History & Archaeology
Living History in Durham
County Durham, England
- No fly
- Half board
Step back in time in this ancient city...
Spend four nights in the fascinating city of Durham on this themed-holiday especially for history enthusiasts. 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 the magnificent UNESCO-listed castle which doubles as a prestigious Hogwarts-esque university. On included excursions you’ll step back in time with a full day at the Beamish Open Air Museum, and re-live 2,000 years of history with tickets to see the annual live re-enactment show, Kynren. There is a wealth to see and do just a short distance away from the city too – marvel at the Romans' audacious frontier of Hadrian’s Wall, enjoy walks in the Yorkshire Dales and admire the art of Bowes Museum.
- 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:
- Two excursions
Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5TA 0191 372 7200
The Radisson Blu Hotel is a modern 4-star hotel situated in an enviable location in the heart of the city with spectacular views of the River Wear and Durham Castle.
There are 207 rooms.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
All your breakfasts and dinners are included and served in the Collage Restaurant and Grill. The hotel also has an inviting bar where you might like to pause for lunch, snacks or afternoon tea. As you'd expect there are plenty of restaurants and tempting tea rooms in the city centre too.
Other Hotel Information
Please note: 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 of £9 apply per overnight stay.
Indoor swimming pool
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.
From the A1(M): Take Junction 62 and follow the signs to Durham City Centre along the A690. After crossing the River Wear, stay in the left-hand lane and turn left at the traffic lights. Then take the first immediate left to Framwellgate Waterside. The hotel is on the left. There is car parking for approximately 180 vehicles, with charges approximately £9 for overnight.
The rail station is about 1.5 miles from the hotel. Details of train services may be obtained from National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484950, or you can visit their website for up-to-date timetables and bookings.
If you wish to pre-book a taxi, the hotel recommends Durham Taxis, telephone number 0191 371 2727. Durham Taxis is not associated with Saga; any contract is between you and them, and all queries about their service must be referred directly to them.
A taxi from the train/bus station should cost around £4-£5.
Once you arrive
On your day of arrival, please aim to get there after 2pm; any earlier and your room may not be ready. Your luggage will be portered from reception to your room, but if you need help with your bags from the car park, please request this when you check in. Check out time is at 11am.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Let this Living Museum of the North evoke a sense of past as costumed players re-enact working life in North East England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s. You'll visit the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, all recreated from buildings from around the region that have been dismantled and relocated on this 300 acre site in the beautiful Durham countryside. Discover how the Industrial Revolution and later, the World Wars, changed country life, as you visit the Co-op or pub, see the Land Girls at work on the farm, the miners at the pit and perhaps hop on a tram for a ride!
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Kynren - an epic tale of England!
Dubbed the most spectacular open-air live show in the UK, Kynren takes place in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, every summer. The live action extravaganza promises to take you on a journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. The show boasts a cast and crew numbering 1,000 and the action unfolds on a huge open air stage. You can look forward to discovering many of the characters and events which helped shape the north east and the UK as a whole as 29 scenes, dating from the Roman occupation to World War II, play out before your eyes. Look forward to spectacular sets, stunning choreography and fierce battles illuminated with dazzling special effects and pyrotechnics.
Included on 4 nights itinerary