Five castles of Northumbria
A short day tour including Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Warkworth and, time permitting, Tynemouth castles. We will also have a distant view of Lindisfarne castle.
1: The sage gateshead (for views of the city of newcastle upon Tyne, Bridges and Tyne river
2. Alnwick Castle
This castle has been used quite extensively in filming the harry potter films.
drive 25 minutes to Bamburgh castle, seat of Kings of Northumbria, view from village and perhaps the beach (walk through sand dunes)
drive via seahouses (possibly stop for fish and chip or pub lunch) to Dunstanburgh golf course to view castle ruins from the beach
drive to Craster, fishing village, smokehouses and art gallery
30 minutes to:
This one is owned by english heritage,
entrance fees will be (pounds) 5. 40 per person
Tynemouth castle ruins at the mouth of the river (time permitting)
return to Cruise dock (25 minutes)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: port of tyne (newcastle cruise dock) or other by arrangement
End location: as start (or other by arrangement)
Duration: 7 hours
driving time is approximately 3 hours in total in normal traffic conditions. If taken NOT as a cruise shore excursion this tour will normally be a little longer (and therefore more leisurely)
renault scenic, air conditioned, 5 seats ( I also have a ramped access fiat, with 2 passenger seats in addition to clamped wheelchair)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 pounds sterling - entrance fees and lunch.
Some of the castles are quite expensive if you want to go inside. A great day can be had by viewing from outside (this way you get to see more castles)
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We spent two days with Keith, traveling from Edinburgh to York, visiting Castles, Moors and the North Sea. Two things we really loved about Keith is he is a photographer and knows the best viewing points. Second, he has his own pass into the major sites, so instead of handing you off or making you wander off on your own, he accompanies you into each site, and gives you not just history, but also connections to previous places you visited. You can see and hear how the history was shaped.