Northumberland - Castles, Coast and Country Houses

3 nights starting from
£629

  • Majestic Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle

  • Magnificent Cragside

  • Alnwick, Bamburgh and Warkworth Castles

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 Castle, Lady Waterford Hall 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. We are also including a visit to Lindisfarne Castle, which has just reopened following extensive renovations during the last 18 months. Then 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.Finally we visit 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
  • Single 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

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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