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North East England Coach Holidays 2024

North East England coach holidays

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North East England Coach Holidays

Language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: 10 to 12% is usual for hotels with 10 to 15% being usual for restaurants. In each case, it is not necessarily added to the bill. If a service charge has already been added, no further tip is required.

England's North East boasts unspoilt scenery, industrial heritage and one of England's most remarkable Roman relics Hadrian's Wall, stretching right across the width of England. FeaturiDurhamng the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear, there's plenty to do on holidays to North East England by coach, and the beauty of it is that its largely undiscovered.

With over 100 miles of Heritage Coast and rugged landscape on offer, coach holidays are an ideal way of exploring this windswept neck of the woods and will ensure that you see the very best bits. Perhaps it's the World Heritage Castle and Cathedral duo in handsome Durham that make coach breaks here so appealing, or Alnwick Castle, dubbed the Windsor of the North and the second largest inhabited castle in England. The garden here is the real attraction, boasting interesting water sculptures and an intriguing Poision Garden featuring some of the world's deadliest plants.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is another curiosity; this tidal island two miles off the coast is only accessible at low tide via a narrow causeway (there is a mini bus service from the car park to the castle), but once across you can visit the romantic 16th century castle with its amazing views and ancient Priory ruin. Bamburgh Castle is another popular stop on coach tours to North East England, whose stone walls have kept watch over the coastline for many centuries.

All coach holidays to North East England include return coach travel, B&B or half board accommodation at a 3 or 4* hotel as well as excursions and admissions where stated to key places in the area. Yorkshire is also relatively close and featured on some itineraries.

Things to do

The North East is vast in terms of what is available to see and do whilst staying here. Some things to think about may include:

A historic city with cobbled streets on a prominent peninsula, Durham is a World Heritage site. Visit Durham Cathedral, one of the finest Norman buildings in Europe, or the 11th century Auckland Castle which houses a collection of 17th century Spanish paintings by Francisco de Zurbaran. For something completely different, check out the Beamish Museum where costumed folk bring to life the Pit Village, Home Farm, Edwardian Town and Pockerley Old Hall.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens
Alnwick Castle has been here for over 1000 years and is one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe - home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years. You may recognise the castle from the first two Harry Potter films where you can even try and fly a broomstick or see a magic show. The Gardens are next to the castle and are surrounded by walls over 250 years old. You can walk through many secret gardens and there is also a Tree House set 60ft above the ground amongst a grove of lime trees.

Northumberland National Park
The National Park stretches from the Scottish border to Hadrian's Wall and covers an area of 400 square miles.  The Cheviot Hills dominate the north of the park and there are pastures and river valleys along with remains of medieval castles. Why not stop off in the market towns of Haltwhistle, Rothbury, Bellingham and Wooler where you'll find interesting places to explore.

Newcastle and Gateshead
These are connected by seven bridges across the river Tyne. World-class culture, inspiring heritage, great shopping, fantastic architecture and in the heart of Newcastle City Centre there is one of the finest surviving Norman stone castles. The most famous site is the Angel Of The North, designed by sculptor Antony Gormley. The Angel is as tall as four double decker buses and its wingspan is as big as a jumbo jet's!

To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the North East England, please take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Health and Travel Insurance 
Travel insurance is recommended by all our tour operators and for some operators it is a condition of booking. When choosing a travel insurance please ensure it fully covers all your personal requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. As a British citizen you will obviously be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.

If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from an EU country or Switzerland, you can use a valid EHIC issued by your home country to access healthcare. Please note this is not an alternative to travel insurance.  Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for nationalities planning on visiting the UK.

For the latest information and travel advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click here

If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in the UK simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.

The United Kingdom is a safe place to visit, however, as with all countries please exercise common sense. Petty crime can occur so take your usual precautions such as not leaving luggage unattended, beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and leave valuables in the hotel safe.

Local Laws and Customs 
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If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. If you go over your allowances, you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.

UK Entry Requirements 
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may need to show a Border Force officer a document confirming your identity. In most cases an official form of identification such as a driver's license or an armed forces identity card will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so please check before you travel.

If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents: a passport, an Irish passport card or a national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, if you’re eligible to use one. The identity document should be valid for the whole of your stay.

If you’re from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You may also need a visa, depending on which country you’re from. Please check here if a visa is required before you travel. 

The Angel of the North has a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 757 and is built of enough steel to make 16 double decker buses.