Durham’s quaint stone houses and weaving cobbled streets give way to the green swathes of the Dales and an inviting heritage coastline. We’ll discover the area’s history and natural beauty under the twinkling shine of Christmas. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the past at Beamish open-air museum, and clink glasses of Buck’s Fizz on Christmas morning. We’ll explore the city centre itself, too, with its host of boutique shops, small markets and imposing cathedral.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to Ramside Hall Hotel (4T), Durham. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. There is time to settle in before a welcome drink prior to dinner. Our meal this evening will be followed by entertainment.
Christmas Eve - Beamish Museum
Step back in time at Beamish, the famous open air museum that tells the story of life in North East England. All wrapped up in the joys of Christmas, you will find the sights, smells and sounds of traditional celebrations of the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Explore at your leisure to see Pockerly Old Hall, home to the tenant farmer of the 1820s, and miners’ cottages of the 1900s, decorated for Christmas. Take the old open-top tram into town to find old remedies in the chemist and see cars, motorcycles and bikes in the typical early 1900s garage. Visit the Beamish Bazaar to find some gorgeous gifts and festive food, or head to the Winter Fun Fair to ride the Steam Gallopers and try your luck at the sideshows.
Christmas Day - Durham
After a Buck’s Fizz breakfast this morning you are free to attend morning mass, take a stroll, or stay and relax in your surroundings. After a drinks reception followed by Christmas lunch, there will be time to relax before a light dinner this evening.
Boxing Day - Durham Cathedral
Today we visit one of Europe’s great buildings - Durham Cathedral, a Norman masterpiece in stone, sitting on a promontory in a loop of the River Wear. As the shrine of the Anglo-Saxon saint and bishop Cuthbert, it was the subject of pilgrimages from all over England. His gold pectoral cross, liturgical comb and leather-bound Gospel of St John are still displayed in the Treasury. Our guided tour will ensure you don’t miss the Cathedral’s highlights, including the 12th century Galilee Chapel with original medieval wall paintings and the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films.
Day 5 Durham
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.