History & Houses of Northumbria

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Harewood House

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Harewood House, the home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, renowned for its stunning architecture, fine art collection, exquisite Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a 1,000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden – continue to the 3* Gibside Hotel at Whickham.

Day 2 – Durham Cathedral & Laing Art Gallery

Tour with our Blue Badge guide of Durham and its Cathedral, once described as ‘one of the great architectural experiences of Europe’ – Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle boasts an exceptional collection focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware.

Day 3 – Alnwick Castle & Cragside House and Gardens

Our Blue Badge guide accompanies us to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle and home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309 – the National Trust’s Cragside House and Gardens, a wonderful Victorian mansion dating from the 19th century and described as ‘the palace of a modern magician’, features what were then state of the art hydraulics powering a revolutionary lift system and internal telephones which mesmerised visitors in its time.

Day 4 – Lindisfarne Castle & Farne Island

Crossing a causeway to Holy Island with our Blue Badge guide, visit Lindisfarne Castle, a romantic 16th century castle with spectacular views that was transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home – afternoon boat trip to Farne Island, one of Britain’s most important bird sanctuaries.

Day 5 – The Bowes Museum

Guided tour of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, a purpose built public art gallery created by John and Josephine Bowes between 1862 and 1875 and home to a large collection of fine and decorative paintings from around Europe – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Harewood House, Yorkshire

Durham Cathedral - guided tour 

Laing Art Gallery

Alnwick Castle

Cragside House & Gardens

Lindisfarne Castle

Boat trip to Farne Island

The Bowes Museum - guided tour

 

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Gibside Hotel at Whickham, four miles south west of Newcastle. Located in the centre of this historic village, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite.

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Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Hadrian’s Wall Country - a tour of this World Heritage Site dating back to 122 AD takes in Chester’s Roman Fort, one of the best preserved examples of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain, and Cawfields Roman Wall, one of the best preserved and most scenic stretches with turrets and an impressive milecastle thought to have been built by the Second Legion
  • Hexham Abbey - a church was originally established on this site in 674AD, while the current Early English style building dates from the 12th century
  • Wallington House, Morpeth - dating from 1688, the house contains magnificent Rococo plasterwork, fine ceramics and a collection of dolls’ houses
  • Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Morpeth - a fine medieval castle enlarged into a Jacobean mansion, while Belsay Hall is a Greek Revival villa with its fabulous Pillar Hall and the huge grounds feature the unique Quarry Garden
  • Washington Old Hall - the original medieval home of George Washington's ancestors, from where the family took their surname of 'Washington'

Tour Reviews

Reviews for History & Houses of Northumbria

Date of tour: July 2017

Firstly my thanks to you and Tailored Travel for such an efficient service. We had no problems on tour. Our hotel was excellent and more than exceeded our expectations. Many of the rooms have been refurbished to a high standard. Staff were attentive and helpful. The places we visited were enjoyed by all members of the party. Wayne was an excellent driver, steady and considerate. Helped to look after any of the group with minor problems. As for our Blue Badge guide, I cannot sing her praises too high. She had an easy manner, clear speech and a vast knowledge, not only of historic properties but also of the industry and commerce of the county. Once again my thanks for all your help.

AC, Budleigh Salterton

Date of tour: June 2017

I need to tell you that we had an absolutely wonderful trip and that everything went perfectly. The hotel was excellent and the staff were brilliant. Jan was a superb Blue Badge Guide and we were delighted to have the wonderful Tony as our driver again - we would certainly like to have him on our next UK trip. The participants were very complimentary about every aspect of the trip and everybody had a wonderful time. Thank you very much, Petra, for organising it so brilliantly.

RL, Twickenham

Date of tour: September 2015

We have already spoken about our recent holiday to Northumberland but I wanted to formally write to say a huge thank you to everyone at Tailored Travel. We could not fault the standard of the rooms, the food and the friendliness of the staff both in the hotel and in the restaurant. They even brought a kitchen porter in early to help with our luggage which was greatly appreciated. During the holiday I was frequently asked ‘where are we going next year Sonia’ which speaks for itself. Petra was so helpful before the holiday and it is always a pleasure to work with Damian. I look forward to next year's holiday.

SP, Telford

Date of tour: October 2014

Hotel and the driver were superb and our Blue Badge guide was really, really excellent - as a local person she told us so much that nobody else would know and the duo made my role so much easier. We would not have enjoyed it all so much without her. Thank you so much for all your help along the way!!! So thank you - and as my late husband always said - "Well done". Now looking forward to planning our trip to Holland next May!

RT, Bishop’s Stortford

Date of tour: September 2014

I am happy to report that the whole trip to Northumbria was a huge success, which particularly pleased me as it was my first tour as organiser and I had some big shoes to fill. Starting with the coach and driver, absolutely faultless in all respects. As for the Blue Badge Guide, Kate, she was also really, really appreciated, and was able to combine great knowledge of the area and venues with an excellent sense of humour, a fund of anecdotes, and a great management ability. I have been on a good many coach tours and have rarely heard such compliments paid by the travellers, who are quite insistent that if we ever return she should be our guide. The hotel was a real find, the only problem being the quantities of food which defeated some of us. Real northern hospitality from the word go from the reception staff though particularly to the kitchen and waiting staff. Frankly we were surprised that this was only a 3* hotel. On to the venues. You don’t need me to tell you about Harewood, Alnwick, Cragside, Durham and Lindisfarne. All well known and superb. As for the others, the real find was the Shipley Gallery, only small but a real treasure house and we stayed much longer than anticipated. Kate also took us to look at the Angel of the North and then on for a wander round the Tyne Quays, with a look at the bridges and the Baltic gallery. I had taken a bit of a flier on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was uncertain how it would suit our group, but as with the Shipley we left wanting more! So, all in all a great trip, a great price and a great start to what I hope will be an enduring relationship with TT. Wouldn’t have happened without your skill and care, and that of all at TT. Please tell Michael I will be in touch with him when I have recovered from this one! Many thanks again.

CC, King’s Lynn

Date of tour: September 2014

We had a lovely trip, made memorable with such good weather. We really enjoyed Harewood en route and even though it was a long drive back to Durham and Newcastle it meant, not only did we have two welcome late starts on the weekend but it set St Cuthbert and the historic area in context for the weekend visits. Alnwick, Cragside, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh were all enjoyed as were the two guides, who seemed to enjoy our curiosity. The Bowes Museum was superb. Everybody joined in with everything. They were all impressed by the coach and the lovely helpful friendly staff at the hotel, also the very good evening meals.

ED, Cardiff

Date of tour: September 2014

I thought I would just let you know that our Northumberland trip was a great success. No complaints about rooms or food. Everyone enjoyed the variety of places visited, and of course we had splendid weather. Our coach driver was an absolute gem. Our two Blue Badge guides were excellent, whose knowledge of the area was outstanding. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks for Michael and Nicola's help in organising this trip for us.

AT, Woodford Green

Date of tour: June 2014

Just to say we had a SMASHING time in Northumberland. Thank you all very much for arranging it. Your Blue Badge Guide up there, Jan is absolutely superb. Every single one of the 32 who went came up to me independently and told me that she was the very best guide we had ever had bar none, and that includes all the 'specialist' professors etc we have had from ACE. (She was absolutely *ace* herself!!!) Apart from the depth and scope of her knowledge she had a terrific sense of humour and is an absolute gem so you must send all your other NADFAS groups up to Northumberland as soon as possible. Also, the coach company were excellent too, with a lovely lad (Carl, the son of the owner) who was an excellent driver and always so good humoured with the vagaries of timing of the group etc. I can't recommend the pair of them highly enough. Many thanks for all your efforts on our behalf and we are now looking forward to Kent in 2015!

CA, Woodbury

Date of tour: September 2013

I have just returned from the History and Houses of Northumberland tour with my National Trust which I really enjoyed. It was an awful lot to pack into such a short time but thanks to our driver, Scott, it was managed with ease. Please convey a special thanks to him for his help, especially with the wheelchair.

JM, Newbury

Date of tour: September 2013

Our Northumberland tour went very well and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. The Park Head Hotel is very good: friendly and attentive staff, very good food and comfortable. Kate, our Blue Badge Guide, was excellent. Her wide ranging commentaries, descriptions and explanations were well paced and greatly appreciated. Scott, our Driver, was very attentive and helpful and all had good journeys home. The wheel chairs and motorised scooters you arranged were much appreciated and well used. We had good volunteers to help with the manual wheelchairs! Thank you, Nicola, for your excellent planning and arrangements and your very good communications which all made things go smoothly towards a lovely holiday.

J & GO, Newbury

Date of tour: June 2013

We are writing to thank Tailored Travel for your excellent organisation of our holiday, staying in Durham. All your staff were very helpful and efficient, especially Nicola, who was responsible for our day-to-day arrangements. The whole trip went very smoothly and we, as organisers, were able to relax and enjoy the holiday. Many of our fellow holidaymakers had not spent time in Northumberland before and were impressed by the beauty of the county. Our Blue Badge Guide was so knowledgeable and helpful that she made the daily excursions interesting and enjoyable. Throughout our holiday the driver, Nigel, looked after us very well, both by his excellent driving and his friendliness and cheerful demeanour. Everyone was happy with their accommodation at the hotel in Durham, which is, of course, a beautiful city. We enjoyed the walking tour and the Cathedral. Thanks once again for your seamless arrangements for this holiday.

MD & IR, Cheshunt

Date of tour: June 2013

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MW, Broxbourne

Date of tour: September 2012

I write to say a big thank you for helping me with the holiday to Durham. Our guide was an absolute treasure - her knowledge and love of the county was superb. The content of the holiday appeared to be well liked with interest to everyone. The hotel was excellent. Mervyn, the coach driver, was most pleasant, helpful and obliging. Many thanks for all your help. I did enjoy arranging the trip - even though I had a few sleepless nights!

MB, Yeovil

Date of tour: September 2012

I just want to congratulate you on a very well organised trip. The driver was very good and very accommodating. The Blue Badge guide was superb. Most charming and so knowledgeable. Absolutely splendid. I have no hesitation in booking with you or indeed recommending you to a friend.

PS, Northampton

Date of tour: July 2012

I would like to thank all the staff at Tailored Travel for organising the wonderful holiday in Northumberland and providing us with an excellent driver and entertaining and informative guide.

MM-J, Bath

Date of tour: May 2012

All 28 of us thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Northumberland. On behalf of my fellow travellers I’d like to thank you very much indeed for organising everything so beautifully. There were no hitches, the itinerary was excellent and just right for our age group. The hotel was good, its staff ever so polite and helpful and the food excellent. Jan and Kate, the guides, spoke clearly, answered all our questions and Jan particularly made us laugh a lot. Also Wayne, our driver, was perfect. Once again many thanks.

GZ-F, Surbiton

Date of tour: April 2012

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KP, Hayling Island

Date of tour: June 2010

I am writing to thank you for a splendid itinerary which made our trip to Northumbria so successful. Everyone has said it was a most enjoyable holiday. Jan, as the Blue Badge guide, was superb and she and the coach driver made a good team.

JM, Leigh-on-Sea

Date of tour: May 2010

You did it again, a wonderful holiday to Northumbria. Each holiday gets better and better and, of course, you ordered the weather. Alan, the Blue Badge guide was excellent. His knowledge of the area was great and he gave just the right amount of information. The driver was also excellent. He was courteous, caring and the smoothest driver yet. The hotel had a good position, excellent rooms and was very comfortable. Many thanks for all your help - it ran really well and made my life easier.

MW, Redhill

Date of tour: May 2009

Thanks for the excellent arrangements made to last week’s tour to Northumberland. It was a great success and this was due to an excellent itinerary planned in conjunction with your ever patient staff, wonderful accommodation, a first class guide and a great driver to add to our enjoyment. Thank you and well done!

AM, Cheam

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