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Gardens of the North East QQQQ

  • Alnwick Gardens
  • Belsay Hall
  • Delightful Durham
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£579 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Discover some of the north of England’s beautiful gardens

Whether you want to marvel at the Grand Cascade at the contemporary Alnwick Gardens, wander from garden to garden in the grounds of medieval Crook Hall or take in the colour and beauty of the garden created by artists Frank and Marjorie Lawley at Herterton House, you can be sure you will see gardens to admire and inspire on this four night holiday in England’s north east. During your holiday you’ll stay in historic Durham, home to one of this country’s greatest Romanesque cathedrals and an imposing castle – both a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also visit Belsay Hall with its Grade 1 listed gardens...


  • Expert Host
  • Saga Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Expert Host Talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Cancellation rights

Plus, this hotel features:

  • All breakfasts and dinners

Excursions and visits:

  • Three excursions with six visits


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.

A comfortable bedroom
The hotel's swimming pool
Enjoy Italian cuisine in the hotel restaurant


Your Programme

This special interest gardens holiday includes two talks, and three full-day excursions with six visits, plus three evening talks from your expert host.

Alnwick Garden: The contemporary gardens of Alnwick Castle were begun in 1997 and are regarded as one of the most ambitious new garden projects since the war. With its Grand Cascade of tumbling waters, the Serpent, Rose and notorious ‘Poison’ Gardens, as well as one of the world’s largest tree houses, there’s lots here to discover. 

Herterton House: The gardens surrounding this 16th-century farmhouse were designed and created by artists Frank and Marjorie Lawley over a period of 40 years. Comprising a series of gardens that include a winter garden, flower garden, and physic garden, the gardens are also home to impressive topiary and charming vistas.  

Belsay Hall: The gardens of the Greek-revival mansion of Belsay Hall are Grade 1 listed and cover some 30 acres. From the magical Quarry Garden with its dramatic rocky backdrop, microclimate and plants, to the rhododendron collection, Yew Garden and Magnolia Terrace, there’s lots to explore here.

Raby Castle: The five-acre ornamental walled gardens of stately Raby Castle were designed by Thomas Wright in the 18th century. Here you’ll find impressive yew hedges, a kitchen garden, herbaceous and shrub borders plus a host of other features, while beyond lies the castle’s 200 acres of parkland. (Please note access to the castle is not included).

Eggleston Hall: Explore this walled four-acre plantsmans garden with its herbaceous borders, tempting paths, glasshouses, a pottager and rare plants from around the globe. There’s also a nursery and more. 

Crook Hall: The gardens of medieval Crook Hall in Durham are composed of eight distinct areas, together with a courtyard where refreshments are available. Explore the Shakespeare Garden – home to plants which grew in the 17th century, wander in the Georgian walled garden where the Wordsworths once walked, or try navigating the maze in the meadow area. 

Prices from
£579 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required