Durham Christmas Festival & Beamish
Visit the historic City of Durham and enjoy one of the most exciting visual and architectural experiences in England, for over nine centuries the magnificent Norman castle and cathedral have dominated the city’s skyline, perched high above the River Wear. Also featured on this new tour, is a visit to the famous Beamish North of England Museum.
Day 1 Departure: 0730-0830 hrs. Travel to Darlington, making a lunch stop en-route at Richmond (extra cost). Hotel check-in. Tea/coffee, biscuits on arrival. Dinner is included for 2 nights.
Day 2 Visit Durham. A day of pre-Christmas excitement. The great loop of the River Wear’s wooded gorge provides a natural backdrop to its massive Cathedral and castle. Downhill from the castle you can trace Durham’s mediaeval layout as you thread through the narrow winding streets and snickets. There’s a wide range of shops and the traditional Victorian indoor market will be augmented by traditional stalls, street theatre, jugglers and Victorian clad peddlars selling their wares. Away from the bustle you can stroll along wooded riverbanks offering a peaceful retreat below the peeling Cathedral bells.
Day 3 Visit the winter wonderland at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. Experience Christmas from days gone by, stroll around Town Street, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall. Depart mid-afternoon. Arrive home: mid evening.
• Return coach travel
• 2 nights accommodation
• Breakfast - traditional English buffet style
• 3 course dinner (3 choices) and after dinner coffee, type of service varies
• Tea/coffe, biscuits on arrival
• Hotel porter service
• All coach tours
Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington
This 17th century mansion is peacefully situated in 9 acres of grounds, surrounded by a scenic 18-hole golf course. One mile from Darlington town centre. 3-star self-assessed hotel.
Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, radio, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, trouser press.
Facilities: Bar, lounge. Night porter. Heated indoor pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna.
Mobility Information: Lift serves all 3 floors (except executive bedrooms). Various steps throughout the hotel. 3 steps at entrance. Limited ground floor bedrooms.
No single room supplement
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