Britain’s Northern Gems
Have you discovered beautiful Northern Britain? One of Britain’s best-kept secrets, yet home to many of its most remarkable sights and landmarks. A world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, sumptuous Georgian gardens, Medieval castles and literary heritage. The scenery is worthy of the romantic Bronte sisters’ novels and the magical Harry Potter film sets. If you are looking for a rich vacation experience along with the warmth and hospitality the locals are famous for and a chance for your clients to immerse themselves in British countryside, great heritage and all things English, then Northern England is a perfect destination.
Welcome to Northern England
Arrive at Manchester Airport or Wilmslow (by train from London) where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to your hotel in the Peak District, stopping at the spa town of Buxton en-route. You will have time to see the Devonshire Dome (larger that St Paul’s Cathedral), the majestic Crescent, Opera House and Pavilion Gardens which were established in 1871. Overnight in the Peak District.
Peak District and Chatsworth
Today, your tour starts with a visit to Chatsworth House & Park, one of England’s finest stately houses and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. See one of Europe’s most significant art collections and explore the beautiful gardens with its famous waterworks. After lunch, continue for a short visit to the plague village of Eyam where in 1666, 260 of the residents died, taking the population down from 350 to just 90. Finish the day at the Derbyshire market town of Bakewell and enjoy its famous Bakewell tarts and puddings before continuing to York. Overnight in York.
York and Castle Howard
Spend this morning exploring the ancient city of York with its staggering Gothic cathedral, the longest medieval town walls in England, Jorvik Viking Centre and The Shambles, a cobbled medieval street once populated by butchers, now home to some of the best shopping. In the afternoon you will visit Castle Howard, the finest stately home and garden in North Yorkshire and still a private residence of the Howard family. Overnight in York.
Durham and Hadrian’s Wall
Today you will head to the city of Durham where history echoes with every step along the winding cobbled lanes, crowned by the majestic Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, continue on to Vindolanda, the most excavated site on the Roman Frontier and world class museum. Then travel along part of Hadrian’s Wall to the Lake District. Overnight in the Lake District.
The beauty of the Lake District has proved an irresistible lure to poets and artists for hundreds of years, from William Wordsworth to John Constable. Today you will learn about the life of Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author and illustrator; visit Wordsworth’s former home and take a cruise on the beautiful Lake Windermere. Overnight in the Lake District.
Liverpool and The Beatles
Travel south to Liverpool, famous for its maritime heritage and legendary 60s pop group The Beatles. Start with a guided tour of the elegant Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit The Beatles Story museum where you’ll learn about the famous band and their impact on music. Overnight in Chester.
Castles and Gardens of North Wales
Today you will get a taste of the spectacular scenery, castles and gardens of North Wales. You will see Conwy medieval town and castle; visit Bodnant Garden; drive along Conwy valley and stop for pictures at Betws y Coed and Swallow Falls; drive through Snowdonia National Park and finally visit Caernarfon Castle before returning to your hotel in Chester. Overnight in Chester.
Historic city of Chester
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Chester with its most complete city walls, the largest Roman Amphitheatre and 1000 year old Cathedral. Your afternoon is free to enjoy a leisurely sail on the River Dee or explore the unique shopping ‘Rows’. Overnight in Chester.
Private transfer to Manchester Airport for your return flight home or train back to London.