County Durham, England
- Radisson Blu Hotel
This modern hotel has comfortable contemporary rooms and a superb riverside location
UNESCO-listed Durham Castle is also the beautiful home of Durham University
- Bamburgh Castle
Visit this imposing and historic building which looms over the Northumberland coastline.
- No fly
- All breakfasts and more
History abounds in this ancient university city nestled amid dales, moors and sea…
Founded in 995AD by Lindisfarne Monks who chose this lofty location as the burial place of St Cuthbert, Durham is packed with historic buildings including the Norman cathedral where Cuthbert is laid to rest, and magnificent castle which doubles as a prestigious Hogwarts-esque university. Stroll along the banks of the Wear to discover the secret gardens of Crook Hall, perhaps catch a game at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, browse the stylish boutiques and treat yourself to a cream tea in the quaint cobbled streets, or learn a little more about the city at the Heritage Centre and Museum. There is a wealth to see and do just a short distance away too – marvel at the Romans' audacious frontier of Hadrian’s Wall, enjoy walks in the Yorkshire Dales and admire the art of Bowes Museum.
On included excursions you'll step back in time at imposing Bamburgh Castle in Northumbria, and visit the medieval manor house of Crook Hall, built around 1217, and one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Durham.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Porterage in your hotel
- Cancellation rights
- Bamburgh Castle (half day)
- Crook Hall (half day)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham Frankland Lane, City of Durham, DH1 5TA
This modern 4-star hotel has an enviable location in the heart of the city with spectacular views of the River Wear and Durham Castle.
The hotel has 207 rooms.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Enjoy breakfast and dinner in the hotel's restaurant, offering views of the city and River Wear.
Other Hotel Information
The hotel has an on-site car park with 120 spaces which are available on a first come, first served basis. Disabled bays are available. Charges apply per overnight stay.
The hotel is located in the city centre on a bend along the banks of the River Wear, 220 yards from the main shopping area and just a short walk to the steep cobbled streets of the old town, cathedral and castle.
Look forward to visiting the medieval manor house, built around 1217, and one of the oldest inhabited buildings in the city. Just a short walk from the bustle of the city’s market place, next to the River Wear, the Grade I hall is surrounded by stunning gardens, considered one of the best in the north of England, which attract visitors from around the world keen to enjoy a typical English country garden. Perhaps enjoy a cream tea in the picturesque courtyard or on a chilly day head for the warmth of the log fire in the Georgian dining room. A walk through the building will reveal different architectural styles hinting at its staggered development down the centuries. Do keep your eyes peeled during your visit, the building is reputedly haunted by the ‘White Lady’.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
One of the largest inhabited castles in the country, Bamburgh is perched on a rocky plateau overlooking the Northumberland coastline. Spanning nine acres of land, the imposing castle is one of the most iconic sights in the North East boasting a rich history. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence there were people living at Bamburgh as early as 10,000BC while Bronze Age burial sites and Iron Age pottery have also been unearthed. It was during the early medieval period between 411AD and 1066AD that Bamburgh grew in stature and importance after the arrival of the Saxons. The Normans were responsible for the construction of the Great Tower, while the Wars of the Roses culminated in a siege in 1464. The Foster family were gifted the ruins by James I but its resurgence in stature came under the guidance of John Sharpe, under whom the castle became a leading surgery and dispensary for the poor and sick. The First Lord Armstrong, acquired the site with the intention of creating a respite home but he passed away before its restoration was complete and it became the home of the Armstrong family, who own it to this day.
Included on 4 nights itinerary