Alnwick & The Treasures of Northumberland

Staying at The White Swan Hotel

5 DAYS | 31st May 2020

Northumberland is a place of wild untamed beauty; the picturesque countryside and spectacular coastline can be explored in comparative peace, with often only the local birds and animals as company. In this relatively 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, hospitality tray and WiFi. Please note this hotel does not have a lift.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en route to Houghton Hall Garden Centre where we will call for lunch. We will then drive across country following the route of Hadrian’s Wall, calling at the fascinating country park of Northumberlandia, a stunning endeavour of landscape art. There will be time for refreshments and a stroll before we head to our hotel.

We begin our day with a visit to Berwick Upon Tweed. Just three miles from the Scottish Border this peaceful town is a far cry from Berwick’s turbulent past, where its great Elizabethan walls were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town. Why not take a stroll along the beautiful sandy beaches or riverside walks, or visit one of the many galleries or museums? Next we venture across the causeway to Holy Island, to see both the island and picturesque village. We spend the remainder of the day here giving you time to visit the Castle and Priory.

A free day in Alnwick to visit the Castle and famous Gardens at leisure.

This morning we venture north to Chillingham Castle where we visit the Medieval Castle Tea Room for morning coffee. This 12th century structure boasts commanding views of the surrounding countryside and the Cheviot Hills. Next we travel to Seahouse, where we will have free time for lunch and an optional boat trip to the Farne Islands, home to a colony of seals and a wide variety of birds including Puffins. The boat trip lasts for one and a half hours. (Please confirm at the time of booking if you wish to the join boat trip, cost £15.00).

After breakfast we head for home calling at Belsay Hall and Gardens. With its Grecian architecture, medieval castle, and 30 acres of outstanding landscape. There will be ample time to explore at your leisure and have lunch. We then head south making a comfort stop en route, aiming to arrive early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and entrance to Belsay Hall & Gardens.
£499.00 per person sharing twin/double
£140.00 single room supplement
£30.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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