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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 unspoilt beauty, history, and heritage of Northumberland & Durham. This attraction packed short break time-travels from the Romans of Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda, through historic Anglo-Saxon Bamburgh, to the Victorian ‘living history’ of Beamish plus a boat trip to view the stunning wildlife of the Farne Islands.

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5 days from £599



Monday 27 May 2024

Monday 29 July 2024

Monday 23 September 2024



  • Relax in our Newcastle hotel overlooking the River 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

  • Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, one of the UK’s largest seabird and seal colonies

  • Steam 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 rail inclusive package travel by train to Newcastle and transfer the short distance to the Copthorne Hotel. In the afternoon we can take a stroll along the Tyne to view Newcastle's famous bridges and the great 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 Hadrian’s 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. Our private coach then transfers us to Seahouses where we board our boat for a 90-minute trip towards the Farne Islands, to view the stunning wildlife on one of the UK’s largest seabird and seal colonies. In the afternoon 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.

**We reserve the right to travel by heritage diesel train should the steam locomotive not be available / timetabled at the time of our visit.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

Situated on the River Tyne and just a short walk from the station, the 4-star Copthorne has 156 bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows with views overlooking the river. All bedrooms have a TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a twin or double bedroom. The contemporary restaurant overlooks the river and there is a comfortable bar plus terrace with outdoor seating.



Fare Region



London: Kings Cross



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






*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.


Join & Leave at hotel £599


Single Room Supplement £140


July Departure Supplement £20


September Departure Supplement £40


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 & 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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