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The Kingdom of Northumbria

The Kingdom of Northumbria

Northumbria is one of the wildest and most naturally beautiful of England's regions - it's very location has shaped a history of violence and conflict


Northumbria is one of the wildest and most naturally beautiful of England's regions - it's very location has shaped a history of violence and conflict

Northumbria – mystical kingdom of myriad castles and legend, where the place names echo of England’s historical past from the birth of Christianity, through the Roman occupation and Industrial Revolution .... Alnwick, Lindisfarne & Bamburgh.  Every inch of the county hides a piece of history and heritage.  The buffer between England and Scotland it’s very location has shaped a history of violence and conflict. A tapestry of moorland, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery combining dramatic history with abundant natural beauty – Northumbria is one of the wildest and most beautiful of England’s regions.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset with stops as appropriate to arrive Newcastle late afternoon. The bags will be portered on arrival while you enjoy a hot drink. After settling in enjoy dinner while taking in the river views from your table.

Tuesday - Follow the course of Hadrians Wall to Corbridge Roman Town, the evocative remains of a roman garrison where you can walk along the original High Street. Later make our way across the high fells via Otterburn and Rothbury to the medieval market town of Alnwick. It still retains many cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and fine stone buildings. We shall visit Alnwick Castle this afternoon, one of the finest in England which famously features as "Hogwarts" in the Harry Potter films.

Wednesday - The morning is free to explore the many attractions of the city centre. Alternatively join the coach for the short drive to "The Lady" - a 40 acre public park whose centre-piece is a stunning female human landform sculpture: 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long known as Northumberlandia. Back in town, at midday we shall join a 2 hour cruise from the quayside, sailing to Ryton Willows Nature Reserve and Newburn Park, travelling under no less than 11 of the Tyne bridges - a commentary brings the riverside sights to life.

Thursday - After breakfast drive north along the scenic heritage coastline and cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. There will be time to explore and enjoy lunch. Later we shall visit Bamburgh Castle, perched on rocks at the edge of the sea and boasting magnificent views of the Farne Islands. A sort stop at the pretty fishing village of Seahouses is made on our way back to Newcastle.

Friday - Homeward bound with stops for refreshment, to return to Dorset that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

Located right next to the River Tyne in the rejuvenated quayside area of Newcastle, the contemporary Copthorne Hotel is just a 20 minute walk to the city centre. The 150+ bedrooms all boast wonderful river views from large bay windows, private bathroom, hairdryer, television with satellite channels, iron, desk/seating, internet connection and tea tray.  Quay 7 restaurant provides high quality meals of both British and International cuisine. The bar is a stylish space to enjoy a cocktail or snack, while the outdoor terrace on the quayside offers panoramic river views. There is a gym on-site, a lift to all floors, free wifi in public areas and room service is available.


TOUR PRICE: £475.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £110.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Porterage & welcome drink, Half board meals, Entry to Corbridge Roman Town, Entry to Alnwick Castle, Entry to Bamburgh Castle, River Tyne boat cruise, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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