Castles of the North

Castles of the North

Discover the best of Northumberland with this 5 day holiday, visit the medieval market town of Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle and Cragside House.

Quality Hotel, Boldon

Situated in Boldon Business Park, the Quality Hotel is within 5 miles of Newcastle and 6 miles of Sunderland. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, an onsite bar and restaurant, and a leisure club. The Quality Hotel offers room with a 32-inch plasma TV, an iron, and tea and coffee making facilities. The private bathroom includes a heated towel rail, personalised toiletries, and a hairdryer. You can take advantage of the hotels leisure facilities and enjoy the indoor pool, steam room, sauna and fitness centre.


Price Includes:

  • Luxury Coach travel with experienced driver

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Entrance to Alnwick Castle

  • Entrance to Bamburgh Castle

  • Entrance to Cragside House


We leave the local area and make our way to the Quality Hotel Boldon. On arrival, we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee as our luggage is taken to our room. There will be time to settle in prior to dinner this evening.


Today we make our way to the medieval market town of Alnwick which still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys, and fine stone buildings. Here it is possible to visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens. The castle is one of the finest medieval castles in England and famously known to many as 'Hogwarts' in the Harry Potter movies. The gardens are believed to be one of the oldest walled gardens in the world, surrounded by walls over 250 years old.


After breakfast, we take a drive along the scenic heritage coastline and may cross the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to Lindisfarne Castle, one of the most distinct and picturesque features on the island. There will be some leisurely time to explore and have lunch before we make our way to Bamburgh Castle. Perched on rocks at the edge of the sea, this castle boasts magnificent views of the Farne Islands.
Note: Today is subject to tidal times.


This morning, we make our way to Cragside House, former home of the famous inventor, Lord Armstrong. In 1878, Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The house is magnificent and beautiful with a lived-in atmosphere. After our visit we will make a lunch stop in the traditional market town of Rothbury, known as the 'Capital of Croquetdale', a picturesque town surrounded by lovely rolling hills.


After breakfast, we leave our hotel and make our way back home.

Monday 27th August 2018

5 days

Price per adult twin or double: £389.00

Single supplement: Nil (limited availability)

Price per child: £269.00 (under 12 years, sharing with 2 adults)


Full deposit £30.00 per person


Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Annan Bus Stop at Market Square, Beside the war memorial
Annan DG12 6AN
Aspatria 1 Bus Stop outside Library Car Park
Market Square, Aspatria CA7 3HB
Carlisle/Travel Centre Reays Travel Centre, 11-13 Devonshire Street
Carlisle CA3 8LG
Cockermouth, Aldi Aldi Cockermouth, Low Road,
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 4HH
Distington Rathbone's, Main Street
Main Street, Distington, Workington CA14 5XJ
Dumfries Tourist Information Centre, Whitesands
64 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS
Eastriggs Bus Stop, Annan Road (opposite Halifax Road)
Eastriggs, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway DG12 6QF
Egremont Market Place bus stop, opposite Heron Foods,
Egremont CA22 2AA
Harrington, Galloping Hor Galloping Horse Inn, 95 Main Road
High Harrington, Workington CA14 4NQ
Keswick Booth's Store, Bus Station
Tithebarn Street, Keswick CA12 5EA
Maryport, Curzon Street Co-op Store, Curzon Street
Maryport CA15 6DA
Penrith Railway Station Car Park
Ullswater Road, Penrith CA11 7JQ
Shap Memorial Hall
Tebay Truckstop Services (M6 Junction 38)
Thursby Bus Stop, Village Green
Thursby, CA5 6PE
Whitehaven Bus Stop (opposite Shipwrights Arms)
Whitehaven, CA28 7XE
Wigton Bus Station, King Street
Wigton CA7 9EP
Wigton Depot Reays Coaches Depot, Strawberry Fields, Syke Park
Wigton CA7 9NE
Workington Seaton Bus Stop (opposite M&S Car Park)
Workington CA14 3AB

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Reays Coaches Ltd, Strawberry Fields,

Syke Park, Wigton, CA7 9NE

Tel: 016973 49999


Company No: 3910309

VAT No: 843 1444 43

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