The Kingdom of Northumbria
Kings & Clerics of the North
In an era of warfare, raiders and ruthless kings, northern England occupied a place on an international stage that positioned it alongside the great powers of the continent. The kingdom of Northumbria dominated the north and under its Kings Edwin, Oswald, Ivar the Boneless and Eric Bloodaxe it held primacy over Anglo-Viking Britain. Royal, secular and ecclesiastical patronage produced unrivalled cultural achievements in art, architecture, writing and learning. Northumbrian scholars travelled to the continent and Rome.
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Day 1 - York
We arrive independently in York and gather in our hotel. This afternoon will be spent exploring the heart of the medieval city, capital of Northumbria. We walk to see York minster with its awe-inspiring stained-glass windows. Before dinner, there will be an introductory lecture.
Day 2 - Yorkshire Museum – Coppergate - Durham
This morning, we will walk through the city of York and explore the medieval city walls. We continue to the Yorkshire Museum to view its superb collection of finds from Roman Anglian and Viking York and from the golden era of medieval York. In the afternoon we will walk to Coppergate and the Jorvik centre, where the 1970s ground breaking excavations uncovered rich evidence for the early city. In the afternoon, we journey to Durham and enjoy a city walk before we head to our next hotel.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 3 - Hexham – Durham
In the morning we will drive to explore Hexham Abbey. After our return to Durham, we will visit the Norman magnificence of Durham Cathedral, one of the best-preserved Norman buildings in Europe. Inside the building with its piers and towers are the tombs of St. Cuthbert and St. Bede. In the afternoon we will visit Durham Castle, where the bishop, the Royal warden in the north, held power from the 11th century.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Day 4 - Monkwearmouth - Jarrow – Lindisfarne
We drive to Jarrow to visit the remains of St. Paul’s Monastery, once Bede’s home monastery and amazingly some of the original buildings remain standing around the later church. In the afternoon we journey to Holy Isle, Lindisfarne, where St. Cuthbert’s community produced masterpieces like the Lindisfarne gospels. This evening, we will have our farewell dinner together.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 5 - Escomb – Brompton – York
On our journey back to York, our first stop will be at Escomb Saxon Church. We then drive to Brompton. Here in the churchyard are the famous hogbacks, Anglo-Viking tombstones formed in the shape of an early medieval longhouse or hall being savaged by fierce bears. Around lunchtime we will be back in York where the tour ends.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- Field notes
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|3 July 2023||ANUB230703||3 July 2023 (Monday)||7 July 2023 (Friday)||John Oxley||£1,495
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|18 September 2023||ANUB230918||18 September 2023 (Monday)||22 September 2023 (Friday)||John Oxley||£1,495
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