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Sunday 14th June: Locomotion
Departing Birmingham at 8:30am, heading North on the Motorway with a couple of comfort stops before visiting “Locomotion”.
Locomotion is part of the National Railways Museum, based in Shildon. The town became known as the “Cradle of the Railways”, the worlds first Railway Town. The Stockton and Darlington Railway back in the 1820’s chose Shilden as its engineering base. In 1825
Stevenson’s “Locomotion” set off from here hauling the first train to Stockton. Timothy Hacket was appointed the engineer to look after the railway’s locomotives in 1827. Being a successful engineer he later built his own engineering works alongside those of the Stockton and Darlington Railway maintaining and building engines and rolling stock. After Hacket’s death in 1850 the works went on to become the largest wagon works in Europe.
The works closed in 1984. In the early 90’s the National Railway Museum was looking for premises as a store room for their ever growing collection and Sedgefield Borough Council offered them a brownfield site that had associations with the Railways. In the early 21st century the museum opened and now attracts over a quarter million visitors each year.
Leaving the Museum it is a short drive to our hotel, in the countryside near Durham
Monday 15th June: Explore Durham
This is a day for you to explore Durham at your own pace. The coach will transport you into Durham in the morning and pick you up again in the late afternoon. Durham has many sights for you to explore including the magnificent Cathedral the construction of which dates back to the late 11th early 12th century. Next door to the Cathedral is Durham Castle now part of Durham University. Tours of the university are normally available in the afternoon and have to be booked from Palace Green Library. With the
Cathedral and Castle forming part of the Durham World Heritage Site, You might consider a boat trip from Elvet Bridge which provides views of the Cathedral and Castle, which sit above and on a bend in the river. Plenty of other things to do with museums galore, shops and other attractions. You will be dropped off near the centre of Durham at a bus stop where you can take a bus up to the Cathedral..
Tuesday 16th June: Alnwick Castle
Today we travel North to Alnwick Castle, home of the Percy family for over 700 years. It is the 2nd largest inhabited Castle in England, steeped in history. It is probably better known today as the place where filming took place for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter.
In addition to visiting the State Rooms and museums you can also participate in Broomstick Training (weather permitting), become a dragon catcher or a number of other activities. Entrance to the Castle is included in the price of your holiday.
If you wish to explore Alnwick, it is a quaint Historic Market Town with a 14th Century church, Market Square, a museum telling the story of the area, and in the old Railway Station is Barter Books the largest second hand bookshop in England. You also have the opportunity to visit Alnwick gardens not part of the Castle and not included in the price of this tour.
Wednesday 17th June: Tour of the Durham Dales
After two busy days today is a time to relax and enjoy a scenic drive through the Durham Dales. For this tour a Blue Badge Guide will join our coach and guide us through some of the highlights of the Dales. Our journey will take us through Barnard Castle and Middleton on Tees to Stanhope in Weardale for a comfort break at the Durham Dales Centre. The journey then passes through Weardale and Allendale to Hexham in time for a lunch stop (lunch not included). Hexham is another Historic Town with Roman origins that is clustered around its Abbey. After lunch the journey continues through the Durham Dales via Blanchard and back to the hotel.
Thursday 18th June: Beamish Museum and Seaham
No visit to the Durham area would be complete without a step back in time at the Beamish Museum.
Explore what life would have been like in the Victorian Period. Take a tram from the entrance that does a circular tour round the site. On its route you can stop off and visit a farmyard where you can explore a farmers cottage and see some of the tools that would have been found in a farm yard at the turn of the 19th/20th century.
Hop back on the tram and it will take you to a coal mine where if you are brave you can take a tour underground.
Re-joining the tram you will find yourself in the middle of a very Victorian street scene with shop displays typical of the period. You will also be able to visit tradesmen, such as the local printer who are going about their business.
After approximately 4 hours at Beamish our journey continues to the Seaside resort of Seaham for a short breath of sea air on the Jurassic coast before returning to the hotel.
Friday 19th June: Newby Hall.
On the return journey there will be a visit to Newby Hall. The Hall was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1690 and then enlarged and re-decorated by John Carr and then again by Robert Adam. Today it is rated as one of the best Robert Adams house in the country. Outside is 40 acres of gardens to explore created in the early 20th century and influenced by Laurence Johnston’s Hidcote Manor. At the bottom of the garden is the river Ure and weather permitting you can take a 25 minute boat trip down the river (additional charge applies).
Leaving Newby the coach returns to Birmingham, with a comfort stop on the way, arriving back in the City Centre around 8pm.
Our Hotel: Best Western Whitworth Hall Hotel
Situated in the village of Spennymoor approximately 8 miles from Durham it is a Grade II listed building in the middle of a Deer Park.
All rooms have en-suite facilities (Shower over Bath)
Rooms are located on the ground floor and first floor (no lift)
Tea and coffee making facilities
Porters are not available at this hotel, however if you require assistance your tour manager will be happy to assist.
Please note you may purchase food from reception to go out into the park to feed the Deer. Caltours of Birmingham Ltd cannot accept any responsibility for any accidents in the pursuance of this activity and it may invalidate your personal travel insurance.
What is included in your holiday.
Coach travel throughout from Birmingham City Centre.
Door to Door Service (only if requested).
Half Board Accommodation at the hotel
Evening meal to consist of 3 courses with a minimum of three choices per course.
Locomotion (free admission)
Guided Tour of the Dales with a Blue Badge Guide
Services of a Tour Manager throughout.
What is not included in your Holiday
Personal Travel Insurance
Please note that Caltours of Birmingham Ltd cannot provide financial assistance in the event of a holiday cancellation or the holiday being curtailed due to any event outside of its control.
Any admission fees not stated opposite
Any meals that are not part of the half board package purchased
Any Drinks consumed during meals other than tea/coffee as part of breakfast or at the end of the evening meal
If you pay any gratuities they should only be given if you have received good service and want to leave a tip. You are not obliged to leave any gratuities unless you want to.
We do ask that you do not tip your Tour Manager, the best tip you can give Caltours of Birmingham Ltd is to travel with us again..
How to Book your Holiday
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Once you have made your booking over the phone a deposit of £30 is required per person travelling.
Payments may be made by:
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Name address and telephone number of the person responsible for the booking
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Whether a Door to Door Service is required.
Any dietary or other special requirements (i.e. allergies etc,.)
Optionally the name and telephone number of anyone you would like us to call if you have any problems (illness/accident) that prevents you from completing your holiday.
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