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Northumberland at Christmas


Experience the captivating Christmas lights at Alnwick Garden

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2019 Tour code: YNX20

About the tour

Experience the captivating Christmas lights at Alnwick Garden, uncover enthralling Victorian and Edwardian history at Beamish, and journey on the Tanfield Railway to charming Alnwick; all of which is made even more magical by a wonderfully festive atmosphere.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in Northumberland

Meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at the 4-Star MacDonald Linden Hall. After dinner, we visit Alnwick Garden to experience its Christmas lights trail. Soak up the festive atmosphere as you walk through the enchanting grounds, transformed into a winter wonderland by an array of kaleidoscopic lights. We end the day with a mince pie and glass of sherry at the hotel.

Please Note: For departure YNX2001 you will now have a guided tour at the Barter Book Store, due to Alnwick Gardens early closure on this day.

  • Dinner
Alnwick in winter
Day 2 - Beamish Museum

We take a step back in time today as we visit Beamish, an open-air museum which recreates life as it would have been in a north-eastern industrial community during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. A truly unique museum experience, Beamish boasts attractions including a recreated mining village, an Edwardian railway station, a 1940s farm and a 1900s town. Here, we can experience the beginning of the twentieth century as we stroll down the quaint street, lined with buildings including a pub, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank and chemist; all sourced from local towns and rebuilt brick by brick.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Beamish Museum
Day 3 - Christmas Day

Today is Christmas Day, and we indulge in wonderful food, festivities and relaxation at our hotel. After a leisurely morning, we are treated to Champagne and canapés before a spectacular four-course Christmas lunch in the hotel's award-winning restaurant. Following a relaxed afternoon with board games and a chance to watch the Queen's Speech, we enjoy a light buffet supper.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Christmas Day
Day 4 - The Tanfield Railway to Alnwick

Today we transfer to Tanfield for a journey on what is reputedly the oldest railway in the world, the Tanfield Railway. Boasting an incredible history and outstanding countryside views, this is a truly delightful way to spend Boxing Day. We pass through Causey Gorge, home to the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, before we disembark at Andrews House Station. You have free time here to explore the station, as well as Marley Hill Engine Shed, which dates back to 1854. We continue by coach to the market town of Alnwick, where your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit the acclaimed Barter Books; set inside a former Victorian railway station, this is one of the largest antiquarian bookstores in the country and is a must-visit for bibliophiles everywhere.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Alnwick in winter
Day 5 - Depart at leisure

Our tour concludes after breakfast, and you are free to depart at leisure.

  • Breakfast
Leave at leisure

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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