Discover the North East like never before with excursions to beautiful castles, mansions, gardens and even an island! Go at your own pace or stick together as a group as you visit Alnwick Castle, famous for its appearances on Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, along with Bamburgh Castle which overlooks the Northumberland coastline and beyond. Discover ingenious inventions at National Trust’s Cragside House and explore the tidal Holy Island, which is only accessible during certain times of the day due to the changing coastline. Plus, there are visits to Rothbury and York.
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DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a comfort stop along the way.
Day 2 – Today, we travel to Alnwick Castle and Gardens which has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years. You may have spotted elements of this castle previously on the Christmas specials of Downton Abbey, acting as Brancaster Castle.
Day 3 – This morning, we visit Holy Island. Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, this beautiful island and picturesque village is filled an exciting array of wildlife and the abundance of rare plants attract a variety of visiting birds from thousands of miles. The island is also steeped in history, having been home to the ‘epicentre of Christianity’ in Anglo-Saxon times. The Priory was later ransacked by Vikings in the 8th Century, leaving behind ruins that still stand to this day. After, we travel to Bamburgh Castle, which has guarded the magnificent Northumbria coastline for over 1,400 years. Walk in the footsteps of the Armstrong empire as explore each room and marvel at the 3,000+ items on display ranging from armour to fine porcelain.
Day 4 – We travel to National Trust’s Cragside House. This former home of Lord & Lady Armstrong has been described as ‘a palace of the modern magician’. Lord Armstrong was a Victorian inventor and industrialist and his mansion was the first building in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. The gardens and grounds are also just as impressive as the house and boast 5 lakes, one of Europe’s largest rock gardens and was once planted with over 7 million trees and shrubs. Our next stop is to the ‘capital of Coquetdale’ – Rothbury. Here, you have chance to explore the local area and perhaps enjoy a nice drink in a café.
Day 5 – We head to York for a short stop, before continuing our journey home.
Hotel to be confirmed
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Visits to Holy Island, Rothbury and York
Admission to Bamburgh Castle, Cragside House and Alnwick Castle & Gardens
SKILLS REF: LXSI
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Mon 24th September 5 £419 NIL