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Art, history & culture
|Price range||From £259|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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Lindisfarne and Alnwick garden - four days
- Return coach travel
- Three nights dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation at the three star Holiday Inn, Washington
- Entry to the Alnwick garden
- A visit to York, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne
- The services of a Newmarket tour manager
- Government taxes and service charges
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
We leave the local area early in the morning and head to the Newcastle area, stopping en route for the chance to have lunch. We then continue to our overnight hotel, arriving in good time to unpack and relax before dinner is served.
Today's highlight is our visit to the Alnwick garden. From the symmetrical design and 15,000-plus plants of the Ornamental Garden to the water sculptures arranged around a 'serpent' shaped from holly; and from the Poison Garden containing some of the world's deadliest beauties to the bamboo Labyrinth, there's simply so much to see. During your time here you'll also have the chance to explore Alnwick Castle itself. This magnificent medieval border fortress was extensively restored in the 19th Century, and was used as the location for Brancaster Castle in the latest Downton Abbey Christmas special. Newmarket guests are entitled to a specially negotiated entry rate, payable to your Tour Manager on site.
The second highlight of our break is our visit to Lindisfarne, the fabled offshore island only accessible at low tide via a narrow causeway. Stroll around the village and take in the fabulous views, visit Lindisfarne castle and the ancient priory ruin with its 'rainbow arch', or enjoy the interactive 'Lindisfarne Gospels' exhibition in the Lindisfarne centre (all entry fees payable locally). During the day we'll also visit Bamburgh, home of lighthouse-keeper's daughter, Grace Darling, before returning to our hotel in time for dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast we"ll begin our journey home, stopping en route in York, and arriving back in the local area by early to mid evening.
You will be staying in the three-star Holiday Inn, Washington. All rooms in this modern hotel have private facilities, colour TV, telephones and tea-and coffee-making facilities, and the hotel has good bar and restaurant facilities.