Northumberland - Castles, Coast and Country Houses

3 nights starting from
£699

  • Majestic Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory

  • Magnificent Cragside, the first house to be lit by hydro-eletricity

  • Alnwick – the 2nd largest inhabited castle in England

  • Spectacular Bamburgh and Warkworth Castles

  • Two talks from entertaining historian, Julian Humphrys

The northernmost county in England, Northumberland has a fascinating and turbulent history, a stunning coastline dotted with magnificent castles and a warm welcome. This superb tour in the company of Julian Humphrys, explores the county’s rich history – from its incomparable castles to country house splendour, dramatic coastline and even a quirky art gallery. The tour is ideally located in 450 acres of grounds near Morpeth at the impressive country house-style hotel, the Macdonald Linden Hall, dating from 1812.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome drink, private dinner with wine and a talk by your host Julian Humphrys – 'Reivers and Raiders: Life and death on the borders'.

Day 2: Holy Island, Lindisfarne Priory, Lady Waterford Hall, Etal Castle and Flodden.
A rich and varied day to start the tour first takes us north to Holy Island and the remains of Lindisfarne Priory, which dates back some 1400 years and is one of the most important centres of early Christianity in the country and a wonderfully remote and atmospheric place. After time for lunch (not included) it's off to Lady Waterford Hall, which now doubles as a village hall, and houses an unusual art collection painted by the Marchioness of Waterford in the late 19th century. Next onto Etal Castle, built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders, it fell to James IV’s Scots army in 1513 immediately before their defeat at nearby Flodden. Finally, we end our day with a visit to the site of the 1513 Battle of Flodden. This evening there will be a second talk from Julian, ‘Sieges and castles’ and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Alnwick Castle and Cragside.
Two marvellous architectural wonders today – a guided tour of Alnwick Castle, dating back to the 11th century, and remains the home of the Duke of Northumberland to this day, and is the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor. The afternoon is spent at Cragside, a monument to the Industrial Revolution and home of Cragside House armaments manufacturer Lord Armstrong and the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power. 
This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 4: Bamburgh and Warkworth Castles.
Our final day takes us along the Northumberland Heritage Coast, first of all to lovely Bamburgh Castle which sits on a rocky outcrop looking out to the Farne Islands. Dating back to the 11
th century, the castle enjoys a spectacular setting and has been used as a location in many films including Ivanhoe, Elizabeth and Macbeth. We then head along the coast passing through Craster, renowned for its kippers, the distant ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle to Warkworth Castle, which sits on a hilltop above the Coquet River and the pretty village. Dating back to the turn of the 13th century, it was once home to ‘Harry Hotspur’, immortalised by Shakespeare. Return to the hotel for approximately 18.00. 

NB: Exact order of excursions 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 48 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception 
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third night dinners at the hotel
  • All guided tours, visits and entrance fees 
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

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

HOTELS

Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel
An impressive four-star country house hotel set in 450 acres of private grounds, ideally located just outside the county town of Morpeth, with easy access to the places visited on the tour. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, pub, bar, gym, spa, indoor swimming pool and free wifi. Rooms are contemporary in warming neutral tones and comfortable beds. Room facilities include private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel Website

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Your Guide

Julian Humphrys 
Julian read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, has worked at historical sites both in Britain and overseas and is now a trustee of the Battlefields Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a very infectious enthusiasm for history and has published numerous books on castles and battles. He currently leads more than a dozen tours for Travel Editions and imparts his extraordinary historical knowledge with wit and panache, making a tour led by him both an educational and entertaining experience.

 

UK Tours

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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Despite being a larger than expected group, it didn't feel like it. Julian, the guide, pitched his commentaries and lectures just right, mixing humour with interesting details on each site allowing time for us to look around on our own. We were very fortunate with the weather so could enjoy exploring around the various sites. Otherwise, it might have been difficult to find things to occupy the time in some places.. The range of visits was very varied and I particularly enjoyed Cragside , Lady Waterford's school in Ford and the visit to the site of the Battle of Flodden, which was brought to life by Julian's description of the events. , The hotel was lovely and staff and service were excellent, working under difficult circumstances due to a shortage of staff resulting from Covid . The food was also very good and we were given a good choice. Michael, our tour manager made everything run very smoothly and our driver, Steve, managed to navigate some challenging roads to show us more of the lovely countryside. A lovely way to start venturing forth again. Thank you all.

Review by French who travelled 06-September-2021


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Great tour and Julian is an excellent guide. The hotel was just a bit disappointing, especially in view of the cost. Too bad that accommodation on the final day was not included in the price of the tour.

Review by Bromley who travelled 06-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 06-September-2021


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A great deal was packed into the sightseeing days - perhaps a bit too much. It seemed to me that you should have added another night's bed and breakfast or at last negotiated a lower price with the hotel. Getting back from the trip at 6pm was hardly likely to be in time enough to make the journey home - let alone having the energy to go home in the evening. It should be advertised as a 4 night break and an adjustment made to the price accordingly.

Review by Hollins who travelled 06-September-2021


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Very much enjoyed. Information given in a lively understandable style. I shall now use the word eschew, when applicable. Friendly happy group our table was the best!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 06-September-2021


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Julian is a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. The food at the hotel was far better than expected considering adverse comments in past reviews. Many people on this trip didn't seem to realise the amount of walking involved and weren't able to join in everything on a busy tour. Perhaps more should be in the brochure to highlight the amount of fitness required

Review by Harrison who travelled 06-September-2021


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The Tour Guide, Julian, was brilliant. His knowledge was extensive and he had great enthusiasm for his subjects. For instance he really conjured up for me the horrors of hand to hand bloody combat on our visit to the site of the battle of Flodden and he was equally good describing the domestic kitchen arrangements in a medieval castle

Review by Knowles who travelled 22-August-2021


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Very interesting and well organised tour. Our guide Julian Humphries was kind, informative and amusing. The hotel was excellent - staff very helpful and breakfasts and dinners delicious.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 22-August-2021


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We enjoyed the tour guide.. He was very good. I am seriously deaf and he coped with that at all times.. The tours were good but very tiring. They were a bit over ambitious. We would have liked more relaxing time tag the end to the day. The hotel food was average.

Review by Rickett who travelled 22-August-2021


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Review by Winstanley who travelled 22-August-2021


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Our first Trip with you,. Very impressed and are certainly interested in another one next year. ( Many of our Tour had been with you before both in UK and Europe)

Review by Anonymous who travelled 22-August-2021


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JULIAN the tour guide was excellent. Great knowledge with a good sense of humour .

Review by Mitchell who travelled 22-August-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 22-August-2021


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The whole trip was excellent. The location and choice of places to visit was spot-on. Each day was fully occupied and required a lot of energy, but well worth it for the opportunity to see different places. The hotel was comfortable and welcoming and the food was very good. Most important was the tour manager who ensured we had privileged access almost everywhere we went, but especially the historian, Julian. He was exceptional in his knowledge and very humorous. A real pleasure to have him with us. We have booked another trip coming up soon - if the hotel and guide are as good as we have just enjoyed it will also be excellent. Thank you.

Review by Posnett who travelled 22-August-2021


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Excellent lecturer/Excellent itinerary/wonderful scenery/indifferent food/problems with travelling by train ,especially on a Sunday, and with transfers .Poor taxi service from station.

Review by Garth who travelled 22-August-2021


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Excellent tour with informative and enthusiastic talks by Julian. Mike, the tour manager quietly kept everything organised and was very helpful when necessary. Steve, the coach driver, was very personable and also a very skilled and careful driver. The standard was what we have come to appreciate on Travel Editions Tours. The hotel was nicely situated, and given that they were short staffed in various areas due to the pandemic, it was a pleasant stay. The Polish/Hungarian waiter who took our breakfast order on the final morning was exceptionally good - pleasant, composed, informative, and perceptive.

Review by Hogg who travelled 09-August-2021


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Hotel and accommodation: the hotel reception staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Evening meals with the group were fine, food excellent. Service at breakfast was quite erratic at times, perhaps because of staff shortages. The evening talks by Julian Humphries were very informative and prepared us well for the next day's visits. The daily tours were well timed, with plenty of good information from Julian, who brought the historic sites to life. We had enough time to explore on our own and have a snack before going on to the next visit. It was all go though, and at the end of each day we were pretty tired! Between them Julian and Mike (the tour manager) maintained a high level of interest and activity for the group. Julian answered questions outside the immediate area so when we stayed in other parts of Northumbria afterwards we made sure we visited some of the other places he had told us of, and enjoyed them. The tour visit to Flodden Field was one of our highlights, we were impressed by Julian's knowledge and passion for his subject. There were a few hiccups here and there, as the places we visited were only just coming out of Lockdown, but everyone we met was doing their best to provide a full experience for visitors. It will take a while to process everything, but we feel we saw some exceptional sights and learned a lot in a very short but enjoyable time.

Review by Shaw who travelled 09-August-2021


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The tour itinerary was excellent. Reception at the Hotel on Day 1 could have been better organised. We were uncertain as to what we were supposed to do. Departure was chaotic. We were unclear when the tour ended and of the status of our "additional night". We were very disappointed that there was no room service provided during our four night stay at the "4 star" rated MacDonald Linden Hotel

Review by Skidmore who travelled 09-August-2021


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We love Nicholas Merchant and now we also love Julian Humphreys. We thought the Northumberland tour was excellent, so interesting and such beautiful scenery. Julian was enthusiastic and optimistic and made our tour memorable. We know all about castles now. Thank you so much.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-August-2021


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Very good, enjoyable tour. Linden Hall was a lovely House, but less sure about the hotel. Had to make some allowances for shortages of staff, but sometimes a bit chaotic. The food was disappointing.

Review by Adams who travelled 09-August-2021


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Tour Manager Michael, Tour Guide Julian and Coach Driver Steve were a team who made everything work smoothly. The hotel was struggling back after the closure with staffing issues. They did their best under difficult circumstances with a ready smile. Our first experience with Travel Editions and we will without doubt use your services again

Review by Giles who travelled 09-August-2021


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Well organised tours and very informative lectures

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Julian Humphries was excellent!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-August-2021


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Excellent content. Some days a little long, but well worth the effort.

Review by Raine who travelled 09-August-2021


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Talks good and about the right amount of time allocated to each visit. Drinks at the hotel expensive and the wine was poor. Also poor choice of beer. Staff very friendly and helpful. Seatbelt on coach very stiff.

Review by Magraw who travelled 09-August-2021


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47 on tour were too many. This won’t appear above. Numbers only go to 10. Tour Lecturer Julian excellent & enthusiastic. Whilst hotel grounds were beautiful the same can’t be said of our rooms. General consensus was they were 'tired' & 'very brown'!. Also rooms were not serviced. I wasn’t told on check-in (others were) so coming back to unserviced room was a disappointment - COVID was blamed of course, but I think lack of staff was due more to Brexit.

Review by Preston who travelled 09-August-2021


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EXCELLENT THROUGHOUT

Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-August-2021


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Happily, Covid did not impact on the tour as much as I feared, thanks largely to the pragmatic approach of the people in charge. It was good to find Julian's enthusiasm and sense of humour had not diminished during the lockdown hiatus and tour manager, Mike, coped with additional organisational difficulties without fuss while coach driver, Steve was a star, manoeuvring his vehicle along the narrow byways. Generally, the timing of visits was spot on but it was a pity the tides curtailed our trip to Lindisfarne and I would have liked longer at Alnwick to give time to explore the town (and its famous bookshop) as well as the castle and gardens. It was a shame we were not able to visit Cragside but Lady Waterford Hall and Ford village was an unexpected delight. My only really negative comment is about the Linden Hall hotel. Although my room was pleasant enough, I don't think it justified the description of "luxurious". The hotel's 4-star rating might apply to what it doubtless regards as "real" guests but not to its take-it-or-leave it attitude to dinner for our group with not even a menu, let alone a choice of dishes.

Review by Endersby who travelled 21-June-2021


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We really enjoyed this tour, which was well-arranged and conducted. The stunning sites visited and the richness of history offered were never heavy. The company was congenial; it's probably better with a smaller group. Only the hotel catering (and food) were not so good, and we two did find Alnwick a bit demanding. But the whole experience compared very well with other good tour companies we've met - certainly to be recommended.

Review by Atkinson who travelled 21-June-2021


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The service at the hotel was a bit patchy, but I'm sure that was a result of the pandemic. Similarly, the tour administration wasn't quite as efficient as usual.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 21-June-2021


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Very enjoyable trip enhanced by Michael's marathon training and Julian's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge. We particularly liked the Flodden battle renactment (in which Julian's blue suede shoes escaped damage in the former boggy area). Breakfast rather shambolic, reminiscent of Fawlty Towers, but dinners good in the Hotel. Would have liked an opportunity to swim but time was lacking. The patience of our tour leaders was clearly sorely tested at times and problems were dealt with efficiently.

Review by Pugsley who travelled 21-June-2021


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Julian Hunphreys is an excellent tour guide, extremely knowledgeable but not too serious.

Review by Price who travelled 21-June-2021


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Had to change hotel room as very noisy. Second room much better. Julian Humphries knowledge is awesome, but v entertaining too. Would have liked more information’as we traveled’ giving more time at the venue.

Review by Upcott who travelled 21-June-2021


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The Tour Manager and the Lecturer were all excellent. And so was the driver of the coach who expertly negotiated such a large vehicle through very narrow lanes and tight spaces. Linden Hall Hotel itself turned out to present some difficulty for those arriving by train at Morpeth Station (the problem for the return journey was solved fortunately by the Tour Team taking us to Morpeth - thank you). For us, the best part of the Hotel is the long avenue of mature and exotic trees which we could walk along for a mile and a quarter each way. The rest of the hectares were out of bounds as they are occupied by the golf course and in any case best avoided if one were to avoid the risk of being hit by flying golf balls. The drawback of the hotel: the dining service was excessively slow and tardy. When the food finally arrived, although one was impressed by the effort made in the presentation of some of their dishes, such as their puddings, the actual quality of the cooking left much to be desired. The management of the hotel should also sort out the problem associated with the shower (at least in the room we occupied) - we could basically only get a pretty cold shower - good for toughening the moral fibre but otherwise quite daunting after a long and tiring day sightseeing.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 21-June-2021


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Avery interesting tour blessed with good weather

Review by Taylor who travelled 21-June-2021


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Excellent tour. Julian is a most capable and entertaining lecturer - a fund of information, and all very well presented. Good admin by Michael and excellent coach driving by Steve.

Review by Fulton who travelled 12-October-2019


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This was the most enjoyable tour. The organisation during the tour was really good - we felt very looked after and the coach driver was so safe. The guide had such knowledge. The best tour yet!

Review by a who travelled 12-October-2019


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Review by Turner who travelled 12-October-2019


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Julian, the historian, was outstanding in his knowledge and enthusiasm for the places we visited. His communication skills were excellent and as a trio (Mike, the Tour Manager, Steve, the coach driver and Julian, the historian) they made it a total and very memorable experience. Bravo!

Review by Bowskill who travelled 30-September-2019


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Julian, our guide, was outstanding and provided us with lots of extra information. We managed to see a great deal in just a few days, so a very enjoyable trip once again.

Review by Switzer who travelled 30-September-2019


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Very good balance of guided tours and free time, never a sense of rush or hanging about. It helped that the weather was good. Julian possesses the ideal blend of scholarship and zestful good humour. My room was very comfortable and quiet and staff very pleasant and helpful.. The only downside were the dinners (breakfasts excellent) which were patchy in quality, and it wasn't until the third evening they had worked out a way of serving who with what! The hotel is in a beautiful setting and well sited for our trips.

Review by Watkins who travelled 30-September-2019


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Once again, Julian Humphries proved to be an excellent guide. His breadth of historical knowledge and eloquence is outstanding. He is also extremely personable and chatty more privately as well. All in all a very enjoyable few days.

Review by Morton who travelled 30-September-2019


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I would have liked a safety box. in the bedroom.

Review by salt who travelled 30-September-2019


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Julian and Michael did an excellent job in showing us around and giving us plenty of information. We enjoyed Julian's interesting commentaries. The hotel food was excellent.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 30-September-2019


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Julian Humphrys was excellent as both the guide and as the speaker during the evenings. The accommodation was excellent in respect to food and service but only 'satisfactory' regarding the rooms due to lack of drawer space and uncomfortable pillows.

Review by Gibson who travelled 30-September-2019


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Excellent talks and lots of information. Needed a bit more time to look around at Lindisfarne, Alnwick and Bamburgh. Trip to Crastor seemed a bit pointless (though I did buy kippers). Edlingham was lovely. This was my first trip with Travel Editions but will not be my last.

Review by Saklatvala who travelled 30-September-2019


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An excellent tour, well planned and fascinating with a superb and knowledgeable guide (julian Humphrys), we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone with an interest in history. Only negatives relate to the hotel; this was good, with excellent breakfast options, but was let down by exorbitant bar prices and mediocre main courses at dinner. One further thought: many people are members of English Heritage and/or National Trust yet I believe full entry prices were paid for the whole party at some properties visited - could not a two-tier holiday price be quoted to recognise this?

Review by Reeve who travelled 30-September-2019


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Julian is a knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. He was the reason we booked this tour. The days were very full with a good balance of being guided and free time. Personally I would have liked longer between returning to the hotel and dinner, so that I could make full use of the excellent spa facilities. If there is no time to use them, you may as well book a cheaper hotel that doesn't have them. Food service in the hotel was very slow both at breakfast and at dinner.

Review by Wakeham who travelled 02-September-2019


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The tour was very enjoyable. Julian Humphries, the expert speaker, was marvellous. He was knowledgeable, interesting, enthusiastic and a very entertaining speaker, and brought the topic of castles to life. Michael Escolme should be congratulated too for the smooth running of the tour and the way he handled a guest, who was insistent that the time of the dinner should change, provided a model response.

Review by Roebuck who travelled 02-September-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-September-2019


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Journey satisfactory, two trains and a taxi, so quite a long way. Loved my hotel room, well looked after. Food could have been better. It was often cold. I don't think it was the waiting staff. Surely Management?? Cold thin hard toast mostly inedible. This is not a huge disappointment but I think the Management at a Macdonald Hotel could do better. Otherwise a fine tour.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-September-2019


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Really enjoyed tour.

Review by Heckman who travelled 02-September-2019


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Very good tour with excellent tour manager and speaker. Hotel was comfortable and served a good breakfast. Unfortunately dinner was very unsatisfactory with poor service and indifferent food, which was often cold by the time it was served. The staff had obviously not been trained in how to serve a large party - each main dish option came out separately and was served to guests on all tables who had chosen it, before vegetables were served to anyone.

Review by Nash who travelled 02-September-2019


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The catering could be improved. One night I'd rate the meal as below expected standard due to a small piece of fish for main course.

Review by Hughes who travelled 02-September-2019


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It was an excellent tour and first class lecturer - very knowledgable! but fun too! It was a large group (46) but everyone was convivial and kept to times! The hotel was fine if entirely bland in decor and food! I would certainly book a tour in the future.

Review by Mardall who travelled 02-September-2019


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A choice of menu would have been better. The waiting staff seemed understaffed and overworked. They couldn't really cope with drinks orders at table. The room was fine with a comfortable bed, but as is so often the case in hotels, the lighting was inadequate.

Review by Mandair who travelled 17-June-2019


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Thoroughly enjoyable and Julian was a very erudite and knowledgeable lecturer and guide. Only downside was that my wife tripped in the bedroom (Bridal Suite no less!) and broke a bone in her foot. We drove to hospital and so lost the visits to Cragside and Alnwick Castle. Most disappointing, although we spent a most enjoyable and restful afternoon at Amble Harbour.

Review by Greenwood who travelled 17-June-2019


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An excellent tour and Julian Humphrys was an outstanding tour lecturer - very knowledgeable and made everything come alive. A very full but good itinerary which made excellent use of the time available. I would also highly recommend Chris our coach driver who had to negotiate some sharp bends and narrow roads. A highly recommended tour.

Review by Stephens who travelled 17-June-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-June-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-June-2019


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Hotel rooms varied enormously in quality. Staff were poorly trained eg we were asked not to order wine with the evening meal at the table but to fetch it from the bar as it delayed food service by the staff. Food was adequate but average .

Review by May who travelled 17-June-2019


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No answer to the travel question as we drove to the hotel. The coach was good.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-June-2019


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We were committed to travel to the hotel by train (we gave up the car some years ago): it would have been really helpful to have been told many weeks in advance of arrival and departure details in order to book seats on trains in good time (perhaps two months in advance?)

Review by Morris who travelled 17-June-2019


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Julian was a great guide. We did have an issue with dinner at the hotel. Every course on the Menu was fixed, there was no choice. I believe this should be highlighted in the tour description. If we had been aware of the situation we would have supplied dietary requirements.

Review by Harding who travelled 17-June-2019


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Our second trip with Travel Editions and we were absolutely delighted with it. The guide Julian Humphrys was first class - informative and knowledgeable with an excellent presentation manner. Everything was almost beyond expectations as even the weather was good!

Review by Wright who travelled 17-June-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-June-2019


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First class trip. A wealth of information provided on Northumberland and the venues visited., and time allowed just right. Excellent tour guide and manager. Comfortable hotel; a little disappointed with the food in the evening meals; breakfast service excellent. Would suggest that for the Alnwick Castle visit the coach drops the group off where it is intended to pick them up, to avoid any confusion.

Review by Whittaker who travelled 03-September-2018


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Excellent trip except for the diabolical food quality at what otherwise was a good hotel.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 03-September-2018


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Hotel very welcoming and relaxed after a very long train journey. Introductory background talk set the stage entertainingly for what we about to visit. The wonderful places e visited were well worth the long journey. We had a helpful commentary en route via a good microphone system in the coach_ the coach itself was modern and comfortable. Altogether an excellent experience.

Review by Siggers who travelled 23-September-2018


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Another truly memorable tour! Michael Escolme is a very capable tour manager, and Julian Humphrys is probably the best tour lecturer I've ever been with, as well as being a very good historian historian. I just love being on tour with him!

Review by Wallburton who travelled 23-September-2018


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Overall it was a great trip. The train journeys went a bit awry each way but that was not the fault of Travel Editions. The accommodation was comfortable and the meals were first class. Just one or two issues - the cupboard doors in my bedroom came off the runners and the window was jammed. Also, it would have been nice on arrival for a member of staff to have welcomed me/us. I did not get any sense of being welcomed which I think is a very important aspect of arriving at a hotel or indeed anywhere, particularly when you are on your own as I was and visiting for the first time. It was though a very enjoyable trip all round.

Review by Miskin who travelled 23-September-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-September-2018


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A well organised programme of sightseeing/historical information with Julian's excellent presentations being a first class feature. Superbly sited hotel, but final night dinner extremely disappointing.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-September-2018


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Julian was excellent and all went well. We shall be booking another trip.

Review by Gillanders who travelled 23-September-2018


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The tour content and guide were excellent; a most enjoyable tour. However the food at the hotel was very poor. The breakfasts were fine but the evening meals were bad. Being gluten free and vegetarian I was frequently given a very basic fruit salad for both starter and desert. The main course was inedible. When I complained I just had the basic vegetables that accompanied the meat eaters meals.

Review by Johnston who travelled 03-September-2018


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Changing the departure meeting place for the coach at Alnwick Castle, to one that even the staff at Alnwick could not direct us, was extremely bad management, meaning a wait of nearly an hour for 3 people who got lost.

Review by Burrow -Newton who travelled 03-September-2018


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An excellent trip with good lectures and organisation. Rather a large group size meaning getting off coach took a long time and couldn't always keep up with the guided tours. Look forward t more Travel Editions tours.

Review by Lewis who travelled 03-September-2018


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It might be helpful to warn future participants that, if they are arriving by train, they will need a taxi to get to the hotel and this should be booked in advance. There are no taxis at Morpeth Station.

Review by who travelled 04-June-2018


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Hotel OK but I would have expected a choice of meal for dinner. This was echoed by many other members of the party. We were lucky with the weather but, in the rain, the content would have been very thin. Was there a plan B?

Review by Chitty who travelled 04-June-2018


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Tour guides were excellent. Too long was allowed for Alnwick Castle gardens which have become a theme park: we then had to rush Cragside and miss some of not.

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Review by Warr who travelled 04-June-2018


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really enjoyable tour all round, excellent guide and excellent tour leader as well. we will definitely be booking another tour with you. many thanks, Dinah Findlay

Review by Findlay who travelled 04-June-2018


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Most enjoyable!

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Very enjoyable, well managed by Michael and Julian made it so interesting with his great knowledge. the Linden Hall Hotel is probably the best we have stayed in on one of your tours.

Review by Lomas who travelled 04-June-2018


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Michael our tour leader was excellent and VERY helpful Julian our guide was also excellent - in all a great trip - hotel excellent

Review by Raymond who travelled 04-June-2018


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This was one of the best tours I have taken recently. The expert speaker was well informed and enthusiastic, but didn't overdo his commentary. The tour manager was especially helpful when my companion and I had to make special arrangements when leaving the tour. We would like to thank him in particular.

Review by who travelled 04-June-2018


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Another good break with your company. Hotel looking a bit "tired" and food could have been better. Hearty breakfast though! Coach large to manage down some of the narrower roads but a good driver. Nice guests on our tour.

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Advice on how to get a taxi at Morpeth station should be included, e.g. by giving taxi contacts so you can arrange in advance to be collected. There was nothing at the station and It's a long walk into town - where I found a taxi office that was closed! I phoned the number in the office window and waited 20 mins.

Review by van der Vat who travelled 04-June-2018


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Brilliant week. Julian was inspiring and hugely entertaining.

Review by Ms Carolyn Macleod who travelled 29-May-2017


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First class tour guide

Review by Mrs Danielle Joy who travelled 29-May-2017


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Review by Mr Ian Page who travelled 29-May-2017


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Although the dinner menu was fixed it would have been nice to know in advance what the courses were in case it was something you didn't like for example smoked salmon. In addition all deserts were very sweet, a standard alternative of fresh fruit salad would have been very welcome. Julian Humphry was excellent.

Review by Mr Brian Hudson who travelled 29-May-2017


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Review by Mr John McCormack who travelled 29-May-2017


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A wonderful tour. I would recommend it to anyone.

Review by Ms Katherine Solomon who travelled 29-May-2017


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Julian Humphrys was an excellent speaker and guide - scholarly and informative but with a light touch and engaging style. Michael Escolme ably assisted him and us as Tour Manager - he was well-informed and efficient, with a pleasant manner. They made a good team. Coach driver Steve was helpful too. We plan to tour with Travel Editions again! Thank you very much.

Review by Mrs Joanna Yates who travelled 29-May-2017


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Thoroughly enjoyed this trip which I have been meaning to do for a v. long time. Julian Humphreys was an excellent, enthusiastic and v. knowledgeable guide. Michael was a discreet and personable manager.

Review by Miss Diana Park who travelled 29-May-2017


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The guide and tour manager were excellent .

Review by Ms Rachel White who travelled 29-May-2017


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Julian was excellent. the only problem was the slow service in the restaurant. I would give the food 7 out of 10.

Review by Mr Terry Murray who travelled 29-May-2017


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Tour Manager Michael Escolme very helpful and efficient. Speaker Julian Humphrys excellent, entertaining as well as informative and good company Hotel not perfect, big television in room but no radio channels installed,tea not emptied from pot ... small things but irritating. Very good trips.

Review by Ms Marcia Wheeler who travelled 29-May-2017


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Very satisfied with this tour, no complaints, although there can always be some "niggles and frustrations" - but certainly nothing worth raising. Tour manager was excellent and the overall arrangements and organisation were faultless.

Review by Mr Peter Bates who travelled 29-May-2017


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