Arts and Crafts in the North

3 nights starting from

  • Private visit of Naworth Castle

  • Magnificent Cragside – the first house to be lit by hydro-electricity

  • Lanercost Priory with its Morris embroidery

  • Tullie House Museum with its excellent pre-Raphaelite collection

Join Arts & Crafts experts, Prof Anne and Dr Scott Anderson in the far north of England to see how the movement spread throughout the country.  A wonderful mix of country houses, art galleries and churches with contributions from William Morris and many others offer a fascinating and beautifuil combination of sights, brought to life in Anne’s inimitable style. The tour is based in the heart of Northumberland just outside the charming town of Hexham and beautiful countryside adds to this superb tour’s appeal.

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Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Slaley Hall Hotel, near Hexham from 15.00
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Prof. Anne Anderson ‘George Howard, Earl of Carlisle –  A Princely Patron'

Day 2:  St Mary’s Wreay, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle and Hexham
Today we head west to St Mary’s at Wreay, the creation of Sarah Losh, who funded and designed this Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Then to England’s most northerly cathedral city – Carlisle – and the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery to see its extensive and important collection of work by the pre-Raphaelites including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris. Time free for lunch before returning east to visit the lovely market and abbey town of Hexham. This evening Prof. Anne Anderson will give another talk – ‘Pre-Raphaelites in the North’ – followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Naworth Castle, St Martin’s Brampton and Lanercost Priory
First of all is a very special visit to privately-owned 15th century, Naworth Castle, for a tour with the owner. The interiors were  restored after a fire in 1844, by the 9th Earl of Carlisle, who counted many of the leading Pre-Raphaelites among his friends, including Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, who stayed at the castle in 1874. Next to St Martin’s Church in Brampton, famous as the only church designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb, which contains one of the most exquisite sets of stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and executed in the William Morris studio. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described it as a ‘remarkable building, the windows glowing with gem-stone colours’.  Finally to12th century Lanercost Priory which houses a rare “dossal” embroidery by William Morris, made in 1885. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4: Cragside and Wallington
A pair of National Trust houses to finish and a spectacular duo they are. First of all to Cragside, a magnificent house and estate, built by Lord Armstrong (of Vickers Armstrong fame) – Victorian innovator, inventor and landscape genius and the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Our last visit is to Wallington, family home to the unconventional Trevelyan family for 300 years and gifted to the nation by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and “illogical Englishman.”  The central courtyard was roofed over in the 1850s and Pre-Raphaelite artist William Bell Scott created wight large wall paintings depicting 2,000 years of local history. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Slaley Hall Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third nights' dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on a half board basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Slaley Hall Hotel

Nestled in 1,000 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside in an Edwardian mansion, full of charm and character, the four-star Slaley Hall Hotel boasts a spa, health club, bar, lounge and restaurant as well as very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.

Hotel Website


MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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