Newcastle, Durham and Castles of the North – 2 Day Itinerary

Newcastle, Durham and Castles of the North – 2 Day Itinerary

2 Days

The North East of England has a distinctive character of its own. Perhaps it stems from the industrial heritage and modern day vibrancy of cities such as Newcastle and Gateshead, or perhaps it comes from the the historic and iconic castles perched on windswept hilltops. Bursting with heritage and many a story to tell, this itinerary packs hundreds of years of history into two days, for a real taste of the North East.

Getting To Newcastle

Visit Newcastle by air thanks to over 80 direct connections into Newcastle International Airport. The airport also benefits from multiple daily flights to and from hub airports across the world including London Heathrow, Dubai, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin. With a Metro station located at Newcastle International Airport, travelling by Metro couldn’t be easier.

The journey from the airport to Newcastle city centre (Haymarket, Monument or Central Station) takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes from approximately 5.44am (Sundays 6.27am) to 11.58pm.

Travelling to Newcastle by train is fast, direct and frequent from London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester

London King’s Cross – Newcastle – 2 hours 50 minutes
Edinburgh Waverley – Newcastle – 1 hour 25 minutes
Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria – Newcastle – 2hours 20 minutes
Birmingham New Street – Newcastle – 3 hours 15 minutes

For a one off rail trip, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through either ACP Rail, Rail Europe or Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest, most cost effective and relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys, any time of the day and the freedom to explore.

Day 1

A tale of two Cities: Newcastle and Durham

Newcastle and Durham

The twin cities of Newcastle and Durham complement each other perfectly – and this is never more evident than on the Tale of Two Cities tour. In Newcastle the tour takes in the impressive 1830s classic architecture of Grainger Town, before visiting the Castle, Cathedral and even stop-off at St James’ Park, a must for football fanatics. In Durham the tour continues on foot, giving the chance to explore the UNESCO-listed Castle and Cathedral that border Palace Green, before strolling along the River Wear. This picturesque walk is the perfect way to end the day, with a beautiful backdrop of pretty bridges and the Durham Cathedral.

Tour length: Full day tour.

Supplier Information

Name Northern Secrets Ltd
Category Tour Operator
Profile All our trips & tours are 100% tailor-made for you. A hand-crafted bespoke tour with Northern Secrets will not only help you make most of your holiday but turn a great trip into an unbelievable one, something special into something truly unforgettable.
Phone 01915009571
Email alex@northernsecrets.co.uk
Website http://www.northernsecrets.co.uk/
Private tours: All tours we offer are private tours, arranged on a bespoke basis.
FIT or Groups: FIT & Groups
Translation: German, English
Day 2

Castles of the North

Castles of the North

With more castles, fortresses and strongholds than any other part of Britain, and each with a tale to tell, Northumberland really is one of the most historic places in the country. The Castles of the North tour follows the Northumberland Coastal Route, stopping to admire Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Alnwick. As the second-largest inhabited castle after Windsor, the latter is particularly impressive. And if it looks familiar to some, this is because scenes from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed here. As time and interests allow, the stunning castles of Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Craster can also be seen on this tailor-made tour – with breathtaking settings for all three, we recommend that at least one of these is included if it can be squeezed in!

Tour length: Full day tour.

Supplier Information

Name Northern Secrets Ltd
Category Tour Operator
Profile All our trips & tours are 100% tailor-made for you. A hand-crafted bespoke tour with Northern Secrets will not only help you make most of your holiday but turn a great trip into an unbelievable one, something special into something truly unforgettable.
Phone 01915009571
Email alex@northernsecrets.co.uk
Website http://www.northernsecrets.co.uk/
Private tours: All tours we offer are private tours, arranged on a bespoke basis.
FIT or Groups: FIT & Groups
Translation: German, English

Britrail Pass

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

Book on the Visit Britain shop