Step into the past on this wonderful tour, which explores the open air museum at Beamish, has trips on the heritage railways of both the South Tynedale and the Tanfield, and a cruise on the River Tyne.
Day 1 After a morning departure from home, we travel north making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel outside Darlington with time to relax before our evening meal.
Day 2 We spend the day at the coast in Whitby, famous for Captain Cook, Dracula and wonderful ﬁsh and chips. Our return journey takes us through the North York Moors National Park.
Day 3 Today we visit the famous Beamish Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800s and 1900s.
Day 4 Our ﬁrst visit today is to Locomotion at Shildon, an outpost of the National Railway Museum with locomotives and artefacts dating back to the birth of the railways. Next through unspoilt scenery to Weardale, in the heart of the Pennines. After a break in Stanhope, we continue along the dale and across the moors to Alston, where we ﬁnd England’s highest narrow-gauge railway, the South Tynedale, and we enjoy a trip on the line.
Day 5 This morning we travel to Gateshead, on the Tyne, and walk across the Millenium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge into Newcastle’s famous Sunday Quayside Market. In the afternoon we have a cruise on the River Tyne, with expert commentary, and ﬁnally we take a ride on the world’s oldest existing railway – The Tanﬁeld Railway.
Day 6 After breakfast we bid farewell to our hotel and travel southwards, having suitable stops and arriving home in the evening.
This stunning 17th Century mansion enjoys an enviable setting in the beautiful County Durham countryside, nestled between the stunning landscape of the Moors and The Pennines. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna and gym. All bedrooms feature TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.