Tyne & Wear: Tanfield Rail, Quay Cruise & Beamish Museum

Join us on this fantastic trip to Tyne & Wear where we discover this destination from various elements including rail, cruise and land. Travel on the Tanfield Railway, which is known as the world’s oldest railway whilst you admire in the beautiful backdrop. Take to the water with the Quay-to-Sea cruise where the guided commentary will ensure that you don’t miss any of the iconic spots and you also have the opportunity get a feel for what life was really like in 1820s and beyond with a trip to the open air living museum at Beamish.


Day 1 – Today, we travel to our hotel via Ripon. Upon arrival, we are greeted with a welcome drink and porterage.

Day 2 – Firstly, we spend the morning in the historic market town of Hexham. Stone architecture and cobbled streets line the way for a range of quality independent shops, high street favourites and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants. This afternoon, you have some free time to spend however you wish.
Day 3 – After a morning at leisure, there is an excursion planned for a return train journey on the Tanfield Railway. You can admire the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your carriage along tracks which are also said to be part of the world’s oldest railway.

Day 4 – After breakfast, we board the Quay-to-Sea Cruise for a 3-hour expert guided commentary on the ever-changing face of the River Tyne. During the cruise, we will be taken under the incredible Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens especially for the cruise to enjoy the panorama of the Tyne Gorge, before returning downriver through to the River Mouth. Keep your eyes peeled throughout for legendary shipyards, international ferry terminals, iconic landmarks and you could even spot some seals or dolphins if they’re feeling sociable! Following the cruise, there is an afternoon at leisure in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Day 5 –  We make our way home today, but not before a visit to the open air Beamish Museum, which is also known as ‘the living museum of the north’. Prepare to be told the stories of those living in the North East during 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.


Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead ***, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

A modern hotel with comfortable rooms, located nearby to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.


Hotel Facilities

  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre
  • Free wifi in public areas
  • Lift



Door-to-Door Service

Inclusive insurance

Welcome drink


4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

Free time in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Visits to Ripon and Hexham

Admission to the open air Beamish Museum

1 Return journey on the Tanford Railway line

1 Quay-to-Sea boat cruise


SKILLS REF: LBTW                                                              

DEPARTURE DATE             DAYS                     FROM                    S/SUPP

Mon 27th August                5                              £399                       £25