England’s Lost Kingdom of The North

Join us for an epic journey through landscapes and magnificent sites at the edge of England.

The Lost Kingdom of the North

3-day Guided Tour

In the centuries after the Roman Empire retreated from Great Britain, a new kingdom emerged that extended both sides of the great wall built by Emperor Hadrian after 122CE. This kingdom was Northumberland – literally, the land north of the River Humber.  It became England’s cradle of Christianity – bringing unifying belief, re-introducing writing, shaping identity, and embedding the foundations of a new civilisation.

Join us for an epic story with magnificent sites including Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Hadrian’s Wall, Whitby and its Abbey, and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

We travel through the landscapes, time and imagination of Northumberland, the lost kingdom – from the frontier of the Roman Empire to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.

Highlights

  • Durham Cathedral – an extraordinary statement of power for a new Empire – the Normans.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers along Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Sea-boat voyage to the Holy Island – seals, seabirds, spirituality – and Viking destruction
  • Alnwick Castle – great fortress for England’s defence against the Scots. Famous again as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
  • Alnwick’s gardens one of the best in Britain – with fabulous tree-house cafe. Take extra care in the Poison Garden!
  • Whitby – a great seaside day out in this ancient harbour town.
  • Northumberland’s coast – vast beaches, fishing villages and a succession of mighty castles.

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Tour Details

Departure Date

Departures in July and August. Please enquire for details (see Contact Us – below).

Leaving

9.30 Tuesday – Sheffield Train Station

Return

19.30 Thursday – Sheffield Train Station

Inclusions

Two nights Bed & Breakfast in 4* hotel. Coach transport. Admission fees – as identified. Boat trip to Holy Island. Fully guided and hosted service, in English and Chinese.

Exclusions

Lunch, Dinner and other refreshments.  Our guides will advise you about places to eat. Guests can choose their own meal.

Price

From £445 per person.

Itinerary

Tuesday

Durham and Durham Cathedral – the shrine of Saint Cuthbert, the founding father of Christianity in northern England. Durham is one of the most impressive Cathedrals from the years after the Norman Conquest in 1066.  It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a magnificent setting above a bend in the River Wear.

The historic quayside on the River Tyne at Newcastle- upon-Tyne. You can climb to the roof of the Baltic Art Gallery for a great view of the city, and the iconic Tyne Bridge.

Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrians Wall – another World Heritage Site on the wall that separated ancient England and Scotland, once marking the frontier of the vast Roman Empire.

Wednesday

To the fishing village of Seahouses, where we take the early morning boat to the Farne Islands for seals and seabirds, then to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This is a spiritual place, where early monks lived and produced some of the most important art and writing in the UK. We visit the Castle and the remains of the Monastery.

We drive along the coast past Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles, then arrive at the lovely town of Alnwick

Alnwick Castle is a great place to visit.  You will find out about its long history, and the gardens are some of the most impressive and enjoyable in the country.  There’s a fabulous tree-house cafe as well.  But you probably already know the Castle already – as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts in the films.

Thursday

To Whitby – one of the best sea-side places in England.  We start high above the town at the magnificent ruined Abbey – find out about its significance in helping unify the people of these islands in 664CE.  Head down the steps into the town and harbour below.  We’ll help you find the great places to visit, or stay with your host for a guided tour.  Our top recommendation is that Whitby is probably one of the best places in the Uk for fish and chips!

Advice

Useful Information

Even in good weather, make sure you bring a waterporof and clothing that will keep you warm – always handy for our boat trip.

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