Excursion 1— An early start to Holy Island gives the visitor an opportunity to go and explore where the Vikings landed and where Christianity began in England, (tide dependant). After a delightful tour of Northumbria’s coast through charming fishing villages, stopping to view Bamburgh Castle whose walls have seen bloody battles, spellbinding legends and royal rebellions, then onto Alnwick Castle and Gardens. This stunning castle has been used in many televised dramas, including Downton Abbey. What is special about the poison garden section, is the rarity of these plants as they all are protected. It also houses a magnificent water cascade fountain, which will take your breath away and the largest tree house in the world (admissions included)
Excursion 2— Newcastle has a wonderful maritime and shipbuilding heritage. Enjoy some free time here before boarding our boat cruise for a tour of the River Tyne. Our captain will give an interesting commentary, letting you experience the sights and sounds of this bustling river. Following this you could visit the Quayside or even visit Gray Street. This street has some of the most unique and well-preserved merchant’s houses. From here we travel to Durham. The city is home to one of the most recognisable land marks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together with the adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, forms one of the most stunning cityscapes in Europe. Enjoy some free time in this glorious City.
Excursion 3—We will travel to Beamish Museum and take a step back in time to capture how life has changed. This award winning open-air living history museum tells the story of what life was like during the early 19 & 20th centuries (admission included).