Northumberland Short Break
5 days from £729 per person
Occupying a strategic location in England’s far north, Northumberland has an enthralling frontier feel. We’ll start in the modern day at BBC Studios Newcastle, for a delve into the broadcasting world. We’ll explore Hexham and its spellbinding abbey, where a church has stood since AD 674. Amongst some fantastically preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall, we explore Vindolanda - an important Roman fort. Finally, we’ll delve into centuries of myths and legends at Bamburgh Castle.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Tour of BBC Studios Newcastle and Newcastle orientation tour
- Hexham Abbey, Hadrian’s Wall Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda
- Visit Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses and Alnmouth
- 4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 6 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5) 2 dinners (days 1 and 4)
- Welcome drink
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm and the rest of the day is free to settle in.
Malmaison Newcastle (4-star)
BBC Studios Newcastle
BBC Studios Newcastle is home to Look North, Sunday Politics and Inside Out as well as the radio station BBC Newcastle. A tour takes you into the exciting world of broadcasting as studios are being prepared for the next show, to learn industry secrets. Following our visit, we’ll take an orientation tour of Newcastle by coach and then there’ll be free time to explore the city. Please note: When visiting BBC Studios, photographic ID will be required and only small bags are permitted.
Hexham - Vindolanda
The beautiful market town of Hexham holds several remarkable reminders of its medieval past, including our first stop today, Hexham Abbey. As one of the earliest seats of Christianity, you can trace layers of history that go back to AD 674, when St Wilfred founded the Benedictine abbey. We delve further into the area’s rich Roman past with a visit to the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda, at Hadrian’s Wall. The fort of Vindolanda was actually built before the great wall, and became an important garrison base during the construction of the north frontier. After the Romans retreated, it continued to be occupied for more than 400 years before being left to ruin. Today you can see the remains of a large bath house, commanding officer’s residences and barrack buildings, and evidence of village houses, workshops and a Roman Celtic temple, all laid out alongside remains of Hadrian’s Wall.
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, and we visit one of the most impressive - Bamburgh Castle. It was the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria during the 8th century, and its position, sitting 150ft above the sea, adds to the mighty awe befitting this honour. The castle’s past includes royal rebellion, bloody battles including the devastating War of the Roses, and time as a leading surgery and dispensary. It is also associated with many myths and legends; tales of St Oswald, a fire-breathing dragon named Laidley Wyrme, and Sir Lancelot (said to have come here after being banished from King Arthur’s court). We take the coastal route back, stopping to wander around the fishing village of Seahouses and Alnmouth, set on the coast beside vast expanses of golden sand.
Day 5 Newcastle
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle for the journey home.