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10 September 2019Visit to Northumberland, Tuesday 10 - Saturday14 September 2019

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Visit to Northumberland, Tuesday 10 - Saturday14 September 2019
Tuesday 10 September 2019

Tour highlights to include:

KEDLESTON HALL 

This classical mansion was built in 1759-65 for the Curzon family. Robert Adam designed the interior and his hand is evident in virtually every detail of decoration in the breathtaking staterooms. 

ALNWICK CASTLE AND GARDENS

This is the main seat of the Duke of Northumberland whose family, the Percys, have lived here since 1309. Surrounded by ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, the medieval castle is furnished in Renaissance style with paintings by Titian, Van Dyck and Canaletto, fine furniture and a collection of china. We will enjoy a guided visit of the State Rooms in the morning, followed by a guided tour of the garden in the afternoon. 

HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE 

Our first visit on the island will be to Lindisfarne Castle. Built in 1550 to protect Holy Island harbour from attack, it was restored and converted into a private house by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903. We will also visit the Priory ruins, the site of one of the most important early centres of Christianity in Anglo Saxon England. 

BAMBURGH CASTLE 

Considered to be one of the most important buildings of Britain’s national heritage, Bamburgh Castle has a good collection of armour to include the ‘loan collections’ of armour from HM Tower of London. Other exhibits include porcelain, china, furniture from various periods, oils and watercolours. The castle also affords stunning views over Holy Island and the Farne Islands. 

WARKWORTH CASTLE 

Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century. It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls. 

CRAGSIDE HOUSE AND GARDENS 

Set in a 1,000 acre estate, the house was built for the 19th century innovator the first Lord Armstrong and became one of the most modern houses for its time with hot and cold running water, central heating, telephones, a Turkish bath suite and a passenger lift. It was also the first house to be lit by hydro-electricity. 

WALLINGTON 

A magnificent National Trust property dating from 1688. The house contains rococo plasterwork, fine ceramics and a collection of dolls houses. There is a beautiful walled garden and an Edwardian conservatory. 

DURHAM 

Our visit to Durham will include a walking tour of the city, followed by a visit to the Cathedral, which owes its existence to St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. He now lies in his final resting place, under a plain marble slab behind the high altar. 

TOUR PRICE 

£750 per person sharing a twin/double room 

£180 single room supplement

PRICE INCLUDES

Executive coach travel throughout, 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the 4 star Linden Hall Hotel in Morpeth, services of a Blue Badge guide for one full day and one half day, guided tour of Alnwick Castle with a resident guide, guided tour of Alnwick Garden with a resident guide, and all entrance charges as per the itinerary (excluding National Trust properties).

A full brochure and booking form will be available at the January lecture. 

Deposits will be due by Wednesday 27 February 2019