History and drama are woven into the cobbled streets and ancient buildings of this corner of the north-east. We immerse ourselves into centuries of daily life at Beamish, a remarkable open-air museum, and enjoy a free day to explore Durham’s UNESCO-listed castle and cathedral. We also take a tour of the iconic Alnwick Castle, which starred as Brancaster Castle in ‘Downton Abbey’ - fans can delve into the behind-the-scenes exhibition, then see the fascinating First World War exhibition.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Ramside Hall Hotel (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. Tea and coffee will be served on our arrival with free time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Day 2 Beamish Museum
Step back in time at Beamish, the open-air museum that tells the story of life in north-east England. You’ll have time to explore at your leisure - maybe visit Pockerly Old Hall, home to the tenant farmer of the 1820s, and take a ride on the Waggonway on a replica Locomotion No 1, Steam Elephant or Puffing Billy. Experience the industrial life of the 1900s with a colliery, miner’s cottages and pit ponies to see. Take the old open-top tram into town to find shops selling pre-World War I essentials and purchase traditional treats made in the sweet shop, or try your luck at the coconut shy at the fairground.
Day 3 Durham
Today is free for you to explore Durham and the surrounding area. Why not take a guided tour of Durham Castle, constructed in 1072 under orders of William the Conqueror, or visit the cathedral, built shortly after - both have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Or you may simply choose to enjoy one of the many museums and galleries the city has to offer, or take a stroll through the 22-acre Botanic Gardens.
Day 4 Alnwick Castle and Gardens
Alnwick Castle, one of the UK’s largest inhabited castles, has featured in films including ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. It also starred as Brancaster Castle in ‘Downton Abbey’, with the focus on the castle's lavish state rooms and exteriors. This morning, we’ve included entrance to the castle to explore the areas featured in the programme, with lots of behind-the-scenes information. A ‘Downton Abbey’ exhibition features photography, costumes and props from the filming. With time to independently explore, maybe take in the castle’s magnificent art collection or one of the numerous exhibitions on topics including World War I and stories of the castle’s inhabitants.
Day 5 Durham
You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.