Angel of the North
Our English and World Heritage Tour begins with a visit to what has been described by some as the Guardian of Gateshead, The Angel of the North.
The 208-tonne angel stands at over 20 metres and with its open arms greets the many thousand of travellers who pass it each day on the A1.
Durham Cathedral & Castle
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Second stop on our tour is to one of the UK’s 15 World Heritage Sites, Durham Cathedral & Castle.
Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert (evangelizer of Northumbria) and the Venerable Bede.
It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England.
Behind the cathedral stands Durham Castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.
Washington Old Hall Tour
Third stop of our tour, we move on to Washington Old Hall, the manor house associated with the family of George Washington.
The Old Hall is a delightful stone-built 17th-Century manor house, which corporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington’s direct ancestors, and it is from here that the family name of Washington was derived.
Inside are various displays on George Washington and there is also a fine collection of oil paintings, delftware and heavily carved oak furniture, giving an authentic impression of gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War.
Lumley Castle Tour
The fourth and final stop on our English and World Heritage Tour is Lumley Castle. The former manor house, who’s history dates back to the ninth century, was converted into a castle by Sir Ralph Lumley in 1392 and has dominated the County Durham skyline ever since.
This fantastic castle is set within nine acres of parkland, overlooking the River Wear and is a majestic monument to a bygone age of nobility and honour.
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