Monday 2nd: We travel north via the motorways to our hotel for check-in.
Tuesday 3rd: Time at leisure in Durham this morning. See the spectacular Cathedral and the beautifully restored Victorian indoor market. We also recommend an optional cruise on the River Wear taking in sights such as Durham Castle and the historic university buildings. Continue to Shildon this afternoon and visit the National Railway Museum. The museum exhibits the history of rail travel from the 19th century to the present day.
Wednesday 4th: A full day excursion around the Durham Dales. Travel via Weardale to Stanhope for a visit to the Durham Dales Centre built within the walled gardens of Stanhope Castle. Proceed via Middleton-in-Teeside and Eggleston village to Barnard Castle. Admire the Victorian and Georgian architecture in the delightful town centre and browse the shops in the specialist antique quarter. Continue via Staindrop to Bishop Auckland returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Thursday 5th: A full day visit to Beamish: the Living Museum of the North. The world famous open air museum tells the story of the north east of England in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Enjoy unlimited rides on the restored trams and replica buses and see attractions including a working farm, an authentic town street, the colliery village and, newly opened in 2011, a traditional coal fired fish & chip shop!
Friday 6th: We leave after breakfast and return home via York.