LHT1 Durham&Northumberland

1-11 May 2019 | 14-24 May 2019 | 27 May – 6 Jun 2019
14-24 Jun 2019 | 3-13 Sep 2019 | 16-26 Sep 2019

11 Days 10 Nights £3,500.00/Person

Stay in an English Castle
Double Room (Shared) or Single Room Supplement on request

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Day 1 Newcastle International Airport Pick-up

Travel to the wonderful Lumley Castle Hotel, a superb medieval castle. Relax in the historic lounge, library, enjoy the grounds and take in the scenery.

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Lumley Castle

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Library  © Lumley Castle

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Bedroom © Lumley Castle

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Bedroom © Lumley Castle

Day 2
A trip to Durham Castle & Cathedral.  A world heritage site, beautifully-set above the River Wear, the Cathedral was founded in 1093.   Durham Castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century as the Bishop’s army stronghold against northern rebels.

In the afternoon, we travel to Brancepeth Castle which was the main fortress of the soldiers of the Neville family, the powerful Earls of Westmoreland. It underwent very expensive restoration in the 19th century, with a new gateway based on a castle in Italy. Today it is private residences. We can walk around the mighty walls and visit the shop and tea rooms. Brancepeth Church dedicated to St Brandon was founded in Saxon times 1300 years ago and beautifully-restored only recently. It contains 800-year old painting and sculpture. Brandon or Brendon was a Saint who may have travelled to Iceland and other Atlantic islands. His link to Brancepeth is a mystery. From a medieval book it is suggested he might even have reached America. Before heading back to the Castle Hotel, we will show you the Georgian cottages at Brancepeth Village.

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Durham Cathedral

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Durham Castle Gate

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Brancepeth Village

Day 3
We visit Raby Castle of the great Neville family, built more as a comfortable country home than Brancepeth. It now belongs to Lord Barnard whose family have transformed the Castle over recent centuries into a spectacular palace. We can go around the rooms inside. It was licensed in 1378. It is one of the most impressive castles in Britain. In the parkland is an ancient herd of deer. The gardens are gorgeous and you can see examples of old carriages.  In the afternoon we visit Locomotion Museum with a large number of old steam engines some of which still run. The oldest is from the 1820’s and was built next to the museum in Shildon by George Stephenson’s colleague Timothy Hackworth. There is a very lovely Queen’s railway carriage with original British Royal furniture.

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Day 4
Today we tour Bowes Museum. This astonishing building with beautiful garden is a copy of a French castle, built by John and Josephine Bowes in the nineteenth-century. They were related to the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. There is the chance to see a 1773 solid silver swan which moves with clockwork as it catches fish. It is older than the United States and still works. The collection has a marvellous display of costume including ancient ladies’ dresses, gorgeous historic oil paintings, furniture and stunning European porcelain from the late 18th Century period. Then visit Barnard Castle town and the remains of the castle itself, perched above the river, as well as the chance to shop for gifts and fairly-priced quality antiques.

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Barnard Castle

The Old Town Hall

Barnard Castle, Old Town Hall

Day 5
Today visit Cragside,  this glorious house is set in dreamy forests of American redwood trees and moorland. It was the first in the world to be lit by electricity and the engineering can still be seen. It was the Victorian creation of Lord Armstrong, a solicitor turned engineer who pioneered hydraulics ship building and artillery

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Day 6
We visit Wallington Hall and Gardens, the largely 18th-century mansion is unique for its Victorian frescoes in an exquisite atrium courtyard with an outstanding collection of porcelain and Italian plasterwork. The delightful gardens, woodland and lakes are set in a lovely Northumbrian valley

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Wallington Hall    © The National Trust

Day 7
A trip to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, one of England’s largest castles and very recognisable from the Harry Potter films, Alnwick is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. We will tour the superb architecture, paintings and furnishings. There is a grand, modern designer garden by Wirtz and an astonishing licensed poison garden

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Day 8
Today visit Beamish Museum, this extensive open-air museum has been a world leader in this type of heritage experience. You can ride on trams, trolley buses and vintage buses. There is a real drift coal mine to descend and tremendous shops and buildings recreating life 100 years ago. Railway relics from their birthplace span the age of steam. There are lovely historic village properties from before the age of industrialisation.

Day 9
We take a close look at one of the North’s great medieval abbeys, Hexham Abbey with its breath-taking Saxon origins. There is a magnificent carved Roman tombstone of a cavalryman called Flavinus. Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Emperor in the second century as a northern border for the emperor. Near Hexham, at Chesters, are a fort, the wall itself, Roman bridge remains, a museum and a bath house.

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Day 10
Washington Old Hall was the home of George Washington’s ancestors. It is a modest, yet tremendously-atmospheric medieval and Jacobean stone manor, with beautiful gardens. You can play croquet. Washington’s coat of arms can be seen which resembles the stars and stripes as a potential influence. The city of Newcastle upon Tyne was founded 2000 years ago by the emperor Hadrian under the Romans. You can still see impressive remains of the 1000-year-old castle. The handsome, famous bridges stretch over the River Tyne. King Chulalongkorn of Siam praised the city in 1897. Newcastle is the commercial capital of Northern England and has some fine, family-owned shops, antique centres and department stores, including Fenwicks, with top-brand, high quality items for discerning shoppers.

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Newcastle Quayside

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Newcastle Quayside, 2018

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Newcastle Quayside, 2018

Day 11 Pick Up from the Hotel to Newcastle International Airport

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