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Walworth Castle & Durham

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6 days From £729 £679 per person

A historic journey through North England with remarkable centuries-old architecture, and beautiful, timeless towns by scenic railway.

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2024 Tour code: 24LRS

About the tour

Experience Durham on this five-night break based at majestic Walworth Castle, in the heart of alluring County Durham. Discover some of the region's other beautiful castles and step back in time with a visit to the captivating Beamish Museum.

Unforgettable Experiences

Enjoy a guided tour of attractive Durham, taking in its fantastic historic architecture and striking Cathedral rising above the cityscape.
Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum
Step back in time at Beamish Museum and experience life in North East England from 1820 with the very first cars, historically accurate costumes, and cosy shops.
Wensleydale Railway
Wensleydale Railway
Journey on the Wensleydale Railway, a magnificent heritage journey through beautiful countryside.
Chester’s Roman Fort
Chester’s Roman Fort
Visit the fascinating Chester’s Roman Fort and walk in the footsteps of Roman Empire soldiers as you explore the ruins that have withstood the test of time.
Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey
Explore historical Hexham Abbey and take in the peaceful atmosphere, ancient architectural treasures and beautiful stained glass.

What’s included


Day 1 – The magnificent Walworth Castle in County Durham

Your holiday begins today as you meet your Tour Manager at Walworth Castle in Darlington, the perfect base for a holiday that will transport you through history. Built in the 12th century, this striking castle hotel is set on 18 acres of beautiful grounds and is your historic home for the next five nights. There's time to explore the lawns and woodlands before dinner with the rest of your group this evening.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring the timeless quality of Durham

After breakfast this morning, your group heads to Durham for a fascinating guided tour. Durham is a beautiful city, with its unmissable Castle and Cathedral complex boasting UNESCO World Heritage status. Take in the impressive Romanesque cathedral and 11th-century castle on a guided tour.

Your afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring the city at your own pace, discovering its maze of cobbled streets lined with historic and listed buildings. This vibrant university city offers many attractions including an excellent indoor market, some unique speciality shops, several art galleries and museums, and some delightful public gardens to relax and enjoy the views. You'll also find an excellent choice of places to get some lunch, from homemade treats in cosy cafes to hearty pub meals. This evening, your group meets back at the hotel for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – A historic adventure at Locomotion museum and Beamish Museum

This morning your group steps back in time to experience the birth of the railway era at Locomotion. The museum is close to the former Timothy Hackworth's Soho Works - one of the world's first railway engineering factories. It houses a significant collection of locomotives, rolling stock, and railway artefacts, showcasing the development of railways from the early steam era to modern times.

One of the highlights of Locomotion is its impressive collection of steam locomotives, including historic engines such as Locomotion No. 1, which was the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger train on a public railway.

Your journey through the ages continues, landing in 1913 as a coach takes your group to the Beamish Museum next. Spanning over 300 acres, it showcases the history and heritage of the region through reconstructed buildings, exhibits, and interactive displays. Life-sized replicas of period locations are accurate down to the finest detail. The Edwardian Town features recreations of a typical inn, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank and dentist. Elsewhere you'll discover a recreated mining village and colliery, an Edwardian railway station and steam railway, a Victorian farm, and a luxurious manor house.

The coach drives your group back to the hotel and you have some time to freshen up ahead of dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The delicious Wensleydale Creamery, charming Hawes, and the nostalgic Wensleydale Railway

Today your group discovers the beautiful dales, starting at the Wensleydale Creamery. Home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, you have time to look around the museum, watch a cheese-making demonstration, or maybe buy a treat or two in the gift shop where you'll find plenty of award-winning cheeses. Afterwards, there's time at leisure to grab lunch in Hawes, a peaceful market town where traditional stone houses are linked by charming cobbled lanes. The coach then takes your group to Redmire to board the Wensleydale Railway. A nostalgic heritage journey takes you through the verdant countryside to Leeming Bar, hauled by a steam or diesel locomotive. Your group returns to the hotel by coach for dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Stoic Hadrian’s Wall and illustrious Hexham

This morning your group travels by rail and coach to visit Chester's Roman Fort and Museum, located at Hadrian's Wall. This is one of the Roman Empire's most northern outposts that lets you wander around the well-preserved baths and steam room.

Later you're at leisure to explore Hexham, enjoying the peaceful parks, beautiful architecture, and market town charm. The town has picturesque landscapes that create the perfect backdrop to enjoy some lunch at one of the cosy pubs or friendly cafes. Your group also has entrance to Hexham Abbey, a stunning Grade I listed monastery dedicated to St Andrew. The 12th-century building is known for its stained glass, historical significance and quiet ambience.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Homeward bound

Your north England adventure ends after breakfast this morning. Once you've checked out, it's time to make your way home, or you could continue exploring more fantastic sights on your own.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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.


Walworth Castle, County Durham

Walworth Castle, County Durham

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