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Highlights
  • Spend 4 days experiencing 3 of the UK’s best-loved locations
  • Visit the fascinating city of Durham, home to Durham Cathedral
  • Enjoy a tour of York by bike and visit Whitby Abbey
  • Experience the history at Lincoln Cathedral and see the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle
  • Gorgeous 4 star hotel stay included
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Price Per Person   $550.00
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Description

Discover Durham, York and Lincoln for a trip through the UK’s popular culture like never before. Uncover the treasure of troves that these popular cities have to offer including links to J K Rowling’s Harry Potter, the historic Magna Carta and the wickedest woman in Britain!

Day 1 – Durham
Your journey begins at London’s King’s Cross Station where the Harry Potter fans amongst you can take a selfie or two at Platform 9 ¾ . Before you board your train, decide if you’re more of a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff!

When you get to Durham, check into your gorgeous 4 star hotel and venture out to settle that rumbling stomach at the Undercroft restaurant! This scrumptious restaurant is located in Durham Cathedral’s medieval undercroft and offers an array of tantalising hot and cold favourites.

Whilst you’re in Durham Cathedral’s grounds, why don’t you explore the historic Cathedral itself? As one of the most lavish cathedrals in Britain, it is bursting at the seams with exceptional beauty that you won’t go forgetting in a hurry. Durham Cathedral is known as the earliest church to be sealed with a rib vault that went on to be used across the rest of Europe’s cathedrals. Enjoy the glorious state-of-the-art exhibition gallery and see if you can recognise the cloisters used in the Harry Potter film franchise!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try out the iconic Saddler Street restaurant. Hidden in a secret cove just off the street, it is created out of a 13th century cellar and gives sensational views of the River Wear – unforgettable!

Day 2 – York
Start your 2nd day of UK adventuring with a tour of Durham Castle which is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Castle has protected the English borders on many battles throughout its fine history and you’ll get to discover it all here! You’ll also get to explore Durham University including its 17th century Library, home to a collection of over 5,000 books!

Check out of your hotel and jump on the train to your next fabulous destination – York! After arriving, check-in to your hotel so you can start your evening exploration.
Settle down and relax to drinks at Brew York, a showpiece ten barrel craft brewery and tap room, showcasing the best local ales in the area. As scrumptious as it is beautiful, you can sit in the riverside garden or in the pub’s traditional surroundings.

Day 3 – Lincoln
Wake up with a cycling tour of York to show you its most iconic landmarks and locations with an expert guide leading the way! You’ll venture off the beaten track and see mesmerising places that you can’t on public transport. For two hours, you’ll get to discover more about York’s formidable history and learn of its hidden secrets and myths!

If you’re a non-cyclist, you can enjoy a trip to Whitby Abbey Clifford’s Tower, built for Henry III in the 13th century. Offering sensational views of York, it is an unmissable visit on your trip to the great city. Once you’re in the mood for learning, try out Whitby Abbey which inspired Bram Stoker’s world-famous tale of Dracula! Full of drama, history and gore, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your day’s adventure.

Spend the afternoon of your Treasure Trove Tour at the Jorvik Viking Centre where you will explore the most famous and shocking discoveries of modern archaeology. These incredible discoveries enabled the centre to be built on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a groundbreaking visitor experience where you take a journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York.

Check out of your hotel late afternoon and journey to your last destination – Lincoln. Once you’ve got yourself settled into your hotel, walk up Steep Hill to soak in idyllic views of Lincoln, dubbed ‘Britain’s Best Place’ in 2012. Here, you’ll get to explore the beautiful boutiques and eateries and enjoy the beautiful architecture dating back almost 2,000 years.

Day 4 – London
On the last day of your trip, visit the world-famous Lincoln Cathedral in Minster Yard. Discover the inside of the Gothic style Lincoln Cathedral that dates back to the 12th century. Keep your eyes peeled for a demon, a little charmer who became the symbol of the whole county, the Lincoln imp.

Also, take a look at the present central tower of Lincoln Cathedral. Unperturbed, its builders set the weather vane on a lead spire reaching around 526 feet to become the world's tallest recorded building, beating the Great Pyramid of Giza.

One of the highlights of the trip has to be seeing the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle. Featuring on many tourists’ bucket lists, it is an absolute must do activity during your time in Lincoln. The Magna Carta is the sole surviving copy of the 13th century original. Get up close to it as you learn more about this fascinating document that changed the course of history making Lincoln Castle one of the most important landmarks in the country

At the end of your day, jump on the train from Lincoln back to London with bags full of memories and photos!

Additional Information

Includes

  • Brit Rail pass for 4 days - consecutive days
  • Hotel accommodation for 3 nights - 4 star category
    • Durham – Hotel Indigo or Similar
    • York – Dean Court Hotel or Similar
    • Lincoln – The White Hart Hotel or Similar

Excludes

  • Meals / Drinks / Café Tea rooms
  • No Flights & Airport transfers
  • Gratuities

Optional extra

  • Entrance to Durham Castle
  • York Cycling Tour
  • Entrance to Whitbey abbey
  • Entrance to Clifford’s Tower
  • Entrance to York Minister
  • Entrance to Jorvik Viking Centre
  • Entrance to Lincoln Cathedral
  • Entrane to Lincoln Castle
  • Lincoln Medieval Bishop’s Palace

Free entrances

  • Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross station
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Durham University Library

Please Note

  • Once booked this tour is non amendable & non refundable
  • If children travelling please enquire for rates on rail@goldentours.com

Brit Rail pass -

  • Seat Reservations: Reservations for particular journeys are not compulsory, but for busy trains are advisable (ie: mainlines in peak hours.) It is not necessary to validate a pass in order to reserve a seat / sleeping berth in advance. Normal fees are payable.
  • First Class and Standard Class: Many local trains in England, Scotland and Wales have Standard Class accommodation only. This has been accounted for in price of the First Class Passes.
  • Purchase Restrictions: Pass holders must be non-UK residents. BritRail and its representatives may ask at any time for proof of foreign residency and reserve the right to confiscate the ticket or pass in such circumstances. The BritRail ticket is non-transferable and must only be used by the person or persons specified on the ticket.
  • Exclusions: The BritRail pass is not valid on Eurostar services, special excursions, Tyne and Wear Metro Trains (Newcastle-upon-Tyne area), Glasgow Underground trains, Manchester Metro link, road links between airports and railway stations, Docklands Light Railway, Tram links, privately owned railways, steam services, London Underground trains and buses, ships, hovercraft, nor any other services not mentioned.
  • Pass Validation: Passes are issued open dated and must be validated within eleven months from the date of issue and prior to the first use. To validate a Paper BritRail Pass, present it along with your passport to the Railway official at the station of departure. At this time, the first and the last day of validity of the pass as well as the passport number is entered and the passenger must sign the pass. Under no circumstances is the pass holder allowed to validate his or her own pass. If, however, your first journey is from an unstaffed station, your pass will be valid provided you take it to be validated at the next interchange station, or at your destination station. In the case of a Flexipass, the passenger must enter the date of travel each day before he/she boards the first train of the day. BritRail M-Passes are already validated once you have chosen your start date and received the barcode. There is no need to go to the ticket office to validate an M-Pass, simply start travelling. All BritRail Passes are valid from 00:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs (Midnight to Midnight) on a chosen day of travel. If a pass holder is traveling on an overnight train containing sleeper accommodation, the next day’s date must be inserted. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the payment of a fine and the cost of a full fare ticket.
  • Lost Tickets: BritRail is not responsible for tickets or vouchers, which are lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed. Refunds cannot be authorized in such cases. Therefore, travel insurance is recommended.  The agent you purchase this Rail Pass through may also advise a rail protection cover for your pass while travelling.