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Cathedral, Chateau & Castle

Cathedral, Chateau & Castle

The beauty of the Durham Dales offers a nice contrast with stunning Beamish and historic Durham including Bowes Museum, home of the famous ‘Silver Swan’. The region has lots to offer no matter what time of year you visit.

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Your Itinerary

Monday 12th: Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to the northeast and arriving late afternoon at Blackwell Grange Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits served on arrival.

Tuesday 13th: Leaving after breakfast we begin our day with a drive to the market town of Barnard Castle. Known as ‘Barny’ to the locals, we have time to explore the town and obtain lunch. You can see where Dickens immortalised ‘Dothboys Hall’, take a look at Cromwell’s refuge, browse round the antique shops or visit the castle itself, high above the Tees. We then visit Bowes Museum, just outside the town. This is one of County Durham’s biggest surprises. Housed in a majestic French-style chateau, the Museum opened in 1892 and will amaze you with its superb collection including the amazing and beautiful
Silver Swan.

Wednesday 14th: Today we head for the famous Beamish - North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800’s and 1900’s. Attractions include restored tram and replica bus rides, authentic town street, colliery village, go down the mine, old fashioned sweet shop, working farm, steam locomotives and much more.

Thursday 15th: This morning we travel to the ancient and historic City of Durham, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, high above the River Wear. We have the day to explore the city with its labyrinth of little streets and alleyways, or you may fancy a stroll by the river.

Friday 16th: After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.

Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington ****

The Blackwell Grange Hotel is a stunning 17th Century mansion, which enjoys an enviable setting in the beautiful County Durham countryside. The hotel is nestled in wooded parkland in Darlington, located between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Pennines. Hotel facilities include leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna.

Your Tour Includes

  • All Travel by Executive Coach
  • Four Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • Excursions as Detailed
  • Beamish – Living Museum of the North
  • Bowes Museum
  • One Night of Entertainment
  • Porterage
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