall is surrounded by six acres of romantic gardens laid out in a series of rooms such as the Shakespeare Garden, the Cathedral Garden and the Secret Walled Garden. Crook Hall is just a short walk along the river from Durham city’s bustling market place.
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Another very special place today; Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Trams rattle along the cobbled streets and costumed folk bring to life how things were in north east England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s. But what makes Beamish rather special are the buildings. They’re not replicas, but have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history.
Suggested hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in February 2019
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.
|4 day tour|
|2020 dates||from £153.00 per person|
|2021 dates||from £155.00 per person|
Single supplement available on request.