Monday – Travel to York, where there will be time for you to have some lunch and enjoy some of the famous sights. You could choose to spend some time in this lovely city enjoying The Minster, National Railway Museum, which has over 1,000,000 objects relating to the golden age of train travel, or the Jorvik Centre lets you experience the influence the Vikings and early traders had on this now magnificent City.
Tuesday – This morning we travel to Shildon to visit the National Railway Museum, with over 70 engines housed over 8 buildings with hundreds of artefacts and railway memorabilia. (admissions included) Then onto Hartlepool, to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Here we will discover an award winning authentically-created historic quay of the 18th century. Learn about life on board around the time of Nelson and Trafalgar, and explore the oldest floating warship the HMS Trincomalee, with its 46 guns, masts and rigging throughout the different decks. (admission included). Travelling back to our hotel through the scenic Durham heritage coastline.
Wednesday – Today we travel to Newcastle where you will have some free time to take in the wonderful maritime and shipbuilding heritage, we will take a Boat Cruise on the River Tyne. Our captain will give an interesting commentary, letting you experience the sights and sounds of this bustling river. (admissions included) Then you can enjoy some free time maybe visit the Quayside or even visit Gray Street, with some of the most unique and well-preserved merchant’s houses. Then onto Tynemouth a very popular visitor’s attraction. Visiting the Priory and Castle, once one of the largest fortified areas in England. With 2000-year history and beautiful views, originally beginning as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, it homes a 13th century chapel. (admission included)
Thursday – We enjoy a steam ride on the oldest steam train, the Tanfield steam railway. We then travel to Beamish Open-Air Museum. With trams running between attractions, it houses sites that have re-created periods of history to fully immerse yourself in, visit the pit village and see how families lived and worked on the 1940s farms, that show you how far horticulture and mechanisation has changed the way we farm in this country. (admission included). From here we will go to Durham, one of the six designated heritage Cities in the England. Durham is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, the majestic Durham Cathedral, as well as the stunning Durham Castle. Sat between the Cathedral and Castle is The Palace Green Library, home to the University’s special collections and exhibitions.
Friday – Returning home with a lunch break enroute arriving in the afternoon