Sun 13 Aug 2017: Explore the adventurous history of Northumbria. An area made famous by Catherine Cookson, we tour many places that were important in her life.
Northumbria is a wonderful area with incredible landmarks and beautiful landscapes. It has had an adventurous history and is famous for many things including the famous author Catherine Cookson, who grew up in South Shields and based many of her famous novels in and around the area.
Door to Door Home Service
Our Own Courier Service
Club Class Extra Legroom Coaches
4 nights half board
Guided Tour of Catherine Cookson country
Entrance to Alnwick Castle & Gardens
Tyne River cruise & tour of Baltic Centre
Not Included: All lunches
We travel north towards Newcastle passing Antony Gormley's iconic Angel of the North as it welcomes travellers to the area, arriving at the hotel during the afternoon.
Today we travel into South Tyneside for a fascinating coach guided tour of the area made famous by Catherine Cookson. The tour will pass the site of Cookson's birthplace, former homes and places of work and worship. We finish at South Shields Museum, which features exhibits about Catherine Cookson's life. After lunch we cross the Tyne to visit Tynemouth village, gloriously located on a headland with fine views of the ruins of Tynemouth Castle, Priory and a wonderful memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood the hero of Trafalgar.
We take the road north, past Amble and Warkworth to historic Alnwick Castle and Gardens - This majestic and imposing medieval castle offers impressive architecture, fine art treasures and a beautiful setting. It has been a popular film location, for everything from Harry Potter to Elizabeth to Becket to Blackadder. The garden has a Grand Cascade of amazing water displays, a rose garden with pergola-covered paths and a fine show of shrubs
Today we join our boat for a fabulous cruise on the River Tyne, with expert commentary. Our cruise takes you under many of the Tyne Bridges. In the afternoon we explore Gateshead Quays, including a guided tour of the Baltic Centre with its five floors of modern art and magnificent views of the Tyne.
We leave Newcastle and make the journey back to the Midlands arriving home during the afternoon.
The Vermont Hotel, Newcastle
Occupying a great position overlooking the Tyne Bridge, the Vermont Hotel is located beside Newcastles historic castle. A short walk to the main shopping centre, theatres and galleries with direct access via a downhill walk to the Quayside. Restaurant, two bars, lounge, rooftop lounge. Sauna, steam room & gym.
Mobility Grade: 3 Centrally located the immediate area is flat. A few steps at main entrance but a lift serves all floors.
Sauna, Steam Room and Gym
En Suite Bedrooms
5 Day Tour
Tour Departs By:7.30am (Aug)
Returns By: 6.00pm (Aug)
Times are approximate
Single Room: £Nil
Holiday Insurance: £24.50 (IPT included)
Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain and Europe.
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