Durham, Hartlepool & Yorkshire Steam

Sporting Lodge Hotel Middlesbrough

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5 days

£289.00 pp

Explore Hartlepool's maritime history, see the incredible city of Durham and ride a steam train though Heartbeat Country!

Great hotel leisure facilities

This wonderful tour takes us 'up north' as we explore the awesome counties of Durham and Yorkshire. We'll have time in the incredible city of Durham home to ‘the finest Norman Cathedral in the world’, and really no wonder that some Harry Potter scenes were filmed here. 

We enjoy a rail journey through the stunning Yorkshire countryside, scene of many a 'Heartbeat' shot and film location. There is also an afternoon exploring the pretty seaside resort of Whitby - a fishing port that developed during the Middle Ages, supporting important herring and whaling fleets, and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship.

And we also make a fascinating visit to the historical maritime town of Hartlepool and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience. Here we find a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport, telling the story of life at sea at the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar which dares you to experience life aboard a real British Naval frigate two centuries ago.

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Middlesborough Sporting Lodge

This modern hotel is well placed for our included excursions and features a lovely bar and restaurant area. In addition and, as the name suggests, there are extensive leisure facilities including a large gym, indoor pool and a host of other fitness options - perfect for some evening relaxation. The bedrooms are very comfortably furnished with modern facilities and you are assured a warm welcome from the team.

Day 1

After joining our coach at one of our local pick up points, head north towards the Durham Dales and Yorkshirel making convenient tea/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon allowing time to checkin and maybe have a drink in the bar before dinner. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax and explore the facilities. 

Days 2-4

Enjoy tasty traditional English breakfasts every day along with some free time for you to explore this hotel and the local area on your own. We have a full itinerary of INCLUDED excursions as we explore this wonderful region. We go to the incredible city of Durham, take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby, and we spend time exploring Hartlepool's fascinating maritime history. Return to the hotel every evening to relax and enjoy more delicious dinners.

Day 5

After a good breakfast we depart our hotel to travel south on our homebound journey. We expect to arrive back home during the late afternoon/early evening. 

Hartlepool & Hartlepool Maritime Experience

Today, we make for maritime Hartlepool - once an old fishing town and now home to award-winning attractions in the historic marina. The centrepiece is the award-winning Historic Quay – a faithful reproduction of an 18th century seaport portraying the exciting experience of what life was like at the time of Nelson and Trafalgar. Hartlepool Maritime Experience is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport, telling the story of life at sea at the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar which dares you to experience life aboard a real British Naval frigate two centuries ago.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby

We travel to Pickering, where we join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a steam train journey through rugged moorland to Whitby, passing through Goathland – ‘Aidensfield’ in TV’s ‘Heartbeat’ – on the way. Whitby is a maritime town, fishing port and seafarer’s haven, bursting with character and unique. Wander the alleyways and narrow streets and perhaps climb the steps up to Whitby Abbey. After free time in Whitby, we meet the coach and return to the hotel.

Barnard Castle & Durham

Barnard Castle (featured in The Guardian’s ’10 of the UK’s best small towns’) is a haven for discerning shoppers and treasure seekers, the town’s many antique shops provide a charming shopping experience. Many of the town’s shops are thriving independent retailers. On offer on the high street are many distinctive products, some made locally (please note that Barnard Castle is the name of the town and also of the Castle. We are not going to the castle itself because we want to have more time free for Durham. If you want to go to the castle, you can do this under your own steam (you can walk to it from town and it costs around £6. They say to allow about 45 mins to look around)).

We leave Barnard Castle at around midday and travel through the Durham Dales for our visit to the ancient and handsome university city of Durham. Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Conde Nast readers voted it ‘Best city in the UK’. After a recent familiarisation by some of the Leisuretime team, we entirely agree – Durham is a very special place, and just had to be included in this year's programme. The first sight of the city alone is breath-taking. Inside the city we find an abundance of impressive historical buildings and sight include the 11th-century castle, the university’s Botanic Garden and the highlight of the city’s skyline, the magnificent Norman cathedral.

The grand Norman-era Durham Cathedral (which plays a role in Harry Potter), and nearby fairy-tale, turreted castle have the words 'World Heritage Site' written all over them. This majestic north east city is a historical treasure trove; castles nestle in riversides, parks thrive with deer, and living museums radiate with industrial heritage, but that’s just a taste of the best places to visit in Durham. Go and see for yourself!

  • Reserved coach seating throughout
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Full English Breakfasts 
  • 4 Dinners 
  • Excursion to Barnard Castle & Durham (admission to the castle at Barnard Castle not included)
  • Visit to the Hartlepool Maritime Experience & Hartlepool
  • Ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central

Don't see your pickup? Don't worry, we have a great fixed rate transfer with Premier Taxi's . Check out the details here.

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.


Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have


£60 Single room supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.

Admission to Banard Castle included.

Other Dates

Departure Date: Monday 02 Sep 2019
Duration: 5 Days

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