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Durham's Coastline & Castles - Luxury Traveller

Durham's Coastline & Castles

Sun 26 - Thu 30 May OR Sun 25 - Thu 29 Aug 2024: A 5 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Durham's Coastline & Castles with Johnsons Coaches

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Sunday 26th to Thursday 30th May 2024

Sunday 25th to Thursday 29th August 2024




The beautiful city of Durham, with its Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, is the jewel in the crown of an extraordinary county. We also explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands –a truly stunning location!


Look What’s Included

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ Seating & Legroom

  • Fully reclining seats

  • Complimentary on board hot and cold drinks

  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging points

  • Complimentary gift bag

  • 4 nights half board

  • Welcome Drinks Reception

  • Guided Tour of Mount Grace Priory & House (EH)

  • Guided Tour of Richmond Castle (EH)

  • Souter Lighthouse (NT) & Washington Old Hall (NT)

  • Hartlepool Historic Quay


Not included: All lunches


We drive north, pausing for a suitable stop for lunch en-route, arriving at our hotel for our 4-night stay.


Our first visit today is Mount Grace Priory House & Gardens (EH) - An Arts and Crafts mansion, nestled among woodland, beautiful gardens and the remains of the best-preserved Carthusian priory in England. We will discover its secrets and stories on our guided tour this morning. We will then have some time at leisure in the historic market town of Richmond, situated in the heart of North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Our final stop of the day will be Richmond Castle (EH), one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, where on our guided tour we will learn about where King Arthur is supposed to have slept and hear about the castle’s use during the First World War.


We begin our day by heading for the County Durham Coastline. Commencing at Noses Point - Once home to one of the biggest coal mines in Europe, where the beach was buried under 2 ½ million tonnes of colliery waste each year. The Beach has now been cleaned and is a spectacular haven for wildflowers and wildlife. Next, we visit the lively harbour town of Seaham, situated on Durham’s Heritage Coast. Here we can admire the dramatic cliff top views, seek out one of England’s oldest churches or simply relax for lunch by the bustling Harbour Marina. We continue via Whitburn, pausing at the Souter Lighthouse (NT), before skirting inland to Washington Old Hall (NT) - a picturesque stone manor house and gardens with strong associations to the family of George Washington, first president of the United States.


Today we visit Durham with free time to explore this medieval city’s cobbled streets, packed with history, culture and stunning architecture, including the magnificent castle and cathedral.


Departing after breakfast we visit nearby Hartlepool’s Historic Quay - home to Europe’s oldest floating warship, HMS Trincomalee. The ship was restored by the people of Hartlepool, so it is only fitting that it now makes up the centrepiece of the spectacular Historic Quay. Time to explore this superb visitor attraction which offers the sights, smells and sounds of the naval yesteryear before commencing our journey home after lunch.

Your Hotel


4* Hardwick Hall Hotel, Near Sedgefield, Co Durham

Hardwick Hall is a 4-star rated, award-winning hotel in County Durham and Teesside. Surrounded by the stunning Hardwick Country Park, the hotel is steeped in charm and character providing the perfect setting for a luxurious breakaway. 50 luxury bedrooms with exceptional standards of comfort, quirky-clever decor and first-class traditional service. All rooms include large baths, walk-in showers, luxury furnishings and huge king size beds. Restaurant and bar/lounge.


Duration, Dates and Prices:

Sun 26 - Thu 30 May 2024

4 Nights



Departs: 8.30am

Returns: 7.30pm


Sun 25 - Thu 29 Aug 2024

4 Nights



Departs: 9.30am

Returns: 7.30pm



Double for Sole Use: £150

Holiday Insurance:

£32(May) | £34 (Aug)


(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)

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