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Discover the story of life in the North East during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s at the Beamish Museum. View the stunning and unspoilt scenery of the North Pennines by train, and visit captivating Durham City before a ride on the world's oldest existing railway.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course dinner menu with 4 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Free use of hotel leisure facilities

  • Entrance to Beamish Open Air Museum

  • Return journey on the South Tynedale Railway

  • Entrance and guided tour of the Shildon Locomotion

  • Journey on the Tanfield Railway

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout



Tour Itinerary
Day 1

After being collected from home, we make our way to our hotel for a welcome tea/coffee while the hotel staff take your luggage to the rooms and we settle in before dinner.

Day 2

Beamish Open-air museum
Today, we visit the Living Museum of the North, the Beamish Museum. This famous open-air museum, set within 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. We experience town life as it would have been in the 1940s during World War II, visit a 1940's farm, pop into the Colliery and Pit Village in the early 1900s and take unlimited free rides on the Beamish tram.

Day 3

South Tynedale Railway & Locomotion at Shildon
After breakfast, we make our way to the South Tynedale railway, one of England's highest narrow-gauge railways. We start our journey in Alston, where there has been a station since 1850. The original two-storey station building now houses the shop and ticket office whilst the single storey 1905 extension houses the new cafe and toilets. The former goods shed is now home to The Hub, a museum featuring the history of Alston and local transport, which is not part of the South Tynedale Railway's activities. We board the train and start our spectacular return journey through the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, past the original terminus at Gilderdale, on through Kirkhaugh and Lintley to the village of Slaggyford, and then back to Alston.

We travel back across the Pennines to Shildon, taking a break en route at Stanhope. The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives. We make a visit to Locomotion, a branch of the National Railway museum and home to several locomotion's, stations replicate and goods trucks. And then make the short journey back to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Durham & Tanfield Railway
Our day begins with breakfast and a morning visit to Durham, a UNESCO World Heritage site, just a short drive away. This lovely city is quintessentially English with its cobbled streets, magnificent cathedral, riverside location, churches and marketplace. Here we have free time to explore and eat lunch (not included.) The Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is a great place to visit and is free. And there are boutiques, galleries, museums and plenty of cafes and green spaces to enjoy.

In the afternoon, we take a short drive to The Tanfield Railway, the world's oldest existing railway. Built in 1725 it has transported many passengers and goods and continues to do today. We board the train and take the 3-mile journey through the beautiful Causey valley, hauled by a lovingly restored industrial steam engine in a recreated colliery carriage. Afterwards, we return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 5

As our luggage is loaded into the coach we sit down for breakfast, before we depart for home.

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Hotel

4* Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe

Dating back to 1693, this luxurious Jacobean manor house hotel retains many of its original features. Set in 150 acres of woodland, the Redworth Hall Hotel is grand and majestic. The 143 spacious bedrooms are luxurious and furnished with traditional fabrics.

• Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar/Lounge • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Flat screen TV • Iron • Safe • Hair dryer • Wi-Fi • Telephone • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Steam room •  Tennis courts • Gift shop •

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