Hadrian’s Wall & Wordsworth’s Lake District

The jagged fells and tranquil lakes of the Lake District have proved an inspiring backdrop for some of our greatest poets and writers. Here we discover the story of the great poet William Wordsworth in many of the places he called home and where he spent much of his life. We combine the scenic landscapes of the Lakes with Hadrian’s Wall, the fascinating archaeological site built by the Romans as a fortification across Britain some two thousand years ago.


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5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Wordsworth House and Garden, Naworth Castle*, Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage, Ambleside, Hadrian’s Wall & Wallington
  • Out-of-hours guided tour at Wordsworth’s House
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Wordsworth House and Garden, Naworth Castle*, Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage, Ambleside, Hadrian’s Wall & Wallington
  • Out-of-hours guided tour at Wordsworth’s House
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Crown & Mitre Hotel

Built in 1905, the Crown & Mitre Hotel is located in the centre of Carlisle and retains many of its Edwardian features including an elegant sweeping staircase. The hotel features modern rooms with flat-screen satellite TV, a bar and restaurant plus an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Single Supplements Apply

Excursion One - Wordsworth House and Garden & Naworth Castle*
We head to the pretty town of Cockermouth to visit Wordsworth House and Garden. Birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth, this fine Georgian house is presented as it would have been when Wordsworth lived here and we experience late 18th-century life on our out-of-hours guided tour. The garden is planted as it would have been in the poet’s day with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

Afterwards, we visit the romantic medieval Naworth Castle, the private ancestral home of the Howard family. A border stronghold dating back to 1335, the castle was remodelled in the 16th and 17th centuries. Almost destroyed by a devastating fire in 1844, restoration began in 1850 but the interiors were the work of the 9th Earl of Carlisle who counted many of the eminent Pre Raphaelites, including William Morris, among his friends.

Excursion Two - Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage & Ambleside
We start with a visit to Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 until his death in 1850. Lying between Ambleside and Grasmere, the house commands glorious views of Lake Windermere and retains a lived-in, family atmosphere plus portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poet's work.

Next is Dove Cottage, home to Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808 and his first family home. Little changed since Wordsworth’s tenure, the story of the house and family is vividly told here, with many of Wordsworth’s furniture and possessions on display.

We finish the day in the bustling town of Ambleside situated on the northern shores of Lake Windermere where we have free time to explore at leisure. There’s also a chance to view the quirky National Trust-owned Bridge House, standing over Stock Beck.

Excursion Three - Hadrian’s Wall & Wallington
The Romans built Hadrian’s Wall as a fortification across Britain some two thousand years ago. We’ll explore part of this fascinating archaeological site before visiting Housesteads Roman Fort, Britain’s most complete Roman fort. Wander through the ruins of this ancient hilltop fortress and visit the fascinating museum, which gives an insight into the life of a Roman soldier.

We continue on to Wallington, the much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Fans of the Pre-Raphaelites will love Wallington’s Central Hall, decorated to resemble an Italian courtyard. Built towards the close of the 17th century, the rather plain Palladian exterior hides an interior brimming with interest, including wonderful collections of ceramics, paintings and needlework.

*Please note: On 14th May and 10th September departures, Naworth Castle is unavailable. It will be replaced by a visit to Tullie House Museum.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Excursion One - Wordsworth House and Garden & Naworth Castle*
We head to the pretty town of Cockermouth to visit Wordsworth House and Garden. Birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth, this fine Georgian house is presented as it would have been when Wordsworth lived here and we experience late 18th-century life on our out-of-hours guided tour. The garden is planted as it would have been in the poet’s day with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

Afterwards, we visit the romantic medieval Naworth Castle, the private ancestral home of the Howard family. A border stronghold dating back to 1335, the castle was remodelled in the 16th and 17th centuries. Almost destroyed by a devastating fire in 1844, restoration began in 1850 but the interiors were the work of the 9th Earl of Carlisle who counted many of the eminent Pre Raphaelites, including William Morris, among his friends.

Excursion Two - Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage & Ambleside
We start with a visit to Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 until his death in 1850. Lying between Ambleside and Grasmere, the house commands glorious views of Lake Windermere and retains a lived-in, family atmosphere plus portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poet's work.

Next is Dove Cottage, home to Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808 and his first family home. Little changed since Wordsworth’s tenure, the story of the house and family is vividly told here, with many of Wordsworth’s furniture and possessions on display.

We finish the day in the bustling town of Ambleside situated on the northern shores of Lake Windermere where we have free time to explore at leisure. There’s also a chance to view the quirky National Trust-owned Bridge House, standing over Stock Beck.

Excursion Three - Hadrian’s Wall & Wallington
The Romans built Hadrian’s Wall as a fortification across Britain some two thousand years ago. We’ll explore part of this fascinating archaeological site before visiting Housesteads Roman Fort, Britain’s most complete Roman fort. Wander through the ruins of this ancient hilltop fortress and visit the fascinating museum, which gives an insight into the life of a Roman soldier.

We continue on to Wallington, the much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Fans of the Pre-Raphaelites will love Wallington’s Central Hall, decorated to resemble an Italian courtyard. Built towards the close of the 17th century, the rather plain Palladian exterior hides an interior brimming with interest, including wonderful collections of ceramics, paintings and needlework.

*Please note: On 14th May and 10th September departures, Naworth Castle is unavailable. It will be replaced by a visit to Tullie House Museum.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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