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A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

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Step Back in Tyne - Discover the North East

The mighty River Tyne is bordered by the un-spoilt beauty, history and heritage of Northumberland & Durham. This attraction packed short break time-travels from the Romans of Hadrians Wall and Vindolanda, through historic Anglo-Saxon Bamburgh, to the Victorian ‘living history’ of Beamish. whilst your seven bridges tour on the Tyne brings you from Victoria to the Millennium.

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5 days from £519



Sunday 30 May 2021

Sunday 25 July 2021

Sunday 26 September 2021



  • Relax in our Newcastle hotel overlooking the Tyne river

  • Scenic boat cruise on the Tyne

  • Visit Beamish – The Living Museum of the North

  • Visit the Angel of the North

  • Enjoy the South Tynedale Railway

  • Experience Vindolanda – the Roman archaeological site with live excavations

  • Visit Bamburgh Castle

  • Ride on the Heatherslaw Light Railway


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage



Customers booking our Railtrail Tours inclusive package travel by train to Newcastle where it is a short walk to our hotel, The Copthorne Hotel. After an early-afternoon meeting with the tour manager, we take a Cruise along the Tyne, that takes us under seven of Newcastle's famous bridges and gives great views of the mix of traditional and modern architecture dotted along the banks.



Today, we visit Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, an incredible experience through time. A living, working experience, featuring a recreated town including an Edwardian bakery, a coal mine, a local pub and school amongst other things, all linked together by a historic tram system. On our return to Newcastle, we make a visit to The Angel of the North for a quick photo-stop.

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Heading inland today, we travel alongside Hadrians Wall to Vindolanda, one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. As well as having the chance to view thousands of extraordinary Roman artefacts, we also get to watch live excavations. From here, we are transported to the South Tynedale Railway for a steam* journey through the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on England's highest narrow gauge railway.

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Leaving Newcastle, today we travel north to Bamburgh for a visit to Bamburgh Castle - once home to the Kings of Northumbria. Standing proudly on the edge of the North Sea, the castle has lots to explore from over 1,400 years of history. After free time in the town of Bamburgh, we travel to Heatherslaw Light Railway for a return steam* journey along the banks of the river Till.

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After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to Newcastle and return by train to homeward destinations.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

The 4-star Copthorne is situated on the River Tyne and just a short walk from the station. The hotel has a light and spacious bar and restaurant. All 156 of the bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views overlooking the river and are equipped with TV, Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.



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London: Kings Cross



Greater London



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North East



North West



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Tour Base Fare £519 (join & leave at hotel)


Single Room Supplement £135


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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