'Door to door'
An interesting & nostalgic holiday to a lovely part of England with a visit to the world-famous Beamish, a ride on two trains and a visit to Locomotion at Shildon. In 1825 Shildon was home to the first ever steam-hauled passenger train.
· River Tyne Cruise
· Newcastle’s Famous Quayside Market
· South Tynedale Railway
· Tanfield Railway
· Locomotion at Shildon
· We visit the famous Beamish, North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800s and 1900s. Attractions here include: restored tram and replica bus rides; authentic town street; colliery village; old fashioned sweet shop; working farm; steam locomotives and much more.
· We make our way to Locomotion at Shildon, an outpost of the National Railway Museum in York which contains locomotives, artefacts and memorabilia dating to the birth of the railways. Following this visit we make our way to Weardale, probably the least known major dale of the English uplands. At Stanhope we take a short break before continuing along the dale and across to Alston where we join the South Tynedale narrow-gauge railway for our included train ride.
· We travel to Gateshead, on the south bank of the Tyne and walk across the Millennium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge into Newcastle’s famous Sunday Quayside Market. Here we have time to browse around. In the afternoon we join the boat at the quayside for our cruise on the River Tyne, with commentary. Following the cruise and to round off our day we take a ride on the world’s oldest existing railway – The Tanfield Railway – part of which was built over 300 years ago.
Set in a 17th-century country house in its own grounds, this elegant hotel is a mile from Darlington town centre and 3 miles from the Head of Steam rail museum. The refined rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add 4-poster beds and/or lounge areas.There's a refined restaurant and a bar, plus a heated indoor pool, a gym and a sauna. Other amenities include a spa and a beauty salon
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