All of the Northern England UNESCO World Heritage Sites are close to each other, with no more than 90-minute drive seperating one from it's nearest neighbour. This tour gives you the chance to visit all six of the UNESCO sites in North England.
Day 1: Depending on your starting location you will head to your first UNESCO world heritage location. The first stop you will be transported to is Saltaire, this well-preserved industrial village was created in 1851 by industrialist, philanthropist (and teetotaller) Titus Salt for the maximum benefit of his workers. Explore its textile mills, public buildings and workers' housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of Victorian philanthropic paternalism, which in turn had a profound influence on developments in industrial social welfare and urban planning in the United Kingdom and beyond – including Italy and the United States.
The next stop is Haworth, you will have time to enjoy some lunch in the cobbled village, famous for its connection to the Bronte Sister. After lunch, visit The Brontë Parsonage Museum, it contains the world's most comprehensive collection of Brontë manuscripts, letters, early editions of the novels and poetry.
Day 2: Your 2nd world heritage site will be Studley Royal, one of the few great 18th-century gardens to survive pretty much 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.
It was designed around the equally spectacular ruins of Fountains Abbey, one of the few Cistercian houses to survive from the 12th century and providing an unrivalled picture of a great religious house in all its parts.
Day 3: Day 3 sees you visiting Durham, most attractive medieval towns, Durham, where you will visit Durham castle & cathedral. Durham Cathedral, built between 1093 and 1133, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe – and the first European cathedral to be roofed with stone-ribbed vaulting, which allowed for the construction of the pointed transverse arches and hey presto! the Gothic style of architecture was born. The site is also outstanding because of its political history: The Castle and Cathedral reflect the unique status of the Prince-Bishops of Durham. The Prince-Bishops were religious leaders who also had secular powers — they governed a virtually autonomous state that formed the buffer zone between England and Scotland from the late eleventh century until 1603. After visiting Durham, you will return to your starting point.
Day 4: Today you will visit Hadrian’s Wall. You will travel alongside the wall following past ‘Mile Castles’ and ‘Towers’. Hadrian’s Wall is almost 80 miles long and was the northern boundary of the mighty Roman Empire for around 3 Centuries. Get inside the mind of the Roman Legionary as you continue into the remote 'Debatable Lands' of the Border Reivers heading to Lanercost Priory, with time to see and visit the church built within the priory ruins and more Burne Jones windows.
The next stop will by the Roman Army Museum, where there is time for lunch and a café inside. The Roman Army Museum lies on the site of Carvoran Roman Fort adjacent to sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum’s artefacts, videos and reconstructions give great insight into the life of a Roman Soldier and the building of the wall at the northerly boundary of the Roman Empire.
After lunch we the make our way to Vindolanda. Vindolanda is an amazing working archaeological dig site to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. There were 9 forts built on the site over the 400 years of Roman occupancy. Each day during the summer, treasures are uncovered by the volunteer excavators.
After our trip to Vindolanda, we continue along Hadrian’s Wall seeing the spectacular Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester and finally Steel Rigg before making our way to your overnight accommodation.
Day 5: The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England, and this half-day tour introduces you to just that; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch.
On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. There will be plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs. It provides a great introduction to the Lake District, and a taster for exploring further.
Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country. From within the circle, you will get picture-perfect views of some of the Lake District’s highest peaks.
Depart the Lake District and travel to Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, Liverpool ‘invented’ the modern port. As a key centre of trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, Liverpool was a centre of technological innovation - particularly in the development of modern port technology, transport systems and management – advances that influenced ports all over the world. Explore the Albert Docks, with a cluster of museums including Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Salvery Museum & The Beatles Story.
After a full five days touring the North of England, you will be transfered back to your starting location.