England’s World Heritage Story: Tour of the North of England’s 6 sites
Welcome to England’s World Heritage Story – your chance to experience one of the greatest stories ever told. A tale of mighty Emperors, ancient mystics, poetic dreamers, Norman lords, Georgian gentry, Victorian industrialists and four lads from Liverpool that changed the world. A story like no other, from our fireside to yours. Come on in.
Our tour will visit the six UNESCO World Heritage sites spread throughout the North of England with a personal luxury tour escorted at each site by a knowledgeable, entertaining Blue Badge Tourist Guide. As well as telling the North of England’s dramatic history and seeing the stunning and varied landscapes we will have time to sample some of the North’s finest food and drink as well as experience the luxury of some of the regions characterful hotels.
Our Tour itinerary:
Arrive in Manchester – overnight Manchester – The Principal Hotel
Stylish modern rooms in the heart of Manchester..
Liverpool, Mercantile Maritime City
Liverpool was the world’s first modern port. A pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. Liverpool as a major port for the mass movement of emigrants from northern Europe to America, as told in the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Albert Dock.
Liverpool is also the birthplace of the Beatles, who were strongly influenced by the city's role as a port - where the latest rock n' roll records would be brought by merchant mariners, giving Liverpool a jump-start on the emergence of British rock 'n' roll in the 1960s. This story is told in Liverpool's most popular fee-charging museum, the Beatles Story, also on Albert Dock.
Our tour not only takes you on a tour of this historic city with a walk around Albert Dock , but also visits The Cultural Quarter of the city before a trip to The Beatles story Museum as well as taking in some of the associated locations connected to the Fab Four such as The Cavern Club.
Overnight - Manchester
Travel to The Lake District
Lake District National Park
Beauty takes its time. In this case, 500 million years. But the result is a landscape of mountains, lakes and tarns that bewitched the Romantic poets: “…[here] there is a cabinet of beauties, – each thing being beautiful in itself, and the very passage of one lake, mountain or valley, to another, is itself a beautiful thing again.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
William Wordsworth lived here and was inspired by the scenery to write some of the most famous poems in English literature. But there’s more – the connection between landscape and the restoration of the human spirit was first made here, which later gave rise to the importance of conservation and the establishment of the National Trust movement, which in turn inspired the pioneers of the National Parks in the USA.
Our tour will show you the best of the Lake District on a circular taking in historic sites and wonderful scenery. The day will include stops at Grasmere, Keswick, Ullswater, Borrowdale & Coniston as well as a visit to Dove Cottage, the family home of William Wordsworth. If time we will also visit Brantood which is celebrating 200 years of John Ruskin the watercolourist and political thinker.
Overnight – The Lake District – The Burnside Hotel & Spa or comparable 4* hotel
One of the best places to discover the beautiful Lake District, set in mature gardens overlooking Lake Windermere and the surrounding Fells.
This feat of extraordinary engineering was the northwesternmost border of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years and at 73 miles long it marches across Britain from sea to sea. Along the wall there are many ruined Roman forts to explore and museums with well preserved Roman finds.
In the years after the fall of Rome the border country played a central role in the centuries’ old skirmishes between Scots and English, as well as operating as the main theatre for the ‘Border Reivers,’ raiders along the Anglo-Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Presidents Andrew Jackson, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon are all descendants of border reivers, as was Neil Armstrong, who visited the area the year after he walked on the moon.
Our tour today visits Hadrian’s Wall one of the most significant Roman sites in Europe, giving you chance to walk stretches of the wall as well as visiting The Roman Army Museum, Housesteads and Vindolanda Roman forts all located in a stunning panoramic landscape.
Travel from the Hadrian’s Wall to Durham
Overnight – Chester le Street (Nr Durham) - Lumley Castle Hotel - a luxury hotel with 600 years of history or comparable
Durham Castle & Cathedral
Durham is the first European cathedral to be roofed with stone-ribbed vaulting, which upheld the heavy stone roof and made it possible to build pointed transverse arches – a great architectural achievement and the dawn of the Gothic age and a major turning point in the history of architecture.
It’s also the final resting places of St Cuthbert, the saint whose place of burial has been a place of pilgrimage for over 1500 years; and the Venerable Bede, the 7th century scribe who is credited as the father of English history.
Today you can enjoy the unforgettable highlights of the City of Durham, walking the medieval city streets and visiting Durham Castle* (subject to opening) & The World Heritage site visitor centre and the historic Durham Cathedral.
Travel to the city of York
Overnight York – The Grand Hotel & Spa
Luxury accommodation right in the heart of York
Saltaire Village & Salt’s Mill
Saltaire is a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century, created by industrialist Titus Salt for the maximum benefit of his workers. At the heart of it is Salts Mill, at the time the world’s largest factory. It is an outstanding example of Victorian philanthropic paternalism that also influenced other similar projects throughout the world, including Italy and the United States. It is also home to the world’s largest permanent collection of art by David Hockney, who is from the area.
As well as Salts Mill and Saltaire, our tour today also visits the West Yorkshire town of Haworth, home to the famous Bronte sisters to learn about their lives and visit the famous Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Overnight - York
Studley Royal Park & Fountains Abbey
Studley Royal is one of the few great 18th-century gardens to survive substantially in its original form and is one of the most spectacular water gardens in England. The landscape garden is an outstanding example of the development of the ‘English’ garden style throughout the 18th century, which influenced the rest of Europe. Fountains Abbey ruins is not only a key eye catcher in the garden scheme, but is of outstanding importance in its own right, being one of the best preserved Cistercian houses to survive from the 12th century and providing an unrivalled picture of a great religious house in all its parts.
As well as visiting this outstanding World Heritage site there will also be time to visit some other historic sites in North Yorkshire such as Brimham Rocks and the Victorian Spa Town of Harrogate.
Overnight – York
Tour ends and transfers
The tour cost includes 7 nights luxury bed & breakfast accommodation at characterful hotels, comfortable private transport and personal tours with an entertaining, knowledgeable Blue Badge Driver Guide, all entrance fees, lunches and daytime refreshments.
7 Day Tour – from £4800 per person
NB. Evening meals are not included. Guests have the opportunity to dine at the hotel at their expense or venture to one of the local restaurants in Manchester, Windermere or York. We would be happy to recommend and book restaurants on behalf of our guests.
All six of Northern England’s World Heritage Sites are in close proximity to each other, with no more than a 90-minute drive separating one from its nearest neighbour.