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Heritage & History in County Durham

Destination: DurhamOperator: Crusader Holidays Terms
Departs: 15/09/2024Type: Sight Seeing
Duration: 5 daysQuality: Good * * *
Departs Via: All AreasBoard: Half Board
Tour Code: S47521Transport: Coach Pickup
Supplements
5 Day UK Holiday Insurance £35.00 per person
Per passenger supplement for pick up from Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury or Ashford £25.00 per person
Single Room £135.00 per person
Adults £629.00
Deposit Per Person £75.00
* Children: Not allowed
* Babies: Not allowed
25 rooms are available.
Cutoff Date: 01/09/2024
Description
England's most beautiful Romanesque cathedral, a huge castle and a cobweb of hilly, cobbled streets, Durham is a beautiful city packed with history, culture and stunning architecture. The base for your holiday is the excellent 4* Redworth Hall Hotel set in the beautiful countryside of County Durham and there is an included visit to the impressive Bowes Museum in pretty Barnard Castle as well as a day out at the open-air Beamish Living Museum of the North.

Departure points to suit you...
Crusader Holidays uses an interchange system, taking place at either Beaconsfield Services (M40), South Mimms Services (M25/A1M) or Thurrock Services (M25).

Here you may have to change to your holiday coach and we are renowned for ensuring that this is smooth and efficient.

The holiday coaches typically depart from Beaconsfield Services at 11.15, Thurrock Services at around 09.30 and South Mimms Services at 10.30. Some customers find it more convenient to join direct at the interchange, please let is know when booking if this is the case.

*Due to increased operational costs, from Monday 16th October 2023 Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury & Ashford joining points will be subject to a £25.00 per person supplement on all 2024 UK Tours.

NOTE: Pick up points are a guide so please refer to your holiday confirmation for specific locations as details are subject to change.
Itinerary
Highlights
- Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast & dinner- Porterage- Welcome tea/coffee & after dinner- Free use of the hotel leisure facilities- Visit to Barnard Castle- Entry to Bowes Museum- Day in Durham with river cruise- Visit & entrance to Beamish Museum

Itinerary
Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel northwards with a lunch stop on the way. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon for 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

Days 2 - 4- At leisure with three included excursions

Barnard Castle & The Bowes Museum (entry included)
Head off to the charming Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle. The town is a haven for discerning shoppers who are sure to enjoy the many antique shops and independent retailers. The ruins of Barnard Castle sit on a cliff above the River Tees and from here visitors can enjoy wonderful views (English Heritage property - entrance not included). Just a short distance from the town centre is the excellent Bowes Museum, housed in a monumental French-style Chateau, funded by 19th-century industrialist John Bowes, and opened in 1892, this brainchild of his Parisian actress wife, Josephine, was built by French architect Jules Pellechet to display a collection the Bowes had travelled the world to assemble. One of the attractions is the marvellous 18th-century mechanical silver swan (currently awaiting restoration so that it can once again perform). The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. Entrance is included.

A Day in Durham with River Cruise ent named it as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2020, and Condé Nast's Traveller magazine readers voted it the 'Best City in the UK'. Durham is a captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site. Enjoy the unforgettable highlights of Durham on an included one hour cruise on the River Wear with spectacular views of the historic castle, cathedral and bridges. Enjoy time at leisure exploring the timeless quality of this quintessential old English University City, take some time out with a relaxing riverside walk or soak up the atmosphere with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.

Beamish Museum - entry included
Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England's largest open-air museum. Set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside, Beamish - The Living Museum of the North brings 200 years of English history to life. Hop on a tram and make your way around the vast museum: visit the 1900s town and watch traditional sweets being made in the sweet shop, then visit the dentist (if you dare!). Try a tasty treat from the Edwardian Bakery or a pint at the Sun Inn Pub, then step even further back in time to the 1800s and take a steam train ride through the Georgian landscape on replica locomotives. Immerse yourself in the 1900s at the Pit Village by going down a real mine and enjoying a traditional fish and chips at Davy's Fried Fish Shop. Staff are dressed in period costume, which makes the experience truly authentic.

Day 5- Travel southward to interchange with a comfort stop en route.
Venue Information
Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe
4* Redworth Hall is a stunning 17th century Jacobean Manor House situated in the blissful tranquility of its own 26 acres of landscaped grounds. The hotel retains many original features including the magnificent Great Hall, an ornate staircase and lounges.

Modern guestrooms are tastefully decorated and feature tea/coffee making facilities. The Retreat Spa features a fitness studio, an indoor heated pool, poolside terrace and lounge.

All single rooms are doubles for sole use.

Lift in the main building.
Hotel/Attraction Links
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Pick-Up Points
.Amersham Bus Stop, Railway Station End Map
.Ashford Bus Stop Opposite Catholic Church Map
.Aston Clinton Bus Stop,ADJ Layby Map
.Aylesbury Bus Shelters E2 & E3 Map
.Basildon Coach Stop Outside Trafford House Map
.Beaconsfield Beaconsfield Services, Coach Bays Map
.Beckenham Bus Stop R Near War Memorial Map
.Berkhamsted Bus Stop Outside WHSmith Map
.Bexleyheath Central Library Map
.Bicester Outside JB Barbers Map
.Billericay Bus Stop Map
.Birchanger M11 Services Coach Park Map
.Bletchley Bus Station Map
.Brentwood Bus Stop - Near Holiday Inn Map
.Brighton Bus Stop Opposite Joker PH Map
.Bromley Outside Bromley South Railway Station Map
.Buckhurst Hill Outside Premier Inn Map
.Bury St Edmunds Tesco St Saviours Interchange Map
.Canterbury Canterbury East Railway Station Map
.Chatham Go Outdoors Bus Stop, Adjacent To Gala Bingo Map
.Chatham Outside Holiday Inn Map
.Chelmsford Coach Bay Map
.Chesham Bus Stop Map
.Cheshunt Turners Hill (B176) Map
.Clacton-on-Sea Outside Railway Station Map
.Cobham Cobham Services Map
.Colchester Coach Stop Stand A Map
.Colchester United Way, Near Football Stadium Map
.Dartford Bus Stop Opposite Aldi Map
.Dover Bus Stop A Map
.Dover Dover Passenger Terminal Map
.Dunstable Bus Stop Outside Poundland Map
.Eltham Railway Station Bus Terminus Map
.Faversham Bus Stop Opp Makenade Ave Map
.Folkestone Bus Stop Outside BP Garage Map
.Gravesend Layby Outside Sainsburys Map
.Grays The Oak Public House Map
.Haddenham Bus Stop Map
.Harlow Bus Station, Near Taxi Rank Map
.Hatfield Galleria Centre Main Entrance Bus Stop Map
.Hazlemere A404 Opp, Hazelmere Court, Outside Shell Garage Map
.Hemel Hempstead Bus Stop M Map
.High Wycombe The Coachway, Bus Stop A Map
.Hornchurch North Street Queens Theatre Bus Stop Map
.Ipswich Railway Station Map
.Kelvedon Bus Stop Outside The Institute Map
.Kirby Cross Bus Stop Opposite Railway Station Map
.Leighton Buzzard Outside British Legion Map
.Luton Travel Lodge Map
.Maidenhead Outside Stafferton Lodge Map
.Maidstone Bus Stop Adj To Moncktons Lane Map
.Marks Tey Bus Stop Outside Fish & Chip Shop Map
.Milton Keynes Bus Shelter W3 O/s Weatherspoons Map
.Newmarket Outside Hughes Electrical Store Map
.Newport Pagnell Tickford End Bus Stop, Opposite Downs Field Map
.Northampton Bus Stop Opposite Europcar Rental Map
.Northampton The Coach Park, Northampton Services Map
.Northchurch Darrs Lane Bus Stop Map
.Olney Bus Stop Opposite The Bull Hotel Map
.Pease Pottage M23 Services Map
.Rainham Outside Cricketers PH Map
.Rayleigh Outside Railway Station Map
.Reading Gateway Layby Opposite Burger King Map
.Reading Bus Stop NC (outside Car Park), Reading Railway Station Map
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.Reigate Bus Stop R - Outside Buenos Aires Steakhouse Map
.Rochester Bus Lay By Near Dickens Centre Map
.Romford Bus Stop H Map
.Sevenoaks Bus Layby O/S Rail Station Map
.Sittingbourne Bus Stop 1, Bus Hub Map
.Slough Salt Hill Three Tuns, Opposite Metro Bank Map
.South Benfleet New Bus Stop Map
.South Mimms M25/A1M Services Coach Park Map
.St Albans Bus Stop Outside DM Jewellers Map
.Strood Bus Stop By Prince Of Wales Map
.Thame Bus Layby Outside Town Hall Map
.Thurrock Moto Services Coach Park Map
.Tring Bus Shelter Near Church Map
.Tunbridge Wells Bus Stop B Near Railway Station Map
.Upminster Bus Stop A Opp. Railway Station Map
.Waltham Cross Hertford Road Bus Stop Map
.Watford Bus Stand One, Watford Junction Station Map
.Wendover The George & Dragon PH Map
.Wheatley M40 Services - Coach Layby Map
.Wickford Halls Corner Map
.Witham Newland Street Map
.Wokingham Railway Interchange, Stop 1 Map
.Woodford Green Bus Stop Outside St Aubyns School Map
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