The Great Houses of Northumberland (and Newcastle from the River Tyne)

The Great Houses of Northumberland (and Newcastle from the River Tyne)

Dumfries and Galloway Northumberland Study Tour

The programme for this 4 day, 3 night trip is being arranged to visit interesting and varied places with an architectural theme but designed to be of interest to all. It will include some exclusive features especially for the AHSS.

The trip will be based at the 4* Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa set in the heart of Northumberland.

The original Hall, designed by John Dobson and built in 1818, stands in its own 10 acre estate and its elegantly refurbished rooms offer a relaxing stay with free internet, TVs and tea/coffee making facilities.

Our journey to Northumberland will see us traverse the military road running alongside the Hadrians Wall and include a visit to the Sill. This is Northumberland National Park Authority’s £14.8m state of the art visitor centre on Hadrians Wall.

The varied programme will visit Howick Hall and gardens. Chipchase and Coupland Castles- neither of which are open to the public, Ford village and Lady Waterford Hall, with Meldon House and gardens and Chillingham Castle also on the itinerary. Most of these visits will include a guided tour.

Highlights of the last day include a visit to Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle, a river cruise on the Tyne and we hope to see the Millennium Bridge open before heading home, stopping for a mean on the way. We are also aiming to include one or two other surprise venues.

Our last evening in the hotel will include a pre dinner talk by an interesting and entertaining guest speaker. Our aim is to arrange an enjoyable and flexible visit to suit everyone. The venues are located in close proximity to each other to minimise time on the coach. For the less energetic the variety of venues caters for all capabilities with plenty of seating available.

The cost of the trip will include all travel, accommodation, entrance fees and meals (including lunches, coffees and teas) but excludes alcoholic beverages.

The tour is proving very popular with our own members and with others from across Scotland and the North of England.  However, there are still a few places remaining but please contact andy_j_mcnab@hotmail.com for more details.  Bookings close early February.

Image by Andrew Curtis / Chillingham Castle / CC BY-SA 2.0

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