Once the heartlands of the industrial revolution the Northeast of England has rolling landscapes dotted with stone cottages and preserved villages with numerous fascinating places to visit. Your days are rounded off in style staying in a Jacobean manor house hotel with excellent wellness and spa facilities, half board and pre-dinner drinks each evening.
We include a day with a guided tour in the medieval city of Durham, dominated by its UNESCO World Heritage designated cathedral and castle, built under orders from William the Conqueror. The past is brought to life in Beamish where you will spend a day immersed in a mock-town with vintage transport, carousels and authentic shops and restaurants taking you back as if you are transformed to the set of one of Catherine Cookson's novels. In neighbouring Northumberland, Alnwick Castle & Gardens has featured in many movies including being Harry Potter's Hogwarts. The Gardens with the Grand Cascade are truly magnificent.