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GOLD Kingdom of Northumbria & the Scottish Borders

GOLD Kingdom of Northumbria & the Scottish Borders

This tour covers a variety of splendid scenery, contrasting countryside, historic towns, rugged coastlines, rolling hills and quaint northern villages. The ancient Kingdom of Northumbria offers some of the most striking unspoilt beauty in England.

Holiday Highlights

 

Holy Island and Lindisfarne 

Beautiful Bamburgh 

Coldstream, Kelso and Tweed Valley 

Ford and Etal Villages 

Rothbury and Cragside House 

Historic Alnwick Gardens

 

Sunday

We depart and make our way to
Northumberland where we enjoy 5 nights stay
with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Monday

Today we make our way to Alnwick and
a visit to the delightful Alnwick Castle and
Garden, described by the Victorians as the
‘Windsor of the North’. The Castle has recently
featured in the Harry Potter films and Alnwick
Garden was the inspiration of the Duchess of
Northumberland and offers much to discover
including water sculptures, the Grand Cascade
and the infamous Poison Garden.

Tuesday

Leaving after breakfast our day begins
with a visit to the villages of Ford and Etal, a vast
rural estate with Visitor Centre and the Black Bull,
Northumberland’s only thatched roof pub. Whilst
here we include a visit to Lady Waterford Hall, a
ride on the Heatherslaw steam light railway and a
visit to the Heatherslaw corn mill. From here we
head for the Scottish Borders region and the
most Northern town in England, Berwick-uponTweed, with its ruined Castles and Tower.

Wednesday

Our excursion takes us across the
causeway to Holy Island and the mysterious
Lindisfarne Castle – visible in the distance from
Bamburgh. We return to Bamburgh for free time,
maybe to visit the majestic castle on the beach
or the Grace Darling Museum.PLEASE NOTE: The crossing of the causeway to
Holy Island is governed by tide times. It may be
necessary to amend this excursion.

Thursday

We journey through beautiful
countryside to the capital of Coquetdale,
Rothbury, which was once a popular health resort
where people came to take the air in its riverside
setting of wide open spaces and delightful
scenery. From here we head for magnificent
Cragside House, now in the care of the National
Trust. Cragside was the first house to be lit by
electricity – a wonder of the Victorian age.

Friday

After breakfast we leave and begin our
journey home

Your Hotel

The Holiday Inn Gosforth Park

The Holiday Inn Gosforth Park is an ideal

base for this holiday and facilities include indoor

swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna and

spa bath. All bedrooms are en suite with TV,

telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel has a 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.

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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