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Group Travel Guide

2010

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When does a place become part of you?

When you experience the warmth of a real North East England welcome.

North East England takes in Northumberland, NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside & North Tyneside, Tees Valley & Durham. Getting here by road is easy via the A1/A1 (M), A19, A66 and A68, there are fast rail connections to the rest of the country, two international airports and major ferry links. 2

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North East England where you can go back in time, stand out from the crowd or experience it all.

Every choice groups will ever want - and more!

Be part of it! Some well known personalities in the group travel sector have given their impressions of North East England as a group travel destination. Look out for their comments within the guide.

Welcome, inside you'll find all you need to help you make a successful group visit to one of England’s hottest group destinations. Visitor attractions, accommodation options, meal stop ideas, suggested itineraries and sources of further information. We'll also show you our

SIMON CALDER, Travel Editor of the Independent, TV & Radio Presenter. Simon became travel editor for The Independent in 1994 and began presenting for BBC2's Travel Show and the Holiday programme on BBC1. He now presents on LBC 97.3 and contributes regularly to BBC Breakfast News and GMTV and produces a weekly travel blog for Sky.com.

history & heritage and our cultural attractions and help you feel the warmth and friendliness of our welcome. With great ideas for off-the-beaten track breaks and a passionate and dedicated travel trade team to help you with any questions - it just couldn’t be easier to discover the spectacular and totally original North East England. Need more information? Visit our website, call or email:

TOM KEATING, North East England Blue Badge Guide. Tom is Chairman of the North East England Tourist Guides. He is also a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, Durham Tour Guides and the Group Travel Organisers Association.

STEVE REED, SRT Tourism. Based in Corbridge, Northumberland. SRT Tourism is a nationally recognised tourism consultancy with a strong emphasis on group travel. Putting tour planners together with hotels, attractions and tourist destinations, from all over the UK.

Jan Williams, North East England Blue Badge Guide. Jan was winner of the North East England Tourism Awards 2005 for "Best Tourism Ambassador", winner of the SMILE 2005 Tourism Employees Award and runner up for "Special Ambassador for Tourism” 2005 Alive Awards.

ROB YANDELL, Managing Editor & Publisher, Group Leisure Magazine. Rob has travelled the world, attending exhibitions & events in his capacity as managing editor & publisher of the entire Group Leisure portfolio. He was awarded elite status of the Group Travel Organisers' Association in 2007 for outstanding contribution to the GTOA.

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Living

2,000 YEARS OF TRADITION

heritage...

Wall To Wall Castles One of the main highlights of any trip to North East England is the first view of Bamburgh Castle sitting on top of its “rock”, proud and elegant demanding respect from all around. North East England was highly important during past centuries in terms of the defence of the realm and this is why it was so heavily fortified - it was on the front line; the marauding Scots to the north and west, Vikings to the east - even the Romans had difficulty with the Barbarians from the North! Hadrian’s Wall is proof enough of that. This meant fortifications and castles - Berwick’s old ruined Castle and its Elizabethan walls were built for defence from both land and sea and these walls now provide for a fine walk and a chance to disappear into the museums! In fact, there are more castles in Northumberland than any other county in England - some like Alnwick, Bamburgh and Raby are family homes - others like Lumley and Langley are hotels. But the atmosphere within each is special - listen to the tales and let your imagination take over!

Spiritual Sanctuaries North East England is an area of real significance - from the simplistic early monastic lifestyles associated with Holy Island and churches like the tiny Escomb Saxon Church to the later rich majesty of Hexham Abbey and the sheer elegance and magnitude of Durham Cathedral.

“Powerful Bishops” They all tell the tale of a rise from impoverished monks to affluent and the most powerful Prince Bishops, a heritage full of intrigue and powerful struggles!

Durham Cathedral, Durham City

Medieval castles and defences, Hadrian's Wall and Roman remains, grand country houses, ancient villages and characterful market towns - feel the past - it's all around you.

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Cragside, Northumberland

...let the history of North East England take you back to past times!

Grand Designs In the past one way of proclaiming a successful and wealthy life was to design and build your own spectacular house incorporating your own ideas, moulded with your own personality. North East England has an abundance of great houses, from Classical Greek revival villas, 18th century Palladian mansions and spectacular gardens of all shapes and sizes incorporating exotic plants, mazes and rolling parkland. They all give an insight into the people who built them. Enjoy the sights of some exotic - sometimes eccentric but always fascinating architectural wonders!

Living Legacies Not only can you visit many of these ancient historical buildings, country houses and gardens, you can also find out how people lived in these times. People like Lord Armstrong, the engineering giant and inventor who was the first person to install hydro-electricity into his famous home at Cragside.

“the living Museum of the North” At the famous Beamish Museum, “the living Museum of the North” discover how local people lived and worked in the early eighteen and nineteen hundreds. Whilst Woodhorn reflects on the social and cultural lives of the mining communities who could not afford sumptuous country houses or stately homes. It holds the County's records so why not delve into your family tree and maybe find a connection to the people who lived and worked here! Maritime heritage is strong here especially in Tees Valley. Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience replicates an 18th century seaport complete with its own ship, the copper bottomed HMS Trincomalee. Look out for the period costumed sailors who may even fire a few flintlocks!.

“NORTH EAST ENGLAND IS A FORWARD LOOKING GROUP DESTINATION with a fascinating and sometimes turbulent past to explore. One of my favourite’s is Beamish, one of those special places for groups. It’s been here for many years yet always has something different to offer visitors. Whether it’s the 1825 railway, the mouthwatering sweet shop with loads of traditional delights; the tram rides right around the huge site or, my favourite, the friendly and

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

A Magnificent Monument When the Romans came to Britain they were pushed back to Northumberland where they built Hadrian’s Wall. They couldn’t go any further north and they were definitely not going to suffer the humiliation of retreating any further south! So they stayed for over 400 years and as a result there are Roman remains everywhere. At Chesters, Corbridge, Housesteads and Vindolanda groups can learn about how they lived and worked, what they ate, how they worshipped and how they entertained themselves During 2010 and early 2011, The British Museum will be returning the Vindolanda Tablets to where they were originally found. This superb archive of personal letters and experiences from people who lived and worked on the Wall over 2,000 years ago will go on display.

welcoming old fashioned pub in the main street!” STEVE REED, SRT Tourism

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North East England LIVING LEGACIES THIS ROUTE COMBINES THE VERY BEST OF BOTH WORLDS TO GIVE YOU A TRULY FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE. Northumberland has more castles and fortified buildings than any other English County. Warkworth Village is dominated by the ruins of one of the best. A photo stop and refreshments in this charming Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, Tees Valley

Northumbrian village is a must. Then on to privately owned Howick Hall Gardens, once the home of Prime Minister Earl Grey and Earl Grey tea! The beautiful grounds are the result of Lord Howick’s travels

With so much to see and do it is sometimes

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After lunch visit the delights of the Northumberland Coast and

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the coastal scenery around Seahouses and Bamburgh - simply

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When does a place become part of you?

When you've walked in the footsteps of Roman Legions who lived here over 2,000 years ago.

Forays into the northern parts of Britannia having failed, Hadrian's Wall, built between 122 and 140 AD, became the northern border of the mighty Roman Empire. For almost 400 years, the Romans ruled England and evidence

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of their occupation still remains all around us. This World Heritage Site remains the centrepiece with many attractions to choose from along its 73 mile length from Wallsend in the east, through the beautiful Northumberland National Park to the Solway Coast in the west. This tour takes in some of these major attractions, in particular Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads and Vindolanda but also introduces visitors to the historic town of Hexham with its 7th century Abbey, Old Gaol, museum and plenty of shopping

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opportunities, especially antiques and some of North East England's finest regional food produce.

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2.30pm DEPART HOWICK HALL GARDENS Route: B1339 - Embleton - Beadnell - Seahouses - Bamburgh 3.15pm ARRIVE BAMBURGH VILLAGE Visit Grace Darling Museum and Grace Darling Memorial 4.15pm DEPART BAMBURGH VILLAGE Route: B1342 - Waren Mill - A1 South - NewcastleGateshead 5.30pm ARRIVE NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

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FEEL THE FREEDOM A Green and Pleasant Land With an exceptional view around every corner, it is not surprising that much of the scenery encountered in North East England is protected - such as the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Northumberland’s Coastline and National Park and the two Heritage Coasts at Durham and Saltburn. This is a place to relax and be at peace with the world - no wonder Northumberland is known as England’s most Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham

tranquil county. You can easily lose yourself in the splendour of the rolling hills,

Great outdoors...

With a great selection of grand country houses and award winning gardens, heritage coastline and mile upon mile of wonderful countryside - you can feel the freedom - it's all around you.

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soaring cliffs, green dales, lush forests, glistening, sandy beaches and the sparkling sea.

A Magical Place A trip across the causeway to the magical Holy Island brings you to one of the most peaceful places in the country with wonderful wildlife and spectacular views. Explore the beautiful village and its quaint shops, take a tour of the priory and visit the castle with its fantastic walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The prospect of perhaps getting stuck on this enchanting island just adds to the intrigue. But don’t worry there will be

Durham Heritage Coast

another tide…sometime soon. Anyway it gives you time to take a walk or catch a glimpse of the castle and priory ruins by moonlight! And even, perhaps, the Farne Islands.

Great Views And Wildlife Too From the seaside village of Seahouses you can take a wildlife cruise round the Farne Islands and maybe get some snaps of the puffins nestling in the cliff fronts and the seals basking in the sun. But wherever you go on this coast, Bamburgh Castle stands proud surrounded by golden sands. Northumberland’s coastal scenery is complemented, inland, by vast, wide-open spaces and breathtaking scenery offering the perfect opportunity to let your mind wander, to relax and renew the spirits within! Kielder Water and Forest Park within the Northumberland National Park is a prime example of peace and quiet. Conversely, you can take in the stunning clifftop scenery of Durham’s Heritage Coast or enjoy the heather entwined moorlands of the Durham Dales and the North Pennines where you can visit the mighty High Force, England's largest waterfall.

...yes it is, with an award winning coastline, gardens and miles of unspoilt countryside!

Whalton Manor, Northumberland

Discover Our Secret Gardens North East England boasts a variety of stunning gardens - all shapes, sizes and themes from the exotic to the kitchen garden - in fact it’s a gardener’s paradise and the subject of many a special interest tour. The Alnwick Garden emphasizes the “modern” with an abundance of fascinating plants, fantastic water features, a poison garden and one of the world’s largest wooden treehouses! And, in each of these gardens group members learn something new, something they can put to use in their own garden at home.

“I LOVE ALL OF OUR REGION, BUT ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE PLACES IS THE VILLAGE OF BLANCHLAND. Located on the boundary of Northumberland with Durham, a true "hidden historical gem" in our regions crown, one of the prettiest villages in England, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Pennines. John Wesley described it as "a wilderness which sings for joy”

Situated almost in the centre of Durham City, Crook Hall & Gardens combines a 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall with 11 themed gardens each with their own individual design and range of plants - the content of their Silver and White Garden is perhaps a bit obvious but what about the Shakespeare Garden and the two Walled Gardens, one of which is secret! In the heart of Northumberland lie the magnificent gardens of the 17th century Whalton Manor House with its beautifully laid out Rose Gardens, Herbaceous Borders, Lawns, Peony Gardens, Seagull Rose and classical Italianate summerhouse in which to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings. North East England is a superb blend of coast and countryside encompassing supreme beauty with peaceful tranquillity. In our modern fast moving world isn’t an experience like this essential?

TOM KEATING, North East England Blue Badge Guide

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North East England THE GREAT OUTDOORS THE ROMANCE OF A HERITAGE RAILWAY? TRY THE SCENIC WEARDALE RAILWAY BEGINNING AT WOLSINGHAM BASED IN THE BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED COUNTRY STATION OF STANHOPE WITH VINTAGE SIGNAGE AND STATION BUILDINGS. The Durham Dales Centre near the centre of the historic Weardale market town of Stanhope is perfect for refreshments and craft shops. Raby Castle, Durham

the Durham Dales rich in native wildlife. With so much to see and do it is sometimes a daunting task to organise trips with practical day-length itineraries! So, to make it easy, in addition to listing a

Barnard Castle is a long time favourite with tour groups. A stroll around its ancient market place or a light lunch of tasty Dales fayre is a must. In the afternoon transfer to Locomotion, The National Railway

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Museum at Shildon and enjoy a superb combination of historic and

of the wealth and breadth of attractions

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Free time for refreshments/craft shops/toilet etc. Noon depart Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope

Forays into the northern parts of Britannia having failed, Hadrian's Wall, built between 122 and 140 AD, became the northern border of the mighty Roman Empire. For almost 400 years, the Romans ruled England and evidence of their occupation still remains all around us. This World Heritage Site remains the centrepiece with many attractions to choose from along its 73 mile length from

Route: B6278 south - Eggleston - B6278 - Barnard Castle

Wallsend in the east, through the beautiful Northumberland National Park to the Solway Coast in the west. This tour takes in some of these major attractions, in particular Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads and Vindolanda but also introduces visitors to the historic town of Hexham with its 7th century Abbey, Old Gaol, museum and plenty of shopping opportunities, especially antiques and some of North East England's finest regional

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food produce. This tour is bound to "whet the appetite" to visit some of the many other splendid Roman sites and excavations located throughout the North East. Some sites are more easily accessible than others so it's best to plan carefully.

Lunch/castle/local shopping. (Market day: Wednesday)

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welcoming Northumberland character around every bend.

2.00pm DEPART BARNARD CASTLE Route: A688 - Staindrop - West Auckland - A6072 - Shildon 2.45pm ARRIVE LOCOMOTION, THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM AT SHILDON 5.00pm DEPART LOCOMOTION, SHILDON 5.30pm ARRIVE DURHAM CITY AREA

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Shop around... SHOPPING FOR ALL TASTES City Shopping Having everything under one roof does have its benefits but there are many different types of shopping styles and experiences in North East England. Gateshead’s MetroCentre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with almost 330 shops, 50 restaurants and three “themed” areas; the Forum, Studio and Village where you can find that unique or unusual gift for every occasion. For the groups market, location and parking are both first class and that is why hundreds of dedicated group trips are organised to the MetroCentre every year - especially near to Christmas! This is a retail colossus which is able to satisfy any budget and keep visitors satisfied for…as long as they like really!

“Best Street in Britain” There is great high street shopping in Newcastle including John Lewis, Fenwick and Marks & Spencer and numerous cafés and restaurants. If you are looking for shopping combined with history and fine architecture then Grainger Town, the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne is the place to be with its wide selection of boutique and specialist shops. Grey Street (voted “Best Street in Britain” by BBC Radio 4 listeners) with its elegant curved row of Georgian buildings is the place to sit and watch the world go by. In Durham City, the great mix of boutique, exclusive and high street shops is enhanced by the cobbled streets of the Vennels, the City’s Victorian indoor market and the overall eclectic atmosphere.

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Yarm, Tees Valley

Outlet Shopping For a spot of discount shopping head to the Royal Quays Outlet Village at North Shields or Dalton Park near Durham for names such as Next, M&S, GAP, Reebok and Clarkes. Mix these together with a great programme of special events and you have the ingredients for a great day out!

Bustling Characterful Towns & Villages For specialist and “quirky” shopping, take to the coast and countryside and the market towns and villages like Alnwick with Barter Books which is a literary experience and shop rolled into one! Barnard Castle is renowned for its coffee shops and as one of the best antique centres in the north, jewellery, silver and ceramics in particular - an excellent complement to the superb Bowes Museum. Darlington offers a whole range of themed markets throughout the year (French and Continental, Italian, farmers’ markets) and many more.

...our iconic settings for some “shop till you drop” retail therapy! MetroCentre, Gateshead

“NORTH EAST ENGLAND - one of the most active tourism organisations in the country and one of the most

The delightful Guisborough has fabulous traditional markets, which have taken place on its cobbled streets for over 600 years; Hexham, nestled in the beautiful Tyne Valley, has an impressive array of shops and a fantastic monthly farmers’ market filled with delicious locally produced fruit and veg. And one not to miss is definitely

beautiful destinations groups can visit. I cannot

Yarm, sitting on the banks of the River Tees with its eclectic mix of shops and winding

imagine a group visit would result in anything other

These charming market towns are so full of character and atmosphere and offer a

than a first class tour for all to enjoy”

cobbled lanes no wonder BBC Breakfast viewers voted this the UK’s Best High Street. completely different style of shopping to that of the cities. The old rural traditions of indoor and outdoor markets is still strong in the north east and evidence suggests that some, once lost, are now returning so retail therapy of

ROB YANDELL, Managing Editor & Publisher,

all kinds is alive, well and flourishing in North East England!

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TASTE THE SHEER

variety

Berwick upon Tweed

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Holy Island Farne Islands

Cornhill on Tweed

Bamburgh Seahouses Beadnell

Wooler CHEVIOT HILLS

Dunstanburgh Craster

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Hexham

Corbridge

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Stanhope

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DURHAM

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Barnard Castle

- full accommodation and attraction listings, VIP group travel experiences

√ International Whitley Bay North Tyneside

and the latest in luxury tour ideas. All the up to date information for the

Port of Tyne Ferry Terminal

South Shields

groups market and to order any of North East England’s group publications.

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North East England SHOPPING MAGIC NORTH EAST ENGLAND - SOME OF THE BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCES YOU COULD POSSIBLY WANT. Find some of the biggest and best easily in vibrant NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, Middlesbrough or Darlington. You might also want to find those more unusual shops for your clients.

St Mary's, Hexham, Northumberland

With so much to see and do it is sometimes a daunting task to organise trips with practical day-length itineraries! So, to make it easy, in addition to listing a "MUST SEE" itinerary that gives a small taste of the wealth and breadth of attractions available, we also have an itinerary "planning tool" on our groups dedicated website:

www.groupsnortheastengland.com or you can request the 'Tailored to Suit' themed tour itinerary pack on

0870 428 0810. HADRIAN’S WALL COUNTRY

And there’s no reason why shopping can’t be combined with culture to keep everyone on board happy. Each of these stops gives the nonshoppers something to enjoy too. Durham City - with its magnificent Cathedral & Castle - shoppers will be delighted with the craftsmen of Fowlers Yard, the sights and sounds of the Victorian Indoor Market or the Cathedral’s own book and gift shop located in the magnificent medieval Great Kitchen. On to NewcastleGateshead to discover famous high street names in the city centre location of Eldon Square Shopping Centre (fabulous new extension opening Spring 2010). Pedestrianised Northumberland Street, the “Oxford Street of the North”, offers shopping heaven. Or check out the largest out of town shopping centre in Europe at Gateshead’s Metro Centre for not-to-be-missed quality and choice From urban delights to countryside choice - speak to the designers themselves at Kirkharle Courtyard in rural Northumberland. With a great choice of ceramics, jewellery, fine art and textiles and learn about Lancelot “Capability” Brown at the same time. Historic Corbridge oozes charm - high class fashion shops, delicious local produce at the Corbridge Larder. Check out the village’s perfumery for luxurious temptations. Whether your clients are looking for something different or something reassuringly familiar, North East England can provide just the right choice at the right price.

When does a place become part of you? When you've walked in the footsteps of Roman Legions who lived here over 2,000 years ago. Forays into the northern parts of Britannia having failed, Hadrian's Wall, built between 122 and 140 AD, became the northern border of the mighty

9:30am ARRIVE DURHAM CITY 11:30am DEPART DURHAM CITY A690 - A1 north (photo opportunity at Angel of the North)

Roman Empire. For almost 400 years, the Romans ruled England and evidence of their occupation still remains all around us. This World Heritage Site remains the centrepiece with many attractions to choose from along its 73 mile length from Wallsend in the east, through the beautiful Northumberland National Park to the Solway Coast in the west.

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This tour takes in some of these major attractions, in particular Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads and Vindolanda but also introduces visitors to the historic town of Hexham with its 7th century Abbey, Old Gaol, museum and plenty of shopping opportunities, especially antiques and some of North East England's finest regional

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food produce. This tour is bound to "whet the appetite" to visit some of the many other splendid Roman sites and excavations located throughout the North East. Some sites are more easily accessible than others so it's best to plan carefully.

ations.

MAIN PICTURE: HADRIAN'S WALL. SMALL PICTURES: 29 MILE FORT, ARBEIA ROMAN FORT.

Hadrian’s Wall, guarding the Northern Roman frontier, castles with enchanting tales to tell, miles of heritage coastline and pastoral countryside awash with country houses and villages filled with about group travel

welcoming Northumberland character around every bend.

12:15pm ARRIVE NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD Free time for lunch and shopping 2:00pm DEPART NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD Via A696 (Newcastle airport) - Belsay - B6342 - Kirkharle Courtyard 2:50pm ARRIVE KIRKHARLE COURTYARD 3:45pm DEPART KIRKHARLE COURTYARD Via B6342 - A68 south 4:15pm ARRIVE CORBRIDGE 5:15pm DEPART CORBRIDGE A69 – A1 south 6:00/6:15pm ARRIVE DURHAM CITY AREA

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THE CULTURED SELECTION Priceless Collections

Grey Street, Newcastle

With such a vast array of museums, art galleries and theatres to choose from you are never short of options when looking for a spot of art and culture in the North East! Whilst some of the contemporary architecture is award winning -The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead and mima, Middlesbrough - there are many examples of classic architecture in the classical Grey Street in Newcastle, Darlington city centre, the many castles throughout the area and in many of the region’s art galleries, museums and other public buildings. This plethora of styles developed over many centuries gives groups the opportunity to experience the old

A cultural adventure...

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with the new, encompassed by the many excellent visiting and resident exhibitions throughout North East England. One can add to that list The Bowes Museum, the superb French-chateaustyle 19th century building in the Durham Dales, Barnard Castle’s Bowes Museum with three elements to reflect on; its architecture, the romance that lay behind its being and its content. The recent multi million pound conservation and redevelopment project has enhanced the visitor experience with upgraded facilities allowing its outstanding collection of art, porcelain and ceramics together with personal belongings of the founders John and Josephine Bowes to be even more unforgettable. Howick Hall Tearooms, Northumberland

The newly opened Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle is where four museums have recently been incorporated into one resulting in the huge range of exhibitions on offer - including displays showcasing the wonder and diversity of the natural world, spectacular objects from Ancient Greece and mummies from Ancient Egypt, as well as a planetarium.

High Drama And Dazzling Entertainment The Sage Gateshead an international music venue with a crammed programme of different musical tastes and the Metro Radio Arena for modern musical events and theatrical shows. mima, Middlesbrough’s gallery of modern and contemporary art has an expanding programme of exhibitions and events and for performing arts, Newcastle’s Theatre Royal has over 170 years of experience! The Sunderland Empire, resplendent in its Victorian granduer, pulls in big crowds with its programme of major West End hits and one-off shows, it is rightly a major must visit theatrical venue.

...with so much going on, tracking down a "must see" cultural attraction is more than half the fun. Sunderland Empire Theatre

“DURHAM STRIKES ME AS A

Cuisine And The Eating Experience There is a culture of cuisine which in between visits to art galleries and museums

WINNING COMBINATION of

is more of a necessity than an option and there is a huge selection to choose from. Why not make time for a cup of Earl Grey at Howick Hall or enjoy the aroma and taste

dramatic coastline, spectacular

of the freshly baked scones at the Blacksmiths Coffee Shop in Belsay. Many of the major attractions specialise in morning coffees, afternoon tea or even straight from

countryside and industrial heritage all

the boat to the plate at the many fish and chip shops along the North Shields Fish Quay, places are numerous, the Meal Stops section of this guide gives some worthy

wrapped around a world-class cathedral city”

advice. For cultural activities, planning is highly important - because there is so much of it happening throughout the year all over North East England. If in doubt, don't be

SIMON CALDER, Travel Editor of the Independent,

afraid to ask - look at the websites or why not get in touch with a Blue Badge Guide for some real local in-depth knowledge.

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North East England CULTURED SELECTION THE ULTIMATE 3-IN-1 CULTURAL DAY OUT. Middlesbrough is home to one of the UK’s leading art galleries - mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art).

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

With so much to see and do it is sometimes a daunting task to organise trips with practical day-length itineraries! So, to make it easy, in addition to listing a "MUST SEE" itinerary that gives a small taste of the wealth and breadth of attractions available, we also have an itinerary "planning tool" on our groups dedicated website:

www.groupsnortheastengland.com or you can request the 'Tailored to Suit'

Set in Centre Square mima offers free entry to its five galleries of modern and contemporary art. Take a short stroll around Centre Square to absorb the scale of this revamped civic space and to admire outdoor works of art including the “Bottle of Notes” sculpture and the amusing “Scales of Justice”. NewcastleGateshead is a destination which successfully combines the historic with the modern. The cultural “wow” factor is Gateshead Quays. The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge are all conveniently close together and make a superb backdrop for a lunch break. Durham City has had culture at its heart for centuries. The World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and Castle are a must to see. But for something different try the Oriental Museum or Botanic Gardens or a guided tour of the Town Hall or perhaps a boat trip to absorb the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful wooded riverbanks. The city’s medieval core is now enhanced with a modern theatre complex including TIC, cafés and restaurants. Durham City TIC provides a free meet and greet service to coach groups on arrival in the city (must be pre-booked in advance)

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10.00am ARRIVE MIMA/MIDDLESBROUGH 11.30am DEPART MIMA

When does a place become part of you? When you've walked in the footsteps of Roman Legions who lived here over 2,000 years ago.

Route: A19 north – A1231 – NewcastleGateshead 12.20pm ARRIVE GATESHEAD QUAYS

Forays into the northern parts of Britannia having failed, Hadrian's Wall, built between 122 and 140 AD, became the northern border of the mighty Roman Empire. For almost 400 years, the Romans ruled England and evidence of their occupation still remains all around us. This World Heritage Site remains the centrepiece with many attractions to choose from along its 73 mile length from Wallsend in the east, through the beautiful Northumberland National Park to the Solway Coast in the west.

FREE TIME FOR LUNCH & CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

This tour takes in some of these major attractions, in particular Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads and Vindolanda but also introduces visitors to the historic town of Hexham with its 7th century Abbey, Old Gaol, museum and plenty of shopping opportunities, especially antiques and some of North East England's finest regional food produce. This tour is bound to "whet the appetite" to visit some of the many other splendid Roman sites and excavations located throughout the North East. Some sites are

2.00pm DEPART NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

more easily accessible than others so it's best to plan carefully.

MAIN PICTURE: HADRIAN'S WALL. SMALL PICTURES: 29 MILE FORT, ARBEIA ROMAN FORT.

Hadrian’s Wall, guarding the Northern Roman frontier, castles with enchanting tales to tell, miles of heritage coastline and pastoral countryside awash with country houses and villages filled with about group travel

welcoming Northumberland character around every bend.

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Closer

than you think... ...GETTING TO NORTH EAST ENGLAND IS EASY

Running north to south North East England is made up of Northumberland, NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside & North Tyneside, Durham & Tees Valley. Getting here by road is very easy, there are also fast rail connections to the rest of the country, two international airports and major ferry links.

EASY TO GET HERE, EASY TO GET AROUND WHEN YOU ARE HERE!

Drivetime to/from Newcastle approx.

By Road - North East England has excellent motorway links and once

Birmingham 3 hours

you’re here our uncongested roads make the journey a pleasure. The

Carlisle

1 hour

A1/A1M and A19 provide access from the south, whilst the A69 and A66

Edinburgh

2 hours

connect with the west and the M6.

Glasgow

3 hours

QuayLink - electric buses offer a high frequency, accessible and

Leeds

1 hours

easy to use service and offer the best way to get around central

Liverpool

3 hours

NewcastleGateshead. Routes connect the attractions and sights of

London

4 hours

Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays, for more information contact:

Manchester 3 hours

Traveline 0870 608 2608

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Bamburgh Seahouses Beadnell

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Barnard Castle

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Hartlepool

TEES VALLEY Middlesbrough Yarm

Redcar Saltburn-by-theSea

Gisborough Priory, Tees Valley

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Festive

treats...

...A CHANCE TO INDULGE YOUR GROUPS WITH A SELECTION OF REAL WINTER WARMERS CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR, MAKE THE MOST OF IT IN FESTIVE NORTH EAST ENGLAND! In North East England you can catch that Christmas Spirit much earlier and prolong that Festive Experience! How? Well, here are a few “happenings” throughout November and December just to whet your appetite! Enjoy Durham’s cobbled streets, full of festive characters, jugglers - the odd reindeer has been spotted as well. This Victorian Christmas Festival in the delightful city centre, with a huge range of unique, quality gifts in the enormous craft and gift marquee, plus entertainment (including live nativity) throughout the City. A true festive highlight is traditional carols sung at Durham Cathedral, and a traditional Christmas at tranquil Crook Hall and Gardens which is just a stones throw away from the historic centre of Durham with views across the River to the Cathedral. There are Christmas events with Father Christmas relating tales of Christmases past at English Heritage’s Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens in late November. This is also a great opportunity to sample some seasonal treats whilst shopping for unique Christmas gifts. At the National Trust’s Gibside, groups can enjoy country craft stalls and get a taste of Christmas with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts on selected days in December - a great opportunity to find that special craft gift. The NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival has special events throughout December including amazing light switch-ons, winter markets, pantomimes, theatre, concerts and even a temporary outdoor ice rink for all to enjoy.

Festive Shopping, Newcastle

Another not to be be missed is the Living North Christmas Fair’s at Wynyard Hall in Tees Valley and Newcastle Racecourse. They give visitors the opportunity of browsing over 200 stands full of fabulous food, interiors, art and gifts, with inspirational ideas for Christmas, plus local demonstrations from the region’s top chefs. So pull on some winter warmth and head for North East England this festive time - be it food, gifts or sightseeing everyone’s a cracker! For further details visit our dedicated groups website:

www.groupsnortheastengland.com

With great places to eat out, visiting North East England over the festive time gives groups the chance to take advantage of seasonal menu's bursting with local flavours - the perfect end to a days shopping in wintertime. Gisborough Priory, Tees Valley Main Picture: Newcastle Christmas Lights

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Tall

Ships...

Celebrations 2005

...making waves in Tees Valley, a whole programme of great things to see and do!

With four days packed full of exciting activities, culminating in what will be a spectacular finale - the Parade of Sail - Hartlepool is the place that should be included in groups must-see intineraries for 2010. Main Picture: Ships At Rest 22

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Tall Ships head to Tees Valley Saturday 7th - 10th August 2010 Celebrations 2005

In 2010 Tees Valley welcomes one of the most prestigious nautical events

entertainment. Tuesday the 10th August is ‘The Grand Farewell’ (3pm-7pm), or

to the area - Hartlepool is to host the internationally acclaimed The Tall

final day which will see the fleet depart and perform a ‘Parade of Sail’.

Ships Races.

For visitors there are many excellent viewing points to witness this amazing sight,

A programme of events has been incorporated around the Tall Ships being

most of which are a short distance away from the Tall Ships Village. Seaton Carew and

in port from Saturday 7th - 10th August 2010, with so much for groups to

the Headland both offer what may be the best vantage points as the fleet head towards

see and do.

Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool Headland and then further north towards Blackhall.

Group Visitors will have the opportunity to walk along Hartlepool’s quayside and take in the sights, sounds and smells of these magnificent vessels; go on board and meet the Captains and crew, whilst enjoying international street theatre, music stages, exhibitions and food from around the world, all on offer in the Tall Ships Village.

Monday the 9th of August is the traditional ‘Eve of Sail’ celebrations and every inch of The Tall Ships Village will be bustling with people, music and

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT To really take in as much as you can you should dedicate each day of your stay to a different location and attraction in the area.

DAY ONE Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough and mima, Middlesbrough’s Institute of Modern Art offering a superb collection of modern art.

DAY TWO A visit to the Victorian Spa town of Saltburn on Tees Valley’s spectacular coast including a ride on Britain’s oldest water-balanced cliff lift down to the pier for a walk on the beach. Alternatively a bit of retail therapy - Yarm and Darlington both offer a fantastic selection of boutiques to browse.

DAY THREE & FOUR Bring you back to Hartlepool in time for the “Eve of Sail” Parade and the “Parade of Sail”. This spectacular sight is not to be missed.

Off the Coast of Hartlepool, Tees Valley

PROVISION FOR GROUPS Provision has been made to ensure groups and coaches can experience The Tall Ships Races, Hartlepool to the full. Coach parking is available in the heart of the action situated on Greenland Road, next to The Tall Ships Races Village and must be pre-booked. Opening times at the site are 11am - 11pm and spaces cost £20 each to reserve. Times will vary for the activities taking place at the event. To reserve your space email:

groups@hartlepooltallships2010.com

And, don’t forget - bring your camera!

For further details visit

WWW.HARTLEPOOLTALLSHIPS2010.COM

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Take a

break...

...AND ENJOY THE TASTE OF LOCAL FAYRE IN ONE OF THE MANY AND VARIED MEAL STOP PROVIDERS ALONG THE WAY. MEAL STOPS WITH A DIFFERENCE A fertile rural land together with a bounteous sea are a great recipe for producing superb food so it is hardly surprising that food in North East England really is a way of life - it is also a part of the culture that every group visit will experience. From Craster Kippers (and salmon!), Lindisfarne Oysters, the plethora of fish and shellfish available at the North Shields Fish Quay to local lamb, beef, pork, cheese, honey, vegetables of all varieties and shapes followed by local Ice Cream - all pleasantly washed down with Lindisfarne Mead or some real ales, perhaps from High House Farm? Group Travel itineraries are, essentially, full of exciting experiences, jaw dropping scenery, intriguing tales, spectacular visitor attractions and superb accommodation, so why not add in a few “special” places to eat en route where groups can enjoy a “Meal with a Difference”! Below are some suggestions to help you create your own Total Tour Experience!

Characterful Inns

The Barn at Beal (near Holy Island), Northumberland The coastal views are so stunning it will be hard to concentrate on the lovely food!

Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Blanchland, Northumberland. A former Prior’s lodging of medieval Blanchland Abbey. Stone vaulted ceilings and a hidden Priest’s Hole in a fireplace.

Boat Inn, Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland It’s all in the superlatives. Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake set within England’s largest forest where your dining experience will be enhanced by panoramic views across the water to the distant shores.

Farmhouse Kitchen, Low Way Farm, Holwick, Durham Dales Set in glorious Dales countryside in a barn conversion on a working farm. Pretty beckside location in deep countryside.

RSPB Saltholme, Stockton On Tees, Tees Valley Delicious, locally-sourced food and its not just for bird lovers - and some of the signage is quite amusing, too!

With so many places to try for a meal stop break it’s hard to decide what will suit your particular group but you can be sure of two things wherever you are in North East England - good quality fayre and a warm North East England welcome. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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Events

& festivals...

...THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON AROUND NORTH EAST ENGLAND

With a great choice for all tastes and interests, there is so much to do in North East England in 2010. This season is going to be an especially busy year, with a fantastic range of world-class festivals and events happening that you may want to consider.

BRINKBURN MUSIC FESTIVAL, 2 - 4 and 9 - 11 JULY 2010 NORTHUMBERLAND

Sublime classical music performed by world class musicians in the beautiful setting of the 12th century Brinkburn Priory. The music selection extends from early music to contemporary, with musicians ranging from soloists to chamber orchestras. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds or refreshments in the marquee before the concerts. Brinkburn Priory, Longframlington, Morpeth NE65 8AR Tel: 0191 265 7777

WWW.BRINKBURNMUSIC.ORG

SUNDERLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 24 - 25 JULY 2010 SUNDERLAND The Sunderland International Airshow, held over the Roker and Seaburn Seafront, celebrates its 22nd year in 2010. The airshow is widely recognised as the largest free show in Europe regularly attracting up to 1 million visitors. It offers a spectacular flying display, range of static displays, attractions and exhibitions with an impressive arena programme in place

WWW.SUNDERLANDEVENTS.COM

before and after the amazing flying displays.

BRASS - DURHAM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - 3 - 18 JULY 2010 - ACROSS DURHAM BRASS celebrates the global sound of Brass-based music by bringing major names to Durham from the world of Folk, Jazz, Samba, Soul and Traditional Brass in free and ticketed events across the county...it promises to be an exciting musical cocktail of cultural flare. BRASS has an international flavour enabling it to cast out a global net to draw in the world’s Brass music lovers to Durham - for a fortnight of culture,

WWW.THISISDURHAM.COM

entertainment and celebration.

THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2010, 7TH - 10TH AUGUST 2010, HARTLEPOOL TEES VALLEY One of Tees Valley’s most eagerly awaited events, The Tall Ships’ Races 2010 will welcome a magnificent fleet of up to 100 tall ships to Hartlepool, which will be the finishing line for this prestigious international event. The ships will leave Kristiansand in Norway on Sunday 1 August and arrive in Hartlepool between 7-10 August. For more

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SIMPLY THE VERY BEST! Award-winning accommodation A busy day of exploring our superb award-winning natural environment and attractions, deserves the best of accommodation and here in North East England you have lot to choose from. Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa with its five AA Red Star rating and Michelin star “White Room” restaurant is simply luxurious. This was the AA Hotel of the Year in 2004 and along with Langley Castle Hotel near Hexham and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Award winning...

With great award-winning places to visit, stay and eat, North East England is setting itself the highest of standards in all its Group Visitor products. As they say the very best examples are driven from the front North East England was voted “Best Tourism Body” by the 25,000 readers of Group Leisure Magazine. 26

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Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene Hotel, has been a winner of the Small Hotel of the Year award in the North East England Tourism Awards. In the large hotel awards category, within a large selection on offer in North East England, these four are often in the running for the title most years - the magnificent country house of Matfen Hall with its golf course and spa, Newcastle’s chic Malmaison right next door to Gateshead Millennium Bridge, De Vere’s Slaley Hall with its challenging championship golf course

Woodhorn, Northumberland

and the Newcastle Marriot Hotel Gosforth Park, an exceptional hotel set in 12 acres of parkland just minutes from the city centre.

Gold plated attractions Gold awards do not come easily - it takes excellence and supreme attention to detail. Visitor attractions like Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery with its dynamic exhibition programme and fun learning events competes well with The Centre For Life with its hands-on exhibitions and exciting activities. And then there is Woodhorn Northumberland Museum Archives and Country Park, where you can trace your ancestry as well as the history of Northumberland and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, in its magical setting, as well as its innovative The Sanctuary at the Castle

...attractions, hotels, restaurants, tour guides and even North East England has been voted Best Tourism Body!

- are all previous winners.

The Sunderland International Airshow

In the Small Visitor Attractions category, the National Trust’s Gibside, with its beautiful wooded riverside landscape garden, peaceful woodland walks and Palladian chapel and Raby Castle the impressive castle featuring herds of deer

2009 AWARD WINNERS

roaming the surrounding parkland, ornamental gardens and horse-drawn carriages -

Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Best Tourism Experience

Museum, a fully restored nineteenth century lead mine, where you can experience for

Gisborough Hall Hotel - Large Hotel of the Year

yourself the life and work of the lead mining families of the Durham Dales - all have

Headlam Hall Hotel, Darlington - Small Hotel of the Year Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience - Large Attraction of the Year

have both been worthy winners. Likewise, Killhope, The North Of England Lead Mining

been worthy winners. At the end of the day, tourism is all about experiences and Sunderland’s International Airshow with its spectacular flying display, range of static displays, attractions

WWT Washington Wetland Centre - Small Attraction of the Year

and exhibitions with an impressive arena programme has that something special,

BUPA Great North Run - Tourism Event of the Year

something it shares with all of the award winners - they are exceptional in what

Archer’s Jersey Ice Cream, Darlington

they offer!

- Taste of North East England

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When does a place

become part of you?

England's most tranquil county A spectacular coast with idyllic islands and golden beaches; beautiful rural countryside; an ancient history including Hadrian's Wall, historic castles and houses; supremely elegant gardens and a culture all of its own. From the quaint old fishing villages in the east to the Cheviots in the west, Northumberland is rewarded with some of the best scenery and small market towns in England offering a lifestyle coveted by so many but experienced by so few - this is the most tranquil county in England.

The Grand Cascade, The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Front line of defence Being enveloped within these beautiful and peaceful land and seascapes it is difficult to realise that this was once the front line in the Defence of the Realm thus the reason for all the fortifications - Berwick's walls, castles like Warkworth, Norham, Dunstanburgh, Alnwick and Chillingham - spanning right back to Roman times, Hadrian's Wall being a prime example built 2000 years ago to keep out the northern barbarians! Magical coast About 1,400 years ago monks settled on Holy Island and

Berwick upon Tweed, Royal Border Bridge, Northumberland

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Northumberland history & heritage at every turn, enchanting

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tales & stirring border battles.

...when you walk in the 2,000 year old footsteps of the mighty Roman Legions.

Enough to inspire the most demanding groups. the foundations of Lindisfarne Priory were laid. Here, the tide dictates your access, over the causeway of golden sands - magnificent in the warmth and sun of a summer's day with sparkling water all around and vistas of golden beaches as far as the eye can see, right down the coastline. The lazy seals lying on the sandbanks sunning themselves have the right idea. It was here that the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the 7th century. A copy of these truly stunning works can be found in the Heritage Centre and are amongst the most celebrated illuminated books in the world. From the vantage point of Holy Island, the whole mainland coastline seems to be dominated by the impressive Bamburgh Castle, with golden beaches on either side, it is another icon not only of North East England but of the UK - an absolutely outstanding castle which maintains a welcoming lived-in atmosphere, still being the family home of Lord Armstrong.

Ford & Etal, Northumberland

Edge of the Roman Empire

“WE TRAVEL ALL OVER THE UNITED KINGDOM developing the group product - but my favourite county has to be here, my home patch, Northumberland. It's ideal for groups of all types and backgrounds offering an amazing variety of touring and excursion possibilities for tour planners� STEVE REED, SRT Tourism

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It is often forgotten that the Romans were here in Northumberland for over 400 years and sites such as Vindolanda, Chesters and Housesteads help to explain how they lived, worked and entertained themselves. The Vindolanda Writing Tablets Britain's earliest written archives are coming home to North East England in 2010. They represent stories from people who lived and worked on the wall over 2,000 years ago including invitations to birthday parties and letters home adding the human touch to this Roman "experience". Northumberland is also a county of rural beauty, market towns such as Morpeth, Hexham and Alnwick and some outstanding country houses like the National Trust's Cragside, Belsay Hall and Wallington Hall. And, where there are country houses, there are sure to be spectacular gardens like the three acres of walled gardens at Whalton Manor, the 12 acres of landscaped gardens and arboretum at Longframlington Gardens, the 11,000 rare trees and shrubs and Earl Grey Tea at Howick Hall and then the spectacular contemporary water features of The Alnwick Garden. This "most tranquil county in England" encompasses peace, beauty and heritage in abundance in its outstanding coastal scenery and wonderfully diverse and fruitful countryside.

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The magical Holy

Island of Lindisfarne...

COACH PARKING IN NORTHUMBERLAND

ALNMOUTH

CRASTER

OTTERBURN

The Links Price: Free

Craster Car Park

Otterburn Mill Car Park

Contact: Craster TIC

Contact: Euan Pringle/

ALLENDALE

Tel: 01665 510 505

Nigel Owen

Market Place Contact: Hexham TIC Tel: 01434 652 220 Price: Free

Price: £1.50

Tel: 01830 520 225

HALTWHISTLE

Price: Free (daytime)

Lanty’s Lonnen

ROTHBURY

ALNWICK

Contact: Haltwhistle TIC

Harehaugh Car Park

Tel: 01434 322 002

Contact: Alnwick District

(Roadside drop off and

Council

pick up only)

Tel: 01665 510505

HEXHAM

SEAHOUSES

Wentworth Car Park

Seafield Road Car Park

Contact: Hexham TIC

Price: £5.00 daily permit

Tel: 01434 652 220

(Ticket can be used in any

Price: Free

Berwick district coach park)

(Drop off / pick up - Beaumont

WOOLER

Street - beside the Abbey)

Bus Station Car Park

BLANCHLAND

HOLY ISLAND

Market Place - beside

Signed in Village Contact: Hexham TIC Tel: 01434 652 220 Price: Free

Main Car Park

The Black Bull

Price: £5.00 daily permit

Price: £5.00

MORPETH

(Until redevelopment - free

Rugby Club Car Park

space generally available in

Mitford Road

Padgepool Place car park)

Greenwell Car Park Contact: Tourism Dept. Tel: 01665 510 505 Price: Free

BAMBURGH Main Car Park Price: £5.00 daily permit

BERWICK UPON TWEED North Road Industrial Estate Price: £6.00

CORBRIDGE Watlin Street Contact: Hexham TIC Tel: 01434 652 220

Contact: Dawn Goodwill Evans/Sue Jordan

(Roadside drop off and

Tel: 01670 500 700

pick up only)

Price: Free

FREE ATTRACTIONS - MAKING YOUR GROUPS VISIT MORE REWARDING From all parts of the area - a ‘snap shot’ list of Free Admission attractions that can be included to give added value to any visit! WOODHORN, ASHINGTON

MORPETH CHANTRY BAGPIPE MUSEUM

The realities of life in a traditional mining community brought vividly to life by

Set in a 13th century church building, this unusual museum specialises in the

memorabilia, film and artwork. You can also trace local family histories here.

history and development of Northumbrian small pipes and their music.

CARLISLE PARK & WILLIAM TURNER GARDEN, MORPETH

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED CASTLE AND RAMPARTS

From the formal gardens and aviary, discover the William Turner Garden, a

The remains of a medieval castle, superseded by the most complete and

modern tribute to the son of Morpeth known as The Father of English Botany.

impressive bastioned town defences in England.

RNLI GRACE DARLING MUSEUM, BAMBURGH

BARTER BOOKS, ALNWICK

Museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family and includes the famous

One of the country’s largest secondhand bookshops set in a historic former

rescue coble, clothing, letters and family belongings.

railway station built to impress royal visitors to Alnwick Castle.

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Northumberland Famous historic landmarks, beautiful border country,

...enter this secret world, only accessible with the turning of the tides

unique coastal heritage sites, relaxing rural market towns - find your particular passion.

Enough to satisfy the most discerning groups. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DAY APPROX

The Alnwick Garden to Whalton Manor Gardens

40 mins

Belsay Hall & Gardens to Hexham Abbey

40 mins

Bamburgh Castle to Morpeth Town

45 mins

Holy Island to Berwick-upon-Tweed

20 mins

Housesteads (Hadrian's Wall) to Segedunum Roman Fort

75 mins

Alnwick Castle to Newcastle City Centre

60 mins

Cragside House & Gardens to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Berwick upon Tweed Holy Island Farne Islands Cornhill Bamburgh on Tweed Seahouses Beadnell Wooler CHEVIOT Dunstanburgh HILLS Craster NORTHUMBERLAND Alnmouth COAST AREA OF NORTHUMBERLAND Alnwick Warkworth OUTSTANDING NATIONAL PARK Amble NATURAL BEAUTY Rothbury KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK Otterburn Morpeth Ashington Blyth

NORTHUMBERLAND

Hadrian's

Ponteland Wall

Corbridge Hexham Haltwhistle Allendale Blanchland

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Beauty and freedom have combined in North East England enabling you to get around easily. It’s simple to combine a great day visit to more than one destination within North East England. We’ve listed above some approximate journey times to show just how easy it is to combine two, three or even four destinations in a day. So with miles of quiet country roads before you, travel from coast to countryside, city to sea very easily, but wherever you are in our region, the peace and variety you’ll find will transport you a million miles away!

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PLACES TO VISIT

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Earthly delights

There’s so much more to explore at The Alnwick Garden. Acres of fascinating plants, water sculptures and our infamous Poison Garden, for a start. Not to mention one of the world’s largest tree houses. There really is something to enjoy on every one of the 364 days a year that we’re open, including fabulous local food and inspirational gifts from Northumberland. It’s a wonderful garden but it’s an even better day out.

Open: 1st March - 31st October Only four miles from the A1 Free entry & refreshments for drivers Fourteen rooms & a collection of over 2000 pieces A 62 seat cafeteria, ample toilets & gift shop Group rates, free on-site coach parking Armstrong & Aviation Artefacts museum 1-2 hour visit with guided tour available Live archaeology and summer events

To book your group visit to The Alnwick Garden, call +44 (0)1665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com today.

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DISCOVER THE FREEDOM, ADVENTURE & TRANQUILLITY OF

Your Great Outdoors

AT KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK.

Home to northern Europe's largest man-made lake, England's largest forest and officially the country's most tranquil spot. You will find something for everyone at Kielder Water & Forest Park. To find out more call

01434 250 294 or visit

www.nwl.co.uk/kielder

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GROUP

trips...

ENGLISH HERITAGE has some of the most beautiful and captivating historic sites in North East England. Let your imagination run wild and imagine what life would have been like in days gone by… SOMETHING QUITE EXTRAORDINARY Step back in time at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. This captivating estate has enough to encompass a full day trip, as part of a wider North East gardens itinerary or even just a stop off point for a trip to the tea room and shop en route through Northumberland.

...THAT GO DOWN IN HISTORY THE ROME OF THE NORTH Internationally celebrated as a World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall stands as a reminder of past glories ROMAN RE-ENACTMENT of one of the world’s greatest civilisations and the forefront of Roman Rule in Britain. English Heritage manages some of the most popular Roman sites along the Wall including Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Town, as well as numerous other historic sites close by. It’s a ready made group itinerary just waiting to be explored!

NEW FOR 2010 New Guided Tour:

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF HOUSESTEADS ROMAN FORT

The 14th- century castle and classical Greek Revival villa are surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. Find inspiration and get hints and tips from our head gardener for your own garden with seasonal tours of thirty acres of Belsay’s spectacular Grade BELSAY HALL 1 landscape. See forever changing seasonal delights and enter another world in the magical and romantic Quarry Garden inspired by the gardens of Sicily. Enjoy home baked slice of cakes and a lovely refreshing pot of tea in the Victorian tearooms once the service wing of the Hall.

NEW FOR 2010 From May to September, Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens will be transformed with commissions from leading international contemporary artists. Extraordinary Measures will take visitors into an Alice-in-Wonderland world of dark enchantment with exhibits that will explore the concept and distortion of scale

GET AWAY FROM IT ALL A perfect island escape! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on beautiful Holy Island. Famed as the home and original burial ground of the priory’s most holy men, St Cuthbert, it is still a place of pilgrimage today and one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. Hear all about the enthralling story of the monks who lived there and how grisly Vikings invaded this once peaceful priory in the fascinating visitor centre and shop. The causeway floods at high tide, so check the tide times before crossing. The island has ample coach parking and a trip to the priory can be combined to make a full day island itinerary and staying over the tide by visiting the Castle* and the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre*.

LINDISFARNE PRIORY

*denotes not operated by English Heritage

GROUPS VISITS WITH ENGLISH HERITAGE • 15% off entry for groups of ten or more • 1 free place for every additional 20 people in your group • Free tour leader/coach driver entry and coach parking at most sites • Free familiarisation visits for group organisers • Special priority access scheme for group organisers available on request • Ask about our meet and greet service and special guided tours available at selected sites

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www.english-heritage.org.uk/traveltrade Contact our Travel Trade Team:

(+44) (0)20 7973 3529

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NORTHUMBERLAND

PLACES TO VISIT

WHEN LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO VISIT, THE VISITOR ATTRACTION QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVICE CAN HELP. Participating attractions are visited annually by trained, impartial assessors. The assessment is an unannounced visit which takes place at any time when the attraction is open to the public. The assessor will ‘experience’ all aspects of the ‘visitor experience’, from initial telephone enquiries to departure. They will sample all facilities and activities. This gives you the confidence that the attraction has been thoroughly checked before you plan your visit. Only those attractions, which have been assessed by VisitBritain and meet the standard, receive the quality marque. You will recognise them by this sign. During your visit to North East England look out for the Welcome to Excellence sign - a commitment to achieve excellence in customer care. This signifies that the business aims to exceed visitor needs and expectations, and provides an environment where courtesy, helpfulness and a warm welcome are standard.

MAP REFERENCES

A map reference shown beside the place name helps you locate the town or village on the map on the inside back cover. Allendale & Area MAP REF A5 & B5

The Alnwick Garden

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Accessible Parking Accessible Toilets Access to all areas for wheelchairs Facilities for the hearing impaired Facilities for the visually impaired Welcome to Excellence Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service National Trust English Heritage See advertisement on page number listed

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure that the information contained in this publication is accurate, the One NortEast Tourism Team cannot accept any responsibility in respect of any error or omission that may have occurred.

Alnwick Castle Contact:

C3

Is Pre-Booking Required

e: groupbookings@alnwickcastle.com www.alnwickcastle.com Alnwick Castle is the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Majestic and imposing, it offers many delights - impressive architecture, fine art treasures, a beautiful setting, quality dining and excellent shopping. Voted Best Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2007, Enjoy England - Awards for Excellence.

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

14 £7.95*

*2009 rates, please check for 2010 rates **partial Max OAP £6.50* Child £4.50* Ages Under 16

Barter Books

C3 Contact:

Max OAP

40 N/A

Child

N/A

C2

Billy Shiel

Boat trips to the Farne Islands and Holy Island. Visiting the bird sanctuaries and seal colonies with full commentary en-route.

34

£12

Max 400 OAP £10

Child

Toilets

Disabled Toilets

First Aid

3

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Nearby

Meet and Greet

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

OPENING TIMES Summer & Winter - 9am-5pm everyday except Christmas Day Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit

✔ ✔

Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

2

First Aid Restaurant Gift Shop

Driver/Guide Concessions

✔ ✔

Picnic Area Teashop/Café

Meet and Greet Languages Spoken Guided Tours

OPENING TIMES Summer

9am - 5pm

Winter

by arrangement

GENERAL FACILITIES

e: enquiries@farne-islands.com www.farne-islands.com

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Lift

Free Inspection Visit **Wheelchair Access

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Ages N/A

4 Southfield Avenue, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7YT t: 01665 720308

Travel Trade

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Coach Parking Nearby

Billy Shiel Boat Trips Contact:

Coach Parking On-Site

Coach Parking On-Site

One of the country’s largest secondhand bookshops set in a historic former railway station built to impress royal visitors to Alnwick Castle.

10 N/A

Is Pre-Booking Required

e: david@barterbooks.co.uk www.barterbooks.co.uk

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Restaurant only

GENERAL FACILITIES

David Champion

Alnwick Station, Wagonway Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2NP t: 01665 604888

Travel Trade

Nov - March

GENERAL FACILITIES

Groups Administrator

Alnwick Castle Ventures, Estates Office, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ t: 01665 510777 f: 01665 510876

Travel Trade

OPENING TIMES Summer Easter - Oct

£8

Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Lift

Toilets Disabled Toilets

Wheelchair Access

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

2

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Nearby

Meet and Greet

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Free Inspection Visit

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café Languages Spoken Guided Tours

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RNLI Grace Darling Museum Contact:

C2

Verity Wood or Jill Fenwick

Is Pre-Booking Required

The legend of Grace Darling began in 1838 with the famous rescue and endures to this day. Explore her life and legacy; watch the film of the story; see the original boat used in the rescue. Support the RNLI.

N/A £1.50

Max 40 OAP £1.50

C3

£5.50

Mindrum Garden

Contact:

Child FREE Ages

C2

Ages

*Limited Wheelchair Access Open - **Charity Days £3.50

A5

Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken

Guided Talks

Coach Parking On-Site

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Lift

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Toilets

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access First Aid Restaurant

11/2

Gift Shop

✔ ✔ ✔

Picnic Area

Tea Shop/Café Meet and Greet Languages Spoken

Guided Tours

Child £2.25 Ages 5 - 18

Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Toilets Disabled Toilets

*Wheelchair Access

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

First Aid

1-2

Restaurant

Picnic Area

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Lift

Free Inspection Visit

Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Talks

OPENING TIMES 10am - 6pm

Winter

10am - 5pm*

GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

1.5

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Meet and Greet Languages Spoken Guided Talks

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Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café

Is Pre-Booking Required

Summer

Group Bookings Office

Max N/A OAP £3.60

Driver/Guide Concessions

*Closed Nov to mid Feb

15 £4.05

Coach Parking Nearby

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

e: info@vindolanda.com www.vindolanda.com This fully accessible, indoor museum is a superb introduction to Hadrian’s Wall. Learn about all aspects of Roman military life and view the captivating Eagle’s Eye Film, an aerial tour of Hadrian’s Wall with a stunning virtual reconstructed return journey.

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Picnic Area

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Carvoran, Greenhead, Northumberland CA8 7JB t: 016977 47485 f: 01434 344060

Travel Trade

GENERAL FACILITIES

Roman Army Museum Contact:

Driver/Guide Concessions

OPENING TIMES Summer See website for full opening times Winter N/A

Ginny Fairfax

Child -

Restaurant

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Under 16

Max N/A OAP £5.00

1

Coach Parking Nearby

In the wild landscape of north Northumberland - a garden cascading down a hillside, paths wind through borders planted until they overflow with old fashioned roses, perennials and self-seeded white foxgloves and other wild scented treasures, old mature trees/shrubs, shady woodland, clear streams, ponds and the River Bowmont.

N/A **£5.00

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Driver/Guide Concessions

www.mindrumgarden.co.uk

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Mindrum House, Northumberland TD12 4QN t: 01890 850246 e: ginny@mindrumgarden.co.uk

Travel Trade

Wheelchair Access

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

GENERAL FACILITIES

Mrs Di Spark

Max OAP £4.50

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

OPENING TIMES

e: estateoffice@howickuk.com www.howickhallgardens.org.uk Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, a Prime Minister and a famous cup of tea - Earl Grey of course since Howick Hall was his home. Enjoy the splendid flowers and the amazing rare trees and shrubs from around the world.

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Toilets

Summer Daily 12-6pm Winter Wed - Sun 12-4pm

Howick Hall Estate Office, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3LB t: 01665 577285 f: 01665 577285

Travel Trade

Lift

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Child £1.50 Ages N/A

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum Contact:

Coach Parking On-Site

e: askgrace@rnli.org.uk www.rnli.org.uk/gracedarling

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Winter Tues-Sun 10am - 4pm

GENERAL FACILITIES

Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh Northumberland NE69 7AE t: 01668 214910 f: 01668 214912

Travel Trade

OPENING TIMES Summer 10am - 5pm

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PLACES TO VISIT

Roman Vindolanda Contact:

A5

OPENING TIMES Summer

Group Bookings Office

e: info@vindolanda.com www.vindolanda.com Visit this fascinating Roman site with substantial remains and extensive museum full of rare finds including a superb display dedicated to the amazing Vindolanda Writing Tablets. Excavations in progress every day, April - August, weather permitting - meet the archaeologists at work.

15 £5.51

Max N/A OAP £4.41

Contact:

C4

Max 50 OAP £5.00

Child

-

D4

Disabled Toilets

*Wheelchair Access First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

2

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café Languages Spoken Guided Talks

Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

2

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Nearby

Gift Shop

Tea Shop/Café Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required Coach Parking On-Site

Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit

Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

*Plus Bank Hols Max *Tues during OAP FREE Child FREE Ages N/A School Hols

2.5

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

Gift Shop Tea Shop/Café

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

✔ ✔

Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

Alnwick Town

Alnwick Town

Alnwick Town

Alnwick Town

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Alnwick Playhouse

Bailiffgate Museum

Barter Books

Alnwick Castle

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Wheelchair Access

MAP REF C3

Low Hauxley, North Togston NE65 0JR 01665 711578 e: mail@northwt.org.uk www.nwt.org.uk Max: 50 y04 Free Entry

OPENING TIMES 10:00am-6:00pm Winter By arrangement

Julie Gowland

p34

✔ ✔ ✔

Meet and Greet

Alnwick Coast Hauxley Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

OPENING TIMES

e: education&groupbookings@woodhorn.org.uk www.experiencewoodhorn.com A stunning building inspired by monster coal cutting machines and original listed colliery buildings tell the story of Northumberland through fascinating, emotive displays, an exhibition programme and Northumberland’s archival ‘treasures’. Great attraction with something for everyone. Tours available.

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult FREE

Toilets

Aprl-Oct* Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm Nov - Mar* Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm

Northumberland Museum, Archives & Country Park, QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF t: 01670 528013 f: 01670 528083

Travel Trade

Lift

Free Inspection Visit

Restaurant

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Woodhorn Contact:

10am - 4pm

GENERAL FACILITIES

Penny Norton

3 acres of magnificent walled gardens designed by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Beautiful herbaceous borders, Rose Garden, Summer Houses, Pergolas and walls festooned with Clematis. Only open for groups. Guided tours, splendid lunches, homemade cream teas and morning coffee.

12 £5.00

Summer

e: norton@whaltonmanor.fsnet.co.uk www.whaltonmanor.co.uk

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Coach Parking On-Site

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

The Manor House, Whalton, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 3UT t: 01670 775 205 f: 01670 775 293

Travel Trade

Coach Parking Nearby

Child £3.15 Ages 5 -18

Whalton Manor Gardens

Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

*Partial wheelchair access Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Winter

GENERAL FACILITIES

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7JN t: 01434 344277 f: 01434 344060

Travel Trade

10am - 6pm

The Estate Office, Alnwick NE66 1NQ 01665 510777 e: enquiries@alnwickcastle.com www.alnwickcastle.com Max: 50

Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PQ 01665 510785 e: info@alnwickplayhouse.co.uk www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk Max: 272

14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LX 01665 605847 e: ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk Max: 50

Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP 01665 604888 e: bb@barterbooks.co.uk www.barterbooks.co.uk Max: 30

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Get the full info... Turn to page 73 for local Tourist Information Centre locations in Northumberland.

Turn to pages 20 and 25 for travel and event information for Northumberland.

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p35 Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum

The Alnwick Garden

Hulne Park

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Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh & Belford MAP REF C2

p33

Belford Craft Gallery

Estate Office, Howick Hall, Alnwick NE66 3LB 01665 577285 estateoffice@howickuk.com www.howickhallgardens.org.uk

Estate Office, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick NE66 1NQ 01665 510777 enquiries@alnwickcastle.com www.alnwickcastle.com Max: 50

Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU 01665 511350 info@alnwickgarden.com www.alnwickgarden.com Max: 20

Bamburgh NE69 7DF 01668 214515 administrator@bamburghcastle.com www.bamburghcastle.com Max: 999

2 Market Place, Belford NE70 7ND 01668 213888 info@belfordcraftgallery.com www.belfordcraftgallery.com Max: 50

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Bamburgh & Belford

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

Corbridge & East Tynedale

Berwick Barracks & Main Guard

Berwick Castle & Ramparts

Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers

MAP REF C2

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

p35

Radcliffe Rd, Bamburgh NE69 7AE 01668 214910 jill_fenwick@rnli.org.uk www.rnli.org.uk Max: 30

The Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DF 01289 304493 www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 999

Aydon Castle Aydon, Corbridge NE45 5PJ 01434 632450 customers@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 200

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0K Free Entry

The Barracks, The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DG 01289 307426 kosbmus@milnet.uk.net www.kosb.co.uk Max: 40 4Å Free Entry

Corbridge & East Tynedale

Corbridge & East Tynedale

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Country

MAP REF B5

MAP REF B5

MAP REF A5

MAP REF B4

MAP REF A5

Brocksbushes

Corbridge Roman Town

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Chesters Roman Fort

Errington Reay & Co Ltd

48Å Free Entry

The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DF 01289 304493 customers@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 999

MAP REF B5

K Hadrian’s Wall Country

Corbridge NE43 7UB 01434 633100 acd@brocksbushes.co.uk www.brocksbushes.co.uk

(Hadrian’s Wall) Corbridge Roman Site, Corbridge NE45 5NT 01434 632349 corbridge.romantown@ englishheritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk

Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7BU 01434 344218 e: allenbanks@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk Max: 60

Hadrian’s Wall Chollerford NE46 4EU 01434 681379 chesters.fort@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 50

Free Entry

04K

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04K

FREE ENTRY

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Holy Island & Beal

Mid Northumberland

MAP REF A5

MAP REF A5

MAP REF A5

Farm Shop & Fruit Farm

Roman Army Museum

National Park Centre Once Brewed

p35

Vindolanda

p36

Tyneside Pottery Works, Bardon Mill NE47 7HU 01434 344245 www.erringtonreay.co.uk

MAP REF C1

Country MAP REF C4

The Barn at Beal,

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Military Rd, Hadrian's Wall, Bardon Mill NE47 7AN 01434 344396 tic.oncebrewed@nnpa.org.uk www.northumberland-national-park.org.uk Max 25

(Carvoran) Hadrian’s Wall Greenhead, Haltwhistle CA8 7JB 01697 747485 info@vindolanda.com www.vindolanda.com Max: 150

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JN 01434 344277 info@vindolanda.com www.vindolanda.com Max: 99

Visitor & Birds of Prey Centre Beal Farm, Beal TD15 2PB 01289 381476 jim@thebarnatbeal.com www.thebarnatbeal.com Max: 200

Belsay NE20 0DX 01661 881636 customers@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 99

9048 Free Entry

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Mid Northumberland

Mid Northumberland

Mid Northumberland

MidNorth Northumberland Pennines

Otterburn, Redesdale & Bellingham MAP REF B4

Bolam Cottage Garden

Herterton House Garden Nursery

Wallington House, Walled Garden & Grounds

Whalton Manor Allenheads Heritage Centre Gardens

Country MAP REF B4

Country MAP REF C4

Bolam Hall, Bolam, Morpeth NE61 3UA 01661 881660 heather@bolamhal.demon.com www.gardencottagebolam.com Max: 50

Country MAP REF B4

Rothley NE61 4BN 01670 774278 Max: 50

Wallington, Cambo NE61 4AR 01670 773600 wallington@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk Max: 100

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Seahouses, Beadnell & Chathill MAP REF C2

Seahouses, Beadnell & Chathill MAP REF C2

Woodhorn & Coast

Preston Tower

p24 Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips Seahouses NE68 7YT 01665 720308 enquiries@farne-islands.com www.farne-islands.com Max:400

Wooler, Ford & Etal and Till Valley MAP REF B2 Mindrum Garden

Preston, Chathill NE67 5DH 01665 589227 www.prestontower.co.uk Max: 50

Country MAPB5 REF C4 MAP REF

p36

Whalton Manor, Allenheads NE47 9HN Whalton NE61 3UT 01434 775 685586 01670 205 Max: 50 norton@whaltonmanor.fsnet.co.uk www.waltonmanor.co.uk Max: 50

Bellingham Heritage Centre Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham NE48 2DF 01434 220050 bell.heritage@btopenworld.com www.bellingham-heritage.org.uk Max: 54

0

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MAP REF D4

Wooler, Ford & Etal and Till Valley MAP REF C2

Wooler, Ford & Etal and Till Valley MAP REF C2

p36 Woodhorn Northumberland Museum, Archives and Country Park. QEII Country Park, Ashington NE63 9YF 01670 528080 dtate@woodhorn.org.uk www.experiencewoodhorn.com Max: 100

Chillingham Castle Chillingham NE66 5NJ 01668 215359 enquiries@ chillingham-castle.com www.chillingham-castle.com Max: 100

Chillingham Wild Cattle Association Ltd

9y048 Å Free Entry

0

Wardens Cottage, Alnwick NE66 5NP 01668 215250 www.chillingham-wildcattle.org.uk Max: 50

Need more information...

p35

Mindrum House TD12 4QN 01890 850246 ginny@mindrumgarden.co.uk www.mindrumgarden.co.uk Max: 50

For further details on all group accommodation in North East England, go to our dedicated groups website!

www.groupsnortheastengland.com

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NORTHUMBERLAND

ACCOMMODATION

De Vere Slaley Hall Contact:

B5

Michael Bell

Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 0BX t: 01434 673350 f: 01434 673932 e: michael.bell@devere-hotels.com www.devere-hotels.com/slaleyhall

Set in a 1000 acres of Northumberland countryside. This is legendary northern hospitality in elegant surroundings. Surrounded by two PGA championship golf courses and a superb Spa, a great base to visit: Alnwick Gardens/Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Holy Island and Keilder Water.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min 10 Max Group Rate: B+B £30.00 DB&B

Longridge Towers

N/A £45.00

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Contact:

Sheena Fleming

31 £45

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Contact:

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken

Driver/Guide Concessions

Evening Entertainment

Coach Parking Nearby

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

SILVER

In the heart of Northumberland, the ideal base to explore the region, within easy distance of a range of attractions and activities. With the Dobson Restaurant and the more informal Linden Tree Pub, Vital Spa and Leisure and 18 hole golf course, Linden Hall is the perfect location.

46

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment

110 £20.00

GENERAL FACILITIES

Lift (in some colleges)

Coach Parking On-Site

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken Evening Entertainment Bar

Coach Parking Nearby

Coffee Shop

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Restaurant

-

No. of ground floor rooms

7 17

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment -

GENERAL FACILITIES Inspection Visit

Lift

Coach Parking On-Site

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken

Driver/Guide Concessions

Evening Entertainment

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

20 0

Bar

Coach Parking Nearby

*PPPN

ACCOMMODATION Group Size: Min 10 Max 50 Group Rate: B+B* £60.00 DB&B* £80.00 BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Number of ground floor rooms

32 0

C3

e: lindenhall@macdonald-hotels.co.uk www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/lindenhall

Travel Trade

Restaurant

✔ ✔ ✔

Bar Coffee Shop

Inspection Visit

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

Helen Butler

Longhorsley, Northumberland NE65 8XF t: 01670 500 000 f: 01670 500 001

Coach Parking On-Site

Driver/Guide Concessions

Longridge Towers is a victorian building set in 80 acres of beautiful grounds within easy reach of the country-side and coast, ideal accommodation with spacious rooms and excellent facilities including a common room, games room, tennis courts and lots more.

Max DB&B

Lift

B1

e: sfleming@lts.org.uk

Group Size: Min 15 Group Rate: B+B £35

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

Longridge Towers School, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2XQ t: 01289 307584 f: 01289 302581

Travel Trade

GENERAL FACILITIES Inspection Visit

Coffee Shop

Restaurant

Number of ground floor rooms

20

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment

38 £30.00

Alnwick Coast

Alnwick Coast

Alnwick Coast

Alnwick Coast

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C3

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C3

Cook and Barker Inn

Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel

Nether Grange H F Holidays

The Masons Arms Country Inn

Warkworth House Hotel

Newton-On-The-Moor, NE65 9JY 01665 575234 www.cookandbarkerinn.co.uk

Embleton NE66 3UN 01665 576111 stay@dunstanburghcastlehotel.co.uk www.dunstanburghcastlehotel.co.uk

Alnmouth NE66 2RZ 020 8905 9556 e: info@hfholidays.co.uk www.hfholidays.co.uk

Stamford Cott, Rennington NE66 3RX 01665 577275 e: bookings@masonsarms.net www.masonsarms.net

HHHH 18 bEDROOMS

HH 23 bEDROOMS

HHHH 20 bEDROOMS

HHHH 16 bbEDROOMS

Alnwick Coast 16 Bridge Street, Warkworth NE65 0XB 01665 711276 reception@warkworthhousehotel.co.uk www.warkworthhousehotel.co.uk HHH 15 bEDROOMS

See the big picture... See how close these attractions and accommodation providers are - turn to the Matrix fold out pages for a full and detailed map of North East England, match the grid to pinpoint the locations!

www.groupsnortheastengland.com

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N Alnwick Town

Alnwick Town

Bamburgh & Belford

Bamburgh & Belford

MAP REF C3

MAP REF C3

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C2

Alnwick Lodge

White Swan Hotel

Blue Bell Hotel

Purdy Lodge

The Lord Crewe

Bamburgh & Belford

West Cawledge Park, Alnwick NE66 2HJ 01665 604 363 bookings@alnwicklodge.com www.alnwicklodge.com

Bondgate Within, Alnwick NE66 1TD 01665 602109 e: info.whiteswan@classiclodges.co.uk www.thewhiteswan. classsiclodges.co.uk

Market Place, Belford NE70 7NE 01668 213543 bluebell@globalnet.co.uk www.bluebellhotel.com

Adderstone, Belford NE70 7JU 01668 213000 reception@purdylodge.co.uk www.purdylodge.co.uk

Front Street, Bamburgh NE69 7BL 01668 214243 lordcrewebamburgh@tiscali.co.uk www.lordcrewe.co.uk

HHH 15 bEDROOMS

HHH 57 bEDROOMS

HHH 28 bEDROOMS

HH 20 bEDROOMS

HH 19 bEDROOMS

Bamburgh & Belford

Bamburgh & Belford

MAP REF C2

MAP REF C2

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

Berwick, Tweedmouth & Spittal MAP REF B1

The Sunningdale

The Victoria Hotel

King's Arms Hotel

Longridge Towers School

Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel

p38

21-23 Lucker Road, Bamburgh NE69 7BS 01668 214334 enquiries@sunningdale-hotel.com www.sunningdale-hotel.com

1 Front Street, Bamburgh NE69 7BP 01668 214431 enquiries@thevictoriahotelbamburgh. co.uk www.thevictoriahotelbamburgh.co.uk

43 Hide Hill, Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 1EJ 01289 307454 enquiries@kingsarms-hotel.com www.kingsarms-hotel.com

Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 2XQ 01289 307584 sfleming@lts.org.uk

Marshall Meadows, Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 1UT 01289 331133 gn.marshallmeadows@ classiclodges.co.uk www.classiclodges.co.uk

HHH 21 bEDROOMS

HH 30 bEDROOMS

HHH 28 bEDROOMS

HHH 24 bEDROOMS

HHH 19 bEDROOMS

Corbridge & East Tynedale

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hexham Town

MAP REF C4

MAP REF C5

MAP REF B5

MAP REF B4

MAP REF B5

George Hotel

Best Western Beaumont Hotel

Matfen Hall

Close House Hotel

De Vere Collection Slaley Hall

p38

Matfen NE20 0RH 01661 886500 info@matfenhall.com www.matfenhall.com

Close House Estate, Heddon-on-the-Wall, NE15 0HT 01660 852255 events@closehouse.co.uk www.closehouse.co.uk

Slaley NE47 0BX 01434 673350 slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com www.devere.co.uk

Chollerford NE46 4EW 01434 681611 steve.thompson@ coastandcountryhotels.com www.coastandcountryhotels.com

HHHH SILVER 53 bEDROOMS

HHHH 19 bEDROOMS

HHHH 139 bEDROOMS

HHH 47 bEDROOMS

HHH 25 bEDROOMS

Holy Island & Beal

Mid Northumberland Country MAP REF C4

Mid Northumberland Country MAP REF C3

Mid Northumberland Country MAP REF C4

Morpeth Town

Premier Inn

Longhirst Hall

MAP REF C1

Lindisfarne Inn

Beal TD15 2PD 01289 381223 enquiries@lindisfarne.co.uk www.lindisfarneinn.co.uk

Innkeeper's Lodge Cramlington

Blagdon Lane, Cramlington NE23 8AU 01670 736111 rhoda.henderson@mbplc.com www.innkeeperslodge.com

MacDonald Linden p38 Hall Golf & Country Club

Longhorsley NE65 8XF 0870 194 2123 lindenhall@macdonald-hotels.co.uk www.lindenhall-hotel.co.uk

1 5O bEDROOMS

Newcastle (Cramlington) Moor Farm Roundabout, off Front Street, Annitsford NE23 7QA 0870 197 7188 www.premierinn.com

HHH 21 bEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 18 bEDROOMS

Morpeth Town

North Pennines

North Pennines

North Pennines

MAP REF C4

MAP REF C5

MAP REF B5

MAP REF B5

Morpeth Lodge

Best Western Derwent Manor

Langley Castle

Lord Crewe Arms Hotel

6 Staithes Lane, Morpeth NE61 1TD 01670 518550 bookings@morpethlodge.co.uk www.morpethlodge.co.uk

HHHHSILVER

The Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Seahouses, Beadnell & Chathill MAP REF C2

Seahouses, Beadnell & Chathill MAP REF C2

Beach House Hotel

Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa

Percy Arms Hotel

Riverdale Hall Hotel

The Battlesteads

Wark NE48 3LS 01434 230209 info@battlesteads.com www.battlesteads.com

1 17 bEDROOMS

Seafront, 12a St Aidans, Seahouses NE68 7SR 01665 720337 enq@beachhousehotel.co.uk www.beachhousehotel.co.uk

HH 28 bEDROOMS

HH 30 bEDROOMS

Seahouses, Beadnell & Chathill MAP REF C2

Woodhorn & Coast MAP REF D4

Wooler, Ford & Etal and Till Valley MAP REF B2

Wooler, Ford & Etal and Till Valley MAP REF B2

The Olde Ship Hotel

Premier Inn

Collingwood Arms Hotel

The Tankerville Arms Hotel

BUDGET HOTEL 17 bEDROOMS

Otterburn, Redesdale & Bellingham MAP REF B4

HHH 17 bEDROOMS

Otterburn, Redesdale & Bellingham MAP REF B4

HH SILVER 18 bEDROOMS

z 77 bEDROOMS

HH 24 bEDROOMS

Otterburn, Redesdale & Bellingham MAP REF B4

Ashington Queen Elizabeth ll Country Park, Woodhorn, Ashington NE63 9AT 0870 423 6468 www.premierinn.com

HHH

HHHH GOLD 19 bEDROOMS

Otterburn, Redesdale & Bellingham MAP REF B4

Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RD 01665 720200 theoldeship@seahouses.co.uk www.seahouses.co.uk

Longhirst NE61 3LL 01670 791348 enquiries@longhirst.co.uk www.longhirst.co.uk

Blanchland DH8 9SP 01434 675251 lord@crewearms.freeserve.co.uk www.lordcrewehotel.co.uk

HHH 20 bEDROOMS

Bellingham NE48 2JT 01434 220254 reservations@ riverdalehallhotel.co.uk www.riverdalehallhotel.co.uk

MAP REF C4

Langley-on-Tyne NE47 5LU 01434 688888 manager@langleycastle.com www.langleycastle.com

Allensford, Carterway Heads DH8 9BB 01207 592000 info@derwent-manor-hotel.com www.derwent-manor-hotel.com HHH 48 bEDROOMS

Otterburn NE19 1NR 01830 520261 percyarmshotel@yahoo.co.uk www.thepercyarms.com

BUDGET HOTEL 80 bEDROOMS

Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LT 01434 602331 reservations@ beaumonthotel.eclipse.co.uk www.bw-beaumonthotel.co.uk

HHHH SILVER

Main Street, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4UH 01890 882 424 enquiries@collingwoodarms.com www.collingwoodarms.com HHH

z 13 bEDROOMS

HH 30 bEDROOMS

22 Cottage Road, Wooler NE71 6AD 01668 281581 enquiries@tankervillehotel.co.uk www.tankervillehotel.co.uk

Otterburn NE19 1NS 01830 520620 info@otterburntower.com www.otterburntower.com

Doxford Hall, Chathill NE67 5DN 01665 589191 info@doxfordhall.com www.doxfordhallhotel.co.uk HHHH

1 25 bEDROOMS

Need an event... Turn to the events page 25 for information for what to do in Northumberland.

HHH 16 bEDROOMS

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When does a place

become part of you?

Iconic art The Angel of the North with wings outstretched - this outstanding work of art welcomes you to the area and entices you into the heart of NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. The heart of the river No better place to start than NewcastleGateshead Quayside, its famous parade of bridges over the River Tyne and its iconic buildings. The bedazzling chrome and glass of the futuristic looking Sage Gateshead, famed as an international home for music and musical discovery has The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with its monumental façade as its neighbour. Then there is the river itself and the bridges, like the impressive Gateshead Millennium Bridge begging you to cross and explore Newcastle City. The views from the tops of both of these inspired buildings helps to put NewcastleGateshead into perspective. Groups, therefore, have a number of options open to them - sometimes it is best to leave individuals to it and rendezvous at an appropriate time and place!

Grey Street, Newcastle

With its first class shopping, museums and art galleries, cinemas, theatres, evening entertainment and quality cuisine, groups can choose their own pleasure and take in at least some of what this exciting city has to offer. Newcastle’s architecture alone is enough to make some people fall in love with the city and its friendly people. It is worth noting that the classical Georgian Grey Street was voted the ‘best street in Britain’ architecturally by Radio 4 listeners; the Grainger Town and the Ouseburn cultural quarters of Newcastle also add to the charm.

A warm welcome mixed with a rich heritage of living history, blue flag beaches, cultural icons, world class shopping, cosmopolitan restaurants, cafés and celebrated architecture from Roman to modern, makes this a great destination for any group. 40

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE

? ...standing on the quayside on a sunny morning, you realise there's more to bridges than just crossing a river!

With a passion for living and a warm and vibrant culture, bursting with city chic. Cosmopolitan enough for the most culture conscious of groups. History and Heritage NewcastleGateshead boasts a plethora of museums and art galleries, many of which are free. The newly opened flagship museum - the Great North Museum: Hancock offers 11 galleries packed with national treasure from all over the world. Whilst best for an insight into Tyneside life is the Discovery Museum. The Romans were inspired by Newcastle and its surrounding area as it was two millennia ago, inspired enough to stay for a period of over 400 years! The Roman Forts of Segedunum and Arbeia are proof of their attachment to the area and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall ended at Wallsend in North Tyneside. Their legacy is everywhere. Cosmopolitan Cities Sunderland, like Newcastle, is a major north east city. Where Newcastle has the River Tyne, Sunderland has the River Wear and the similarity does not end there. This is another vibrant university city with its own artistic and cultural attractions like the award-winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens with its works by LS Lowry and the National Glass Centre with its workshops and displays of the glassmaker’s artwork. For evening entertainment, nothing surpasses the Victorian splendour of Sunderland's Empire Theatre where some of the best West End shows are staged.

“GETTING THE BEST OF RETAIL

,

THERAPY - you'll find something for everyone, in abundance! I love the fact you can shop with a clear conscience, because you know you deserve it and it does you good as well! But with so much to choose from, perhaps a little friendly advice could help? ”

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

For those with a 'penchant' for shopping there is an abundance of big names and quirky stores! In NewcastleGateshead there is Grainger Town, Eldon Square and the MetroCentre, still one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe, as well as discount shopping at the Royal Quays in North Tyneside. And after a few hours of retail therapy there are always the street cafes and one of the largest selection of international restaurants anywhere in the UK. Perhaps it is the architecture, perhaps its the history, the culture, the people, the attractions, but there is a strong affinity to this diverse area felt by the groups that come here and many return to see what they missed the first time around.

JAN WILLIAMS, North East England Blue Badge Guide

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The iconic symbol

of a new age...

COACH PARKING IN NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE GATESHEAD MetroCentre Tel: 0191 493 0219 Price: Free Civic Centre Regent Street Tel: 0191 433 3143 (By appointment only)

Gateshead International Stadium Tel: 0191 433 3143 (By appointment only) Quays Coach Park Tel: 0191 433 3143 Price: £10 per day (Pre-booked £10, not pre-booked 70p per hour).

NEWCASTLE Ord Street Car Park Tel: 0191 277 2738 Price: £1 for 5 hours (Drop-off/pickup next to Laing Art Gallery, John Dobson Street and behind Centre for Life, Times Square)

SOUTH SHIELDS Harbour Drive South Contact: Neighbourhood Services Dept Tel: 0191 424 7617 Price: Free Pierhead Coach Park Contact: Neighbourhood Services Dept Tel: 0191 424 7617 Price: Free

Pier Parade Car Park Contact: Neighbourhood Services Dept Tel: 0191 424 7617 Price: Free (1 Bay available)

Marsden Lea Contact: Neighbourhood Services Dept Tel: 0191 424 7617 Price: Free Sea Road (2 drop off bays with 10 minutes waiting time) Mile End Road (Parking Bays for pre-booked Catherine Cookson Tours) (1 hour waiting time)

SUNDERLAND Ocean Park, Seaburn Complex Contact: Earl Benshaw Tel: 0191 553 1521

TYNEMOUTH Grand Parade (behind Blue Reef Aquarium) Price: 80p for 2 hours Open 9am - 8pm

WHITLEY BAY Briardene Car Park Price: £2.00 per day (Open 9am - 8pm, 800m from Town Centre) Trinity Road Price: £2.00 (maximum stay 2 hours) Open 9am - 8pm (Near St Mary’s Island 1km from Town Centre)

FREE ATTRACTIONS - MAKING YOUR GROUPS VISIT MORE REWARDING From all parts of the area - a ‘snap shot’ list of Free Admission attractions that can be included to give added value to any visit! ARBEIA ROMAN FORT, SOUTH SHIELDS

NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND

Fort remains, museum, reconstructions of fort gateway, barrack and commanding

Housed in a spectacularly designed glass and steel building on the banks of the River

officer’s house, summer excavations and ‘TimeQuest’ the hands on archaeological

Wear enjoy a full range of exhibitions, galleries, workshops and activities. Live glass

centre.

blowing demonstrations daily.

THE GREAT NORTH MUSEUM: HANCOCK, NEWCASTLE The flagship visitor attraction incorporates collections from the Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery.

LAING ART GALLERY, NEWCASTLE Home to an important collection of 18th and 19th century painting, which is shown alongside temporary exhibitions of historic and contemporary art.

SUNDERLAND MUSEUM & WINTER GARDENS

GATESHEAD METROCENTRE

A museum, art gallery and Winter Gardens combine to create a stunning visitor

Europe’s largest shopping centre has everything you could possibly need for the perfect

attraction in the heart of the city centre.

day out.

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Main Picture: The Angel Of The North, Gateshead

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE A shoppers’ paradise mixed with echoes of Roman and Christian past, culture and coastal views - enjoy the very best of this very special area.

Perfect for almost any group. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DAY APPROX

The Angel of the North to Locomotion The National Railway Museum

45 mins

Newcastle City Centre to Crook Hall & Gardens

30 mins

MetroCentre to Whalton Manor Gardens

40 mins

National Glass Centre to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience

40 mins

Bede's World to Dalton Park Shopping Outlet

40 mins

Arbeia Roman Fort to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

30 mins

Washington Old Hall to The Alnwick Garden

60 mins

...with a scale only equalled by the warmth of a North East England welcome!

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Hadrian's Wall

Newcastle International Airport

Vibrant city culture, world-famous events and picture postcard surrounding

Whitley Bay North Tyneside

Newcastle Gateshead

Port of Tyne Ferry Terminal

South Shields South Tyneside Sunderland

countryside and coast. The central location of NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside, means that many of North East England’s most visited attractions are less than an hour away. We’ve listed some approximate journey times from popular destinations across NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside onwards to some iconic attractions for you to explore North East England.

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Metrocentre is Europe’s biggest shopping centre and No.1 in the UK!

Located on the A1 Gateshead, only minutes from Newcastle City Centre, our unique collection of over 330 famous high street names and smaller specialist shops offer the perfect combination for an unforgettable shopping experience. And with almost 50 places to dine and great leisure attractions too make sure you add Metrocentre to your itinerary. Plus there are over 70 discounts for Metrocentre stores for all coach passengers and local hotel users in our FREE Shopping and Leisure Discount Guide. For more information contact the Metrocentre Marketing Department on 0191 493 0200.

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OPENING TIMES Summer & Winter Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm* Sun 11am - 6pm* GENERAL FACILITIES

Niamh Lightfoot

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP t: 0191 243 8210 f: 0191 243 8201 e: info@life.org.uk www.life.org.uk The Centre for Life is a family science centre with handson activities and exhibitions that bring science to life. From an exhibition exploring human life through to a journey into outer space - there is something for all ages. **Prices subject to seasonal variation *Last Admission 4pm

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Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7NA t: 0191 260 6006 f: 0844 4933313

Travel Trade

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The Metro Radio Arena C5 Contact:

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Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access

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Escape the everyday and do something different! A River Escapes cruise is perfect for any occasion, a sightseeing trip, an exclusive event or an upbeat party. A River Escapes cruise offers an unrivalled way to experience Newcastle Gateshead’s famous riverside.

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Is Pre-Booking Required

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PLACES TO VISIT NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Beckleberrys

Bessie Surtees House

Biscuit Factory

Bowes Railway

Cowen Road, Blaydon on Tyne NE21 5TW 0191 414 1180 infor@beckleberrys.co.uk www.beckleberrys.co.uk Max: 150

41- 44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF 0191 269 1200 www.englishheritage.co.uk Max: 45

16 Stoddart Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN 0191 261 1103 art@thebiscuitfactory.com www.thebiscuitfactory.com Max: 40

Springwell Village, Gateshead NE9 7QJ 0191 416 1847 www.bowesrailway.co.uk Max: 100

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NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

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MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

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Denton Hall Turret and West Denton Hadrian's Wall

Discovery Museum

Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA 0191 478 1810 e: info@balticmill.com www.balticmill.com Max: 999

p45

Blandford House, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA 0191 232 6789 e: discovery@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk

Eldon Square Shopping Centre

p44

Gateshead Metrocentre

p44

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Gateshead NE11 9YG 0191 493 0219 metrocentre-information@ capshop.co.uk www.metrocentre.uk.com 048 Free Entry 048 Free Entry

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

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Hatton Gallery

Laing Art Gallery

West Denton Road, Nr Blaydon, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7LQ 01661 831368 www.englishheritage.org.uk Max: 999

Great North Museum

p45

Barrasbridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT 0191 222 6765 greatnorthmuseum@twmuseums. org.uk www.greatnorthmuseum.org

Newcastle University, The Quadrangle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU 0191 222 6059 e: hatton-gallery@ncl.ac.uk www.ncl.ac.uk Max: 35

9y048 Free Entry

Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JB 0191 261 1891 eldonsquareinformation@capshop.co.uk www.eldon-square.co.uk

p45

Life Science Centre

Gibside Burnopfield NE16 6BG 01207 541820 gibside@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk Max: 60

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p47

Metro Radio Arena Newcastle

New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG 0191 232 7734 laing@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk Max: 60

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP 0191 243 8210 info@life.org.uk www.life.org.uk Max: 200

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NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

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Newcastle Racecourse

Path Head Water Mill

River Escapes

Saltwell Park and Saltwell Towers

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

p47

p47

Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7NA 0191 260 6006 groupbookings@smgnewcastle.co.uk www.metroradioarena.co.uk Max: 9999

9048

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High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP 0191 236 2020 info@ newcastle-racecourse.co.uk www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk Max: 9999

Summerhill, Blaydon NE21 4SP 0191 414 6288 pathheadmill@aol.com www.gatesheadmill.co.uk Max: 25

Sandgate Pier, Newcastle Quayside East, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1JF 01670 785666 events@riverescapes.co.uk www.riverescapes.co.uk Max: 150

East Park Road, Gateshead NE9 5AX 0191 433 5900 saltwellpark@gateshead.gov.uk www.gateshead.gov.uk Max: 100

Buddle Street, Wallsend NE28 6HR 0191 236 9347 segedunum@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk

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NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

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Seven Stories, the Centre for Children’s Books

Tanfield Railway

The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

The Journal Tyne Theatre

p46

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ 0845 271 0777 info@sevenstories.org.uk www.sevenstories.org.uk Max: 100

The Engine Shed, Old Marley Hill, Sunniside NE16 5ET 0191 388 7545 info@tanfield-railway.co.uk www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

St Nicholas Church Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PF 0191 232 1939 office@stnicnewcastle.co.uk www.stnicholascathedral.co.uk Max: 60

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Theatre Royal

Trinity House Newcastle upon Tyne

The Playhouse Whitley Bay

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South Tyneside (inc South

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Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR 0870 905 5060 boxoffice@theatreroyal.co.uk www.theatreroyal.co.uk Max: 1300

9y48

8 Percy Park Road, Tynemouth NE30 4BP 0191 296 3316 www.landof-greenginger.co.uk Max: 200

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Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ 0191 232 8226 ncl_trinityhouse@hotmail.com www.trinityhousenewcastle.org.uk Max: 70

p46

The Sage Gateshead

Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG 0870 145 1200 www.thejournaltynetheatre.co.uk Max: 1000

St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR 0191 443 4666 catherine.hymers@ thesagegateshead.org www.thesagegateshead.org Max: 999

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North Tyneside (inc Whitley

North Tyneside (inc Whitley

Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ 0844 277 2771 office@whitleybayplayhouse.co.uk www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk Max: 200

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Bay & Tynemouth) MAP REF D5

Royal Quays Outlet Centre

Stephenson Railway Museum

Coble Dene, North Shields NE29 6DW 0191 296 3743 e: jramshaw@royalquays.net www.royalquaysoutletcentre.co.uk

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields NE29 8DX 0191 200 7146 stephenson@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk Max: 200

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Bede’s World

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

South Tyneside (inc South Shields) MAP REF D5

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

Baring Street, South Shields NE33 2BB 0191 456 1369 www.twmuseums.org.uk Max: 999

Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY 0191 489 2106 visitor.info@bedesworld.co.uk www.bedesworld.co.uk Max: 150

Coast Road, Whitburn, SR6 7NH 0191 529 3161 souter@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA 0191 456 8740 southsheilds@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk Max: 20

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St Pauls Church and Monastic Site

The Bridges Shopping Centre Upper Market Square, Sunderland SR1 3DR 0191 510 8581 sarah.king@landsecurities.com www.thebridges-shopping.com

Fulwell Windmill

Newcastle Road, Sunderland SR5 1EX 0191 516 9790 fulwell.windmill@ sunderland.gov.uk www.fulwell-windmill.com Max: 50

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

National Glass Centre

North Bridge St, Sunderland SR5 1AP 0191 567 7075 monkwearmouth@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk Max: 200

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Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL 0191 515 5555 info@nationalglasscentre.com www.nationalglasscentre.com Max: 100

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Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DZ 0191 489 7052 jarrowparish@supanet.com www.jarrowparish.info Max: 150

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

p45

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

See the big picture... p44

Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP 0191 553 2323 e: sunderland@twmuseums.org.uk www.twmuseums.org.uk

Pattinson Way, Washington NE38 8LE 0191 416 5454 e: info.washington@wwt.org.uk www.wwt.org.uk Max: 999

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See how close these attractions and accommodation providers are - turn to the Matrix fold out pages for a full and detailed map of North East England, match the grid to pinpoint the locations!

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE

VOTED No1 HOSTEL IN ENGLAND

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ACCOMMODATION

“contemporary style”

“traditional charm” in the heart of Newcastle.

City centre location, only 3 minutes walk from the Metro, Train and Ferry Bus Station.

From only £16.50

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The Vermont Hotel has an unrivalled setting next to the castle in the heart of Newcastle, overlooking the River Tyne, The Bridges and The Cathedral. A short walk to the main shopping Centre, St Jame’s Park, The Metro Radio Arena, Fenwicks & Eldon Square, theatres, galleries and the Rail Station. It also has direct access to the quayside and on site complimentary parking. 101 Bedrooms and Suites as well as a selection of Restaurants, Bars and Meeting Rooms. Groups welcome - from 10 to 60 guests (5 to 30 rooms). “An independently owned Manhattan style 1930’s tower with traditional and contemporary, plush interiors” - Conde Nast Traveller

Albatross, Backpackers In! 51 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JE. Tel: +44 (0191) 233 1330 email: info@albatrossnewcastle.co.uk www.albatrossnewcastle.com

Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ t: 0191 2331010 f: 0191 2331234 info@vermont-hotel.co.uk www.vermont-hotel.com

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NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

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Angel View Inn

Beamish Park Hotel

Best Western New Kent Hotel

Britannia Hotel Newcastle Airport

Albatross

p49

51 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE 0191 233 1330 info@albatrossnewcastle.co.uk www.albatrossnewcastle.com

Low Eighton Banks, Gateshead NE9 7UB 0191 410 3219 reception@angelviewinn.co.uk www.angelviewinn.co.uk

HH 24 BEDROOMS

HHH 27 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Cairn Hotel

Carlton Hotel

Beamish, Marley Hill NE16 5EG 01207 230666 reception@beamish-park-hotel.co.uk www.beamish-park-hotel.co.uk 47 bEDROOMS

127 Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TB 0191 281 7711 enquiries@newkenthotel.co.uk www.newkenthotel.co.uk

NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle International Airport, Woolsington NE13 8DG 0191 401 9988 res716@britanniahotels.com www.britanniahotels.com

HHH 32 BEDROOMS

HHH 99 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

County Hotel by Thistle

Elephant on the Tyne

HHH

97-103 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TJ 0191 281 1358 info@cairnnewcastle.com www.cairnnewcastle.com

82-86 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AP 0191 281 3361 info@carltonnewcastle.com www.carltonnewcastle.com

The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RT 0191 222 0333 sales.newcastle@millenniumhotels.co.uk www.millenniumhotels.com

Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF 0870 3339142 newcastle@thistle.co.uk www.thistlehotels.com

HH 51 BEDROOMS

HH 35 BEDROOMS

HHHH 164 BEDROOMS

HHH 114 BEDROOMS

Green Lane, Gateshead NE10 0SB 0191 495 0282 chairmanhamilton@btconnect.com www.elephantonthetyne.co.uk HH 27 BEDROOM

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C4

Eslington Villa Hotel

Express by Holiday Inn

Gibside Hotel

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Holiday Inn Newcastle Great North Road

8 Station Road, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6DR 0191 487 6017 home@eslingtonvilla.co.uk www.eslingtonvillahotel.co.uk

Newcastle City Centre

Waterloo Square, St. James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4DN. 0870 428 1488 res.newcastle@expressholidayinn.co.uk www.hiexpressnewcastle.co.uk

Front Street, Whickham NE16 4JG 0191 488 9292 reception@gibside-hotel.co.uk www.gibside-hotel.co.uk

Bottle Bank, Gateshead NE8 2AR 0191 490 9700 reservations.newcastle@hilton.com www.hilton.co.uk

Seaton Burn NE13 6BP 0870 787 3291 hinewcastle@qmh-hotels.com www.newcastle.holiday-inn.com HHH 150 BEDROOMS

★★★ 18 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 198 BEDROOMS

HHH 45 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Hotel Du Vin

Innkeepers Lodge

Innkeepers Lodge Vintage Inns, Falcons Nest, Rotary Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5EH 0870 243 0500 www.innkeeperslodge,com

Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY 0191 212 3000 info@jesmonddenehouse.co.uk www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Jesmond Hotel

Ponteland Road, Kenton Bank Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3TY 0870 243 0500 info@innkeepers.com www.innkeeperslodge,com

Newcastle/Gosforth

Jesmond Dene House

Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AJ 0191 281 5377 jesmondhotel@aol.com www.jesmondhotel.co.uk

HHHH 36 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 30 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 19 BEDROOMS

HHHH 40 BEDROOMS

HH 16 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park

Newcastle Marriott Hotel MetroCentre

City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BE 0191 229 2200 info.newcastle@hotelduvin.com www.hotelduvin.com

Jurys Inn Newcastle

Newcastle

Malmaison

New Northumbria Hotel

Scotswood Road, St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD 0191 201 4400 jurysinnnnewcastle@jurysinns.com www.jurysinn.com

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3XD 0191 245 5000 newcastle@malmaison.com www.malmaison.com

61-69 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AN 0191 281 4961 reservations@newnorthumbriahotel.co.uk www.newnorthumbriahotel.co.uk

HHH 274 BEDROOMS

HHH 396 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead MAP REF C5

Novotel Newcastle Airport

254 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

HHH 57 BEDROOMS

High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HN 0191 236 4111 matthew.horne@marriotthotels.com www.newcastlemarriottgosforthpark.com HHHH 204 BEDROOMS

MetroCentre, Gateshead NE11 9XF 0191 493 2233 e: reservations.newcastle.england. metrocentre@marriotthotels.com www.newcastlemarriottmetrocentre.co.uk HHHH 154 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Osborne Hotel

Premier Apartments Newcastle

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3HZ 0191 214 0303 H1118@accor-hotels.com www.novotel.com

Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AE 0191 281 3385 osbournehotel@tiscali.co.uk www.osbournehotel.co.uk

Newcastle Metro Centre

Newcastle Team Valley

Thornton House, Thornton St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AT 0191 279 7900 info@premierapartments.com www.premierapartments.com

Derwent Haugh Road, Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 3BL 0870 197 7283 www.premierinn.com

HHH 126 BEDROOMS

HH 22 BEDROOMS

HHHH 31 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 85 BEDROOMS

Maingate, Kingaway North, Team Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE11 0BE 0870 423 6454 www.premierinn.com BUDGET HOTEL 60 BEDROOMS

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead

MAP REF C4

MAP REF C4

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

MAP REF C5

Premier Inn

Newcastle Airport Newcastle International Airport, Ponteland Road, Prestwick NE20 9DB 0870 197 7190 www.premierinn.com BUDGET HOTEL 176 BEDROOMS

50

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Newcastle City Centre

Premier Inn

Newcastle Airport South

Newcastle Central

Newcastle Quayside

Callerton Lane Ends, Woolsington NE13 8DF 0870 990 6338 www.premierinn.com

New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8BS 0870 850 6336 www.premierinn.com

Millenium Bridge City Road, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2AN 0870 238 3318 www.premierinn.com

The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3AE 0870 990 6530 www.premierinn.com

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When does a place

become part of you?

The Bowes Museum, Durham

Durham City As you approach the City of Durham you catch a glimpse of one of the best man-made views in England, the famous Durham Cathedral and Castle towering over this historic city - two more UK icons. A walk or a mini-bus ride up the ancient cobbled streets to Palace Green is recommended, as it is from here that you experience a breath-taking moment when the Cathedral comes into view.

“the best cathedral on planet Earth” Bill Bryson

Durham Castle used to house the mighty medieval Prince Bishops but today it serves as home to some of Durham University’s students. As a major university city the vibrancy and diversity of the patrons is reflected in the many varied local cafes and restaurants. A further option and an opportunity to see the Cathedral and Castle from another perspective, is to take a walk along the banks of the River Wear or better still, a relaxing river cruise complete with commentary. Eclectic character Amongst the city’s narrow alleys, known as vennels, there is a plethora of eating places, exclusive boutiques and craft shops which together with high street shopping and the Victorian Indoor Market offer an easily explored, compact and rewarding retail experience.

Crook Hall, Durham

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Durham history and World Heritage at its very best,

?

with living history on show.

...when you've walked round Bill Bryson's “perfect little city” and end up emphatically agreeing with him!

Enrapturing enough for the most diverse of groups. Surprisingly near to the centre of the city lies an historic gem, Crook Hall, a medieval hall with six acres of gardens and delights including a scented walled garden, a moat pool and maze! A quiet oasis in an urban setting, groups can enjoy a cream tea in the courtyard or in front of the roaring fire before setting out for rural Durham outside the city. A touch of France Yes, in the middle of the Durham Dales lies another icon in the market town of Barnard Castle - The Bowes Museum. It is highly unlikely that anyone will expect to see a French Chateau in the Dales countryside and expressions of astonishment at first sight are to be expected. Built by John Bowes and his French wife Josephine in the 19th century, this is a story of romance and a dedication to art - Canalettos, Gainsboroughs, El Grecos, Goyas - in addition to porcelains, ceramics and other fine arts. Re-living the past Likewise Beamish! This living museum is to heritage what The Bowes Museum is to the arts. The open-air museum is a living working town, bustling about its business in the years leading up to the First World War. It’s also a lively colliery village, working farm and Georgian manor all linked by omnibus and tram. The fully costumed staff are always ready with a friendly hello and a tale to tell of how people lived in ‘their period’ - a truly great experience and ‘huge’ attraction, re-living the past for all ages.

“DURHAM IS A QUALITY LOCATION for visitors, with

Durham Heritage Coast, Durham

Castles and countryside

of Durham Cathedral and Castle”

A trip into the Durham Dales, an area of beautiful moorland entwined with quaint villages and hill farms, can take you past the superb Raby Castle one of the largest and most impressive of English medieval castles with its 200 acre deer park and traditional ornamental walled gardens. Every room in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons’ Hall, where 700 knights gathered to plot the ‘Rising of the North’, to the Medieval Kitchen which was used until 1954 gives an insight to life throughout the different ages the castle has witnessed.

TOM KEATING, North East England

Both the City and area of Durham have attractions that groups must have within their itineraries - this is what makes tours to North East England so difficult; what can you afford to miss out?

a wide range of things to do places to see, scenery to enjoy and the added attraction of the World Heritage Site

Blue Badge Guide

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The past made real...

Raby Castle, Durham

COACH PARKING IN DURHAM BARNARD CASTLE

MIDDLETON IN TEESDALE

Town Centre Car Park (Galgate) Contact: Garry Keay Tel: 01833 696 321 Price: Free

Out of village parking Contact: Middleton in Teesdale TIC Tel: 01833 641 001 Price: Free

BISHOP AUCKLAND Bus Station & Market Place Contact: Public Transport Dept Tel: 0191 386 4411

(Drop-off/pickup point in village)

PETERLEE

(Drop-off/pickup point only)

Rear of Aldi Store Bede Way Tel: 0191 587 2753

CONSETT

(Please telephone in advance)

Bell Vue Leisure Centre Tel: 01207 218 151 Price: Free

STANHOPE

DURHAM CITY The Sands Coach Park Contact: Park Attendant Tel: 0191 384 6633 Price: Free

Durham Dales Centre Contact: Stanhope TIC Tel: 01388 527 650 Price: Free (When using centre facilities)

Drop Off/Pick Up Point Freeman’s Place, (just below the Walkergate Development). Durham TIC operate a free meet and greet service for pre-booked coaches

Tel: 0191 301 8531

FREE ATTRACTIONS - MAKING YOUR GROUPS VISIT MORE REWARDING From all parts of the area - a ‘snap shot’ list of Free Admission attractions that can be included to give added value to any visit! LOCOMOTION, SHILDON The National Railway Museum at Shildon The first National Museum in North East England housing up to 60 vehicles, many from the National Collection.

ESCOMB SAXON CHURCH

DURHAM CATHEDRAL Thought by many to be the finest example

England. It has the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede.

The Saxon church at Escomb is one of

DALTON PARK, MURTON

the finest in England. It dates to the 7th

Outlet shopping with up to 50% off

century and contains a Roman arch and

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Seaham ChesterDURHAM le-Street HERITAGE Durham

Stanhope

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Bishop Auckland

DURHAM DALES Durham Tees Valley Airport

Barnard Castle

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DURHAM Explore the amazing historic landmarks, the tranquil leafy lanes, the vibrant bustling market towns and share in the very best of Durham.

A great package to offer the most demanding of groups. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DAY APPROX

Beamish Museum to Raby Castle

45 mins

Durham Cathedral & Castle to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience

40 mins

Crook Hall & Gardens to mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

45 mins

Raby Castle to Saltburn by the Sea

80 mins

The Bowes Museum to Auckland Castle

25 mins

Dalton Park to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

25 mins

Weardale Railway to MetroCentre

60 mins

...live it spend the morning in 1825 and the afternoon in 1913!

Auckland Castle, Durham

Beauty and freedom have combined in Durham enabling you to get around easily. It’s simple to combine a great day visit to historic Durham City with a selection of other North East England highlights. To help you make the most of your day we’ve listed some approximate journey times between some of Durham’s most popular group destinations and other ‘must see’

HERE TO HELP - LOCAL KNOWLEDGE DISCOVER DURHAM - PASSIONATE ABOUT DURHAM ATTRACTIONS

North East England attractions. Whether you choose to travel from coast to country or castle to museum the peace and tranquillity you’ll find will transport you a million miles away!

A service for the Travel Trade and Group Organisers Hotline: 0191 301 8531 Email: tradeinfo@discoverdurham.co.uk

Small Pictures: Locomotion, Durham. Escomb Saxon Church, Durham

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DURHAM

PLACES TO VISIT

Barnard Castle, Durham

Beamish Museum C5 Contact:

The Group Bookings Team

Beamish , County Durham DH9 0RG t: 0191 370 4026 f: 0191 370 4001 e: bookings@beamish.org.uk www.beamish.org.uk You're assured of a warm welcome at Beamish. Enjoy a huge range of attractions at this unique open air museum and meet people who lived and worked in the past. Six-times winner of "Best UK Attraction for Group *Partial Wheelchair Access Visits".

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min 15 Max 150 Group Rate: Adult £11.00 OAP £10.00 Child £6.00 Ages 5 - 16 years

Beamish Wild

C5 Contact:

Alex Tocu

Beamish, Stanley, Durham DH9 0YB t: 01207 233 733 f: 01207 299220 e: tocua@beamish-hall.co.uk www.beamishwild.co.uk Get up close and personal to some of the worlds most precious species of birds of prey. With more than 80 birds on display ranging from the largest Eagles to the smallest owls there will be demonstrations *Flight plenty to see and do. Be sure not to miss the 11am and 2pm. Owl walk daily flight demonstrations and the Owl Walk. 12 and 12:30

Travel Trade

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Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

20 £5.00

Max N/A OAP £4.50 Child £3.50 Ages 3 - 15 years

OPENING TIMES Summer 10am - 5pm Winter 10am - 4pm - Closed Mon+ Fri GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

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Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets

*Wheelchair Access First Aid Restaurant

5

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Coach Parking Nearby

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Meet and Greet Languages Spoken

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Guided Tours

OPENING TIMES Summer & Winter - 10am - 4:30pm* GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

4

Driver/Guide Concessions

Coach Parking Nearby

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Lift

Toilets

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access First Aid Restaurant Gift Shop Picnic Area Teashop/Café

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Meet and Greet Languages Spoken Guided Tours

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Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre Contact:

D5

OPENING TIMES - Summer & Winter Mon-Wed & Fri 10-6, Thurs 10-8, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 10:30-5, B Hol 10-6

GENERAL FACILITIES

At Your Service

Murton, County Durham SR7 9HU t: 0191 526 6500 f: 0191 526 0433 e: atyourservice@dalton-park.co.uk www.dalton-park.co.uk The biggest outlet shopping centre in region. Up to 50% off the best brands. 60 shops, free events, free coach park, added offers for your group and you, with free tea or coffee and savings. Just off A19, 20 minutes south Newcastle Junction 62, 30 minutes north of Middlesbrough.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

20 FREE

Max N/A OAP FREE

Contact:

C6

Raby Castle

Child FREE Ages 0 - 16

also available

Max N/A OAP £7.50

The Bowes Museum Contact:

Child £3.00 Ages 5-16

C7

Groups Marketing Officer

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP t: 01833 690606 f: 01833 637163 e: groups@thebowesmuseum.org.uk www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Following the Museum's transformation, new galleries allow for more of the outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts to be displayed, complemented by an acclaimed exhibition programme. A truly wonderful destination offering bespoke packages for your group.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

12 £5.50

Max N/A OAP £5.50

Picnic Area

Gift Shop Teashop/Café

Coach Parking Nearby

Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

Toilets

Lift

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access **

Coach Drop Drop Off/ Off/ Coach Pick Up Up Point Point Pick

First Aid

Average Length Length Average of Visit Visit (hrs) (hrs) of

2

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Guide Concessions Concessions

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Parking Coach Nearby Nearby

Group Coffee/ Coffee/ Group Lunch Stops Stops Lunch

Gift Shop

Tea Shop/Café Meet and Greet

✔ ✔

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

GENERAL FACILITIES

e: admin@rabycastle.com www.rabycastle.com A magnificent medieval castle in Teesdale, built by the mighty Nevilles & home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. Rooms display fine furniture, impressive artworks and elaborate architecture. Deer park, walled gardens and carriage collection. Guided tours and group benefits *Private Group and Group VIP Tours available.

12 £7.50

3

Is Pre-Booking Required

Raby Park, Staindrop, Co. Durham DL2 3AH t: 01833 660202 f: 01833 660169

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

First Aid Restaurant

Disabled Toilets

OPENING TIMES *Summer Easter - september Winter Closed

C6

Contact: Katie Blundell/Clare Owen

Travel Trade

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Wheelchair Access

Coach Parking Parking Coach On-Site On-Site

*Sat 17 July to Mon 30 August inc. **Mostly Max 120 OAP £4.70

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Is Pre-Booking Pre-Booking Is Required Required

We have 1700+ services and events each year. Please pre-book to allow us to work with you to ensure your clients have the best possible visit to the Cathedral. Please also check ahead with us before planning your group travel itinerary to the area.

10 £5.88

Driver/Guide Concessions

Toilets

GENERAL FACILITIES FACILITIES GENERAL

Mae Taylor

e: visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Coach Parking On-Site

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Lift

Free Inspection Visit

TIMES Summer* Mon - Sat 9.30am-8pm OPENING TIMES -OPENING Sun 1-8.pm Winter - Sat 9.30am-4pm Sun 1-5.30pm Summer 11amMon - 5pm Winter 11am - 5pm

The Chapter Office, The College, Durham DL1 3EH t: 0191 386 4266 f: 0191 386 4267

Travel Trade

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Child FREE Ages Under 16

Durham Cathedral

Is Pre-Booking Required

Child FREE Ages Under 16

Coach Parking On-Site Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point Average Length of Visit (hrs) Driver/Guide Concessions

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Toilets

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔✔ ✔

Free Inspection Visit Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access First Aid Restaurant

3.5

Gift Shop

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Picnic Area

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Lift

Tea Shop/Café Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

OPENING TIMES Summer & Winter

Open Daily

10am - 5pm

GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Lift

Toilets

Disabled Toilets Wheelchair Access

First Aid

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

3

Restaurant

Driver/Guide Concessions

Picnic Area

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Gift Shop Teashop/Café

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Free Inspection Visit

Meet and Greet

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

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DURHAM

PLACES TO VISIT

Barnard Castle & Teesdale MAP REF C7

Barnard Castle & Teesdale MAP REF B6

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle & Teesdale MAP REF C6

Barnard Castle DL12 9AT 01833 638212 customers@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 999

Eggleston Hall Gardens

Raby Castle

Eggleston DL12 0AG 01833 650115 mbhock@btinternet.com www.egglestonhallgardens.co.uk Max: 60

Staindrop DL2 3AH 01833 660202 admin@rabycastle.com www.rabycastle.com Max: 250

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Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C7

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Thorpe Farm Centre

Ankers House & St Mary and St Cuthberts Church

Barnard Castle & Teesdale MAP REF C7

Barnard Castle & Teesdale MAP REF C7 p57

The Bowes Museum

Rokeby Park

p57

Rokeby, Barnard Castle DL12 9RZ 01609 748612 admin@rokebypark.com www.rokebypark.com 01609 748612 Max: 55

Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP 01833 690606 info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish Museum

Beamish Wild

p56

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p56

Durham County Cricket Club

Church Chare, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QB 0191 388 3295 www.maryandcuthbert.org.uk

Beamish DH9 0RG 0191 370 4000 museum@beamish.org.uk www.beamish.org.uk Max: 200

Beamish Hall Country House Hotel, Beamish DH9 0YB 01207 233733 www.beamishwild.co.uk Max: 300

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Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Empire Theatre

The Glass and Art Gallery

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle Deer House

Binchester Roman Fort

Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle DL12 9TY 01833 627242 info@thorpefarm.co.uk www.thorpefarm.co.uk

Front Street, Consett DH8 5AB 01207 218171 empire@durham.gov.uk www.leisureworksonline.co.uk Max: 999

194 Medomsley Road, Consett DH8 5HX 01207 583353 glassdesignuk@hotmail.com www.glassdesign.com Max: 24

Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR 01388 601627 info@auckland-castle.co.uk www.auckland-castle.co.uk Max: 100

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Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland Discovery Centre

Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Escomb Saxon Church

17 North Bondgate, Bishop Auckland DL14 7PG 01388 662221 ann.collins@groundwork.org.uk www.communigate.co.uk Max: 60

Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP 01338 602610 bath@durham.gov.uk www.bishopaucklandtownhall.gov.uk Max: 60

48 Free Entry Durham City

Durham City

Escomb, Bishop Auckland DL14 7ST 01388 602860 gillbeddow@googlemail.com www.escombsaxonchurch.com Max: 60 Free Entry

Durham City

County Ground, Riverside, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QR 0191 387 1717 reception@durhamccc.co.uk www.durhamccc.co.uk Max: 999

Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP www.english-heritage.org.uk

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Binchester DL14 8DJ 01388 663089 archaeology@durham.gov.uk www.durham.gov.uk Max: 50

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Free Entry

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6 Locomotion

The National Railway Museum at Shildon Shildon DL4 1PQ 01388 777999 info@locomotion.uk.com www.locomotion.uk.com Max: 60

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Crook Hall and Gardens

Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ 0191 384 8028 info@kbacrookhall.co.uk www.crookhallgardens.co.uk Max: 100

048Å Free Entry Durham City

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

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Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery

Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW 0191 334 3800 durham.castle@durham.ac.uk www.durhamcastle.com Max: 40

p57 The Chapter Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk www.durhamcathedral.co.uk Max: 100

Durham Heritage Centre and Museum

Durham University Botanic Garden

9y048 Free Entry

Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TU 0191 384 2214 dli@durham.gov.uk www.durham.gov.uk/dli Max: 100

9048Å Durham City

Durham City

Durham Cathedral

Durham City

Saint Mary-le-Bow, North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET 0191 384 5589 durhamheritagecentre@hotmail.co.uk www.durhamheritagecentre.org.uk Max: 40

Hollingside Lane, Durham DH1 3TN 0191 334 2887 botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk Max: 30

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Durham City

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

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Finchale Priory

Fowlers Yard

Gala Theatre & Cinema

Monks’ Dormitory

Oriental Museum

Brasside, Newton Hall, Durham DH9 5SH 0191 269 1200 customers@english-heritage.co.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 100

Back Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RA 0191 301 8726 www.fowlersyarddurham.co.uk Max: 100

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA 0191 332 4041 enquiries@galadurham.co.uk www.galadurham.co.uk Max: 40

0K Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

The Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6 The Treasures of St Cuthbert

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

The World of Trees & Houghall Gardens

The Banks, Durham DH1 3EB 0191 334 1823 archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk Max: 30

Durham Cathedral, The Chapter Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH 0191 386 4266 enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk www.durhamcathedral.co.uk Max: 12

Houghall Community College, Houghall, Durham DH1 3SG 0191 375 4764 enquiries@eastdurham.ac.uk www.eastdurham.ac.uk Max: 40

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Durham Cathedral, The Chapter Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH 0191 386 4266 enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk www.durhamcathedral.co.uk Max: 30

Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH 0191 334 5694 oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk Max: 100

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Durham Coast

Durham Dales (Weardale) MAP REF B6

MAP REF D5

Dalton Park

Murton SR7 9HU 0191 526 6500 www.dalton-park.co.uk Max: 999

048 Free Entry

p57

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum Cowshill DL13 1AR 01388 537505 info@killhope.org.uk www.killhope.org.uk Max: 100

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Weardale Museum and High House Chapel Ireshopeburn DL13 1HD 01388 517433 dtheatherington@ormail.co.uk www.weardalemuseum.co.uk Max: 50

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DURHAM

ACCOMMODATION

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County C6

GENERAL FACILITIES Inspection Visit

Contact:

Groups Desk

Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN t: 0191 386 6821 f: 0191 386 0704 e: uk.north.sales.office@marriotthotels.com www.durhammarriottroyalcounty.co.uk In the heart of Durham City on the banks of the River Wear. Many bedrooms have views of historic Durham Castle or Durham Cathedral. The hotel is steeped in history, yet offers all the modern amenities of a 4 star hotel.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min 20 Group Rate: B+B £38

Max DB&B

50 £48

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Lift

Coach Parking On-Site

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken

Driver/Guide Concessions

Evening Entertainment Bar

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Restaurant

Number of ground floor rooms

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

10 2

Coffee Shop

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment

✔ 15

138 £20.00

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DURHAM

ACCOMMODATION

Durham University Event Durham

C6

GENERAL FACILITIES Inspection Visit

Contact:

Event Durham Sales Agents

Room GB22, Mountjoy Research Centre, Block 2, Stockton Road , Durham DH1 3UP t: 0800 289970 f: 0191 334 2892

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken

Driver/Guide Concessions

Evening Entertainment

e: event@durham.ac.uk www.event@durham.com One of the most attractive cities in the whole of Britain. Durham cathedral is one of the country’s most important religious buildings & one of the architectural wonders of Europe. With over 1,100 en-suite bedrooms, a mixture of twin & single bedrooms, no single supplements are charged.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min 10 Group Rate: B+B £35

Max DB&B

£39

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Coach Parking Nearby

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

*can be arranged

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

Miranda Oliver

Whitworth Hall Country Park, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 7QX t: 01388 811772 f: 01388 818669 e: enquiries@whitworthhall.co.uk www.whitworthhall.co.uk Only seven miles from Durham City, Whitworth Hall is situated in a beautiful deer park and has easy access to all tourist attractions in the area.

Travel Trade

Group Size: Min Group Rate: B+B

20 Max 55 £42.00 DB&B £58.00

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN (En-Suite Only)

Coffee Shop

✔ 50

Dining Hall

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment

24 £0

GENERAL FACILITIES Inspection Visit

Contact:

*

Bar

No. of ground floor rooms

96 150

Whitworth Hall Hotel C6

Lift (in some colleges)

Coach Parking On-Site

Lift

Coach Parking On-Site

Leisure Facilities

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Languages Spoken

Driver/Guide Concessions

Evening Entertainment

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Twin Rooms Single Rooms

Bar

Coach Parking Nearby

Coffee Shop

Restaurant

Number of ground floor rooms

-

Double Rooms Single Sup/ment

19 £10.00

10 -

Barnard Castle & Teesdale

Barnard Castle & Teesdale

MAP REF C7

MAP REF C7

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Headlam Hall Hotel and Spa

The Morritt Arms Hotel & Restaurant

Beamish Hall Country House Hotel

Chilton Lodge Country Pub & Hotel

Innkeeper’s Lodge Durham North

Headlam, Gainford DL2 3HA 01325 730238 admin@headlamhall.co.uk www.headlamhall.co.uk

Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle DL12 9SE 01833 627232 relax@themorritt.co.uk www.themorritt.co.uk

Beamish DH9 0YB 01207 233733 reservations@beamish-hall.co.uk www.beamish-hall.co.uk

Black Boy Road, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6LX 0191 385 2694 www.chiltonlodgehotel.co.uk

Front Street, Chester Moor, Chester-le-Street DH2 3RJ 0191 389 2628 www.innkeeperslodge.com

HHH 36 BEDROOMS

HHH 33 BEDROOMS

HHHH 37 BEDROOMS

HH 25 bEDROOM

BUDGET HOTEL 20 BEDROOMS

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Beamish & North Durham MAP REF C5

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF D6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Lumley Castle Hotel

South Causey Inn

Best Western Hardwick Hall Hotel

Best Western Whitworth Hall Hotel

p60

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6 Eden Arms Hotel

Rushyford DL17 0LL 01388 720541 sales.rushyford@swallowhotels.com www.shearings.com

Chester-le-street DH3 4NX 0191 389 1111 reservations@lumleycastle.com www.lumleycastle.com

Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS 01207 235555 southcauseyl@hotmail.com www.southcausey.co.uk

Sedgefield TS21 2EH 01740 620253 reservations@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk www.bestwestern.co.uk

Whitworth Hall Country Park, Spennymoor DL16 7QX 01388 811772 enquiries@whitworthhall.co.uk www.whitworthhall.co.uk

HHHH 74 BEDROOMS

HHHH 15 BEDROOMS

HHHH 51 BEDROOMS

HHH 29 BEDROOMS

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland & South Durham MAP REF D6

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

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Durham (Newton Aycliffe)

Premier Inn

Travelodge Sedgefield

Hotel Bannatyne

Collingwood College

Great North Road, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JG 0870 1977085 www.premierinn.com BUDGET HOTEL 69 BEDROOMS

Manor House Hotel and Country Club

The Green, Front Street, West Auckland DL14 9HW 01388 834834 enquiries@ manorhousehotelcountydurham.co.uk www.manorhousehotelcountydurham. co.uk HHH 34 BEDROOMS

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Durham City

HHH 41 BEDROOMS

Durham City

A177/A689 Roundabout, Sedgefield TS21 2JX 0871 9846174 www.travelodge.co.uk

Durham

Eden Terrace, Belmont, Durham DH1 2HJ 0191 384 6796 durham@hotelbannatyne.com www.bannatyne.co.uk

South Road, Durham DH1 3LT 0191 334 5000 cwd.reception@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/collingwood

BUDGET HOTEL 40 BEDROOMS

HH 50 BEDROOMS

HHH 212 BEDROOMS

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Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Durham Marriott Hotel

p59

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Hallgarth Manor Hotel

Hatfield College

Hatfield College

Kingslodge Hotel & Restaurant

HHHH 150 BEDROOMS

HHH 23 BEDROOMS

Premier Inn

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB 0191 372 1188 sales@hallgarthmanorhotel.com www.hallgarthmanorhotel.com

Durham City

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN 0191 386 6821 mhrs.xvudm.frontdesk@ marriotthotels.com www.durhammarriottroyalcounty. co.uk

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Durham City

North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RQ 0191 334 2633 hatfield.reception@dur.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/hatfield.college

Melville Building, Durham DH1 3RQ 0191 334 2633 a.m.ankers@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/hatfield.college

HH 80 BEDROOMS

HH HH 24 BEDROOMS

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Premier Inn

Flass Vale, Waddington Street, Durham DH1 4BG 0191 370 9977 info@kingslodge.info www.kingslodge.info HHH 20 BEDROOMS

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Bishop Auckland

Durham City Centre

Premier Inn

Premier Inn Durham East

Durham North

Durham South

West Auckland Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 9AP 0870 8506314 www.premierinn.com

Freemans Place, Walkergate, Durham DH1 1SQ 0870 8506342 www.premierinn.com

Broomside Lane, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1GG 0870 1977084 www.premierinn.com

Adj. Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5GB 0870 1977086 www.premierinn.com

Durham Motorway Service Area, Jubction 61 A1(M), Tursdale Road Durham DH6 5NP 0870 1977087 www.premierinn.com

BUDGET HOTEL 70 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 71 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 40 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 60 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 38 BEDROOMS

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Radisson SAS Hotel

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Ramside Hall

p59

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

St Aidan's College

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

St Chad's College

Travelodge Durham

Classic Hotel & Golf Club

Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD 0191 386 5282 mail@ramsidehallhotel.co.uk www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk

University of Durham, Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ 0191 334 5769 aidans.reception@dur.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/st-aidans

University of Durham, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH 0191 334 3358 chads@durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/StChads/

★★★★ 207 BEDROOMS

HHHH 83 BEDROOMS

HHH 96 BEDROOMS

★★ 40 BEDROOMS

Durham City

Durham Coast

Durham Coast

MAP REF D6

MAP REF D5

Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel

Seaham Hall Hotel and The Serenity Spa

Van Mildert College

Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LH 0191 334 7100 van-mildert.college@ durham.ac.uk www.dur.ac.uk/van-mildert.college

Hesleden Road, Hesleden TS27 4PA 01429 836326 enquiries@hardwickehallmanor.co.uk www.hardwickehallmanor.co.uk

★★★ 110 BEDROOMS

HHH 15 BEDROOMS

Lord Byron's Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG 0191 516 1400 info@seaham-hall.co.uk www.seaham-hall.co.uk HHHHH 19 BEDROOMS

Durham City

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Framwellgate, Waterside, Durham DH1 5TL 0191 372 7200 reservations.durham@radissonsas.com www.durham.radissonsas.com

& Surrounding Area MAP REF C6

Premier Inn

Station Lane, Durham DH1 1LJ 08719 846136 www.travelodge.co.uk BUDGET HOTEL 57 BEDROOMS

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Durham Cathedral

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When does a place

become part of you?

Seafaring heritage There is nothing more mesmerising than sitting on sea cliffs staring at the waves crashing onto the rocks below - and there is no better place to sit and stare than Boulby Cliffs just south of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Tees Valley has a strong affinity with the sea - both industrious and illicit! Saltburn’s Smugglers’ Heritage Centre comes into the latter category - smuggling deals done in an illicit drinking den! But it was legal trade that built Saltburn’s Victorian Inclined Tramway and apart from the view and the experience, it helps you avoid a stiff climb!

Yarm Shopping

This is also Captain Cook Country - his Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough is set in peaceful, urban countryside. It tells of where he went, what he did, how he and his crew lived, what they ate, drank and how they passed the time on long sailing vessel trips - and also whom they met on the way! A replica of his ship HM Bark Endeavour can also be found in Stockton. A "living" Napoleonic seaport The “piece de resistance” is undoubtedly Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience and HMS Trincomalee which lies within. This ship is the oldest warship afloat in the UK and was built in Bombay in 1817. Obviously sailors in those days must have been small in stature - many heads have suffered from the low beams during the descent into the heart of the vessel. Trincomalee is the centrepiece of this remarkable “living” Napoleonic seaport complete with period shops and costumed staff. As you walk through the Visitor Centre you step back in time to a remarkable period in British History, the whole atmosphere is magical as you feel totally divorced from

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TEES VALLEY With soaring cliffs, sweeping hills, golden

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sands and Tall Ships this dramatic coast can’t fail to grip you.

...when you can actually feel how Captain Cook must have felt striding the rolling decks!

With enough variety to satisfy any interested groups. what lies outside the confines of the harbour - an awesome experience, enhanced by special events like the flintlock rifle firing! Tall Ships come to Tees Valley This is going to be a key attraction during 2010 when the Tall Ships Races come to Hartlepool in August. Featuring a host of special events culminating in a spectacular parade of sail. This will be a major spectacle taking in the years when tall ships were part of Hartlepool life - a group experience never to be forgotten especially if coupled with the Maritime Experience so make sure you book early! Modern culture Tees Valley is not all about the sea - the impressive mima, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the centre of the city is a must for art lovers and also has a superb restaurant, like most major attractions in the north east. Shopping with a difference Apart from being an extremely relaxing way to travel, a Princess River cruise up the River Tees to Yarm with its award-winning High Street offers an opportunity to sit back and reflect on what has already been seen of the North East. The stop, en route, at Preston Hall Museum, in beautiful parkland, lets visitors learn more about domestic life of the past.

“OUR HISTORIC PAST IS THE BASIS OF OUR TOURING FUTURE. 'Living

Hartlepool's Maritime Experience

history' has never meant as much as in North East England. Centuries of defending the realm, centuries of dedicated endeavour.” JAN WILLIAMS, North East England Blue Badge Guide

The historic past of the traditional market town of Darlington is associated with a strong Quaker heritage, its “Covered” and “Victorian” markets, its fine architecture and excellent shopping never fail to interest visitors. But probably above all, it is a railway town and the Head of Steam Museum is on the route of the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam-worked public railway. Stephenson’s Locomotion No1, one of the earliest steam engines, is on display. Above all 2010 will be remembered as Tall Ships Races year, a time when Tees Valley will be showing off not only its maritime and railway heritage but also its art, culture and architecture - come and be part of it all!.

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Victorian innovations,

still going strong...

Ormesby Hall, Tees Valley

COACH PARKING IN TEES VALLEY DARLINGTON

REDCAR

Chesnut Street Lorry Park Tel: 01325 388 740 Price: £4.00 daily permit

Majuba Car Park (Seafront) Drop off near TIC Contact: Car Park Manager Tel: 01642 774 774 Price: £2.50 per day

GUISBOROUGH Fountain Street Coach Park Contact: Car Park Manager Tel: 01642 774 774 Price: £3.50 per day

HARTLEPOOL Maritime Experience Car Park, Tel: 01429 860 077 Price: Free

SEATON CAREW Seaton Coach Park The Front, Seaton Carew Tel: 01429 523 266 Price: Free

MIDDLESBROUGH Cannon Park Coach & Lorry Park Contact: Parking Solutions Tel: 01642 726 003/728 289 Price: £2.70 (8am - 6pm)

SALTBURN Roadside parking along Marine Parade Contact: Car Park Manager 01642 774 774 Price: Free

STOCKTON Dairy Site, Church Road Contact: Car Parking Section Tel: 01642 528 499 Price: Free

YARM Preston Hall Museum Contact: Museum Manager Tel: 01642 527 375 Price: Free (Drop-off Point - Sainsbury’s - High Street, Yarm)

FREE ATTRACTIONS - MAKING YOUR GROUPS VISIT MORE REWARDING From all parts of the area - a ‘snap shot’ list of Free Admission attractions that can be included to give added value to any visit! HARTLEPOOL ART GALLERY

PIERCEBRIDGE ROMAN FORT, DARLINGTON

The art gallery has a varied programme of art and craft exhibitions. Also includes a Bell

Dating back to AD270, one of a series of Roman sites on Dere Street on its route through

Tower viewing platform overlooking Hartlepool.

Durham.

MIMA - MIDDLESBROUGH INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART Located in Middlesbrough, mima showcases an internationally significant programme of fine art and applied art from the 19th century to the present.

MUSEUM OF HARTLEPOOL Beside Hartlepool Historic Quay, the museum tells the story of Hartlepool from prehistoric times to the present day and incorporates the PSS Wingfield Castle, a fully restored paddle steamer.

CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, MIDDLESBROUGH

KIRKLEATHAM MUSEUM, REDCAR

Discover why Captain Cook is the world’s most famous navigator and explorer. Find out

Housed in a 17th century Pavilion building with permanent and changing exhibitions on

about life below decks in the 18th century.

art, coast and country, ironstone mining and social history.

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TEES VALLEY Explore beautiful Captain Cook Country, wander along

..

soaring cliffs, see the Victorian charms of seaside towns, take in the unique shopping of lovely Yarm. You can find

...from seaside to town, all by the power of water!

your way and your passion in Tees Valley.

Perfect for the most diverse of groups. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DAY APPROX

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to Beamish Museum

45 mins

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum to Locomotion The National Railway Museum at Shildon 50 mins Head of Steam to Durham Cathedral & Castle

35 mins

HM Bark Endeavour to Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre

40 mins

Saltburn Inclined Tramway to Town of Yarm

35 mins

Ormesby Hall to The Bowes Museum

60 mins

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art to NewcastleGateshead Quays 60 mins

Gisborough Priory, Tees Valley

Hartlepool

TEES VALLEY Stocktonon-Tees

From grand houses and gardens to museums and art galleries, Tees Valley is a perfect

Redcar Middlesbrough √ Durham Tees Valley Airport Saltburnby-the-Sea

Darlington

Yarm

Guisborough

base to explore North East England. To help you plan your trip we’ve listed some approximate journey times to show just how easy it is to combine two, three or even four destinations in a day from some of Tees Valley’s most popular attractions and other North East England destinations.

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TEES VALLEY

PLACES TO VISIT

Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, Tees Valley

Nature's World

D6 Contact:

GENERAL FACILITIES

Stuart Goldie

Ladgate Lane, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 7YN t: 01642 594895 f: 01642 591224

Travel Trade

Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Max 200 OAP £3.80

Child £2.00 Ages 4 - 15 years

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Rebecca Robinson

Lower Promenade, Saltburn TS12 2QX t: 01287 622528

Rebecca Robinson direct line: 01642 496418 www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk Opened on the 28th June 1884, this is the oldest remaining water balanced cliff lift in Britain. Refurbished with stain glass, the lift links Saltburn Pier - one of the few piers left in the country - with the town above.

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Coach Parking On-Site

Nature's World offers a unique group day out. Chose one of the popular trails - organic gardening, eco-trail or mini river tees trail or simply relax in our 25 acre wildlife haven. Refreshments and lunches available in our quality tearooms.

Contact:

10 70p

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

Group Size: Min 10 Group Rate: Adult £4.50

Group Size: Min Group Rate: Adult

Is Pre-Booking Required

e: mail@naturesworld.org.uk www.naturesworld.org.uk

Saltburn Cliff Lift

Travel Trade

OPENING TIMES Summer 10am - 5pm Winter 10.30am - 3.30pm

Max 200 OAP 40p

Child 70p

Ages 6 - 16

Driver/Guide Concessions

Toilets Disabled Toilets

Wheelchair Access First Aid Gift Shop Picnic Area

Teashop/Café Meet and Greet

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Restaurant

3

Coach Parking Nearby Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Lift

Free Inspection Visit

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Languages Spoken Guided Tours

OPENING TIMES Summer

Winter

Please enquire

Closed

GENERAL FACILITIES Is Pre-Booking Required

Coach Parking On-Site

Group Coffee/ Lunch Stops

Toilets

Disabled Toilets First Aid

20m

Driver/Guide Concessions Coach Parking Nearby

Wheelchair Access

Coach Drop Off/ Pick Up Point Average Length of Visit (hrs)

Lift

Free Inspection Visit

Restaurant Gift Shop Picnic Area Tea Shop/Café

Meet and Greet Languages Spoken Guided Tours

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Darlington & Area MAP REF D7

Darlington & Area MAP REF D7

Darlington Arts Centre

Darlington Civic Theatre

Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum

Darlington & Area MAP REF D7

Darlington & Area MAP REF D7

South Park

Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Vane Terrace, Darlington DL3 7AX 01325 348843 info@darlington-arts.co.uk www.darlingtonarts.co.uk Max: 200

Parkside, Darrlington DL1 5TG 01325 383099 deborah.hall@darlington.gov.uk www.darlington.gov.uk Max: 200

Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR 01325 486555 www.darlingtonarts.co.uk Max: 200

9y04 Free Entry

North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST 01325 460532 headofsteam@darlington.gov.uk www.drcm.org.uk Max: 100

9y048

04Å

4 Free Entry

Guisborough & Area MAP REF E7

Guisborough & Area MAP REF E7

Guisborough & Area MAP REF E7

Hartlepool & Area MAP REF D6

Hartlepool & Area MAP REF D6

Gisborough Priory

Camerons Brewery Visitor Centre

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 8TF 01325 350718 www.communigate.co.uk Max: 60

Church Street, Guisborough TS14 6HG 01287 633801 guisborough_tic@redcar-cleveland. gov.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk Max: 100

Guisborough Museum

Tocketts Water Mill

Westgate Road, Guisborough TS14 6BA 01287 203617 guisborough.museum@virgin.net Max: 20

Skelton Road, Guisborough TS14 8TB 01287 634437 Max: 200

Stockton Street, Hartlepool TS24 7QS 01429 868686 vc@cameronsbrewery.com www.cameronsbrewery.com Max: 36

Church Square, Hartlepool TS24 6EQ 01429 869706 hpooltic@hartlepool.gov.uk www.destinationhartlepool.com Max: 40

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Hartlepool's Maritime Experience

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Jackson’s Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ 01429 860077 info@ hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.comk www.hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com Max: 1000

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HMS Trincomalee Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience,

Jackson's Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ 01429 223193 office@hms-trincomalee.co.uk www.hms-trincomalee.co.uk Max: 75

Jackson's Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ 01429 860077 info@hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com www.hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com Max: 30

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Ormesby Hall

Transporter Bridge and Visitor Centre

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Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6LA 01642 813781 dormanmuseum@ middlesbrough.gov.uk www.dormanmuseum.co.uk Max: 90

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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Nature’s World

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Museum of Hartlepool

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Heugh Gun Battery Moor Terrace, The Headland, Hartlepool TS24 7PST 01429 426768 john.southcroft@hotmail.com www.heughbattery.com Max: 200 Free Entry

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Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience,

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AT 01642 311211 captcookmuseum@middlesbrough,gov.uk www.captcook-ne.co.uk Max: 90

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Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ 01642 726720 mima@middlesbrough.gov.uk www.visitmima.com Max: 100

Ladgate Lane, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 7YN 01642 594895 mail@naturesworld.org.uk www.naturesworld.org.uk Max: 100

Church Lane, Ormesby TS7 9AS 01642 324188 ormesbyhall@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk Max: 60

Ferry Road, Middlesbrough TS2 1PL 01642 728162 rodger_wakerley@ middlesbrough.gov.uk Max: 30

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Redcar & Area

Saltburn & Area

Saltburn & Area

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Redcar Racecourse

RNLI Zetland Lifeboat Museum

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Saltburn’s Inclined Tramway

The Racecourse, Redcar TS10 2BY 01642 484068 info@redcarracing.co.uk www.redcarracing.co.uk

5 King Street, Redcar TS10 3DT 01642 494311 Max: 50

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Saltburn Miniature Railway

Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1DP 01287 622528 www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk Max: 500

55 High Street West, Valley Gardens, Lower Promenade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS10 1SF 01642 502863 saltburn.miniaturerailway@ntlworld.com www.saltburn-miniature-railway.org.uk Max: 200

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Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 4AP 01287 642877 visits@ironstonemuseum.co.uk www.ironstonemuseum.co.uk Max: 60

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Butterfly World

Forum Theatre

Saltburn Valley Woodland Centre

Billingham Museum

HM Bark Endeavour

Queensway, Billingham TS23 2LN 01642 527911 billinghamartgallery@ stockton.gov.uk www.stockton.gov.uk/museums Max: 50

Preston Park, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH 01642 791414 butterflyworld@tiscali.co.uk www.butterflyworldltd.co.uk Max: 40

Town Centre, Billingham TS23 2LJ 01642 552663 forumtheatre@btconnect.com www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk Max: 100

Castlegate Quay, Riverside, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1BZ 01642 608038 barkendeavour@msn.com www.hmbarkendeavour.co.uk Max: 60

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Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Owl Centre

Preston Hall Museum

Sir William Turner Alms Houses

Valley Gardens, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1HF 01287 622408 Max: 100

Teesside Princess River Cruiser Quayside Road, Castlegate Quay, Riverside, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1BZ 01642 608038 enort84858@aol.com www.princessrivercruises.co.uk Max: 100

Kirkleatham TS10 5NW 01642 479500 alan_pearce@redcar-cleveland. gov.uk www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums Max: 400

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Kirkleatham TS10 5NW 01642 480512 admin.kirkowls@ntlworld.com www.kirkleathamowlcentre.co.uk Max: 40

Preston Park, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH 01642 527375 prestonhall@ stockton.gov.uk www.stockton.gov.uk

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TEES VALLEY

ACCOMMODATION

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Aston Hotel

Bannatyne Hotel Darlington

Barcelo Redworth Hall Hotel

Best Western Croft Hotel & Raffles Restaurant Croft-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2ST 01325 720319 enquiries@croft-hotel.co.uk www.croft-hotel.co.uk

Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel

Walworth, Darlington DL2 2LY 01325 485470 enquiries@walworthcastle.co.uk www.walworthcastle.co.uk

Newton Park, Coatham Mundeville, Darlington DL1 3NL 01325 329600 enquiries@astonhotel.co.uk www.astonhotel.co.uk

Southend Avenue, Darlington DL3 7HZ 01325 365859 enquiries@hotelbannatyne.com www.bannatyne.co.uk

Redworth DL5 6NL 01388 770600 redworthhall@barcelo-hotels.co.uk www.barcelo-hotels.co.uk/redworth

HHH 80 BEDROOMS

HHH 60 BEDROOMS

HHHH 131 BEDROOMS

HHH 20 BEDROOMS

HHH 29 BEDROOMS

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Devonport Hotel and Restaurant

Hall Garth Hotel Golf and Country Club

Premier Inn

St George Hotel

The Blackwell Grange Hotel

Darlington

16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS 01325 332255 devenporthotel@btconnect.com www.devonporthotel.com HHH 15 BEDROOMS

Coatham Mundeville, Darlington DL1 3LU 0870 6096131 hallgarth@foliohotels.com www.foliohotels.com/hallgarth HHH 51 BEDROOMS

Morton Park Way, Morton Park, Darlington DL1 4PJ 0870 1977300 www.premierinn.com

Durham Tees Valley Airport, Middleton St George DL2 1RH 01325 332631 info@stgeorgehotel.net www.stgeorgehotel.net

BUDGET HOTEL 116 BEDROOMS

HHH 59 BEDROOMS

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Gisborough Hall Hotel

The Fox and Hounds

Best Western Grand Hotel

Hillcarter Hotel

HHH 109 BEDROOMS

Hartlepool & Area MAP REF D6 Premier Inn

Swainston Street, Hartlepool TS24 8AA 01429 266345 thegrand@tavistockleisure.com www.tavistockleisure.com

31-32 Church Street, Hartlepool TS24 7DH 01429 855800 reservations@hillcarterhotel.com www.hillcarterhotel.com

Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ 0870 1977127 www.premierinn.com

HHH 15 BEDROOMS

HHH 57 BEDROOMS

★★★ 25 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 140 BEDROOMS

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The Douglas Hotel

The Marine Hotel

Baltimore Hotel

Best Western Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Central South

Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2PA 01642 817638 middlesbrough@tavistock.com www.bw-highfieldhotel.co.uk

Marton Way, Middlesbrough TS4 3BS 0870 1112928 www.premierinn.com

Whitby Lane, Guisborough TS14 6PT 0844 8799149 general.gisboroughhall@macdonaldhotels.co.uk www.gisborough-hall.co.uk HHHH 71 BEDROOMS

Slapewath, Guisborough TS14 6PX 01287 632964 info@thefoxandhounds.co.uk www.thefoxandhounds.co.uk

Blackwell Grange, Darlington DL3 8QH 0870 6096121 blackwell.grange@forestdale.com www.forestdale.com

Hartlepool Marina

Premier Inn

2 Grange Road, Hartlepool TS26 8JA 01429 272038 info@douglas-hotel.co.uk www.douglas-hotel.co.uk

5-7 The Front, Seaton Carew TS25 1BS 01429 266244 reservations@marinehotelhartlepool.com www.marinehotel-hartlepool.com

250 Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2EZ 01642 224111 info@baltimore-hotel.co.uk www.baltimore-hotel.co.uk

★★★★ 17 BEDROOMS

HHH 25 BEDROOMSt

HHH 30 BEDROOMS

HHH 32 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 74 BEDROOMS

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Redcar & Area

Saltburn & Area

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Thistle Middlesbrough

Travelodge Middlesbrough

Park Hotel

Grinkle Park Hotel

Sporting Lodge Inn Middlesbrough

Stainton Village, Middlesbrough TS17 9LW 01642 578100 sarah.steed@sportinglodgeinns.co.uk www.sportinglodgeinns.co.uk HHHH 135 BEDROOMS

Fry Street, Middlesbrough TS1 1JH 0870 3339141 middlesbrough@thistle.co.uk www.thistlehotels.com

Newport Road Middlesbrough TS1 1JE 0871 9846375 www.travelodge.co.uk

3-5 Granville Terrace, Redcar TS10 3AR 01642 490888 reservation@parkhotelmiddle-redcar.com www.parkhotelredcar.co.uk

Easington TS13 4UB 01287 640515 info.grinklepark@classiclodges.co.uk www.grinklepark.classiclodges.co.uk

HHHH 132 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 55 BEDROOMS

HHH 33 BEDROOMS

HHH 20 BEDROOMS

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Stockton & Area

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Hunley Hall Golf Club and Hotel

Rushpool Hall Hotel

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Stockton-on-Tees West

Stockton-on-Tees/Hartlepool

Stockton-on-Tees/Middlesbrough

Ings Lane, Brotton TS12 2QQ 01287 676216 reservations@hunleyhall.co.uk www.hunleyhall.co.uk

Saltburn Lane, Saltburn By The Sea TS12 1HD 01287 624111 enquiries@rushpoolhallhotel.co.uk www.rushpoolhallhotel.co.uk

Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RT 0870 1977243 www.premierinn.com

Coal Lane, Wolviston TS22 5PZ 0870 1112956 www.premierinn.com

Whitewater Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6QB 0870 1977244 www.premierinn.com

HHH 28 BEDROOMS

HHH 34 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 79 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 96 BEDROOMS

BUDGET HOTEL 124 BEDROOMS

Yarm

Yarm

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Crathorne Hall Hotel

Hotel Tall Trees

Judges Country House Hotel

Crathorne, Yarm TS15 0AR 0845 0727440 crathornehall@handpicked.co.uk www.handpicked.co.uk

Worsall Road, Yarm TS15 9PE 01642 786786 hotel@talltrees.co.uk www.talltrees.co.uk

HHHH 32 BEDROOMS

HHH 118 BEDROOMS

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Kirklevington Hall, Thirsk Road, Yarm TS15 9LW 01642 789000 enquiries@judgeshotel.co.uk www.judgeshotel.co.uk HHH 25 BEDROOMS

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Best Western Parkmore Hotel and Leisure Club 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe TS16 0DH 01642 786815 enquiries@parkmorehotel.co.uk www.parkmorehotel.co.uk HHH 55 BEDROOMS

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Where to see us in 2010 We are coming to see yOU - whether you are in the north or the South of the country. Our attendance at the Great Days Out Fair in Bolton, Excursions at Alexandra Palace and at the Best of Britain & Ireland Exhibition at Olympia gives you the opportunity to meet up with some of north

East England's premier Group Travel providers. Make a note in your diary - now! For further information call the Travel Trade Team on:

0870 428 0810 or email: enquiries@groupsnortheastengland.com

eXCUrSIONS 2010 now in its 33rd year, "Excursions", held at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 16th January 2010, is the longest established group travel show in the UK. north East England will be present together with a number of our premier Group Travel providers. The organisers have made it as easy as possible for you to attend, visit their website www.excursions.org.uk for travel and transport arrangements from all over the country - we'll be there,

Great days Out Fair 2010 The Great Days Out Fair is widely recognised as the largest one-day group travel event in the UK. Held at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 13th February 2010. Come along and see us on stand 100 and along with some regional tourism partners we will be profiling north East England as a key destination for group visits.

In this very relaxed event, you will have the opportunity to meet, chat and do business with a number of our premier north East England Group Travel.

Best of Britain & Ireland Exhibition 2010 You have probably heard that BOBI is moving - from Excel to Olympia - and we are moving with it! In previous years, including the British Travel Trade Fair years, north East England has had its own bespoke stand and 2010 is no exception. Come along during the Trade Days to discuss ideas with us and our stand partners from across north East England and learn of their new products and offers - get a face to face taste of what we can offer.

Held over four days 17th - 20th March 2010 (17th and 18th for trade) taking in this great trade exhibition gives you an opportunity to meet and chat with us at our stand and do business direct with north East England in person.

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BLUE BADGE GUIDES, GREEN BADGE GUIDES, BOAT TRIPS & TRAVEL SERVICES Encompass Northumbria Contact:

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Graeme Logan

19 Pleasant View, Medomsley, Consett, County Durham DH8 6RE t: 01207 506772 m: 07712 117044

Newcastle Gateshead Guided Tours Contact:

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Gwen Keating

Contact:

e: tom_gwen_keating@hotmail.com

• Blue Badge Guide since 1989 • Coach & Walking Tours to bring your visit to life • Durham, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, Newcastle/Gateshead • Native of North East with in-depth knowledge • Entertain your group with North East culture & a sense of humour!

We can arrange bespoke guided tours with friendly, local professional Blue Badge and Green Badge Tourist Guides. Specialists in guided coach panoramic tours of NewcastleGateshead and City walking tours. A variety of regular city walks and regional guided tours available on request.

Contact:

Alex Jacobs

Contact:

11 Garden Crescent, Ebchester, Consett, Durham DH8 0PT t: 01207 560 455 e: alex@northern-secrets.co.uk w: www.northern-secrets.co.uk

Professional Blue Badge guiding experiences in English or German (bilingual) that will enhance your stay by bringing the region’s treasures to life in an informative, friendly and entertaining way. Specialists in planning bespoke escorted tours designed to your requirements. Your flexible tour planning experts provide you that peace of mind.

Kate Walton North East England Blue Badge Guide Contact:

All year round service.

Personalised Touring Services

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Kate Walton

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Walter Willcox

Tom Keating

e: temple.willcox@tiscali.co.uk www.northeasthistorytours.co.uk

Offering half or full day tours on themed historical routes: Roman, Christian Heritage, Coal & Lead Mining, Railways. Informed commentary given by retired university history lecturer. The journey can include short walks, specific site visits and legendary panoramic views. Refreshments emphasise local food & drink.

Laura Rhodes North East England Blue Badge Guide Contact:

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Laura Rhodes

Lilac Cottage, 12 Front St, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE16 4EL t: 0191 488 5115 f: 0191 488 5115

14 Rectory Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1AL t: 0191 284 7318 m: 07758 077818

e:info@tomkeating.net www.tomkeating.net

e:info@laurarhodes.co.uk www.laurarhodes.co.uk

Friendly, local, all year round Blue Badge guiding services. General/special interest guided tours throughout North East England including NewcastleGateshead, Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick, Northumberland Coast/Castles, Durham. Bespoke panoramic coach tours or walks in NewcastleGateshead a speciality. Itinerary planning/advice service available.

Blue Badge Guide offering friendly and professional guiding services in Durham City and County, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Tees Valley. Itinerary planning, coach and walking tours available for general and special interest groups. Friendly and enthusiastic service, Member of Institute of Tourist Guiding and Guild of Registered Tourist Guides.

Jan Williams North East England Blue Badge Guide Contact:

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Jan Williams

e: kate.walton4@btinternet.com

13 The College, Durham City, Co. Durham DH1 3EQ t: 0191 383 0988

Warm & friendly tours throughout North East England with professional Blue Badge Guide. Itinerary planning advice. General & special interest tours including; Durham City & Cathedral, Hadrian's Wall, Christian Heritage, Secret Gardens of Northumberland. Member of the Institute of Tourist Guides and the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides.

Award winning Blue Badge Guide providing professional, friendly service for general and special interest groups in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co. Durham & Tees Valley. Durham Cathedral accredited guide. Newcastle/Gateshead walking tours. Itinerary planning service. Member of Institute of Tourist Guiding and Guild of Registered Tourist Guides. High customer care values.

16 Poplar Lea, Durham DH7 8SP t: 0191 378 4700

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Lilac Cottage, 12 Front St, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE16 4EL t: 0191 488 5115 f: 0191 488 5115

e: gra_logan@hotmail.com

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BLUE BADGE GUIDES Blue Badge guides are professional tourist guides who have been selected, trained, examined and registered. The Blue Badge is the highest guiding qualification in Britain nationally and a recognised emblem of excellence. The following are based and operate in North East England. Alan Appleton Tourist Guiding Services 7 Melness Road, Hazlerigg, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE13 7BN 0191 2366103 alan-appleton@hotmail.co.uk Alan Morgan 22 Jesmond Park West Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7BY 0191 281 1957 a.morgan22@btinternet.com

Jan Williams (Tour Guide) 13 The College, Durham DH1 3EQ 0191 383 0988 janwildurh@aol.com Kate Walton 16 Poplar Lea, Brandon Durham DH7 8SP 0191 378 4700 kate.walton4@btinternet.com Laura Rhodes MITG Blue Badge Guide 14 Rectory Grove Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 1AL 0191 284 7318 info@laurarhodes.co.uk Les Heslop 31 Welwyn Close, Redesdale Park, Wallsend NE28 8TE 0191 263 8005 les-heslop26@hotmail.co.uk Mark O’Keefe North East England Blue Badge Tourist Guide 7 Orchard Close, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1EQ 01207 542331 himself@markokeefe.fsnet.co.uk

Claire Scott Blue Badge Tourist Guide Pethfoot House, West Thirston, Northumberland NE65 9EE 01670 787201 claire.lkscott@hotmail.com

Northern Secrets Alex Jacobs 11 Garden Crescent, Ebchester, Conset DH8 0PT 07813 787 009 alex@northern-escapes.co.uk

David Bowen De Tours 11 Caldwell Close, Hemlington, Middlesbrough TS8 9JL 01642 593144 david_bowen@o2.co.uk www.detours.freeserve.co.uk

Patricia Lowery MITG North East England Blue Badge Guide 12 Elgin Gardens, Walkergate, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 4EJ 0191 2633131 patlowery@blueyonder.co.uk

Encompass Northumbria Graeme Logan 19 Pleasant View, Medomsley, Consett, Durham DH8 6RE 01207 506772 gra_logan@hotmail.com

Personalised Touring Services Tom Keating Lilac Cottage, 12 Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 4EL 0191 4885115 info@tomkeating.net

Interpretours Judith Edgoose Todds House Farm, Sedgefield, Durham TS21 3EL 01740 620244 mail@interpretours.co.uk

Robert Conlon Professional Touring Services 214 Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9ND 01661 822033 robertconlon@hotmail.co.uk

Shaun Timlin 19 McNamara Road, Rosehill, Wallsend Newcastle NE28 7DP 0191 287 1012 shaun.timlin@homecall.co.uk Walter Willcox Blue Badge Guiding 12 Seacroft Apartments, Rennington Close, North Shields NE30 3PR 0191 296 5486 temple.willcox@tiscali.co.uk

GREEN BADGE GUIDES The following are members of the NewcastleGateshead Green Badge Guide Association who offer private and specially tailored walking tours of NewcastleGateshead. Alan Appleton Tourist Guiding Services 7 Melness Road, Hazlerigg, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE13 7BN 0191 2366103 alan-appleton@hotmail.co.uk Alan Morgan 22 Jesmond Park West Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7BY 0191 281 1957 a.morgan22@btinternet.com Anne Smith Green Badge Guide Newcastle Tourist Information Centre, 28 Market Street Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5BQ 0191 277 8000 tourist.info@newcastle.gov.uk

Gwen Keating Lilac Cottage, 12 Front Street, Whickham NE16 4EL 0191 4885115 tom_gwen_keating@hotmail.com Ian McVicar 1 Teviotdale Gardens, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7PU 0191 266 5477 ianmcv.67@hotmail.co.uk Jim Scott 20 Rokeby View, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 7UD 0191 421 8899 jameshpscott@hotmail.com Keiran-Ann Keilty 64 The Broadway, Tynemouth NE30 2LQ kkeilty@hotmail.co.uk Patricia Lowery MITG 12 Elgin Gardens, Walkergate Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 4EJ 0191 263 3131 patlowery@blueyonder.co.uk

BOAT TRIPS Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips Seahouses NE68 7YT 01665 720308 enquiries@farne-islands.com www.farne-islands.com Golden Gate Farne Island Boat Tours Harbour, Seahouses NE68 7XZ 01665 721819 Kielder Water Cruises Kielder Water, Kielder NE48 1BT 0870 240 3549 kielder.holidays@nwl.co.uk www.nwl.co.uk/kielder

Anthea Lang 58 Salcombe Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6XZ 0191 433 4696 anthealang@gateshead.gov.uk

Omega Charters Northumberland Seabird Centre The Quayside, Amble NE65 0HB 01665 710835 omegacharters@onetel.com www.omegacharters.co.uk

Freda Thompson 27 Purley Gardens, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 3DJ 0191 285 5303 fredat@blueyonder.co.uk

Prince Bishop River Cruiser Brown’s Boathouse, Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AF 0191 386 9525 princebishoprc@aol.com

Princess River Cruise on the Tees Endeavour Northern Limited Castlegate Quay, Riverside, Stockton On Tees TS18 1BZ 01642 608038 www.princessrivercruises.co.uk/ Puffin Cruises Dave Gray Boat Trips 21 Broomhill Street, Amble NE65 0AN 01665 712313 River Escapes Sandgate Pier Newcastle Quayside East Newcastle upon Tyne 01670 785666 admin@riverescapes.co.uk www.riverescapes.co.uk

TRAVEL SERVICES CitySightseeing South Tyneside, South Shields NE33 2HZ 0191 454 6612 www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk. Classic Coaches Classic House, Morrison Road, Annfield Plain, Stanley, Durham DH9 7RX 01207 281 333 classic@classic-coaches.co.uk www.classic-coaches.co.uk East Coast Tours 21 Station Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2QY 0191 253 3777 eastcoast.group@virgin.net eastcoasttaxis.com Henry Cooper Coach Hire Lane End Garage, Annitsford, Cramlington NE23 7BP 0191 2500260 Northern Luxury Travel Ltd. 1 West Drive, Cleadon Village, Sunderland SR6 7SJ 0191 536 1464 david.mulvain@btinternet.com Parkers Execulink Travel Newcastle International Airport Woolsington NE14 8BZ 0191 214 4412

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NEVER HAS QUALITY MEANT SO MUCH All the accommodation featured in this guide has been quality assessed by either VisitBritain* or the AA, or has recently applied for a rating and is awaiting assessment. Please be aware that ratings may change throughout the year. To confirm a rating please visit www.enjoyEngland.com or telephone VisitBritain on 0208 563 3309 or email: feedback@visitbritain.org For AA ratings, visit www.theAA.com or telephone: 01256 844455 or email: customer.services@theAA.com All the national assessing bodies (VisitBritain*, VisitScotland, Visit Wales and the AA) now assess hotels and guest accommodation (including B&Bs) to the same criteria and award one to five stars. The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. When choosing your accommodation look for the Quality Rose, the official marque of the Enjoy England national tourist board rating scheme.

distance of a range of places to eat.

The Enjoy England professional assessors visit every year, carrying out a routine day visit or an overnight stay in the case of serviced accommodation. On these occasions, they book in as you would, as a normal guest and test all the facilities and services. A quality score is awarded for every aspect of the experience including the comfort of the bed, the quality of the breakfast and dinner and, most importantly, the cleanliness. They also score the warmth of welcome.

Of course, many lower star-rated hotels may offer some of the above, but just do not meet all of the expectations for the higher star ratings. Sometimes a hotel has exceptional bedrooms and bathrooms and offers its guests a very special welcome, but cannot achieve a higher star rating because, for example, it does not offer dinner every evening (two star), room service (three star) or does not have the minimum 50% of bathrooms with bath and shower (four star).

Budget Hotels are part of a chain of branded hotels offering clean and comfortable en-suite facilities, 24 hour reservations and a consistent level of facilities. They are not awarded a star rating. Hotels have to provide certain additional facilities and services at the higher star levels. These include: H HH HHH HHHH HHHHH

Dinner served five nights a week. Dinner available every night of the week. All bedrooms en suite (i.e. no private bathrooms). Room service available. Permanently staffed reception. 24-hour room service 50% of all en-suites with bath and shower. Some permanent luxury suites. Enhanced services such as concierge.

Guest Accommodation categories:

Places that 'go the extra mile' to make your stay a special one, will be awarded a high star rating and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a Gold or Silver award.

Guest Accommodation is the category which encompasses anything from one-room bed and breakfasts to the larger places found in our coastal resorts, which may offer dinner and may be licensed.

Higher star-rated accommodation tends to have more spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, and in hotels a higher staff to guest ratio, so service should be very attentive. At five star, you can really expect to be pampered in luxurious surroundings!

Bed and Breakfasts generally accommodate no more than six people. It's like staying as a special guest in someone's home. Farmhouses offer bed and breakfast and sometimes dinner, always on a farm.

For serviced accommodation, there are two separate schemes - one for hotels and one for guest accommodation.

Guest Houses tend to have more than three rooms and may offer dinner to their guests. Some may be licensed.

Hotel Categories:

Restaurants with Rooms are just that. The restaurant is the main business and they will be licensed. They generally offer a small number of bedrooms with all the facilities you would expect and breakfast.

Hotels have a minimum of six bedrooms, but more likely to have 20+ rooms. Small Hotels have a maximum of 20 bedrooms and likely to be more personally run.

Inns are pubs with rooms which serve food in the evenings, as well as breakfast. Sometimes access to guest accommodation may be restricted during the day, but you will be advised on booking.

Country House Hotels have ample grounds or gardens, in a rural or semi-rural location, with emphasis on peace and quiet.

Guest accommodation tends to be personally run by the owners.

Town House Hotels are in a city/town centre location and are of high quality with a distinctive style. High ratio of staff to guests.

Guest accommodation owners have to provide certain additional facilities and services at the higher star levels. These include:

Metro Hotels are found in city/town centres, offering full hotel services, but no dinner. Will be within easy walking

ACCESS RATINGS Proprietors of accommodation taking part in the National Accessible Scheme have gone out of their way to ensure a comfortable stay for guests with special hearing, visual or mobility needs. These exceptional places are full of extra touches to make everyone’s visit trouble-free, from handrails, ramps and stepfree entrances (ideal for buggies too) to level-access showers and colour contrast in the bathrooms. Members of the staff may have attended a disability awareness course and will know what assistance will really be appreciated.

c/o Vitalise, Shap Road Industrial Estate, Kendal LA9 6NZ. Information helpline: 0845 124 9971. Reservations: 0845 124 9973 (lines open 9-5 MonFri), Fax: (01539) 735567, Email: info@tourismforall.org.uk www.tourismforall.org.uk

Appropriate National Accessible Scheme symbols are included in the guide entries (shown opposite). If you have additional needs or special requirements we strongly recommend that you make sure these can be met by your chosen establishment before you confirm your reservation. The index at the back of the guide gives a full list of hotels that have received a National Accessible rating.

access to all.

The criteria VisitBritain and national/regional tourism organisations have adopted do not necessarily conform to British Standards or to Building Regulations. They reflect what the organisations understand to be acceptable to meet the practical needs of guests with mobility or sensory impairments and encourage the industry to increase

MOBILITY SYMBOLS

The National Accessible Scheme forms part of the Tourism for All Campaign that is being promoted by VisitBritain and national/ regional tourism organisations. Additional help and guidance on finding suitable holiday accommodation for those with special needs can be obtained from: TOURISM FOR ALL 72

Typically suitable for a person with sufficient mobility to climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance. Typically suitable for a person with restricted walking ability and for those who may need to use a wheelchair some of the time and can negotiate a maximum of three steps. Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and transfers unaided to and from the wheelchair in a seated position. This person may be an independent traveller.

HHH

Bathroom/shower rooms cannot be shared with the owners.

If bedroom not en-suite, then wash basin in bedroom

HHHH

At least 50% of bedrooms en-suite or private bathroom

HHHHH

All bedrooms en-suite or private bathroom

Sometimes a bed and breakfast or guest house has exceptional bedrooms and bathrooms and offers guests a very special welcome, but cannot achieve a higher star rating because, for example, they do not have any en-suite bedrooms, nor can they easily put wash basins in the bedrooms (three star). This is sometimes the case with period properties. They might not have the minimum 50% of bathrooms with bath and shower (four star). Of course, you will find accommodation with 100% en-suite bedrooms at all the star ratings, so refer to the descriptions in this guide to help you make your choice. Campus Enjoy England’s campus scheme covers the universities and colleges that are able to accommodate visitors during the vacation periods on a bed and breakfast basis. Generally the rooms are en-suite and there will be plenty of single rooms, so large groups will not present a problem. Campus accommodation is star-rated one to five, reflecting the quality of the accommodation. Hostels Hostels provide safe, budget-priced accommodation for young people, families and larger groups and are star-rated. Higher rated accommodation often provides en-suite rooms. If you choose to stay in any of Enjoy England's quality-assessed accommodation, you can be confident that it has been checked out before you check in. For more information on the Enjoy England Quality Rose assessment schemes and the star ratings, go to www.enjoyEngland.com *VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, marketing Britain worldwide and England in Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Quality is a major element of VisitBritain’s strategy to improve tourism products and services and the standard of welcome visitors receive. VisitBritain assesses more than 23,000 accommodation businesses across nine different Enjoy England schemes. These assessments are provided by Quality in Tourism on VisitBritain’s behalf.

For Enjoy England ratings: Quality in Tourism Farncombe House Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7LJ feedback@ visitbritain.org

For AA ratings: The AA 15th Floor Fanum House Basing View Basingstoke RG21 4EA customer.services@ theAA.com

Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and requires assistance from a carer, and maybe a hoist, when transferring to and from the wheelchair in a seated position. Access Exceptional is awarded to establishments that meet the requirements of independent wheelchair users or assisted wheelchair users shown above and also fulfil more demanding requirements with reference to the British Standards BS8300:2001. VISUAL IMPAIRMENT SYMBOLS Typically provides key additional services and facilities to meet the needs of visually impaired guests. Typically provides a higher level of additional services and facilities to meet the needs of visually impaired guests. HEARING IMPAIRMENT SYMBOLS Typically provides key additional services and facilities to meet the needs of guests with hearing impairment. Typically provides a higher level of additional services and facilities to meet the needs of guests with hearing impairment.

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Look out for this sign to be assured of a warm and helpful welcome.

LOCAL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES NORTHUMBERLAND Alnwick 2 The Shambles Alnwick NE66 1TN t: 01665 511333 e: alnwick.tic@northumberland.gov.uk Amble Queen Street Car Park Amble NE65 0DQ t: 01665 712313 e: amble.tic@northumberland.gov.uk Bellingham The Heritage Centre, Hillside, Bellingham Hexham NE48 2DF t: 01434 220616 e: bellinghamtic@btconnect.com Berwick upon Tweed 106 Marygate Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1BN t: 01289 330733 e: tourism@ berwick.tic@northumberland.gov.uk Corbridge Hill Street Corbridge NE45 5AA t: 01434 632815 e: corbridgetic@btconnect.com Craster Craster Car Park Craster Alnwick NE66 3TW t: 01665 576007 e: craster.tic@northumberland.gov.uk Haltwhistle Railway Station Station Road Haltwhistle NE49 9HN t: 01434 322002 e: haltwhistletic@btconnect.com Hexham Wentworth Car Park Hexham NE46 1QE t: 01434 652220 e: hexham.tic@northumberland.gov.uk Morpeth The Chantry Bridge Street Morpeth NE61 1PD t: 01670 500700 e: morpeth.tic@northumberland.gov.uk

TIC name in blue designates seasonal opening, please check with TIC for details.

Once Brewed Northumberland National Park Centre, Military Road Bardon Mill Hexham NE47 7AN t: 01434 344396 e: tic.oncebrewed@nnpa.org.uk Otterburn Otterburn Mill Otterburn NE19 1JT t: 01830 520093 e: tic@otterburnmill.co.uk Rothbury Coquetdale Centre, Church House, Church Street Rothbury NE65 7UP t: 01669 620887 e: tic.rothbury@nnpa.org.uk Seahouses Seafield Car Park Seafield Road Seahouses NE68 7SW t: 01665 720884 e: seahouses.tic@northumberland. gov.uk Wooler The Cheviot Centre 12 Padgepool Place Wooler NE71 6BL t: 01668 282123 e: wooler.tic@northumberland.gov.uk

NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE & NORTH TYNESIDE Gateshead Central Library Prince Consort Road Gateshead NE8 4LN t: 0191 433 8420 e: tic@gateshead.gov.uk

South Shields South Shields Museum & Gallery Ocean Road South Shields NE33 2HZ t: 0191 454 6612 e: museum.tic@ southtyneside.gov.uk South Shields Amphitheatre Sea Road South Shields NE33 2LD t: 0191 455 7411 e: foreshore.tic@ southtyneside.gov.uk Sunderland 50 Fawcett Street Sunderland SR1 1RF t: 0191 553 2000 e: tourist.info@sunderland.gov.uk Tourist Information Centre @ The Sage Gateshead St Mary’s Square Gateshead NE8 2JR t: 0191 478 4222 e: tourism@gateshead.gov.uk Whitley Bay Park Road Whitley Bay NE26 1EJ t: 0191 2008535 e: ticwb@northtyneside.gov.uk

DURHAM

Woodleigh Flatts Road Barnard Castle DL12 8AA

Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle Information Centre 8-9 Central Arcade Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AF t: 0191 2778000 e: tourist.info@newcastle.gov.uk

Market Place

North Shields Unit 18 Royal Quays Outlet Shopping North Shields NE29 6DW t: 0191 2005895 e: ticns@northtyneside.gov.uk

Durham

Some facilities for disabled people.

Middleton-in-Teesdale 10 Market Place Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0QG t: 01833 641001 e: tic@middletonplus.myzen.co.uk Peterlee 4 Upper Yoden Way Peterlee SR8 1AX t: 0191 586 4450 e: touristinfo@peterlee.gov.uk Stanhope Durham Dales Centre Castle Gardens Stanhope DL13 2FJ t: 01388 527650 e: durham.dales.centre@ durham.gov.uk

TEES VALLEY Darlington Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket Darlington DL1 5RP t: 01325 388666 e: tic@darlington.gov.uk Guisborough Church Street, Priory Gardens Guisborough TS14 6HG t: 01287 633801 e: guisborough_tic@ redcar-cleveland.gov.uk Hartlepool Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church Square Hartlepool TS24 7EQ t: 01429 869706 e: hpooltic@hartlepool.gov.uk Middlesbrough 99-101 Albert Road Middlesbrough TS1 2PA t: 01642 729700 e: tic@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Barnard Castle

Newcastle upon Tyne Guildhall Sandhill Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3AF t: 0191 277 8000 e: tourist.info@newcastle.gov.uk

Staff are trained in promoting high standards of service & customer care.

t: 01833 690909 e: tourism@teesdale.gov.uk Bishop Auckland

Redcar West Terrace, The Esplanade Redcar TS0 3AE t: 01642 471921 e: redcar_tic@ redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Town Hall Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP t: 01388 604922 e: bishopauckland.touristinfo@ durham.gov.uk

2 Millennium Place Durham City DH1 1WA t: 0191 384 3720 e: touristinfo@durhamcity.gov.uk

Saltburn 3 Station Building, Station Square Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AQ t: 01287 622422 e: saltburn_tic@ redcar-cleveland.gov.uk Stockton-on-Tees Stockton Central Library, Church Road Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TU t: 01642 528130/1 e: touristinformation@ stockton.gov.uk

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PLACES TO VISIT NORTHUMBERLAND

MAP REF PAGE NO

ALNWICK CASTLE

C3

34 £6.50 - £7.95

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Bamburgh Castle

C2

33 £5.20 - £6.00

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

BARTER BOOKS

C3

34 N/A

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

BILLY SHIEL BOAT TRIPS

C2

34 £8.00 - £12.00

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

English Heritage Various

22

32

GRACE DARLING MUSEUM

C2

35 £1.50

YES

NO

NO

YES

NO

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum Kielder Water and Forest Park

C3

35 £4.50 - £5.50

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

A4

33 FREE

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

MINDRUM GARDEN

C2

35 £5.00

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Roman Army Museum

A5

35 £2.25 - £4.05

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Roman Vindolanda

B5

36 £3.15 - £5.51

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

The Alnwick Garden

C3

33 £6.25

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

WHalton Manor Gardens

C4

36 £5.00

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Woodhorn

C4

36 FREE

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

GROUP RATE

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

CAFE/RESTAURANT

ONSITE COACH PARKING

GIFT SHOP

VB AWARDS

VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION

15% OFF FOR GROUPS

NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE ARBEIA ROMAN FORT

CX

46 FREE ENTRY

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

C5

45 FREE ENTRY

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

Eldon Square Shopping

C5

44 N/A

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

GREAT NORTH MUSEUM

CX

45 FREE ENTRY

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

LAING ART GALLERY

C5

45 FREE ENTRY

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

LIFE SCIENCE CENTRE

D4

47 £6.95 - £8.00

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

MetroCentre

C5

44 N/A

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

River Escapes

D5

47 SEE WEBSITE

NO

YES

NO

NO

YES

Segedunum ROMAN FORT

C5

46 £2.00 - £3.50

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND WINTER GARDENS

D5

45 FREE ENTRY

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

TANFIELD RAILWAY

D5

46 £4.50

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

THE METRO RADIO ARENA

C4

47 N/A

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

WASHINGTON WETLAND CENTRE

D5

44 CONTACT CENTRE

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Beamish MUSEUM

C5

56 £6.00 - £11.00

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Beamish WILD

C5

56 £3.50 - £ 5.00

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

DALTON PARK OUTLET SHOPPING CENTRE

C6

57 FREE ENTRY

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Discover DURHAM

C6

56 N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

DURHAM CATHEDRAL

C6

57 £4.70 - £5.88

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

Raby Castle

C6

57 £3.00 - £7.50

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

The Bowes Museum

C7

57 £5.50

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

DURHAM

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TEES VALLEY

MAP REF PAGE NO

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience

D6

66 £5.00 - £7.00

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NATURE'S WORLD

D6

66 £2.00 - £4.50

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Saltburn Cliff Lift

E6

66 40p - 70p

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

GROUP RATE

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

CAFE/RESTAURANT

ONSITE COACH PARKING

GIFT SHOP

VB AWARDS

ACCOMMODATION NORTHUMBERLAND

MAP REF PAGE NO MAX GROUP MIN GROUP

TWIN/DBL ROOMS

SINGLE ROOMS

LEISURE FACILITIES

RESTAURANT

VB GRADING

DE VERE SLALEY HALL HOTEL

B5

38

N/A

10

142

0

YES

YES



LONGRIDGE TOWERS

B1

38

31

15

7

17

NO

NO



MACDONALD LINDEN HALL

C3

38

50

10

58

0

YES

YES



NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD, SUNDERLAND, SOUTH TYNESIDE AND NORTH TYNESIDE Albatross Backpackers

C5

44

160

4

N/A

N/A

NO

NO



VERMONT HOTEL

C5

44

60

10

110

N/A

YES

YES



Durham Marriott Hotel

C6

56

50

20

148

2

YES

YES



Durham University

C6

56

N/A

10

109

1400

NO

YES



Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club

C6

56

55

20

78

2

NO

YES



WHITWORTH HALL HOTEL

C6

57

55

20

29

0

NO

YES



DURHAM

“At a glance” MATRIX LISTINGS & MAP Use this matrix as a quick reference in conjunction with the map opposite allowing you to see places to visit and accommodation in all four areas of North East England at a glance. The page numbers will take you to a detailed display entry giving you all the information a group organiser needs. Each area has its own distinct character and charm, yet with North East England's excellent and mainly quiet road links it’s so easy to get from one to another with ease.

Where to see us in 2010 See page 69 or for further information call the Travel Trade Team 0870 428 0810 or email: enquiries@groupsnortheastengland.com

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HERE TO HELP GROUPS

Look out for our new look website launching Spring 2010. Our website www.groupsnortheastengland.com covers everything you need to know about group travel in North East England. It is open 24 hours a day and only a simple click will get you there! From downloadable themed itineraries to your own itinerary builder, simply pick and mix what you want to see and do - through to full listings of attractions and accommodation catering for the groups market. In early 2010 a brand new look website will be launched, enhancing and complimenting the features of the current website. Group Travel Organisers and Coach & Tour Operators will be able to discover more exciting new VIP group travel experiences and the latest luxury tour ideas and much much more! All this at the end of your fingertips! 24/7.

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ENGLISH HERITAGE

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0870 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST

01904 702 021 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

HOLY ISLE CROSSING TIMES

Berwick-upon-Tweed TIC 01289 330 733 www.lindisfarne.org.uk

DURHAM HERITAGE COAST

0191 383 3351 www.durhamheritagecoast.org

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FARMERS' MARKETS

www.northumberlandfarmersmarkets.org.uk

HADRIAN'S WALL INFORMATION LINE

01434 322 002 www.hadrians-wall.org

KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK

01434 220 616 www.english-heritage.org.uk

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For more great tour ideas in North East England contact The Travel Trade Team:

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