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Alnwick & the Kingdom of Northumbria

Alnwick & the Kingdom of Northumbria

5 days to Northumbria including Alnwick Gardens, Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne


5 days to Northumbria including Alnwick Gardens, Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne


The beautiful, historic market town of Alnwick (pronounced like 'panic') has quickly become one of the country's top tourist destinations. Located just 5 miles from Northumberland's heritage coastline and roughly in the centre of the County, equidistant from Berwick and Newcastle, it makes a great base from which to explore. The town has a population of just under 10,000 and with it's old buildings and cobbled streets has recently had the honour of being voted the best place to live in the UK. The town's history is evident everywhere you look, it dates back to 600AD and has thrived ever since.


Alnwick Gardens

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. Designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, The Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play. From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight. The Garden is a space designed to be enjoyed by all your senses, with a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms and countless opportunities to get wet in The Garden’s water sculptures.


Great North Museum

This award-winning museum is situated in the heart of Newcastle and includes a wealth of cultural, archeological and historical displays from the local area and beyond. The Living Planet gallery spans the ground and first floor of the museum and tells the story of wildlife and habitats. Also on the ground floor, the Hadrian's Wall gallery enables visitors to discover the detailed history of the World Heritage Site as well as finding out about all the forts, milecastles and associated museums that can be visited today. The gallery includes a wealth of archaeological finds from across the 73 mile stretch of Hadrian's Wall. Also on the ground floor is Fossil Stories, which uses fossils to show major changes to the landscape and the animals and plants that were around millions of years ago. It also features a T. Rex replica skeleton. On the first floor of the Museum visitors can discover the world of the Ancient Egyptians - including two mummies - and marvel at important collections of Greek and Etruscan art and archaeology. Natural Northumbria uncovers what is special about the North East of England's animals and plants exploring woodlands, uplands, lowlands, and coastal areas. World Cultures showcases objects in the Museum collections from across the world including the Islands of the Pacific, the great land masses of Africa and Asia, the plains of North America, as well some parts of Europe (including Newcastle, of course).



Situated off the Northumberland coast, Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is linked to the mainland by a causeway which is covered by the tide twice a day. In 635AD Saint Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on the island. From here the Christian message flourished throughout the world and Lindisfarne is possibly the holiest site of Anglo-Saxon England. Although the Priory is now in ruins, it is impressive how much of the building stands today and the rooms of the priory can still be easily identified. The rainbow arch is one of the most incredible features of the Priory and amazingly has survived despite the tower above it collapsing over 200 years ago.


Bamburgh Castle

Situated 150 feet above magnificent Bamburgh Beach, the magnificent Bamburgh Castle is England's finest coastal fortress. Explore the extraordinary grounds and staterooms which cover nine, glorious acres of the UK’s best-loved coastline. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing the coast open out beneath you, with sweeping views towards the Farne Islands, Holy Island and Bamburgh village from this extraordinary viewpoint, or its treasure filled staterooms, including the castle’s centrepiece – The King’s Hall, discover a fortress like no other at Bamburgh Castle. Follow in the footsteps of Uhtred into the real Last Kingdom of Bebbanburg, an Anglo-Saxon citadel where saint kings ruled the Kingdom of Northumbria. Discover a Norman stronghold, Royal seat and the first castle in the world to fall to gunpowder. Bamburgh Castle remains the private, family seat of the Armstrong family to this day and has starred in countless films and small screen productions. 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head to Hexham for lunch and chance to visit the 12th century abbey. We leave mid afternoon for the journey to Alnwick and our hotel the White Swan. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Morning free in Alnwick. In the afternoon we include admission to Alnwick Garden, the inspiration of the Duchess of Northumberland and offers much to discover including water sculptures, the Grand Cascade and the infamous Poison Garden. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

We journey along the Northumberland coast, passing through Alnmouth, Warkworth, Amble and Woodhorn heading towards the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Here we enjoy a visit to the Great North Museum, with its wide range of cultural and historical displays from the region, as well as a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. Afterwards, enjoy free time in Newcastle. Dinner on our return to Alnwick.

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Day 4

After a leisurely breakfast we take a drive along the scenic north east heritage coastline and cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. We have time at leisure to explore and enjoy lunch before we visit Bamburgh Castle, one of the most impressive looking castles in England. It was the Royal Seat of the Kings of Northumbria and holds a treasure trove collection of unique pieces. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

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Day 5

A final breakfast in the hotel, we then head to the ancient and historic City of Durham, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, high above the River Wear. Time at leisure and to obtain lunch before we leave late afternoon for the journey back to Cumbria


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The White Swan Hotel ***


Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick, the White Swan is a charming, 300-year-old coaching inn. The hotel is probably best known for its Olympic Dining Suite

which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the Titanic’s sister ship. All bedrooms are en-suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. No Lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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