Rugged Northumberland: Holy Island & Cragside

The wild coastline and countryside of Northumberland is steeped in history, from one of the finest medieval castles in the country to one of the National Trust’s most popular houses, Cragside.


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5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Alnwick Castle and Garden, Newcastle, Cragside & Holy Island
  • Guided tour of Alnwick Castle and Garden
  • Guided tour of Newcastle
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Alnwick Castle and Garden, Newcastle, Cragside & Holy Island
  • Guided tour of Alnwick Castle and Garden
  • Guided tour of Newcastle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park

The modern Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park is surrounded by 12 acres of parkland close to Newcastle city centre. As well as well-appointed guest rooms, the hotel also offers a bar and lounge and leisure facilities including an indoor pool, gym, solarium and sauna.

Single Supplements Apply

Hotel Rating

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service. 

Excursion One - Alnwick Castle & Garden
Still home to the Duke of Northumberland and his family, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. We enjoy a guided tour of the superlative Alnwick Garden, set around a cascading fountain, and surrounding ‘Capability’ Brown landscape before heading to the castle. Here our guided tour explores the history of the Percy family through the eclectic array of furniture and art they collected and displayed in the impressive State Rooms. Alnwick also featured in the hugely popular TV series Downton Abbey.

Excursion Two - Newcastle & Cragside
We enjoy a guided tour of Newcastle, with its inspiring heritage and acclaimed architecture. In the historical centre of the city stands the Castle Keep, one of the finest Norman stone castle keeps surviving in Britain today, while Grainger Town is home to elegant streets lined with stylish Georgian and Victorian buildings. Newcastle also boasts a redeveloped quayside where the iconic Millennium Bridge, the world’s only tilting bridge, is situated.

We then head to Cragside, built high into the rock above the clear waters of Debdon Burn. Once the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong, this imposing house is packed to the rafters with fascinating gadgets from the era. It was also the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and in 2014, a fully-working Archimedes Screw was installed, once again producing enough energy to light the house.

Excursion Three - Holy Island & Northumberland Heritage Coast
We start with a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast. Only accessible twice a day at low tide, this beautiful unspoilt island is where Christianity first took hold in Britain. We pay a visit to Lindisfarne Priory and museum and follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago. The field adjacent to Lindisfarne Castle, the Gertrude Jekyll Edwardian garden and the Lime Kilns are well worth visiting and we recommend sampling the world famous Lindisfarne Mead, a unique fortified wine made on the island and known by many as ‘the nectar of the gods’. 

We round off the day with a scenic drive, taking in the stunning vistas, rugged scenery and vast sandy beaches of the unspoilt Northumberland Heritage Coast.

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 - Alnwick Castle & Garden
Still home to the Duke of Northumberland and his family, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. We enjoy a guided tour of the superlative Alnwick Garden, set around a cascading fountain, and surrounding ‘Capability’ Brown landscape before heading to the castle. Here our guided tour explores the history of the Percy family through the eclectic array of furniture and art they collected and displayed in the impressive State Rooms. Alnwick also featured in the hugely popular TV series Downton Abbey.

Excursion Two - Newcastle & Cragside
We enjoy a guided tour of Newcastle, with its inspiring heritage and acclaimed architecture. In the historical centre of the city stands the Castle Keep, one of the finest Norman stone castle keeps surviving in Britain today, while Grainger Town is home to elegant streets lined with stylish Georgian and Victorian buildings. Newcastle also boasts a redeveloped quayside where the iconic Millennium Bridge, the world’s only tilting bridge, is situated.

We then head to Cragside, built high into the rock above the clear waters of Debdon Burn. Once the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong, this imposing house is packed to the rafters with fascinating gadgets from the era. It was also the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and in 2014, a fully-working Archimedes Screw was installed, once again producing enough energy to light the house.

Excursion Three - Holy Island & Northumberland Heritage Coast
We start with a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast. Only accessible twice a day at low tide, this beautiful unspoilt island is where Christianity first took hold in Britain. We pay a visit to Lindisfarne Priory and museum and follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago. The field adjacent to Lindisfarne Castle, the Gertrude Jekyll Edwardian garden and the Lime Kilns are well worth visiting and we recommend sampling the world famous Lindisfarne Mead, a unique fortified wine made on the island and known by many as ‘the nectar of the gods’. 

We round off the day with a scenic drive, taking in the stunning vistas, rugged scenery and vast sandy beaches of the unspoilt Northumberland Heritage Coast.

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%

Please note: Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is closed throughout 2017 for a major restoration project. Access to Holy Island is limited by tides therefore visiting times will vary. 

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