Home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, Durham celebrates its past and the people who played their part weaving a rich tapestry of heritage that’s waiting to be discovered. Set within surrounding countryside of moors, hills, valleys and meandering rivers that have since been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Travel to County Durham and the Redworth Hall Hotel ****
where we stay for five nights.
Built in stages during the 19th Century,
the Wensleydale Railway continues to wind its way over 18 miles
of Yorkshire Dales countryside, from Leeming Bar to Redmire,
whilst passengers relax in authentic period carriages and let the steam train
take the strain. This is how life used to be for dale dwellers
travelling between villages and much of the surrounding scenery
remained unchanged from the original railway heyday. Over at Raby Castle, however,
changing times are more easily marked at one of the best-preserved castles
in north east England. Spanning Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods
the wonderful rooms and walled gardens capture
the essence of life through the ages from over 600 years of history.
The Living Museum of the North is todays destination on a journey that visits
Beamish Open Air Museum to learn about Northern ways and bygone days.
No recreation of local history would be complete without a colliery,
animated by characters that once earned a living through the coal trade.
Pit Village would have housed the families the miners supported,
whilst the railway station would of relied on the black gold
to power its engines across the countryside,
hauling passengers and cargo to industries that once peppered this part of Britain.
Pockerley Old Hall gives a glimpse of how the other half lived
and for those who prefer to get down and dirty with the outdoor life,
the 1940s farm offers a view of what living was like on the rural front
in the north east and how farming saved the nation from starvation during the war.
Comprising of Durham Cathedral, Castle, and the buildings in-between,
Durham World Heritage Site was amongst the first declared by UNESCO in 1986
recognition of its outstanding universal value.
The former home of the Prince Bishops, Durham Castle still dominates the city
from its setting on a peninsular formed by the meanderings of the River Wear.
The cathedral contains the shrines of St Cuthbert,
an instrumental figure in spreading Christianity
throughout this part of the country and the Venerable Bede,
whose scholarship informs the earliest works of English history.
A boat cruise on the River Wear combines sightseeing and waterside relaxation
to end a perfect day of discovery in delightful Durham.
A day of scenic driving over the Durham Dales and North Pennines,
taking in the pretty stone villages of Blanchland and Hexham.
Heather-clad moorlands, dramatic dales, rushing streams
and upland meadows are just some of todays sights that youre likely to see.
Return home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Ride on the Wensleydale Railway.
Entrance to Raby Castle.
Entrance to Beamish Open Air Museum.
Cruise on the River Wear.
Excursions as detailed.
5 nights hotel stay on half board.
County Durham ****
This 17th Century country house is set in beautiful grounds and retains many features from its Jacobean origins, including the Great Hall.
Guest rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished and access to excellent leisure facilities are included as well.
The hotel has a lift.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashburton|| Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352) |
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
|Barnstaple Coach Depot|| Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ. |
|Barnstaple Railway|| Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU |
|Bickington Garage|| Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG |
|Bideford/Kingsley Statue|| Bideford Kingsley Statue |
|Bishopsteignton|| Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors |
|Bodmin|| Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park |
|Braunton/opp George Hotel|| Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ |
|Bridgewater - Bus Station|| Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7 |
|Bridgewater Services|| Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS |
|Bristol - Anchor Road|| Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol |
|Buckfastleigh|| Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter |
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
|Bude|| Bude - TSB Bank |
|Budleigh Salterton|| Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall |
|Cheltenham/ Golden Valley|| Cheltenham - Golden Valley Roundabout |
outside KFC (Northbound tours only), GL51 6TA
|Clyst St George|| Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon |
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
|Cullompton Services|| Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS |
|Dawlish|| Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH |
|East Budleigh|| East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL |
|Eastgate Shopping Centre|| Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2) |
|Exeter - Belgrave Road|| Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back |
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
|Exeter Services|| Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF |
|Exminster|| Exminster - Victory Hall |
|Exmouth|| Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema |
|Folly Gate|| Folly Gate EX20 3AH |
|Fraddon Services|| Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA |
|Fremington/New Inn|| Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT |
|Gordano Services M5|| Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG |
|Hatherleigh Co-Op|| Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY |
|Holsworthy|| Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA |
|Ilfracombe|| Ilfracombe War memorial |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21 |
|J27/M5|| Services by Petrol Station |
|Kenton|| Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379 |
|Kilkhampton|| Kilkhampton - Outside the Church |
|Kingskerswell /NewtonRd|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital |
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
|Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds|| Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub |
on corner of Manor Gardens
|Kingskerswell/ The Sloop|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop |
|Kingskerswell/Devon Motor|| Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes |
|Kingsteignton|| Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl |
|Knowstone|| Knowstone - Picnic Area |
|Launceston|| Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park |
|Liskeard|| Liskeard - The Parade |
|Lympstone|| Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road |
|Meeth|| Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP |
|Merton|| Merton Square, EX20 |
|Merton Square|| Merton Square |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT |
|Newton Poppleford|| Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG |
|North Tawton|| North Tawton Square |
|Okehampton|| Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ |
|Paignton|| Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park |
|Plymouth - Derrys Cross|| Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays |
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
|Plympton|| Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store |
|Plymstock Broadway|| Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store |
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
|Preston|| Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club |
and Baptist Church A3022
|Redruth|| Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 N|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 S|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound, |
|Self Drive|| Self Drive |
|Sidford|| Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop |
|Sidmouth, The Triangle|| Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF |
|Sourton Cross|| Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY |
|South Brent|| South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews |
on the B3372
|South Molton/Square|| South Molton Square - EX36 3AB |
|St Austell|| St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA |
|Starcross|| Starcross - Opposite Railway Station |
|Stibb Cross|| Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn |
|Taunton - Tower Street|| Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station |
|Taunton Deane Services N|| Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF |
|Taunton Deane Services S|| Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF |
|Tavistock|| Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel |
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
|Teignmouth|| Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park |
|Tiverton Coach Station|| Tiverton Coach Station |
|Tiverton Shell J27/M5|| Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5 |
|Torquay|| Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road, |
|Torrington|| Torrington - back of Globe |
|Totnes|| Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel |
|Truro|| Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ |
|Wellington - Chelston|| Wellington - Chelston Business Park |
outside Wellington Motors
|Wellington - Conservative|| Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT |
|Whiddon Down Sevice area|| Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT |
|Winkleigh|| Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ |
|Worle|| Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind |
Parish Pump Pub
|Yelland/Pottery Lane End|| Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31 |
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