Staying at The White Swan Hotel
5 DAYS | 3rd June 2018
Northumberland is a place of wild untamed beauty; the picturesque countryside and spectacular coastline can be explored in comparative peace, often only sharing the area with birds and animals! In this remarkably small area the variety of interests is extensive; explore everything from historic landscapes to colourful fishing villages, dramatic castles to stunning gardens.
Alnwick our base for the tour is an ancient market town that has changed little over the centuries. The winding cobbled streets and stone buildings are dominated by Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland. The White Swan Hotel is situated in the town centre. This 300 year old coaching inn has been carefully modernised but still retains many elegant original features. There is a pleasant lounge, bar and dining room and all bedrooms are en-suite with TV and hospitality tray.
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route to Houghton Hall Garden Centre where we call for lunch. We then drive across country following the route of Hadrians Wall calling at Chesters Fort visitors centre. We then continue to Alnwick and our hotel.
Our first visit today takes us to Howick Hall Gardens, a gardener’s paradise. You will have time for a stroll through the grounds and morning coffee in The Earl Grey Tearooms before we visit Seahouse, the gateway to the Northumberland Coast. Here we have an optional boat trip to see the true residents of the Farnes, a large colony of Grey Seals. The boat trip lasts for one and a half hours and the cost is £13.00 (please confirm at the time of booking in you would like to go).
Today is a free day in Alnwick, why not visit the Castle and famous Gardens at your leisure.
This morning we travel to Bamburgh and the Grace Darling Museum for a short visit and introductory talk. There will be time for morning coffee before we head north and cross the causeway to Holy Island, with its picturesque village and wealth of history. We spend the remainder of the day here giving you time to visit both the Castle and Priory.
After breakfast we head for home calling at Cragside Hall and Gardens the revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape gardener genius. The house is crammed with ingenious gadgets and the garden is of breathtaking drama. This is a fabulous visit to complete our tour. (NT Property members free non-members approx. £14.50). Just after lunch we head south calling for afternoon tea en-route. We aim to arrive in Macclesfield early evening.
£498.00 per person sharing twin/double
£128.00 single room supplement
£13.00 optional boat trip
£26.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT