Discover the story of life in the North East durring the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s at the Beamish Museum, see the North Pennunes stunning and unspoilt scenery ans walk across the Millenium 'Winking Eye' bridge into Newcastle's famous Quayside Market, before a cruise on the Tyne and a ride on the worlds oldest existing railway.
3* Blackwell Grange Hotel
The 3 star rated Blackwell Grange Hotel is a beautiful 17th century mansion peacefully situated in nine acres of its own grounds. Building commenced in 1693 and was finally completed in 1717, the hotel was a private house until 1953.Hotel facilities include leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool, spa and saunas. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
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4 nights nights accommodation including dinner, bed & breakfast at the 3* Blackwell Grange Hotel
Choice dinner menu
Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival
cruise on the River Tyne
Entrance to Beamish Open Air Museum
Trip on the South Tynedale Railway
Journey on the Tanfield Railway
We head north arriving late afternoon where tea/coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.
Today we visit the famous Beamish North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800's and 1900's. Attractions include restored tram and replica bus rides, authentic town street, colliery village, go down the mine, old fashioned sweet shop, working farm, steam locomotives and much more.Br, D
Our first visit today is to Locomotion at Shildon, an outpost of the National Railway Museum in York containing locomotives, artefacts and memorabilia dating back to the birth of railways. Next, we head to Weardale, in the heart of the Pennines - probably the least known major dale of the English uplands, yet the scenery is stunning and unspoilt, with the beautiful and gentle River Wear. We take a break at Stanhope before continuing along the dale and across the moors to Alston, high in the North Pennines. Enjoy a trip on England's highest narrow-gauge railway, the South Tynedale before returning along the Tyne Valley.Br, D
Travel to Gateshead on the south bank of the Tyne and walk across the Millenium 'Winking Eye' bridge into Newcastle's famous Sunday Quayside Market. Take time to browse around the stalls and have lunch in one of the quayside pubs. In the afternoon, enjoy a fabulous cruise on the River Tyne with expert commentary. To round off the day, take a ride on the world's oldest existing railway - The Tanfield Railway - part of which was built over 300 years ago to transport coal to the ships on the River Tyne.Br, D
After breakfast, we begin our homeward journey.Br
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