Englands World Heritage Story - The North, Itineraries
Englands World Heritage Story - The North, Itineraries

Itineraries

BEST OF THE LAKE DISTRICT (3 DAYS)

Scheduled tour in a 16-seater Mercedes Sprinter for £480 Dinner DBB per person (Single supplement £70).Private tour in a 6-seater Mercedes Viano for £1950 Dinner DBB based on 2 people sharing.

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 3-day experience from either Manchester or Liverpool, including overnight accommodation at 4* Lindeth Howe Hotel and return transfers from Manchester or Liverpool.

This three-day tour of the world-famous Lake District covers most of England’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights include:

  • Entry to Hill Top Farm (once Beatrix Potter’s house), visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead.
  • A ride on La’al Ratty, the beloved Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow-gauge railway.
  • A visit to 14th-century Muncaster Castle with entry to the grounds, famed for its flower-filled gardens home to some of the world’s most beautiful and rare owls.
  • A scenic lake cruise.
  • A ½-day six lakes tour including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Thirlmere, Grasmere and Rydal Lake.

Scheduled tours depart Manchester on Monday and Saturday Mornings at 9am.
From Liverpool on Tuesday and Sunday at 9am.Private tours can start as per customer requirements.



BEST OF THE LAKE DISTRICT & HADRIAN’S WALL (4 DAYS)

Scheduled tour in a 16-seater Mercedes Sprinter for £675 Dinner DBB per person (Single supplement £95).

Private tour in a 6-seater Mercedes Viano for £2,500 Dinner DBB based on 2 people sharing.

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 4-day experience from either Manchester or Liverpool, including overnight accommodation at 4* Lindeth Howe Hotel and return transfers from Manchester or Liverpool.

Highlights include:

  • Entry to Hill Top Farm (once Beatrix Potter’s house), a lake cruise & a visit to Tarn Hows and Hawkshead.

  • The High Adventure Tour of the western Lake District, a full-day tour that follows the path of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s legions in the 2nd century AD, when they built roads over two of the highest – and most scenic - mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott.

  • A ride on La’al Ratty, the beloved Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow-gauge railway.

  • A visit to 14th-century Muncaster Castle with entry to the grounds, famed for its flower-filled gardens home to some of the world’s most beautiful and rare owls.

  • A Roman Britain & Hadrian’s Wall tour, including a visit to Lanercost Augustinian Priory, entry included to both the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda archaeological site.

  • A ½-day six lakes tour including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Thirlmere, Grasmere and Rydal Lake.

  • If travelling to/from Liverpool, includes an extra World Heritage Site in the city’s waterfront, including the Beatles Story.

Scheduled tours depart Manchester City Centre on Wednesday mornings at 9am.
From Liverpool City Centre on Thursday at 9am. Private tours can start as per customer requirements.

THREE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
PRIVATE TOUR FROM NEWCASTLE (4 DAYS)

Private tour in a 6-seater Mercedes Viano for £2,900; DBB based on 2 people sharing.

Explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this four-day private tour departing from Newcastle – Durham Castle & Cathedral; Hadrian’s Wall; and Lake District National Park with accommodation in 4-star luxury hotels Slaley Hall and Armathwaite Hall.

Highlights include:

  • See Durham’s old city, including visits to 11th-century Durham Cathedral and (outside of term time) the adjacent castle, which is part of Durham University. Guided tours subject to availability.
  • A Roman Britain & Hadrian’s Wall tour, including a visit to Lanercost Augustinian Priory, entry included to both the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda archaeological site.

  • A full-day Lake District Tour, including the 4000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, the picturesque market town of Keswick and a visit to Grasmere, once home to William Wordsworth and still home to Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread shop.


EXCLUSIVE YORKSHIRE & DURHAM WORLD HERITAGE
SITE TOUR FROM NEWCASTLE/MANCHESTER (3 DAYS)

Private tour in a 6-seater Mercedes Viano for £2,250 Dinner DBB based on 2 people sharing.

Explore Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Saltaire Village and Studley Royal Gardens & Fountains Abbey – and Durham on this exclusive, privately guided three-day tour with accommodation at the newly opened five-star Grantley Hall, a 17th-century stately home recently transformed into one of northern England’s most exclusive hotels.

Highlights also include:

  • A visit to Haworth, the handsome Yorkshire village that was home of the Bronte family.

  • Saltaire Village – a fine example of northern industrial heritage.

  • See Durham’s old city, including visits to 11th-century Durham Cathedral and (outside of term time) the adjacent castle, which is part of Durham University. Guided tours subject to availability.

  • Studley Royal Park & Fountains Abbey with its 900 year old abbey ruins and Georgian Water Garden.

  • Includes private transfers to and from either Newcastle or Manchester airports.


THE GRAND TOUR (5 DAYS; £4250, INCL 5* ACCOMMODATION

Private tour in a 6-seater Mercedes Viano for £4,250 Dinner DBB based on 2 people sharing.

Visit all six of the North of England’s World Heritage sites in just five days. Your journey can start at either Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle with collection at their airports or railway stations, we can also arrange collection from Edinburgh or London if required. Your knowledgeable driver guide will show you the very best the North has to offer.

Details:

  • Private, guided visits to all six World Heritage Sites

  • Day One Saltaire - Studley Royal Water Park & Fountains (O/N Grantley Hall)

  • Day Two Durham Castle & Cathedral - (O/N Slaley Hall)

  • Day Three Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum - Lake District (O/N Armathwaite)

  • Day Four Lake District - Liverpool (O/N Hard Days Night Hotel)

  • Day Five Tour of Albert Dock & Beatles Story, Liverpool - Manchester


Englands World Heritage Story - The North, Itineraries

Additional Options

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS – LAKE DISTRICT

Option 1: The Grand Victorian Circular Tour (add £100 based on 2 people).

The Lake District is the birthplace of modern tourism. A recognition of the region’s stunning beauty coupled with the opening of the Windermere railway line in 1847 led to the development of mass tourism as a popular concept.

  • A full-day tour retracing the steps of Victorian & Edwardian tourists.

  • Trip on Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, a 3.2-mile-long heritage railway.

  • Cross Windermere aboard a Lake Cruise Steamer.

  • Visit the new Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories, one of the world’s most important collections of boats related to a single location, telling the story of boating on Windermere from 1780 to present day.

  • Sail across Bowness Bay to Ferry House and stroll to Claife Viewing Station,
    a good stop for lunch with views over Windermere.

  • Depart Claife Viewing Station via Sawrey and Hawkshead to Coniston Pier.

  • Board the Steam Yacht Gondola originally built in 1859 by the Furness Railway Company. Enjoy the charm of luxury once experienced by wealthy Victorians. Take in unrivalled views of the Coniston Fells and listen to the commentary of the history and area.


Option 2: Lake District Literature Tour

(add £200 based on 2 people, including entrance & private tour of Armitt Library)

The outstanding landscapes and scenery of the Lake District inspired novelists, storytellers and poets for over two centuries, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Alfred Wainwright and Beatrix Potter. Explore the Lake District through their eyes.

  • Visit Wray Castle on the western shores of Windermere, where the teenage Beatrix Potter spent her summer holidays.

  • Visit medieval Hawkshead, home to the Beatrix Potter gallery, a 17th-century house where her husband once lived; and the oldest Quaker meeting house in Cumbria.

  • Visit Hill Top Farm, Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, which she bought in 1905 with the proceeds of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and is a time capsule of her life.

  • Explore Tarn Hows, recommended for walkers in Wordsworth’s 1835 guide of the Lake District (it was partially bought by Beatrix Potter in 1930 and left to the National Trust in her will).

  • Visit Brantwood House, once owned by Victorian artist John Ruskin, on Coniston. Explore the lake that was the setting for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons and where Donald Campbell set the water speed record
    in 1967 before his tragic death.

  • Travel through the beautiful Langdale Valley to Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth for 14 years, and Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread shop, which has been in business since 1854. [Note: Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home, is closed for renovation until 2020, Rydal Mount is available to visit].

  • An exclusive, private tour with a historian at Armitt Library & Museum in Ambleside. This extraordinary resource was established in 1912 and features first editions and rare books by a host of writers, some of which will be produced for guests to examine.


ADDITIONAL OPTIONS – HADRIAN’S WALL

The Vindolanda VIP package (add £275 based on 2 people).

Depart your accommodation for a fascinating day in the sites of the Roman World and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall.

  • Meet at Westgate for beginning of VIP tour. A one-hour walk through the site including introduction to the site, the remains and details of the ongoing excavations at Vindolanda, where volunteers uncover treasures most day during the summer months.

  • Handling some of the treasures under the guidance of the archaeologist

  • Free time to explore the museum and its superb collection of artefacts, including the Vindolanda Writing Tablets.

  • A short drive to the Roman Army Museum, on the site of Carvoran Roman Fort. The multimedia museum successfully recreates the typical life of a Roman soldier during the 1st century AD. VIP visitors will receive a complimentary copy of the Vindolanda guide book.

  • A visit to the 13th-century Augustinian Lanercost Priory, with free time to visit the church and priory ruins, where Edward I lived for six months during the Scottish campaign of 1306-7.


Englands World Heritage Story - The North, Itineraries

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