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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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0870 428 0810. HADRIAN’S WALL COUNTRY
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.
Route: A167 south 2.15pm ARRIVE ANGEL OF THE NORTH - photo stop 2.30pm DEPART ANGEL OF THE NORTH 2.50pm ARRIVE DURHAM CITY 5.00/5.15pm DEPART DURHAM CITY
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Published on Oct 1, 2009