County Durham is an area steeped in history and natural beauty, from the Dales to its heritage coastline. Durham city is a cultural highlight with its cathedral and castle dominating the dramatic skyline and further afield, Beamish Museum provides an insight into life in this part of the country, from the last two centuries. The city is your base and boasts winding lanes filled with a variety of boutique shops, small markets and restaurants - an ideal place to fill your time.
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.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 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. This afternoon, the hotel will provide a drinks reception followed by Christmas lunch, after which there is the opportunity to take it easy. A light dinner will be served this evening.
Day 4 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. There is free time leading up to dinner, served this evening at our hotel.
Day 5 Durham
You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.