Lumley Castle & Durham
No Solo Supplement*
Experience Durham on this 5-night break based at majestic Lumley Castle, in the heart of this alluring County Durham. Discover some of the region's other beautiful castles and step back in time with a captivating visit to the Beamish Museum.
Your tour begins in Durham, where you meet your Tour Manager and group at the train station. From here, transfer to your unique home for 5 nights, Grade I listed Lumley Castle.
Return to Durham for a fascinating guided tour this morning. Take in the city's most popular sights, including its impressive Romanesque cathedral and 11th-century castle, the only castle in the United Kingdom never to have suffered a breach. Your afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring.
Take a step back in time to 1913 as you enjoy an excursion to splendid Beamish Museum, a world famous open-air museum unlike any other. Opened in 1972, and occupying three hundred acres of Durham's countryside, Beamish was England's first open-air museum. In the last four decades, this authentic recreation of everyday life in a north-eastern industrial community during the Victorian/Edwardian era has won a host of awards and become famous worldwide.
Beamish features life-sized replicas of period locations which are accurate to the finest detail. The Edwardian Town, for example, contains many authentic structures reclaimed from towns and villages throughout north-east England, and features recreations of a typical inn, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank, dentist and other businesses as they were at the beginning of the twentieth century.
After breakfast, travel by coach to Hadrian's Wall, enjoying a guided tour of a section of wall as well as the Birdoswald Roman Army Fort. Continue to Haltwhistle for a rail journey to Hexham, where you have the chance to explore the Grade I listed abbey here before returning to the hotel.
Today, discover Raby Castle, one of the finest medieval castles in England. Built in the 14th century, Raby Castle is in remarkably good condition. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and its parkland grounds, taking in the grand state rooms as well as the striking gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a journey on the Weardale Railway, a nostalgic heritage journey that takes you through miles of verdant countryside.
Leave Lumley Castle and transfer to Durham by coach. You are free to make your way home, or perhaps continue exploring the city further.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Good company and a good place to stay and places to go.
Well organised with little to worry about during its' course.
Excellent, very well managed trip. Lumley Castle proved to be a first class base!
wonderful accomodation at Lumley Castle
Fabulous venue food and visit sites
accommodation could be better. Would have enjoyed a extra rail trip
An enjoyable tour with fine accommodation, the evening meals were poor and gave little choice. Tour leader was excellent
The holiday itself was excellent. We were given incorrect meeting time when we booked & had already bought rail transfer tickets when the correct time arrived weeks later. Also I was away when the balance was due & I got a really brutal letter about the balance. When I got a reply I got a similar rather abrupt letter. Customer services on some things definitely needs looking at.
Well balanced holiday,as ever.Good mix of organised tours and free time.
unique experience and great hotel
Lumley Castle, County Durham and excursions