Newcastle, Royal Strongholds and Lindisfarne Island - 2 Day Itinerary

Newcastle, Royal Strongholds and Lindisfarne Island - 2 Day Itinerary

2 Days

Windswept castles and heritage homes form a huge part of North East England’s culture and history, and this itinerary highlights the very best. Newcastle may be known for its famous football club and its role in the Industrial Revolution, but it’s the city’s commanding fortress that really demonstrates how rich the history is here. After all, ‘The Castle’ is what gave the city its name. And if that’s not enough, nearby strongholds like those at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Belsay and Lindisfarne showcase the region’s commitment to powerful fortifications that could withstand an army, whilst being full of charm, character and beauty.

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


City Sightseeing: Newcastle Bus Tour

Ticking off 17 Newcastle and Gateshead landmarks in just 24 hours may seem like an impossible feat, but the Citysightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour makes it a breeze. Designed so visitors can get a snapshot of the twin Northern cities, while also getting their bearings, the open-top double-decker bus affords 360-degree views and the option to ‘hop off’ whenever passengers feel like it. Don’t miss stop 6 and St James’ Park – Newcastle United’s famous football stadium – or Quayside at stop 11, where the Grade I-listed Guildhall building can be found.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: Upper Deck – 47, Lower Deck – 27
Frequency: Half hourly 1/7 to 15/9 – hourly other dates
Private tours: Not available
Contact: Becki Cunningham or Charlotte Mander
Translation: Only English available

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Newcastle United Stadium Tour

A must for any football fan, a tour of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park promises an access all areas look at this hallowed stadium, which has been home to the club since 1892. Learn all about the team’s heritage – including its failures and successes – and go behind the scenes as the guide leads visitors into Executive Boxes (including the Director’s Box) and through the changing rooms. There’s also the chance to stand at the highest point in the stadium and walk through the Players’ Tunnel, out towards the pitch.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: Minimum 15
Maximum 30
Frequency: Private bookings or public tour for min of 15 weekdays: 12.30pm and 2.30pm weekends: 11.30am,12.30pm and 2.30pm
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Only English available

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National Trust Pass for overseas visitors

The National Trust Touring Pass gives visitors access to over 300 properties across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It offers a chance to learn all about the history and architecture of this diverse range of castles, gardens and stately homes, particularly in the North East, where the density of stunning strongholds and mansions is high. Some of the most beautiful, culture-filled spots here include the ruins at Lindisfarne Priory – a dramatic Medieval monastery – and 16th-century Lindisfarne Castle, with its photogenic island location. The Farne Islands, home to puffins, seals and guillemots, in addition to Cragside House and Gardens and Wallington Hall, should also not be missed.

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English Heritage Pass for overseas visitors

Giving access to over 100 castles, ruins and monuments across England, the English Heritage Pass is a great way to get under the skin of the country’s history. In the North East visit Northumberland’s Warkworth Castle, a huge fortress that dates back to the 1150s; its cross-shaped keep is a real must-see. Lovers of photogenic landscapes will fall for coastal Dunstanburgh Castle, while the Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum showcases one of the most famous sections of Hadrian’s Wall – perfect for history buffs. For a mix of styles, from Greek Revival mansion to medieval fortress, head to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.

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Day 2

Royal Strongholds and Lindisfarne Island

Royal Strongholds and Lindisfarne Island

Focusing on the historic sites of Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, the Royal Stronghold and Holy Island whole-day tour is an immersive and historic experience. As the Royal Seat of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is often lauded as one of the finest fortresses in Britain. There are 14 rooms to explore, along with a collection of over 3,000 artefacts. From here, visitors can also take in heart-stopping views across to Lindisfarne Island, the second stop on this tour. Located on a rocky tidal outcrop, Lindisfarne was one of the first places in the UK to be attacked by the Vikings, and has been a Tudor fort and an Edwardian home. Simply put, it is bursting with history and character, all just waiting to be discovered.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 4-20
Frequency: Wednesday – Saturday
09.00am – 6.00pm
Private tours: Yes private tours available
Contact: +447734130422
FIT or Groups: FIT and Groups
Translation: Languages available on request: German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Mandarin

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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.

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