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
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 4 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use on the hotel leisure facilities
Entrance to Beamish open-air museum
Entry and guided tour of the Shildon Location
Return Journey on the South Tynedale Railway
2-hour Quay to Countryside Cruise with commentary
Journey on the Tanfield Railway
After a collection from home we make our way to the hotel to a welcome tea/coffee while the hotel staff take your luggage to the rooms and we settle in before dinner.
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.
South Tynedale Railway
Today we visit the Locomotion at Shildon. 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 begin our day exploring 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. We take a break at Stanhope before our journey on the South Tynedale railway, as one of England's Highest narrow-gauge railway. We start the journey in Alson, where there has been a station here since 1850, the original stations two storey station building now houses the shop and ticket office whilst the single storey 1905 extension houses the new cafe and toilets, whilst the former goods shed now houses The Hub, a museum featuring the history of Alston and local transport which is not part of the South Tynedale Railway's activities. As we hop on board the train, we journey through the North Pennies past the original terminus at Gilderdale, on through Kirkhaugh and Lintley to the village of Slaggyford.
River cruise and Tafield Railway
Our day begins with a drive to Gateshead, stopping on the south bank of the Tyne, it's a short walk across the Millennium 'Winking Eye' bridge taking us into Newcastle's famous Quayside Market where we have free time to explore and eat lunch. This afternoon we take a cruise on the River where we learn about the history of this once busy river way and the how the industrial changes have affected the surrounding area and the people. We couldn't travel this far and not make a stop at The Tanfield Railway, the world's oldest existing railway. Built in 1725 it has transported many passengers and goods and continues to do today, so we take the 3-mile journey through the beautiful Causey valley, hauled by a lovingly restored industrial steam engine in a recreated colliery carriage.
As our luggage is loaded into the coach we sit down for breakfast before we depart for home.